For a friend’s birthday in the SUMMER (for goodness sake), we went on a history tour of the ‘new’ St Pancras Grand hotel. It opened a couple of years ago following an enormous and expensive refurbishment which took the building from severely neglected Victorian station hotel to one of the most high profile venues in London, and for good reason because it’s quite breathtaking. The tour, which may have been an unusual birthday gift for some but fits right in with my oldest friend (er, by which I mean we have known each other since we were 6, not that she is 102) and the kind of things we enjoy, was very interesting and gave us the chance to see inside a hotel that we could never afford to actually stay in without a lottery win. We also learnt a lot about carpets.
It has now been such an embarrassingly long time since this visit that I can offer no good explanation as to why my aperture values seem so off. Well, that’s a bit of a lie. It was really quite dark inside so I suspect I had tried to open up the aperture as much as possible. Fortunately, it didn’t seem to cause too many problems.
There are some things you just can’t capture in a photograph. Actually, I take that back. There are A LOT of things you can’t capture in a photograph. And this post on the subject of the Duomo in Firenze/Florence will not give you much of an idea as to the sheer size of this building. It really is beyond description. You’ll just have to accept that you need to visit to really understand that.
But the beauty of such a massive building, apart from, well, it’s beauty, is that there is so much of it with photographic appeal – the actual art of the exterior as well as the contents of the interior. I suspect I could have taken many more photos, but did I mention is was hot? It really was hot. And the heat gave me the cosmic droop. So again, here are the ones that made the cut.
Last week I decided to take the opportunity to have a go at some photos of dance. This was an annual performance produced by a society who encompass all kinds of dance, and squeeze about 25 different numbers into one show across three nights, with rehearsals in the days preceding – which is when I flitted about with the camera. There were a LOT of photos from this, so I have selected some of the more interesting ones to show within the text then posted a gallery at the bottom with all the images that came out.
Taking photos of stage performances under very different levels and kinds of light than we would otherwise encounter in daily life is an interesting challenge. I have done a small amount before, but it was some years ago now and with less knowledge and more Auto. This time I had a few ideas in mind that I wanted to try and achieve, and I felt more confident about taking photos of people performing.