Photo news for Cambridge Photographer Phil Mynott over 30 years of Professional experience producing quality photo imaging

English & leadership skills...

The President of Panama, Juan Carlos Varela, visited Cambridge to meet Panamanian students currently enrolled on the Panama Bilingue programme at Anglia Ruskin University.

One of the world’s largest teaching projects, the Panama Bilingue programme, which was established by the Panamanian government aims to equip students to become English language teachers and teach other subjects in English, as well as provide them with vital leadership skills.

It was a fun and cheerful assignment to cover with my camera - to witness enthusiasm and zest when photographing any VIP event is a great bonus and helps create interaction between the participants resulting in images far more pleasing than the usual formal handshakes.
Power2Inspire ...

Cambridge charity Power2Inspire promoted a new Super Sensory 1k event as part of the annual Impington Festival of Running. The event celebrates inclusion and getting disabled and non-disabled people participating in physical activity together.

It was the first event of its kind in Cambridge and the Eastern Region and its aim was to challenge preconceptions that disability and mainstream sport and physical activity must be kept separate. The event was open to all – young, old, disabled, non-disabled, walkers, runners, parents, carers and siblings.

The 1km course around the perimeter of the recreation ground had sensory stations along the route which included touch, taste, sight, hearing and smell. It was a great honour to have been engaged as official photographer for this boundary-pushing sporting event.
Living 'La Dolce Vita:' photographer style ...

As photo assignments go, it doesn't get much more fun, or as long a working day, than a two-day shoot in and around Rome that I've just returned from - complete wth an impressive team organising location logistics. The shoot was a big investment of resources by my client so I appreciate the trust they continue to place in me.
April photo chat...

This month's unexpected and unseasonal balmy heatwave may well have inspired you to grab your camera and spring into photo mode. Today I was a guest on The Jeremy Sallis show on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, where I shared photo tips and answered questions from some of his many listeners about how best to capture the season of spring with a camera and a range of other photography related topics. You can listen to our conversation on BBC iplayer, which starts at approx 23mins - by clicking here.
Best seller update...

I've learned today that the portrait photograph I took of Prof Stephen Hawking RIP, used as the author's photo in his autobiography, has now been included on the back cover of the updated edition of the 'phenomenal international bestseller' A Brief History of Time'. To say I'm feeling 'over the moon' is an understatement. I like to think that Mr Buscombe, my one-time enthusiastic physics teacher, is feeling chuffed and somewhat bemused.
Colour of light...

The colours of any city scene can be transformed when you photograph them at night. A camera, when used correctly, is able to capture a wide spectrum and vividness of colours. It can turn an everyday scene into a shot which may well surpass your original reckoning of how effective the final shot is. Ideally I prefer to use a tripod when photographing any architectural scene at dusk or night but for this shot it was hand-held as I spotted its potential whilst on a street level-bound subway escalator in Munich Germany. I was on a deadline to catch a flight home so there was time only to see it, compose, then shoot.
Vibrant Spring...

Bright start on this Spring morning, a visually upbeat cycle commute into Cambridge for first diary job of the week- vibrant colours abound.
Keep on running ...

I relish the task when a client commissions me to produce a portfolio of photographs for business to customer use. This style of corporate photography is all about using photography to help explain my client's product to the customer. In the case of Advance Performance - with specialist running and triathlon stores in Cambridge and Peterborough - it's a very easy message to illustrate: gait analysis, running shoes, tops and other running gear with informed great advice delivered by professional, cheerful and keen staff. I've been lucky enough to have enjoyed a long working relationship with the business from back in the day when it was just up and running. You can learn more about Advance Performance here.
A good idea which stuck ...

Dr Norman de Bruyne (1904-1997), a researcher who developed synthetic urea-formaldehyde based 'aerolite' plus phenolic resin-based 'redux' adhesives and also sandwich panels with balsa and honeycomb cores used extensively today in aerospace, has been celebrated for his pioneering work with a Royal Aeronautical Society Heritage award scheme plaque.
The plaque, which will be placed beside the main entrance gate to Cambridge University Engineering Department, in Trumpington Street, was unveiled by Julie Spence, Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, at an event in the James Dyson Building, which included a display of current research, de Bryune memorabilia and some up-to-the-minute products manufactured using Hexcel composites - including one I thought very sleek, a high performance wheel rim.
Colourful display for diversity...

