My last picture was of the ancient refectory at Balliol College, Oxford and at the time it was built (and for many years after) Balliol College only admitted male undergraduates. But times change and, in 1979, the first women undergraduates were admitted to Balliol.
In the quadrangle of Balliol College stands this sundial which, interestingly, also acts as a "moon-dial" at the time of the full moon and for three or four days either side of that time.
This fascinating sundial was unveiled in December, 2009 to commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of women undergraduates arriving at Balliol, one of Oxford University's oldest colleges. The very apt engraving About Time - on the base of the sundial - won a competition amongst women students at the College for an inscription which captured the spirit of what it was all about.
Interestingly, a line on the dial that marks the day that the first woman undergraduate entered Balliol lights up each year on that date – 11th October – thanks to a special notch on the time telling gnomon. You can see that notch in the gnomon at top left of this picture and you can also see the walls of Balliol College (as well as some visitors) reflected in the shiny globe.
In the workshop I have added another view of Balliol College reflected in the shiny sphere of this sundial.
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carlo62 (34356) 2013-07-27 15:06
una statua molto particolare, che si svela attraverso la tua nota.
Bella la foto, ma soprattutto sono belli i riflessi che si vedono.
Un saluto a tutta Lanark
PS quello che si vede nella mia foto è di ferro :)
lousat (78329) 2013-07-27 15:36
Woow John,this is absolutely beautiful! What a great idea to take reflections there,fantastic realisation whit very birght details and colors,the top of perfection for a very great pic,i like it!!!! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
mjw364 (7512) 2013-07-27 17:05
Excellent clarity and great POV on this shot. I love that reflection and also how you have controlled DOF to render the backdrop out of focus. I also like the rim lighting type effect you have got on the outer edge of the ring in the upper left corner.
subhendu_bagchi (25869) 2013-07-27 18:49
wow, it is superb. The reflection on the sphere is just awesome. Sharpness you achieved throughout the sphere is nice with a nice background bokeh! Excellent colours also. A simply superb frame here. Tfs.
dkmurphys (50144) 2013-07-27 23:05
Very nice detail of that sphere. I like the artistic result of it's reflections. Well taken, enjoy a fine Sunday.
jjcordier (76876) 2013-07-27 23:18
Un cadran solaire très original qui joue, en plus, le rôle de miroir. Tu en as réalisé une bonne photo accompagnée d'une note très intéressante.
amaryllis (35161) 2013-07-28 1:24
une photo superbe de ce cadran solaire effet miroir et avec donc des reflets; une belle oeuvre d'art qui méritait ce post
Royaldevon (30713) 2013-07-28 1:38
'About Time' works for me!
A really exciting shot!
It's difficult to imagine diagonals and part of a circle working so well, in harmony - it depends so much on your crop. In addition to that, we have picture puzzle, with that lovely distortion associated with curved surfaces.
Great use of narrow dof.
A classic, John, and I like it very much.
Have a great day,
timecapturer (49288) 2013-07-28 2:58
clever shot this! A shot full of amazing clarity and perfectly cropped to the greatest effect. Love the sense of looking into time itself by viewing the world from a world shaped sundial. Poetic stuff John, really like it! Flawless execution and presentation as always.
Wishing you a pleasant Sunday - Brian.
SnapRJW (31611) 2013-07-28 3:57
Somebody obviously has the job of keeping this sundial to a high sheen John. The mirror finish has given you the opportunity to take advantage of the lovely reflections, what a perfect day; beautiful sky and sunshine! Excellent management here with both the sundial and reflection in perfect focus. And yes ..... about time! Warm regards rosemary
emka (80772) 2013-07-28 6:46
I saw so many colleges in both Oxford and Cambridge that I do not remember now, after two years, the names of most of them. But when you show this unusual sundial, of course I remember it very well. For fun, you can see in WS how I was playing with reflections in this shiny ball.
Very interesting note. I didn't realize why it was there. It is so strange and unjust that for so many years the women were not allowed to study in many universities. It is one of the reasons there were so few women mathematicians and physicists. Fortunately, in Poland and in France women could study and make scientific work. How would the world look like without Madam Curie?
Superb composition, with nice light.
holmertz (42199) 2013-07-28 9:51
So women were admitted to this college already in 1979? How very progressive;-).
(I think Soviet rule was in some ways better for women than certain conservative western institutions).
As for this picture it's a fine combination of engravings of a scientific intrest and amusing reflections. I guess I should find you here but I'm not quite sure where. I was bewildered by one of the WS photos, where you looked strangely feminine, until I realized it was Malgo's picture ;-).
Noel_Byrne (25220) 2013-07-28 10:09
What a fascinating and beautiful sundial this ism abd your shot of it is so crystal clean and pin sharp! Incredible clarity here. The reflection too is a delight, with the blue sky, great architecture and daily life scene. Great shot, thanks for sharing this fascinating place.
All the best
macjake (57344) 2013-07-28 11:59
well, with the risk of sounding feminine again, this is the prettiest Sundial I've ever seen!
but then again John, this does commemorate the 'female' sex arriving, so it all ties in quiet well. haha
If I had to pick, i think i actually prefer the WS photo more - only because its a bit more abstract i suppose, and those reflections are like heroin to an addict for photographers :)
lovely light, lovely sharpness, and props for posting a unique subject!
see you around
annjackman (20091) 2013-07-28 12:07
You did well with this - mine were rubbish! I love the high gloss on this sphere. Do I recognize those long legs in jeans?
Stunning quality with really lovely colours and no interefering BG. A well researched and interesting note.
Love the sphere in the WS - beautifully abstract.
Best wishes, Ann
bayno (18342) 2013-07-29 1:59
Hello dear John,
this is really a beautiful and original composition, well seen and taken, perfect focus and gorgeous light (which is well managed), excellent cutting... square and millimeter, beautiful reflections in a context of great graphics and geometry...superb job....
have a good week....to hot at moment here in Rome...
jhm (140563) 2013-07-29 3:48
Your "Another View of Balliol College" as workshop picture is lovely to look at.
Also these picture is pleasant and very well presentation.
I like the excellent light and colour management as the clarity and the beauty of the image.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice day,
mkamionka (30864) 2013-07-29 8:47
very creative composition, I like both pictures. I like the geometry here with plenty of interesting curves and a pleasant disorientation. We can clearly read all the inscriptions and yet see the college in the reflection.
bartekp (4746) 2013-07-29 9:55
Great shot, great composition. Superb quality of photo and those refelections.
Have a nice evening
Silvio1953 (124475) 2013-07-29 13:14
Ciao John, great view of fantastic statue, fashinating reflections, splendid light, excellent clarity and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
delpeoples (53411) 2013-08-04 2:13
What a fascinating subject, just as much for what it is as for what it represents. The chrome reflections are stunning and I love how clearly the writing on the sundial. The tight framing works well and your note as always is very informative. I marvel at the fact that women were only allowed in the College from 1979 onwards!
Thanks for sharing, have a lovely Sunday
EstudioChispa (2070) 2013-08-09 13:15
Wow, John - this is tremendous! It is a great shape, superbly framed, crisply captured, with the whimsy of a full scene, from grass to sky, including the notched castle tower and figures that include a mother and child... Fantastic!
- Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) (20776)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-08-26
- Categories: Ceremony, Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L USM, Hoya 77mm Pro1D UV(0)
- Exposure: f/6.3, 1/320 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2013-07-27 13:55