Photographer's Note

Another photograph which I found while trawling through some images I had taken during a little TE meeting in Oxfordshire in August, 2012 courtesy of Richard Beghin (Ricx)

This famous building in the City of Oxford is called the Radcliffe Camera, designed by James Gibbs in the English Palladian style and built between 1737 and 1749 to house the Radcliffe Science Library.

Of course, in the days when this was built, the word "camera" had the same meaning as that same word in Latin, namely, a vaulted chamber or room. In fact, the English word "chamber" derives from the French word "chambre" which derives from the Latin "camera". The word "camera" still exists in legal parlance in as much as a judge might decide to hold a hearing "in camera", meaning that the hearing is to be held in a private chamber rather than in a public courtroom.

Only later did the term "camera obscura" (darkened room) appear when light admitted through a small opening in a darkened room was focused (with the aid of lenses and mirrors or a simple pinhole) on a flat surface so that images of objects outside the room could be viewed. And later still, when the science of photography developed, the lightproof box used for taking photographs became known simply as a "camera".

Having said all that, it is widely believed that some of the Dutch masters from the 17th Century might have used some form of camera obscura to assist the composition of their more detailed works; a similar apparatus was described by Leonardo da Vinci; and even Aristotle in the 4th Century B.C. understood the principles of the pinhole camera.

The Radcliffe Camera, however, is a magnificent piece of architecture and a library but not a camera as we know it! It is seen here viewed from the northwest with the west gate of All Souls College in the distance at far left.

Here are the co-ordinates of the location: 51.753740, -1.254380

ISO 320, 1/500 sec at f/9, focal length 30mm.

This is a link to a larger version of this photograph:

Ilonka1974, COSTANTINO, papagolf21, pajaran, holmertz, jhm, PaulVDV, adramad ha contrassegnato questa nota come utile

Photo Information
Viewed: 0
Points: 32
Additional Photos by John Cannon (tyro) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1985 W: 427 N: 7659] (30513)
View More Pictures