There’s nothing quite as inspiring, but also as challenging, as wandering the streets and meadows of Oxford looking for photo opportunities. We are regularly asked to produce photographs of Oxford that are a little different from the usual spires skyline, that capture the essence of the city, but in a slightly less literal way. So this is my take on such a brief. These horizontal images will work particularly well on websites and digital presentations.
Here are some technical tips for photographing Oxford.
1. Choose your day well. A grey overcast day will make your job more difficult than a crisp sunny one.
2. Revisit the same places at different times of the day and different times of the year. Light is a key factor. Look for the way it affects the textures and forms as the sun changes position. Timing is important, even with architectural images!
3. Long lenses are a good way of providing more control over your composition and the elements of your photograph. The vast majority of the photos below were shot on telephoto lenses ranging from 85mm to 300mm. This will also teach you to look in the distance, not just what’s directly in front of you.
Stay tuned for my next blog post on ’50 vertical photographs of Oxford’.
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Photography by David Fisher