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The Radcliffe Camera

By DiegoDesigns
I visited Oxford recently and this is a shot of the Radcliffe Camera. Apparently it was built by James Gibbs between 1737 and 1749 with money bequeathed by John Radcliffe, the famous physician, and was designed to house a library endowed by him.

The Camera contains two reading rooms, mainly used by undergraduates. Beneath the lawn to the north is an underground book-store, built in 1912, connected with the Camera and by a subway with the Old Library.

This shot was taken from the public viewing gallery half way up the 62m tower of the University Church of St. Mary the Virgin, which dates from the 13th century, although the rest of the church was rebuilt in the early 16th century. Having never visited Oxford before, it was a delightful weekend spent rummaging about the historic city.

Thanks for looking and all comments welcome...

Tags: Street photography Photo journalism Camera Canon Architecture Oxford Landscape and travel Radcliffe

Voters: jimmypaton, helenlinda, Imagephotographics and 30 more

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jimmypaton 12 19 Scotland
9 Oct 2010 4:05PM
very good image
9 Oct 2010 4:09PM
Excellent image & nicely presented

helenlinda Plus
14 374 22 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2010 4:09PM
Great viewpoint - fascinating building
User_Removed 12 26 2 United States
9 Oct 2010 4:30PM
Stunning shot - wonderful POV.
Cor 12 Belgium
9 Oct 2010 5:36PM
Excellent +++++
9 Oct 2010 8:18PM
Beautiful image even if it is of the other place!

A lovely image and really nicely presented.
blackbird 14 159 15 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2010 10:25PM
lots of detail in the large
BlueRoom 15 73 20 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2010 11:51PM
So unusual to get such a clean view of such a picturesque building. It almost looks as if you could pick it up and pop it on the mantlepiece.
It's a good job cameras have become more portable though.

Rende 14 38 4 Netherlands
10 Oct 2010 11:40AM
Wonderful shot with great detail and a lovely sky.
twelvemegs 11 6 United Kingdom
10 Oct 2010 7:18PM
Great image, love the processing and presentation.

bricurtis Plus
15 2.5k 51 England
10 Oct 2010 8:57PM
Good hight to take this from Dave - shows it well. It does look as if it could be picked up and moved as Eric said.
DiegoDesigns 15 117 6 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2010 7:02PM
Although perhaps a little like a postcard, I was pleased with the result mainly because of the viewpoint, which really helps and the lack of people - although there were a few lurking in the shadows! Many thanks for all the kind comments and clicks, much obliged... Dave
danbrann 16 640 17
11 Oct 2010 7:24PM
Yes a real cracker Dave. What a marvellous choice of viewpoint. I don't think you could have chosen better.
DiegoDesigns 15 117 6 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2010 10:17PM
It was worth the climb up those cramped steps inside the church to reach the viewing area, along with loads of others!! Cheers Danny... Dave
davidhu 15 19 United Kingdom
12 Oct 2010 12:52PM
Excellent Dave, have no 30 on me.
Richsr 14 91 223 England
12 Oct 2010 1:37PM
Like the details and tones in this Dave, good architectural work.
Regards Richard
DiegoDesigns 15 117 6 United Kingdom
12 Oct 2010 6:42PM
Thanks Dave & Richard for the additional comments, pleased it's gone well... Dave

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