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12/11/2014 - 12:52 PM

Tell It To The Rain

I looked out of the window and noticed it was raining, so the perfect moment to nip out for some photography. We now have weatherproof cameras and lenses, so there's no excuse to hide indoors when the weather is bad! It didn't last long, so the garden was as far as I got, armed with the waterproof/c...

03/11/2014 - 11:59 PM

Antique Whitby

Most cameras now have a selection of digital filters, so being a JPEG shooter from time to time it's interesting to have a go and see what effects can be created. I've always been an admirer of the Autochrome colour images from the early 1900s. These were grainy and had a particular colour quality t...

02/11/2014 - 10:43 PM

On the Whitby Trail

No club outing this time, so we made our own way to Whitby to sample the end of the latest Goth Weekend. This time we weren't in costume, we'll save that for next April, and we did have my 84-year-old Mum with us, so that slowed us down a fair bit. To be fair, she kept up the walking round very well...

22/10/2014 - 10:06 AM

.....Then the Boys

Yesterday it was female portraits, today it is male portraits. I found far fewer of these, although more than I expected, and it was interesting that they were a different style to the female ones. Very often, the images would be of someone doing something, as opposed to being an image of the person...

21/10/2014 - 8:04 PM

First the Girls.....

There was a time when I found shooting people pictures really difficult. I think I was too nervous, and that of course conveys itself to the sitter and results in stilted images. So I thought I'd have a look back and see what I thought of some of the early pictures now. First I'll find some pictures...


Today's destination was the South Lakes Wild Animal Park, along with a group of our friends from ADAPS. I was determined to try out my new custom-colour Q-S1 so the DSLR kit was left behind, It felt a bit odd to be carrying so little, but I knew if I tool the K-5 I would be tempted to use it. The...


Parts of the house at Dunham Massey are currently transformed into a WWI hospital. We visited today and it was interesting, although it didn't amount to a great deal of stuff really. A few beds, some artifacts and a limited amount of actors playing various roles sums it up. However, the house was st...

06/10/2014 - 11:23 AM

Last Chance for Arley Hall

Well last chance for the 2014 season anyway, this month entry price is reduced and the flower beds are still worth photographing. Come to think of it, the Tudor Barn Restaurant is also worth a visit for a leisurely lunch. This is one of those places I love to visit again and again, and I've used it ...


I was over at one of the hospitals today with my Mum-in-Law. She was having a splint fitted in Occupational Therapy. I've just started a project on "doors" and there in the clinic was a very unusual example of a door. Apparently a grateful patient had wanted to make a contribution to t...

24/09/2014 - 11:51 AM

Weddings Can Be Fun!

This one was certainly fun, back in the distant days of January 2010. The destination was Harome, near Pickering, and the night before we saw the news "Here are the scenes of widespread disruption near Pickering" - wonderful.....snow everywhere and a long journey ahead of us. An early star...

21/09/2014 - 5:09 PM

Quality With a Q

Today's trip was to Martin Mere, along with my Mum and my Mum-in-Law. Being with non-photographers means opportunities are reduced, so I decided to also reduce the bulk and take just the Pentax Q kit. One tiny bag holds the lot and it really is no burden at all. For the images I had the 15-45mm f/2....

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15/09/2014 - 11:08 AM

Open Day at Chowbent

Chowbent Unitarian Chapel is, on the outside, a fairly bland looking building near Atherton town centre. They had an open day on Saturday, so we popped in armed with just the Pentax MX-1 compact. Revealed within was very, very nice building, originally from 1630 but rebuilt in 1721. The people were ...


Last night down at the club we had a "My 10 Favourite Photos" night and members explained why they had been attracted to shoot their choices and share a bit of background. My segment was a bit spectacular when the projector bulb exploded - even the equipment is a critic! The back up was ca...

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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,...

10/08/2014 - 10:25 AM


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...