Photographing Cambridge as Coronavirus Restrictions Ease

Cambridge museum

As with most people, the coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc with holidays and trips, and photography opportunities have been dramatically diminished. While we are still far from ‘normal’ (with the wearing of masks indoors, for example), it’s been nice to visit more places and take more photographs. Recently, I visited Cambridge, enabling me to add … Read full article

Gigabit Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) Broadband Arrives and it’s Fantastic!

New speed

Earlier this week, I reached a very important milestone in my personal 18-year journey towards better broadband, when Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) (also known as ‘Gigabit Broadband’) was installed at my home in rural Cambridgeshire. Every week, I receive many emails through my Increase Broadband Speed website from people living in rural areas across the UK frustrated … Read full article

Photographing Wimpole Hall with the Sony 50mm F1.2 Lens

Poppy

I visited Wimpole Hall in Cambridgeshire, which is owned by the National Trust. I took my Sony A7R IV camera with Sony 50mm F1.2 GM lens. The lens proved a very useful walkabout lens with exceptional sharpness, but really excelled in the quality of portraits due to the buttery smooth bokeh at F1.2. This is … Read full article

Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) Coming to Spaldwick in Cambridgeshire as Part of Openreach Pilot

Our latest village broadband campaign – to bring leading-edge broadband capabilities in the form of Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) to the rural village of Spaldwick in Cambridgeshire – has been successful. Gigabit Broadband, offering speeds up to 910 Mbps, will arrive in 2021! Historically, urban areas have always been favoured when it comes to the latest broadband … Read full article

An Exciting New Musical Theatre Adventure With Spotlight Productions

The last few months have been very frustrating for Graham and Sarah Wilkinson and all the team at Spotlight Productions. They have had to cancel their annual show – ‘Oliver!’ – and income from their costume and scenery hiring ‘business’ used to fund their annual show has been decimated. Being the positive people they are, … Read full article

Photographing VE Day in Spaldwick

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, VE Day was a somewhat different affair to the one that may have been envisaged many months ago. However, despite the restrictions currently in place, villagers where I live made a tremendous effort decorating their homes to commemorate VE Day. On the 8th May 1945 – 75 years … Read full article

Videoing Angie Collins Singing ‘Broken’ in 4k

Local songwriter Angie Collins came in so I could video her performing a song she wrote, called ‘Broken’. While I have recorded several songs (sound only), it was nice to capture visuals as well. While sound recordings allow you to use large-condenser microphones, room treatment and portable isolation booths for better sound quality, video can … Read full article

Photographing Anglesey Abbey in Cambridgeshire

The National Trust describes Anglesey Abbey as a Jacobean-style house with gardens and a working watermill. Over 100 acres of grounds contain a range of gardens and walks, which were laid out by Baron Fairhaven in the 1930s. This includes popular rose and dahlia gardens that house a large number of varieties. The Lode Water … Read full article

Photographing Cambridge

As one of my favourite cities, Cambridge is relatively small, with a population of about 129,000, including 25,000 students. With the clear influence of its world-renowned university, Cambridge possesses a host of cultural must-sees and beauty spots. I love visiting the city with my camera. I am delighted that some of my Cambridge photos have … Read full article

Photographing the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge

On this blog, I like to feature interesting places to visit in the Cambridgeshire area. My younger daughter absolutely adores museums so we recently visited the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. To be honest, I saw the trip as a bit of a photography challenge as interiors can be very dark. The Fitzwilliam houses a collection of … Read full article

Photographing Buckden and Ouse Valley Way Walk, Cambridgeshire

The Ouse Valley Way is a 150-mile footpath that follows the River Great Ouse and provides great opportunities for walks. The length of the Ouse Valley Way Walk gives lots of flexibility in terms of where you start and end your walk. We began a walk at Buckden in Cambridgeshire, which is home to St … Read full article

Photographing Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire

Ely Cathedral is an amazing building in Cambridgeshire, which needs to be visited to be truly appreciated. It attracts visitors from all over the world. It is a huge cathedral for a relatively small city of about 14,000 inhabitants. Before Ely Cathedral became a cathedral, it was a monastery. Work on the present Cathedral began … Read full article

Photographing St Ives in Cambridgeshire

When the weather is nice, I enjoy going for walks around Cambridgeshire with my camera. One of the most pleasant places to visit is St Ives, which is situated five miles east of Huntingdon. I am no landscape photographer, principally because I do not want to get up really early to photograph at ‘Golden Hour’, … Read full article

Photographing the Circular Walk Between Grantchester and Cambridge

One of the most popular walks in Cambridgeshire is the one between Cambridge and the nearby village of Grantchester. The walk is about 3 miles (5.5 km) in each direction. You can park in Grantchester (as the parking is much easier) and do the circular walk to Cambridge and back. In Cambridge, you have the … Read full article

Photographing Ickworth House in Suffolk

Ickworth House – which is owned the the National Trust – is a country house situated outside Bury St. Edmund in Suffolk. The National Trust describes Ickworth House as “a Georgian Italianate palace in an idyllic English landscape”. Ickworth House is an unusual Georgian mansion. Its neoclassical structure is topped with the striking ‘Rotunda’, which … Read full article

Photographing Godmanchester in Cambridgeshire

Godmanchester is a very picturesque village in Cambridgeshire, with pleasant views of the River Great Ouse. There are many walking opportunities. The Chinese Bridge (below) is a major landmark in the village. It is a pedestrian bridge. Originally constructed in 1827, it was rebuilt in the 1860s. After falling into disrepair, the bridge was replaced … Read full article

Photographing Wimpole Hall in Cambridgeshire

The National Trust describes Wimpole Hall as a working estate still guided by the seasons, with an impressive massive, parkland, gardens and Home Farm. There is so much space for a walk. Wimpole’s Folly is a folly ruin (below), which is located in the grounds of Wimpole Hall. It was built in the mid-1770s and … Read full article

Photographing ‘Singing on the River’ at King’s College Cambridge

We had a family outing to see The King’s Men singing on the River Cam next to King’s College Chapel, Cambridge. King’s Men are the choral scholars of King’s College i.e. the Chapel choir without the young boy choristers. Although the location was superb, it was definitely the case that this event in my mind … Read full article

Photographing Peterborough Cathedral

Peterborough is home to the beautiful Peterborough Cathedral, which is well worth visiting. Following an accidental fire in 1116, Peterborough Cathedral was rebuilt in its present form between 1118 and 1238. The highlights of Peterborough Cathedral include: the dramatic hanging crucifix, which frames the choir stall the spectacular central tower the new building ceiling, with … Read full article