Christmas at Wimpole Hall and Anglesey Abbey

This year, I visited Wimpole Hall for its ‘Christmas at Wimpole 2021’ winter trail. I’ve not been to this annual event before but it is a major fundraiser for the National Trust. I was actually very impressed with what I saw and heard. With the National Trust requesting photos from visitors, I decided to take … Read full article

Peterborough Cathedral at Christmas

Peterborough Cathedral provides a wonderful location for enthusiast photographers since it is such a lovely building and photography is permitted. I attended a Christmas carol concert there in December 2021. The concert featured Peterborough Male Voice Choir, Peterborough Voices, Peterborough Youth Choir and Peterborough Festival Brass. It also featured mezzo soprano Karen England, who was … Read full article

Photographing St John’s College Cambridge

Two years ago, when I set myself the photography challenge of capturing as many Cambridge colleges as I could, I hadn’t bargained for coronavirus and the length of time that many colleges would remain closed to visitors. Recently, I had the opportunity to take some photographs of St John’s College. Very few people would disagree … Read full article

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

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


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

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

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 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 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 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