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  • Lancashire Steam at Astley Green

    This weekend at Astley Green Colliery (Lancashire Mining Museum) there is a two day Lancashire Steam Heritage Festival. Members of the Lancashire Traction Engine Club have brought their fine steam traction engines, to which are added Hot Food, Licens...0


    14 May 2022 5:52PM  |  Read


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  • Precious McKenzie - Live!

    A couple of years back I arranged a photo shoot at ADAPS with punk-rock band Precious McKenzie. My shots were using the Pentax K-1 and a variety of lenses, including the Fish-eye zoom, and it was all shot by available light. Some of the shots I set t...0


    10 May 2022 2:21PM  |  Read


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  • Wings over Elvington

    Today was a 1940s re-enactment event at Yorkshire Air Museum at Elvington. It was a good clear run trhough this morning, arriving at around 10:15 and straight into the car park. Previosuly we've had to queue, so that was a Good Start. Camera was the ...0


    7 May 2022 6:52PM  |  Read


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  • Right Under Our Noses - Teapot Hall

    Sue and I were both raised in a tiny place called Irlams o' th' Height, nestled at the end of the East Lancashire Road, where the A580 becomes the A6 before plunging towards Manchester. Locals call it The Height. Before the A6 was turned into a huge ...0


    4 May 2022 5:49PM  |  Read


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  • The Timeless Mists

    We arrived at Flamborough Head around 10:30am and as soon as we did, we were engulfed in the wildly fluctuating sea mists. The mournful cry of the seahorn echoed across the cliff tops, but there was no light from the lighthouse. The mists came and we...0


    25 Apr 2022 6:36PM  |  Read


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  • Genuine Imitation Life

    In the (hopefully) very near future there will be a huge boxed set spanning the career of Frankie Valli andThe Four Seasons. 43 CDs and one vinyl record, a book, no doubt a nice box to keep them in. The vinyl album will be the mono version (never re...0


    6 Apr 2022 12:42AM  |  Read


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  • Something Old, Something New

    I have a few vintage lenses and projects waiting for the time to pursue them, and one has made some moves over the past few days. I was given some Minolta film cameras and lenses and also some Yashica lenses plus a film body, so plenty to have a go w...0


    22 Mar 2022 3:27PM  |  Read


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  • Something for Film Fans

    From time to time I am passed various old cameras and lenses and it can be a bit of a diversion to have a go and see what can be done with them. Thanks to Kelvin7 I've been given a Yashica FR I film camera, in used but very nice condition and now, wi...0


    14 Mar 2022 1:34PM  |  Read


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  • The 4 Sisters - Gin, but not as we know it

    Today Mike picked us up and took us toThe 4 Sisters Gin Distillary in Trafford, Sue's Christmas present being a two hour gin tasting of craft gins. It is just across the way from the 7 Brothers Brewery, and yes, it's all a family of 11. So we entered...0


    12 Mar 2022 10:51PM  |  Read


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  • On Our Doorstep

    This is the converse of yesterday's blog, which was suggesting that as time goes by we travel further and further to find new things to photograph. That's true of course, but equally true is that very often we ignore what is on our very own doorstep....0


    11 Mar 2022 11:52AM  |  Read


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  • Always Something New

    Wherever we go, there is always something new to see, even if we keep returning to the same places. It's very difficult not to. As time goes by, to find new places we travel further and further and for a day trip probably a two hour drive is just abo...0


    10 Mar 2022 9:08PM  |  Read


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  • Seeing Red Tractors on Parade

    Red is a real punchy, eye grabbing and dynamic colour, sometimes combined with yellow for Kodak film boxes for just that reason. So I was looking at some old digital images and processed (some for the first time) these from a visit to Crich Tramway M...0


    25 Feb 2022 12:09PM  |  Read


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  • My First Camera

    Mt first camera was this delightful Six-20 Popular Brownie, made by Kodak England between 1937 and 1940. It takes 8 exposures 6x9cm on 620 roll film. I hasten to add that I am not that old, and did not buy it new for myself. It was my Granny's camera...0


    24 Feb 2022 8:11PM  |  Read


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  • On The Road Again

    Clearly the pandemic is, in one sense, losing its grip on our daily activities. One sign is that the requests to judge photo competitions are now rolling in, with the first one tonight. It's great to see the clubs waking up from the long Covid sleep ...0


    23 Feb 2022 10:43AM  |  Read


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  • Table Top Photography

    An exciting day today as my latest lens acquisition arrived: a beautifully mint SMC Pentax-DA 70mm f/2.4 Limited. This one is in silver finish, but either silver or black the lens is a fine example of the lens makers' art. Aluminium. Quality etching ...0


    22 Feb 2022 11:38AM  |  Read


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