Moon and Spires

Joseph/ September 29, 2012/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

I was on my way back home when a friend of mine texted me to let me know that the moon looked particularly interesting this evening. And indeed, right behind me the moon was peeping from behind some splendid Altocumulus floccus clouds. I spent the next half an hour or so waiting for cars to pass by so that I

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Telephone Box

Joseph/ September 18, 2012/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

That is no ordinary telephone box. I’m telling you, that’s a teleportation device. You pick the handset, speak the desired destination, and that’s it. As simple as that!

Sinking Rays

Joseph/ September 10, 2012/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

A picture from a while back which I’ve just realized I hadn’t uploaded. This one was taken in Port Meadow at sunset.

Sunset over St Aldates

Joseph/ September 9, 2012/ Uncategorized/ 2 comments

This picture was made from the Christ Church study room, during a break from thesis writing. The sun emerged for a while from behind the clouds and the street and its buildings briefly assumed a surreal character, one which I thought would lend itself quite nicely to a high-dynamic-range (HDR) image. Five frames (two bracketed either side of the average

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The perfect weather for a photograph.

Joseph/ August 23, 2012/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

All in all, today was a good day – except for the fact that this afternoon I accidentally locked myself out of the office and had to cross town twice to get the key from an office mate who luckily was still around. (Perhaps these days’ stress is taking its toll after all.) As I walked (ran, actually) into town

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Port Meadow

Joseph/ August 21, 2012/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

In between thesis writing and data analysis, I’m trying to make a little bit of time for photography when the weather is nice… you know, to keep my mental faculties sane, if for nothing else. So this afternoon, upon leaving the department and noticing that there wasn’t a single cloud in the sky (you’ve got to be an Oxford local

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The decisions one has to make. . . for a picture.

Joseph/ August 13, 2012/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

So… how do I even begin to tell the story behind this picture? Well, I think I’ll take the short route. It was a nice afternoon, so I went out to Port meadow for a walk, camera in hand. The locals were around, happily mooing and chewing away. But then one of them strayed from the herd and went to

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Light Pollution

Joseph/ July 29, 2012/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

I took this picture, which you are encouraged to share, with the sole purpose of creating awareness about the problem of light pollution. The solution is not to switch off all lights, but rather to turn off what is not required and use properly designed lighting fixtures whenever illumination is needed. Properly designed (full cutoff) lighting sends the light where

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St Aldates

Joseph/ July 26, 2012/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

A view of our college from St Aldates. I have been trying to get this street shot on a nice day and without too many cars, bicycles and pedestrians for the past three years. This week I was finally lucky.

The Heart of the Galaxy

Joseph/ July 25, 2012/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

This is a quick snapshot of the very centre of our Galaxy, the Milky Way, taken from Malta. Since we ourselves lie in the Galaxy, we cannot see its grand spiral design from our point of view, just as we cannot perceive the Earth’s spherical shape whilst being bound to its surface. So in essence, this picture shows the point

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Scene from a Village in Malta

Joseph/ July 19, 2012/ Uncategorized/ 1 comments

Rarely does it happen that everything falls into place right at the moment when a photographer clicks the shutter. But when it does, the photographer instantly knows it. Right then, time seems like it has been suspended – and the feeling is one of incredible joy at having preserved a memory of a fleeting moment that will never come to

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Of disappearing and reappering acts

Joseph/ July 18, 2012/ Uncategorized/ 2 comments

I presume that last Saturday, at about 3am local (Maltese) time, most people were fast asleep, unaware of a magnificent spectacle going on above their heads. Jupiter and its moons slowly disappeared from the skies, as our own moon glided steadily in front of them, thus occulting the Jovian system, starting with icy Europa and and volcanic Io, then Jupiter

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“Realising the Astronomy of the Future” ~ Philip Wetton Workshop

Joseph/ June 11, 2012/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

Here are a few pictures from a workshop held last week in Oxford, which saw some of the leading scientists working on the next generation of instruments and telescopes converging in one place to discuss the latest developments. The workshop was made possible by the generous support of Philip Wetton. The inaugural Philip Wetton lecture, associated with the workshop, was

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Venus Transit ~ 5-6 June 2012

Joseph/ June 6, 2012/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

Here is a series of pictures of the transit of Venus, snapped from Port Meadow in Oxford early this morning. There was a huge patch of cloud right where the sun was rising – and I was sure that I was not going to see a thing. But then, luckily the clouds cleared for a brief moment, a bird decided

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Reflecting on a Dream

Joseph/ May 28, 2012/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

I’m convinced that I could stay in this place forever and still be exhilarated by new sights every day. Here’s the latest snapshot of our college; one that I had in mind ever since I came to Oxford, but which for some reason or other never quite had the opportunity to capture as I wished – until last Saturday, that

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Light returns!

Joseph/ May 25, 2012/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

Sunshine! Light, light, light! Oh glorious light! Here is a quick snapshot from this afternoon, showing Christ Church staircase bathed in light, after many days of bleak, gloomy weather.

