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Welcome to my Portfolio, as you can see, I like capturing a broad range of subjects .......ENJOY!
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  • Ringlight portrait

    I like the portrait, but not the ring light reflections in his eyes.

    • 25 Mar 2017 8:18AM
  • city horses

    Love your title....love the photograph.......love the composition......love your processing.

    Something must be right. Wink)

    • 25 Mar 2017 5:33AM
  • Take a Bite

    Love this Johnny.....I know these fishy folk very well......'tis my market too....

    Please see my latest post.....it features the same fish stall.

    Great shot by the way.

    • 24 Mar 2017 2:08PM
  • pedaling vs pawing

    A very well observed bit of Street Photography.

    Love the title too.

    • 21 Mar 2017 6:26AM
  • Don't Laugh At Me

    A face only a mother could love?

    A fantastic capture.......great detail.

    • 19 Mar 2017 5:26PM
  • Barcelona Girls

    A Superb Street capture.

    • 19 Mar 2017 1:37PM

    Thank you both....

    My interest in ...Legacy Glass ....as you call it John, began a few years ago, when, I was struggling to master all those numbers engraved around the lens body....I have Dyscalculia which makes calculations almost a no-no for me.

    My Sony A 55 camera was the first that I obtained M 42 adapters for.....the manual lenses enforce a slowdown of your thinking and compositional skills......learning about then using a wide variety of old lense is an eye-opening experience in more ways than one, literally and creativity.

    Colours can be rendered differently, depth of field can be challenging, as rewarding, as shown here....fortunately both of my digital cameras have focus assist and peaking, edges of a subject glow when focus is confirmed and a magnifier helps further, a huge help.

    A word of warning though......collecting vintage lenses can become addictive.....but, they do look good, on display if that is what pleases you.

    As stated above, many if the best, especially the JUPITER range from the post-war Soviet Union, are direct Leica copies of pre-war lenses.....the Leitz lens factory was captured from the nazis, and moved to Russia,,where aluiminium was used instead of brass..... these, and FED lenses remain remarkably cheap, but his long will that last, as they gain in popularity?

    Ok! I admit it....... I'm hooked ! 🤔


    • 19 Mar 2017 8:18AM

    It isn't my best work sweat-each......I'm not a doggy person.......they will please my subject, but wouldn't go on here.

    • 18 Mar 2017 8:38PM
  • New Buds

    Fantastic pic.....I have a similar orchid.....stupid me never thought of a black background.....it really works.

    I too am making regular visits to the hospital to see a brother, so I emphasise fully.

    • 18 Mar 2017 7:42PM
  • Apollo--Parnassius apollo

    Beautifully rendered.......inspirational!

    • 18 Mar 2017 6:34AM

    Quote:Yes, amazing texture in that leather; I can practically touch it!

    Any special technique you can share as I have still lots to learn?

    Yes John,

    I can share some of my mono processing steps for you......

    Essentially, I always shoot in RAW colour which are saved as PSDs......I then use Nik Effex in Photoshop CS6 to get to the start point, usually the high construction sliders, or, the first....Fine Art ....set.

    After I am happy, ai begin a process called.....CONTRAST GRADING.....a landscape processing technique which teases out all the tone available in that RAW image.

    I do this on a series of layers which are flattened as I go......essentially, a copy is made, then the Curves slider is used to adjust a tone or tones within a chosen area, but only a small amount at a time....most photographs take less than five minutes, whilst others, up to half an hour.

    A check, then a final sharpen sees the shot completed....a PSD is saved, plus a JPEG at 1050 mp longest side, for posting on forums or email.....then, if I decide to include a shot in one of my BLURB Photo Books, I save a copy at 300 dpi....ten inches, longest side.

    Sounds complicated, but after practice it gets easier and quicker.

    Thank you for your interest.

    • 17 Mar 2017 10:12PM
  • Grevy's Zebras

    That would make a fantastic greeting card......I would try to sell it to a card publisher if ai were you,

    • 14 Mar 2017 9:12AM
  • destination unknown

    Love this!

    Quirky, well seen photography at its very best........beautifully processed too.

    • 14 Mar 2017 6:26AM
  • Urban Scene LIX

    Being a real oldie......your pics remind me so much of the immediate post-war Britain.........ordinary folks, struggling to continue from day to day.....

