Cambridge daytrip; 4 Instagram spots you can’t miss in 2019
If you’re planning to visit the gorgeous town of Cambridge in 2019, and you want some ideas of good places to shoot some photography for Instagram or your blog, you’ve come to the right place.
Much earlier this year, back when winter was very much still upon us, GoEuro invited us to do a day-out in Cambridge - we were not disappointed! Wandering around some of the hot spots of Cambridge, we naturally came across some great photo opportunities, so I though I’d take some time today and share them with you.
As in my Amsterdam post, todays locations will be a mixture of both great street photography spots, as well as good places to take photos of yourselves for your Instagram feed.
Cambridge University Botanical Gardens
More Info; Cambridge University Botanical Gardens
Are you noticing a theme here? Yes, yet another botanical gardens guys. Just take a scroll through Ana’s feed and you'll see two more locations since Cambridge. This one in particular is certainly worth a visit, and it’s literally right next to the train station too, ideal, if you like us, take a train up from London.
Cambridge University Botanical Gardens has a pleasant mixture of greenhouses set in amongst a large open park. Take the time and wander around, we really enjoyed this after London’s busy street’s. All in all, we spent about an hour and a half here.
For photography and Instagram; I would recommend going with the mindset of taking close-ups portrait shots in amongst the plants, as they always make for fabulous images. If you had a wide angle lens, you can get some really busy and dramatic images where you will really pop against the greens. You just have to be patient in between the tourists.
Exact Location; Located here
Entry Costs - £6.00 per person
2. Fitswilliam Museum
More Info; Fitswilliam Museum
On top of its huge collection of art and historical artefacts, the building itself is incredible. It’s free admission, and if you head there after the botanical gardens, its just a walk down the street. We popped our heads in and got some shots both of the exterior and from inside too. We would have liked to have had more time, but we were rushing to see the colleges.
For photography and Instagram, with the immensity of this place, again we were super glad to have had a wide angle lens. We were shooting at 28mm on our 28-70mm f3.5 kit lens, and I still would have liked more. This place is primed for lookup photography as well.
With so much to fit into the frame on expansive buildings like this, it’s really good to think about the rule of thirds, and where the natural horizons are. Positioning your subject into a third, really helps to create a more interesting and pleasing image! As you can also see by some of the photos, focus on using leading lines to draw the viewers eyes in and around your image.
Exaction Location; Located Here
3. The Colleges
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Arguably one of the most famous, if not the most famous university in the world, Cambridge university was just great to explore and capture. We were overpowered thinking of the shear intelligence and ideas that have come from these colleges. A grand place, for grand ideas - what a setting to study. Naturally this place is going to be on anyone’s list for a day trip to Cambridge, and were not for a second disappointed. I would say leave plenty of time to explore a few of the colleges, we only had the chance to explore the Trinity College building.
For photography and Instagram; This is a building and architectural photographers paradise. There are so many details to see and capture, I could have spent hours wandering around here. Not to mention, there are a lot of colleges to actually explore. Please do yourself a favour and go in the late afternoon, the oranges from a setting sun just explode across the buildings, and make it incredibly fun to edit the images in post.
Exact Location; Located Here
4. Great St. Mary’s Church/Market Square
More Info; Great St Mary’s Church/Market Square
Who doesn’t love getting a different perspective on things? Climbing the stairs we ascended up to the top of the bell tower to the balcony. Wow, what a view! I can highly recommend adding this to your list. It’s right opposite the colleges, and the market square below is filled with plenty of merchants selling crafts, delicious foods, and drink too. It’s certainly worth taking 20 minutes to explore whats for sale!
For photography and Instagram: we found the top of the bell tower was surrounded by metal barriers, so it was difficult to get a photo of Ana with the view in below. Instead you’re left with little peak holes which allowed the photographs above.
If you’re doing photography like I’ve done, make sure to focus on the roads and streets to add eye-lines, otherwise it will be just a mass of buildings with nothing that holds the attention.
Exact Location; Located Here
So there you have it, four great spots in Cambridge to grab yourself some great photographs and to make the most of a day out in this beautiful town. I have been to Cambridge in the past, but I’d never really explored it with photography in mind. The town itself is wonderful, and there are so many rustic shops there that sell all manner of goods, it left me wanting to take the weekend there. Can you see Cambridge in a day - absolutely, but you wont have much time to soak it up and slow down. Also, I’m certain there are a hundreds more fantastic spots in Cambridge, sadly we just didn’t have the time to find them. Considering it was winter as well, we naturally shied away from any form of river punting. On a warm day I can only imagine the fun you’d have floating down the river taking the town in as it should be - not to mention a great place to take photos from.
Just a quick recommendation - you simply must stop at one of the Fitzbillies coffee/bakery shops and have one of their traditional Chelsea buns, they are amazing!
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