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19/02/2014 - 9:17 PM

New Looks at Old Subjects

Finding images to shoot in Manchester after regular fortnightly visits to the same spot for over two years now becomes a challenge. But there's still material there, no matter how many times we visit, as long as we keep our minds open and keep looking. I decided to concentrate on St Ann's Church ...

16/02/2014 - 10:26 AM

Urban Exploration for Kids

We've just been given an old doll's house, very quaint and a bit dusty but basically sound. It's going to Granddaughter #3, Amelia Jane, and just maybe she'll let her younger sister Georgia have a go as well. It reminded me in a way of walking into one of the fascinating disused bothys in Scotland o...

10/02/2014 - 4:33 PM

Wildfowl and Granddaughters

Beth is familiar to anyone who has read any of my EPZ camera reviews as she is sometimes roped in at very short notice for some portrait shots. No reviews being done yesterday, but she and I went down to Martin Mere to see what was there to see. Large numbers of wildfowl seem the norm, so no surp...

04/02/2014 - 10:00 PM

The Day Out That Wasn't

I had intended to have a day at York Air Museum, but decided it was time my two front tyres were changed. How mundane, but I had a day off anyway. After lunch I wandered over for a Mostly Harmless wander around Astley Green Colliery Museum. This is what I found: I was using the Penta...

02/02/2014 - 3:10 PM

Birding on the Flash

The sun was shining on the North West today, so down to Pennington Flash we went. The Flash is a lake resulting from subsidence. There's been a lot of coal mining in the past and the ground has seriously subsided in many places. Around the flash are various hides, so we went to practice our bird ...

01/02/2014 - 3:35 PM

The Movies Come To Us

Sometimes it's a good thing that we never throw anything away, although we do end up with a lot of clutter. I have at least three fully working 8mm cine film projectors and it was time to dust one off and put it to work. I've been clearing out several camera collections for various people and amongs...

28/01/2014 - 11:47 PM

Year of the Horse

So I was sat in the café at Marks and Spencer and discussing the paper lanterns all over Manchester. "It's the Chinese New Year," said the woman at the next table. "I don't know what year it is though." One minute later, the iPhone revealed that 2014 is the Year of the Horse. Yay...

24/01/2014 - 10:40 AM

Doctor Who?

I've watched Doctor Who since the very first episode and was captivated from the very start. There has been some fantastic television produced over the past 50 years, and such a variety of styles under the one title. I'll have a look for some older shots when I have time, but for now here's some ...


I've just been looking at the images I shot with my Humble Pentax *istDS, somewhere back in the dark days of maybe 2006 or so. A heady 6MP and to be honest some very nice prints even at A3. But of course the K10D had more detail, the K20D even more, and the K-5 hasn't been traded in for a K-3 yet. N...

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We have been meaning to visit Skippool for some time. We recently bought a copy of "Hidden Harbours of the North West" and today started on our mission to see them all. Everybody else seems to have been to Skippool way before us, so I said to Sue that we really needed something different. ...


It's Thursday and this week Thursday is my Tuesday, so off to Manchester I went. A few blogs ago I mentioned things disappearing and sure enough, at least for this week, the flower seller was not at St Ann's Church: This revealed some old gravestones from the 1700s, and in all the years I've w...

19/12/2013 - 3:37 PM

Kindling an Interest in Books

One of the most used presents I have ever bought Sue is her Kindle. Several years later it still goes everywhere with her and is in constant use. It's a great way to read books. But.....there are a couple of things I find slightly disturbing. The first is that e-mails arrive saying "there's a n...

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18/12/2013 - 9:43 PM

Looking Back

One of the nice things about digital photography is we can look back at our archive of shots and there's no need to set up anything. Rather than getting all the trays out, sorting the chemicals and dedicating hours of time it can all be done when convenient. Having picked up a bug that cancelled som...

12/12/2013 - 11:05 PM

Straight Out of Camera

Tonight's ADAPS competition was called "The Natural Landscape - Straight Out Of Camera" and was the idea of our good friend Joe Jackson. Joe thought we were finding it too easy to use Photoshop to improve images after the event and wanted to challenge us to do nothing at all to the shots, ...

11/12/2013 - 11:46 PM

Let's Go Clubbing!

I'm thinking here about like minded people gathering in groups and forming clubs. Over the years I must have joined a club for every type of camera I was ever interested in. Club Rollei was one of the first for me, run at the time by Ron Spillman. This was about the time I joied ADAPS, an actual ...

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