Richard Dawkins in conversation with Daniel Dennett

Joseph/ May 10, 2012/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

This evening I attended a conversation between Richard Dawkins and Daniel Dennett held at the Examination Schools in Oxford. The discussion between the two ranged fairly freely, but highlights from the evening included a brief discussion of language (arguably, the defining feature of humankind), the application of the meme concept to religious belief, and The Clergy Project. If I were

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The Moments I live for ~ Take 2

Joseph/ April 30, 2012/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

Yesterday evening, we had another of those rare and lucky moments of weird lighting. Here goes the result. I fully understand if you find it hard to believe that this scene actually occurred for real. It’s no wonder that everyone who happened to be in college at the time could not help but pause and take in the moment –

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The Moments I live for

Joseph/ April 29, 2012/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

Recently, the weather has been acting quite strangely, with instances of heavy rain followed by brief spells of sunshine, in turn occasionally leading to the fairly surreal experience of simultaneous rain and sunshine (although mostly, it has been just raining). This picture was snapped right at the time when one such swift change in weather conditions occurred. Initially, it looked

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Venus and the Pleiades

Joseph/ April 3, 2012/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

Anyone who looks up at the evening sky over the coming days will see a bright gem shining brilliantly in the West. But this is no star. It’s actually the planet Venus (aptly known as the “Evening Star” or the “Star of the West”) which is currently dazzling us every evening as its dense atmosphere reflects back light from the

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My village

Joseph/ April 1, 2012/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

I think that when one returns to a place which they have left for some time, the views which were previously seen as ordinary suddenly stand out and seem special. This scene from my own village is definitely one such view.

The Landing of the Swan

Joseph/ March 6, 2012/ Uncategorized/ 1 comments

So yesterday very late afternoon, I went out for a walk by the river with the intention to mull over a math problem in my head. But I took my camera with me just in case. And I’m really glad I did so. After lingering by the river bank for a while, this splendid swan swooshed by, wings spread out

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Silhouetted Tree Addiction

Joseph/ March 1, 2012/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

Yes, you got it. It seems like I’m currently addicted to this kind of scenery. The thing is that this sort of imagery evokes in me such serenity that it’s hard to resist posting. Enjoy the explosion of colours!

Night descending and Lights Flickering

Joseph/ February 29, 2012/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

This picture was taken on the same day as the previous two. It shows the Meadow Building of Christ Church at nightfall, after the grounds emptied of people and it all became very quiet. Those little orange lights seemed to be the only apparent signs of life in an otherwise silent setting completely devoid of any activity. This picture comes

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Sunset Trees

Joseph/ February 27, 2012/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

Well, yesterday the late afternoon light was beckoning and the scene slowly turned into this. Have a good start to the week!

The nature and origin of human beings: Richard Dawkins and Rowan Williams

Joseph/ February 24, 2012/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

It has certainly been a week of discussions, although admittedly, in Oxford it always is. On Monday, Richard Dawkins spoke at the Oxford Town Hall about secularism in the UK. Thursday afternoon, on the other hand, saw a much anticipated debate between Richard Dawkins and Rowan Williams, chaired by Sir Anthony Kenny. The Sheldonian was packed, the physics department’s live

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(One of) my favourite place(s) on the planet

Joseph/ February 21, 2012/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

Ah well, simply looking at a mere picture of this place makes me want to go there and spend a couple of hours flipping through the pages of whatever book grabs my attention, which is precisely what I’ve done uncountably many times over the past couple of years.

Once upon an afternoon in Cornmarket Street…

Joseph/ February 20, 2012/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

So, this week I shall aim to upload a picture every day – all snapped in Oxford. Here goes the first one; I had not been up to any candid street photography in ages, so it felt good to give it a shot after so long. I hope you enjoy the picture. Have a good start to the week!

Theatre and Politics

Joseph/ February 11, 2012/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

This evening I attended a fascinating symposium with the title “Theatre and Politics”, with actress and visiting Humanitas professor in Drama Vanessa Redgrave, actor Ralph Fiennes, Guardian theatre critic Michael Billington and playwright Simon Stephens. Here are a few pictures from the event.

Just over a year later…

Joseph/ February 4, 2012/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

I can hardly believe that a whole year has passed since I created this photography blog. Well here we are, 89 posts and over 300 pictures later. (You can view my first ever blog post here.) I had little idea then how many thousands of people from all walks of life would visit this blog over the ensuing weeks &

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Stargazing Oxford

Joseph/ January 22, 2012/ Uncategorized/ 2 comments

On Saturday, 21st January, Oxford Astrophysics held the event “Stargazing Oxford” as part of the BBC’s Stargazing LIVE string of events across the country. It was an occasion that brought together the whole of Astrophysics at Oxford (and many people from the Physics department at large) to bring astronomy to the general public. The hugely successful event saw about 1,200

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Oxford Night Sky

Joseph/ January 20, 2012/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

Well, tomorrow is a big day for us all at the Oxford Astrophysics department, as we expect hundreds of people to visit us and learn more about the universe. So here’s a fresh aptly-themed picture from my camera, which I snapped late last night, whilst a good friend of mine (you know who you are!) waited very patiently for me

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The last picture of 2011… bring on 2012!

Joseph/ December 31, 2011/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

Here goes the last post for this year… the very last picture of 2011 that will make it on this blog. The very blog which I started, as a matter of fact, in 2011. What a year it has been! So with this picture, which was taken as the sun slowly set in the West upon my village of Ghajnsielem,

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