Cambridge pupils show you can make a rainbow - even when it's snowing. Braving the freezing temperature and falling snow, 300 pupils at the University of Cambridge Primary School, in Eddington, formed a giant rainbow to mark the end of LGBT+ history month. More detail here. and a cheerful sing song I captured on video can be viewed here.
'Beast of the East' boardwalk ...

Winter has returned with a blast of Arctic chill, labelled "The Beast of the East" by the "redtop" headline writers. If you ignore the minus chill factor and get yourself out and about with your camera, you will be well rewarded. For personal photo projects - such as the one I've posted here taken in Milton Country Park early today - it can be very rewarding, especially if you enjoy landscapes.
On the work front, it's been disruptive. Scheduled visits to construction sites for progress photographs have had to be delayed due to the obvious safety issues. PR shoots scheduled for outdoors have had to be hastily relocated indoors - although one was then re-relocated outdoors as sunny skies shoved the snow "blizzard" aside. The one tip I've been reminded of this week is that despite the abundance of various weather apps out there, no photographer should ever trust them for up-to-the-minute weather forecast. The old-fashioned "predict with your gut feeling and just go for it" is still the most reliable way of ensuring your photography workload gets completed one way or another.
The border month...

I'm loving this current month of February here in Cambridgeshire. Not only has it been a busy month for professional photo assignments, it's also been a very rewarding time to have been out and about with a camera close at hand to capture the ever-changing multifarious elements that nature has been throwing at us. With the season of spring about to burst out big time across the UK, in a well timed intervention, I will be sharing seasonal photos tips with listeners to the Jeremy Sallis show on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire this Monday, February 19, from midday.
Still and moving ...

I enjoyed a very productive day of work, shooting both stills and video shorts for Scott Bradbury's upcoming social media campaign. Their newest employee is the daughter of a former colleague of mine from my newspaper days. I'm happy to report that daughter - like mother - kept me focused on the task at hand with excellent direction. Amazing to note how far image capturing has come in just a few decades from a time when my work day choice of medium was limited to just black and white film stock.
Super , here comes a blue moon...

I took the photo above (excuse the bad pun) on the 30th of January, that evening's, light cloud cover created the halo effect. The photo, below, was taken approx 24 hours later - a much clearer and cold sky with no clouds in sight.
Photographers questions...

Note to self - learn to smile and cheer up when I'm the other side of the camera! As always and unreservedly I enjoyed a monthly on air chat with Jeremy Sallis. Apparently, 2018 is my 30th year of chatting photography on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire - but who cares when your having fun. During the feature we covered a number of photo related subject such as Super moons, a super mum who got one over on my fellow pros at Sandringham, upgrading your camera plus tackled some questions from listeners.
A new year dawns...

The first appearance of light for the new year of 2018 at sunrise this morning. Shot from ground level with camera resting in a puddle on the footpath.
Early morning walks with a camera...

It's behind us, which beggars the question where's has the year gone? To view a short video of an edit of some of the photographs I've taken throughout 2017 during my daily early morning walks with my canine companion please click here.
Logging off until 2018...
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I'm logging off all my social media until I'm back to work in the new year, wishing you and yours a wonderful Christmas and a healthy and prosperous 2018.
Morning, 'Paws for thought' ...

There are times when some photos just fall into place, this photograph was transformed into a picture, with a valid point of interest, with the impromptu arrival of greyhound Stevie who then paused to take in the view. With Stevie in to the frame it has added a narrative to the photo which will appeal to a wider audience, than the same early morning vista without a main focal point.
What a difference a day makes...

A lot can change in 24 hours. Which is a good reason to keep a camera handy during your daily routine. Whilst it's enjoyable to be in a new location each day there are rewards for us photographers on the days when we are closer to home. This morning's dog walk delivered a winter fog covered vista in complete contrast to yesterday's clear dawn sky with a rising sun. Regular visits to the same environment provides opportune times to photograph and document the changing seasons and weather.