Town and Gown

I've wrestled with myself about placing the subject in the centre of this shot - there is no crop that I haven't tried so critique welcome. It was a miracle on a Saturday morning to find clear pavement between this Fellow in gown and mortar board and me and I only got one reasonably focussed shot before some shopper, oblivious to the photo op, walked right in front of me. Relations between town and gown are pretty peaceable these days since the courts persuaded local yobs that students are not fair game for a good kicking - and it's probably also recognition that academics are just as broke as everybody else!
I resisted the temptation to post St John's College Chapel with the BBC outside broadcast van outside despite the fact that I've managed to procure two tickets to the Advent Carol Service which is being broadcast live on Radio 3 at 4pm GMT tomorrow, if you happen to like Nine Lessons and Carols. There are experts who know about these things who say that the St John's acoustics are much better than King's where the echo requires the music to be slowed down. I don't know - I'm just wondering if I can risk a photo without being thrown out. Probably not but maybe something outside....
very nice... love the contrast!
posted November 26th, 2011  
nice street scene, I'm no expert but maybe would have a cropped a bit of the empty pavement in the foreground and possibly even tight up to the lamp post on the right? There's been some yob/student trouble up here recently too...
posted November 26th, 2011  
Cool pic but god I hate wearing those stupid things. Good job its only twice a year at Leeds.
posted November 26th, 2011  
Rob
I love this picture, "it's so Cambridge". It makes the photo come alive and straight away people who know Cambridge will feel the realness of the shot. You are lucky to get tickets for St. John's Advent Carol Service, I envy you. We were recorded by the BBC earlier this week for Sunday half hour (BBC Radio 2), we recorded one service for Advent and another for Lent. Hopefully, eventually we will be able to persuade the powers that be that we are good enough for Choral Evensong. We hope ! Once again, lovely shot.
posted November 26th, 2011  
@decani How exciting - and Radio 2 has a much bigger audience!
posted November 26th, 2011  
Rob
@judithg It's more of a choir thing, I guess you could say it's the icing on the cake !
posted November 26th, 2011  
Super olor
posted November 26th, 2011  
Wow Judith you lucky thing , compensation for the parking ticket perhaps !!! I will try & listen in!! This chap looks like he is almost galloping along & I love the view of this street in Cambridge ! You have managed to get 5 bikes in this shot too !!
posted November 26th, 2011  
like the focus on this - maybe you should have run after him, asked him to cross the road whilst you took your original position....hmmm maybe not! I actually quite liek him in the middle - he's certainly striding with purpose. Re photos - I always got away with it in Kings as long as no flash... but then I did know most of the choiristers!
posted November 26th, 2011  
I like it cropped better, but wish he was closer to you .
posted November 27th, 2011  
It looks good. I like how you captured it.
posted November 27th, 2011  
great focus and fun capture - lucky you going to St John's College - we have our own Advent service at 4pm tomorrow which sort of wipes that one out
posted November 27th, 2011  
Good old Magdalen Bridge, isn't it :)? A very nice capture - glad you managed to take it before that unthoughtful shopper went in between!
posted November 28th, 2011  
@jannaellen Yep - and although the other crop is better I was sad to lose the bridge!
posted November 28th, 2011  
That's how Cambridge should look like! :)
posted November 28th, 2011  
Nope this is perfect....exactly what an outsider whould think of when you say Cambridge. faved
posted December 4th, 2011  
I agree-- that's how I remember Cambridge when we visited. I'm making this a Fav so I can get back to it to show my husband who thinks he lived there in a past life (or would have liked to.)
posted December 4th, 2011  
@barbcapecod Tell him it's never too late Barbara!! Thanks for the fav!
posted December 6th, 2011  
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