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johnriley1uk's Blog

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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 ...

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...

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....


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 ...


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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29/04/2014 - 6:26 PM

Today I Went a Wandering.....

Wandering around the City Centre, and very pleasant it was too. Warm but not too warm, a lazy early summer day only missing the buzz of bees and the crackling of crickets in the grass......and it took almost an hour before something caught my photographic eye. From a balcony in Barton Arcade I notic...

27/04/2014 - 11:28 AM

ADAPS Goes Mad in Whitby

The club hired a coach and we headed for the East Coast, some in costume, all wielding cameras ranging from top of the line DSLRs literally down to the humble iPhone, which can hold its own for a surprising range of photography. The weather held well, against all expectations, the mood was relaxed a...

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18/04/2014 - 10:33 PM

Places - Little Moreton Hall

What a gorgeous day it was today, so we went to Little Moreton Hall, a splendid black and white moated manor house, nestled in the Cheshire countryside near Congleton. I was using the Pentax K-5 along with the SMC Pentax-DA 10-17mm Fisheye Zoom. I'm really enjoying this lens and the look it gives to...

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No focusing, depth of field extending from 1 foot to 6 feet only, 1:1 format, black and white......so was my Pentax Q set as I ranged across Manchester with the 07 Mount Shield Lens. I wanted to think as though I was using a Rollei TLR, hence the square format. I wanted to think as though I was shoo...