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Following up on yesterday’s post I have another phone booth (enough of those around the country, obviously 😉 ). Without a distracting old lady in the frame we can now entirely focus on the booth. So: Color, weathered old style or toned black and white?

Classic phone booth

D700, ISO200, 1/125 sec @ f/13, Nikkor 70-200mm

Classic phone booth

D700, ISO200, 1/125 sec @ f/13, Nikkor 70-200mm, some Lightroom post-processing

Classic phone booth

D700, ISO200, 1/125 sec @ f/13, Nikkor 70-200mm, some Photoshop post-processing

Some more pictures of Cambridge. These are actually more typically British than they are typically Cambridge-ish. And here’s that dilemma of color/black and white again.
I love the grittiness of the black and white and to me it gives a bit more an authentic feel, but it’s a shame to lose the color of the bright red phone booth. And to put only the booth in color and the rest in black and white? I almost dare not show that, because it’s so over-done and so from the same angle that it’s not funny anymore. But anyway…

Cambridge street

D700, ISO200, 1/125 sec @ f/6.7, Nikkor 50mm

Cambridge street

D700, ISO200, 1/125 sec @ f/6.7, Nikkor 50mm

Cambridge street

D700, ISO200, 1/125 sec @ f/6.7, Nikkor 50mm

Laundress Lane

Unedited original, D700, ISO200, 1/125 sec @ f/13, Nikkor 50mm

Yeah, I know… There are some pictures that everyone probably has taken. In that sense I’m a tourist like everyone else.
But then… In many ways I’m not just a tourist, so I probably tend to do things from a different angle (pun intended) than most of the people. So here’s the recipe:

  • 1 over-photographed street sign in Cambridge
  • Lightroom
  • appr. 5 cms crop (it doesn’t have to be that exact, but don’t overdo it!)
  • a pinch of exposure correction
  • two cups of fill light
  • 250 gr tone curve adjustments
  • Photoshop
  • a splash of HDR (two instances of the same image, with different highlight settings)
  • 1 tablespoon curves for good contrast
  • 1 teaspoon curves for over-all enlightenment
  • some cloning
  • add noise to taste
  • (and back into Lightroom) add some post-crop vignetting and split toning for seasoning
Laundress Lane

After 20 minutes in the oven...

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From the outside you wouldn’t really think it. Well, maybe a bit, but it’s not obvious. From the outside the building fits in the surrounding historical environment quite snugly. But from the inside… Boy, Cambridge Judge Business School is one funky building!

Cambridge Judge Business School

D700, ISO800, 1/125 sec @ f/5.6, Nikkor 50mm

Cambridge Judge Business School

D700, ISO800, 1/125 sec @ f/5.6, Nikkor 14-24mm (thanks Arnab 😉 )

Ever wondered how Jamie Oliver got so rich off his cooking? We found out first-hand last week in Cambridge.
Jamie Oliver has a “Jamie’s Italian” there. It’s a really nice place. We ate there also in September when I escorted the Better Half to Cambridge to settle down for the year. No table reservations, so you have to be in time or be prepared to have a drink at the bar while you wait for your turn to be seated. The bar is also very nice, as we experienced last Sunday. We actually took our starter in the bar/lounge and when we were up next in the queue continued with main course and desert in the restaurant.
The building’s a great one, but the interior setup of this particular Jamie’s Italian isn’t the most charming or cozy one, I think. The food is excellent, however, and absolutely recommended.

So after desert, we asked for the bill, which the Better Half generously offered to pay. So the host got his machine, stuck in the card, punched in the numbers, and all She had to do was confirm, add a gratuity (or not 😉 ), confirm again and enter the PIN code. Piece of cake.
The Better Half wanted to add some 10% gratuity to the bill, as standard, but mistyped. Conveniently, the payment was declined, to which the host dryly added:

Hmm, maybe it’s better it was declined. Either you or I made a typo in the amount

Jamie Oliver receipt

The host made a typo in the price of our menu.

So… For a 3-course menu with some drinks at Jamie’s… be prepared to pay a little over £ 5,000.00 (at the current conversion rate that’d be about € 5.800,-). 😀
No, really… Our host was a really cool guy (happened to be the same guy who served us the first time, although I guess he didn’t remember), and of course apologized. We thought the whole thing was really funny, too, and of course didn’t make a fuzz about it. When I told him this would most likely end up on my blog, he of course didn’t make a fuzz out of that either, and thought it a good joke.

So… that’s it for some light reading on Thursday 😉
Have a good one.

The weather was surprisingly good in Cambridge last weekend. A bit overcast on occasion, but mostly pretty clear blue skies (surprise, surprise!).
A bit of clouds do add to the drama. The scenes you find after a brisk walk through cow dung can also be quite dramatic 😀

Cambridge landscape

D700, ISO200, 1/125 sec @ f/8, Nikkor 50mm