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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...

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 ...

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 ...

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...