Cambridge Trip

Trinity Hall Cambridge University, HDR processed from three images

The camera club arranged an outing to Cambridge. Not counting the wedding I attended last year I haven't yet visited Cambridge, considering I live about an hour away is a shame.

I decided to travel light as possible with packed only the Fuji X-E1 and GorillaPod that easily fit into my backpack.  For the most part it worked well but I missed my normal tripod at times as I found the GorillPod to be very fiddly to setup at times and keeping it secure on a lamp post was challenging.

As the sky was beautifully stormy I was using a technique called HDR to capture enough detail to create an image that had detail in the sky and buildings which would otherwise be impossible to achieve with just the one picture without using filters attached to the lens. 

Bikes everywhere in Cambridge

To create an HDR image you preferably need at least three to five images at different exposures to capture the details in all parts of the scene. The sky is typically much brighter then the ground and buildings. For example If you are taking a picture of the sky everything else will probably be very dark, taking a picture of a field, beach or architecture will leave any clouds as a white or grey blob.

The series of images need to be in the exact same location, if any of the images are slightly out of alignment it could ruin the final image. Touching the camera for every picture on a fiddly GorillaPod isn't easy and this is the trade off for taking a smaller tripod for this type of photography.

What I didn't like about Cambridge were the notable amount of sales people selling boat rides which after a couple of encounters became annoying and with Cambridge being a tourist attraction getting into any of the campuses was expensive and which I wasn't prepared to pay for although there were still plenty to photograph without going in them and many of them were closed because of the exams. I were happy with the historic architecture and street life to keep my photographic eye interested for many hours and I might be tempted to revisit again in the future.