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johnriley1uk's Blog

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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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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...

12/04/2014 - 7:23 PM

Victorian Manchester

We were in Manchester today and the car parks under the various railway arches are absolutely fascinating, rich in Victorian detail. It's all pretty grubby now, but I shot a few pictures around the Cathedral area. The final one in the sequence shows either a tributary of the Irwell, or maybe a short...

11/04/2014 - 12:18 AM

The ADAPS Year Book 2014-2015

Another year, and another marathon book making. Every year I badger the members of the Atherton & District Amateur Photographic Society (ADAPS) to give me three of their best pictures, from which I choose two to put in the yearbook. The idea is to keep an ongoing record over the years of who the...

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07/04/2014 - 2:58 PM

Looking Back

Sometimes when we have lots of new pictures to process there are quite a few that get passed over, usually I think because we are itching to get to the next new ones. When these older images were on negative film, they might never be looked at again. Digital is something else though, and all my imag...

01/04/2014 - 4:54 PM

Fisheye Fun In The City

The SMC Pentax-DA 10-17mm Fisheye Zoom sat securely on my K-5 and Manchester beckoned, warm and welcoming in the fine spring weather. This was the first foray with the new lens and the journey took me from the Royal Exchange, through to Barton Arcade, St Ann's Square, St Ann's Church and on to the J...

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24/03/2014 - 4:08 PM

A Host of Blurred Daffodils

I have been doing books all day, so, feeling slightly numb from endless figures, I decided some fresh air had been earned. I wandered down to Dam House, taking the Pentax Q and my new 07 Mount Shield Lens. No focusing, only the centre anywhere near sharp, only in focus between 1 foot and 6 feet. I a...

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23/03/2014 - 5:39 PM

Another Scene at Astley Green

I was at Astley Green again today, doing some 1to1 photo training for someone, but there was the opportunity to shoot a few images of my own as well. It's always a challenge to revisit a place time and again, but it's a challenge I find quite relaxing. And here are some of my pictures, all shot with...

18/03/2014 - 4:41 PM

Roaming the Back Streets

This morning I was indeed roaming at least some of the back streets of Manchester. It's the dark corners that reveal so much of the history and in so many ways they are far more interesting than shiny new glass and concrete structures. Let's follow the journey as I entered St Ann's Square and droppe...

16/03/2014 - 2:44 PM

Improvising at Dunham Mill

We don't take out tripods unless we really need to, so sometimes a bit of lateral thinking is needed when slower shutter speeds are needed. Using the K-5, high ISO performance is still pretty spectacular, so ISO 1600 is usable without any problem and ISO 3200 and above when necessary. Today we ma...

12/03/2014 - 11:42 AM

The Forgotten

I've been selling quite a few cartes-de-visite and cabinet photos recently, and looking through the collection seems quite poignant in some ways. Here we have a parade of real people who existed, had lives and existencies that we can only muse about. Sometimes they even have names, sometimes dates, ...

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