Picture Special: A caravan turned classy bar, a magpie and lights fantastic

10:00pm Saturday 24th May 2014

I love Tony Moore’s crop here – it leaves a great bit of space for London Welsh’s Gordon Ross to follow his ball skywards. So often sports pictures are tight action shots – this is a refreshing change.

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For our business pages, Damian Halliwell photographed Richard and Svetlana Jones with a beautiful Airstream Caravan converted into a Champagne bar. All the shiny steel has the light bouncing everywhere and I thought this ‘detail pic’  above worked really well.  (NB: despite coming from Rotherham, I do realise that WKD is not a brand of bubbly.)

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Nice composition and lighting from Jon Lewis above. I like the way skin tones and yellow lamp lights glow with warmth in contrast to the cool blues, showing Rycotewood Furniture centre student Will Griffiths with his pendant lampshades for Arts weeks.

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By placing your horizon in the top third of your image, you make a stronger composition. This is part of the ‘rule of thirds’ – one of the few compositional theories I think is worth paying attention to. Having captured some close-up action, of reed bed planting at the wetlands area, Shillingford, Ed Nix backed right off to get this splendid wide angle landscape view above. Combined with the dramatic sky, it’s made a lovely picture.

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I love this picture above, it has such a powerful composition with all lines leading to the student in the middle. But then we see the students in their flats reacting to the noise of the passing re-routed buses due to George Street being closed. He’s captured all the elements of the story and created an image with immense impact.

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This week a homeless couple told us how they’d rescued and adopted a baby magpie, above. This is just a lovely moment, capturing the trust the baby magpie has for Lottie Pauling. A sweet picture indeed by Damian Halliwell.

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Outfits and props and bits of kit are always welcome to a photographer. Here Andrew Walmsley uses them to good advantage, as he snaps girls at Oxford High School who are going to L’Oreal to test shampoos. I understand we are leaving the animal testing question out of this.

Our top stories:

Pothole payouts in Oxfordshire double

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Wednesday 28th January 2015

THE amount of compensation claimed by Oxfordshire drivers for pothole damage more than doubled in two years.

No snow for Oxford again but chance of white morning in Chipping Norton and Banbury

Oxford Mail: Pictures of snow from across the county

6:45pm Wednesday 28th January 2015

SNOW is no longer expected to hit the majority of the county tomorrow morning.

Travellers leave Botley Road Waitrose site after being handed eviction notice

Oxford Mail:

5:52pm Wednesday 28th January 2015

Travellers left the Waitrose site in Botley Road today after being handed a 24-hour eviction notice.

Jayden trial: Jury in Jake Blakeley case sent home until Tuesday

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5:49pm Wednesday 28th January 2015

THE jury in the trial of Jake Blakeley will continue considering its verdict on Tuesday.

UPDATE: Delays on Cotswold Line between Oxford and Worcester after person hit by train

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4:30pm Wednesday 28th January 2015

THERE are delays of up to 40 minutes on rail services between Oxford, Worcester and Hereford this afternoon due to a person being hit by a train between Moreton-in-Marsh and Kingham.

UPDATE: Tesco Metro in Bicester to shut wih 56 job losses after firm announces national closures

Oxford Mail:

1:19pm Wednesday 28th January 2015

Tesco Metro in Bicester will close on April 4.

27 dead in crashes in Oxfordshire last year

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12:43pm Wednesday 28th January 2015

TWENTY-seven people died in traffic collisions across the county last year.

Last Didcot Power Station towers to be demolished next year

Oxford Mail:

12:00pm Wednesday 28th January 2015

THE three remaining cooling towers at the former Didcot A power station will be demolished in 2016, according to energy company RWE npower.

Man left with cut across face after being attacked in Banbury

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11:51am Wednesday 28th January 2015

A MAN is in hospital after he was cut across the face by a stranger, police said.

Great grandfather travels in style right until the end

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Wednesday 28th January 2015

A HORSE and carriage funeral procession made its way through the streets of Oxford yesterday as a great grandfather made his final journey.

Senior councillors back plan to debate new 'super council'

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7:10am Wednesday 28th January 2015

SENIOR councillors of Oxfordshire’s biggest authority have supported calls for a debate on creating one ‘super authority’ for the county.

Oxfordshire ambulance services accused of "playing god" and "putting lives at risk" in new drug trial

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Tuesday 27th January 2015

CARDIAC arrest patients could be given a salt solution instead of adrenaline as part of a new medical trial in Oxfordshire.

Iffley Road complex to be named after Olympian Acer Nethercott

Oxford Mail:

7:48pm Tuesday 27th January 2015

THE first phase of the £60 million redevelopment of Oxford University’s Iffley Road sports facilities could be completed by July 2016.

Arson-struck funeral home is overwhelmed by support

Oxford Mail:

7:30pm Tuesday 27th January 2015

STAFF at a funeral directors said they have been inundated with messages of support after a devastating blaze caused an estimated £100,000 worth of damage.

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