Old and New

Cambridge is an old city and both co-exist in reasonable harmony. Walk down the old streets around the colleges and you will come upon signs of modernity in an older setting. This photograph is from Queen’s Lane in Cambridge with Queens’ College (1448 AD) on the left, St. Catharine’s College (1473 AD) on the right and the Webb’s building (Part of King’s College)(1441AD).


Shot as 3-shot bracketed exposures with a Nikon D750. Processed in Photomatix Pro and Color Efex Pro.

Cambridge: Corpus Christi College

Founded in 1352, one of the constituent colleges of Cambridge University with a chequered and colourful history. The alumnus includes the famous playwright Christopher Marlowe.

Corpus Christi College, Cambridge

 This picture has had to be extensively post-processed due to low-light winter conditions (4:50 according to the college clock). Processed in Adobe LightRoom and NIK Software Dfine and Color Efex Pro.

Cambridge in HDR – Mathematical Bridge

The mathematical bridge is an 18th century wooden footbridge that connects Queens’ College across the Cam river. Although it seems to be an arch, it is composed entirely of straight timbers built to a sophisticated engineering design, hence the name. Can you see that the arch is made up of only straight timbers?

The “Mathematical Bridge”, Queens’ College, Cambridge

Local myths talk about how the original bridge had no nuts of bolts, and how no one could put it back together once it was taken apart. However, these stories are almost totally untrue. The beauty of the design of this bridge lies in how the arch has been created to create the effect of a standard bridge.

Sundial – Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge

Gonville and Caius College – the fourth oldest college in Cambridge (Estd: 1348) has a very interesting six-sided sundial on one of the gates. The exact time I took this picture was 1:54PM GMT, and interestingly the sundial shows a time that is just an hour off.
Is this due to difference in local and GMT? Or was I looking at the wrong sundial? A later visit may answer that question.

Trinity College, Cambridge in HDR

Of the 31 constituent colleges that make up the University of Cambridge, none is more famous than the Trinity College. Apart from being the largest constituent college in Cambridge (or Oxford), members of the college have won more Nobel Prizes (32 of a total of 75 awarded to Cambridge University members) than any other institution in the world! The college itself is one of three royal colleges in Cambridge (St. Johns and Kings College being the other two).  Trinity was established in 1546 by King Henry VIII of England, but it was under the leadership of Thomas Nevile, that the college was designed and built. The list of notable alumni of Trinity makes impressive reading, from Isaac Newton, Lord Tennyson, Ernest Rutherford and Niels Bohr to Jawaharlal Nehru, Amartya Sen and Bertrand Russell, and definitely worth a visit on days the college is open to visitors.

The following pictures of Trinity College, were all shot in sets of three and then merged into HDR using HDR Efex Pro from NIK software.

The great court of Trinity College, Cambridge

Central fountain at the great court, Trinity College, Cambridge

ante-chapel with marble statues of famous Trinity alumni.

The Trinity College Chapel organ – built between 1693-1708

Trinity college chapel with the eagle lectern (foreground) and stalls.

Statue of Sir Isaac Newton, a prominent Trinity alumni.
Statue of Sir Isaac Newton, a prominent Trinity alumni. (non-HDR)

Technical Details

Nikon D7000 
Tamron 18-250 f3.5/6.3 Lens
Adobe Lightroom 4.1 with HDR Efex Pro from NIK software