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15/08/2014 - 12:00 AM

Victoriana with the Pentax Q

We were down at Dam House in Astley earlier this evening. I was dressed up as were Sue, Bethany and our friend Sue. I couldn't carry much, so the Pentax Q with standard 8.5mm lens was used. I was pretty impressed with the results, and without further ado here's some of the images. Hot off the press,...

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10/08/2014 - 10:25 AM

Simplicity

There are many phases to our photography, it waxes and wanes and develops and sometimes stays still for a while. But when in doubt I think of Simplicty. This can work with a DSLR, just taking one lens out for a whole period of time, be in hours or a day or longer. This removes all the stress of carr...

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05/08/2014 - 2:07 PM

Dig The City

Me and my shadow, more commonly known as my Pentax MX-1, were in the city today. It was all excitement as the Manchester Urban Gardening Festival was getting under way. The BBC had their big silver bus and lots of people with very sturdy tripods and cameras. The National Trust was busy entertaining ...

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26/07/2014 - 3:30 PM

Watch The Flowers Grow

I was at Arley Hall today for a while, giving Mum a bit of a trip out that wasn't too far. This is the moment to visit if you like flower photography. Everything is blooming, all those wintry stumps have turned into a cacophany of floral splendour. The food is pretty good as well, so don't forget to...

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22/07/2014 - 8:29 PM

Look Up, Look Over

When we were shooting images for the "Images of England" project for English Heritage we learned quite a few things. One of these was to pull our eyes upwards, look up at what there was, look over the top of all those flashy shops. Because over them is so much architecture and there is so ...

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21/07/2014 - 12:05 AM

I Am Not a Number!

Yes, Portmeirion, the place The Prisoner was filmed, along with almost every other UK production that needed an Italianate backdrop. But of course the village is constructed as an architectural playground and its vistas and perspectives have been carefully worked out. As a consequence, it is truly g...

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A new waterproof camera, a trip into Manchester, but not one drop of water to put it through its paces. So instead I took the Pentax WG-3 for a walk in a new direction, along the back streets of the city to the Art Gallery and back to St Ann's Square. Nobody took any notice of the bright orange came...

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18/06/2014 - 4:07 PM

Owls in the Woods

Not the 100 acre wood, but the woodland that houses the delightful Rutland Owl and Falconry Centre. This place was absolutely fantastic, set in beautiful natural woodland and enabling us to get really close to the birds. The weather was wet, but if anything that enhanced the experience, giving that ...

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08/06/2014 - 1:24 PM

It's All In The Detail

We're just back after a holiday in Lincolnshire, a week of houses, castles, gardens, wildlife centres.....and I was thinking about how I tend to be looking for the detail rather than the overall scene. Obviously there are exceptions, but everywhere there are so many tiny parts of the whole that make...

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I was given a box of C mount lenses, most of which unfortunately were riddled with fungus. However, two were salvageable and I bought a C mount adapter for the Pentax Q so that I could try them out. Today I went down to Arley Hall to try them out and the first image shows the three lenses I mainly u...

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18/05/2014 - 6:27 PM

Haworth 1940s Weekend - Faces

I have a part time project running at the moment - Faces - and I'm gathering pictures of people, primarily of fantastic faces. The potential of expressions and emotions is almost without limit, so today's visit to Haworth provided a Happy Hunting Ground. The SatNav guided us down an exciting and con...

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17/05/2014 - 11:47 PM

Places - Bodnant Garden

Today we went to see my Mum in Abergele and we took her to Bodnant Garden, a National trust property a short way north of Llanrwst. There was plenty of colour to be had and the sun shone relentlessly all day. Not the best conditions for flower photography, but there are some things that can be done....

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Skipping forwards slightly, I have just bought the 06 zoom lens for the Pentax Q, currently being offered at a price that cannot be refused. I had planned to look at the 02 zoom lens next, but new toys need checking out! So off I went to Martin Mere, just me, the ducks and a few school trips by the ...

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I thought I would take just one lens in turn and see what I could do with the tiny Pentax Q. The lenses are gorgeous, diminutive examples of fine lens making. I have a suspicion that some of them arose from the existing design work done on CCTV lenses. Someone has recently given me a box of such len...

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When I started out I could only dream of a 200mm lens, never mind a 300mm or even 500mm. Now 500mm is within the reach of many of us, usually as a 50-500mm Sigma lens or similar. Marque lenses are very expensive in the longer range, although I'm sure they have the performance and durability to justi...

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