    My Irish step-granny and her sister Auntie Maggie used to dress like the lady here, they grew all their own veg and fruit, and were quite happy to kill-draw-then cook a chicken.....they always shared what they had, with my mum and six children......Dad was in the Royal Artillery for six years.....we hardly saw him until he was demobbed.

    I am guessing that this is Eastern Europe somewhere?......it seems they still havea very long way to go.

    Superb Street Photography, of what I thought was a vanished life.

    • 11 Mar 2017 5:26AM
  • Urban Scene LXVII

    You have done it AGAIN!

    Top marks........I just hope, against hope, that there is more help for her somewhere.

    • 11 Mar 2017 5:15AM
  • Urban Scene LXVIII

    My kind of shot......Street Photography ....at its very best.

    • 11 Mar 2017 5:12AM
  • Touchdown

    Just beautiful......composition, spot on.


    Could I have your permission to use your pic as inspiration for a watercolour painting please?

    I won't be offended if you refuse.

    • 7 Mar 2017 9:01PM
  • Watching the world go by (again)

    It's a .....No Brainer......isn't it?

    Great shot.....my kind of shot and observation.

    • 7 Mar 2017 8:21AM
  • She's getting above herself . . .

    "she's up there again"............

    " I Torso"

    • 5 Mar 2017 12:29PM

    Thank you all.......

    I think that this proves beyond all doubt that with a little thought and planning, a potential photographer short if funds could do well to find a decent used

    M 4/3rd's camera, a couple of 15-40 vintage lenses plus appropriate M42 or M39 adapters...

    Please folks don't be put off by those who decry the use of vintage glass....

    The lens through which I shot this was manufactured in 1955 ......my camera is a four year old Panasonic GX7 that I purchased for the tilting viewfinder prior to eye surgery.

    The 8? Yr old Panasonic GF1 M/4/3 Camera;s are extremely cheap now.


    • 3 Mar 2017 6:01PM
  • Homage to Vivian 3

    Wonderful series Moira.......great to see homage paid to such a unique lady and wonderfully observant photographer, who was way ahead of her time.

    One of my favourites, her life-story work are well worth studying by all new to photography.

    • 3 Mar 2017 8:06AM

    Thank you Richard......

    Strangely enough, I like the bright light.......it is good that we all see thing differently.

    • 2 Mar 2017 9:45AM

    Cats_123 you are wicked......it isn't a raincoat, but my winter leather jacket....

    My camera is only tucked away when I'm actually in the rain...., practically all the time I am out and about it is in clear sight hanging on its strap, on my chest.

    Most times it isn't noticed, or, at least not commented upon, except by the strange few who ask....... "Are you taking photographs".......I am urged to say in reply....." No, I'm making custard"......but I never do.

    At age 79, I am one of the .....Invisibles........we oldies walk the streets almost totally ignored....folks don't realise that I'm not ignoring them. 😜

    I much appreciate all comments and observations received.....they keep me motivated.

    • 2 Mar 2017 9:43AM
  • Homage to Vivian 2

    Hi, Moira,

    A great study, and a genuine homage to an amazing photographer....one of my favourites too.

    By a very strange coincidence I did a very similar pic in homage to Vivienne Maier only last week, I used a shop window reflection.

    • 2 Mar 2017 8:48AM
  • Unplugged

    Well! It should receive a good current if it's in a river....😜

    • 27 Feb 2017 4:18PM
  • North West.


    To me especially for two reasons......

    I have been taking a series of ....bus journey pics ...recently too.

    But.....most scary is the.....near likeness of myself in a really grumpy mood....

    • 26 Feb 2017 7:10PM
  • leaving platform

    I love this photograph!

    Why?.....because as a thumbnail view it looks just like a metal turning, on a lathe.....but.....click it to full size, and it changes completely into what it really is.

    Great observation, conversion and processing.

    • 23 Feb 2017 3:48PM
  • B.O.G.O.F.

    This is what.....Street Photography....is all about.

    Observation and reaction at its very best.

    • 17 Feb 2017 8:13AM
  • Walker Art Gallery

    They have really upset that painting....wouldn't be surprised if they were barred from the gallery.

    • 16 Feb 2017 8:17AM
  • Now where did I leave my legs?

    Top-notch observation........my kind of photography.

    • 16 Feb 2017 8:15AM