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johnriley1uk's Blog

johnriley1uk

I hope you enjoy browsing the images in my Portfolio - all comments are welcome!
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  • The Siege of Rhuddlan, 1062

    Although some web sources suggest a date of 1165, we arrived at Rhuddlan Castle somewhere around 1062. King Harold wasn't King yet, but he was on his way to Rhuddlan to defeat the Welsh King. Sure enough, some contemporary characters were around the ...

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  • 1940s on the East Lancashire Railway

    Today (Saturday) was the first of three days for the East Lancashire Railway 1940s event. We went to Bolton Street Station in Bury and found steam trains and lots of people dressed up in 1940s gear. These are always great events to photograph, with f...

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  • On the Streets of Manchester

    Yesterday Sue and I and Mark Dyson were out on the streets of Manchester, cameras armed and ready. Mark uses his phone quite a lot for street photography, Sue had her Pentax K-3 with SMC Pentax-DA 18-135mm WR lens, I was using the Pentax Q-S1 with th...

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    21 May 2017 10:15AM | Read

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  • Powerboat Racing at Carr Mill

    I was talking to my brother-in-law Les and he suggested we went down to Carr Mill where he was on the pit team for some powerboat racing. We had no idea that les was involved or even interested in powerboats, so two things were decided there and then...

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  • Happy Birthday Frankie Valli!

    On Thursday we went to the Manchester Arena to watch Frankie Valli and his great band of musicians. In the 70s Sue and I were part of the team that ran his fan club in the UK. I was chairman of the committee for a few years, and we spent many nights ...

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  • When is a Wedding Photographer not.......

    .......a Wedding Photographer? When he's off duty and just shooting pictures for fun. And such it was when Sue and I went to Craig and Laura's wedding on Saturday. "Uncle John," said Craig, "We're not having any wedding photos, you are having a day o...

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  • Places - Lowther Castle

    A few years ago we were on holiday in Eden Valley, not far from Penrith. On one of our trips out we stumbled across a huge derelict castle, and like all inaccessible places it held a magnetic attraction. This was Lowther castle, derelict for decades,...

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  • Places - The Devil's Porridge Museum

    We have just spent a couple of days in Dumfries and Galloway, and very nice it was too. On our way up there, on Sunday, near Gretna we passed a sign proclaiming "The Devil's Porridge Exhibition". Having already fallen for enticing signs when we went ...

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  • Pentax 18-135mm vs 18-270mm Shootout

    Two lenses, both a very useful range, and obviously the one with the widest focal length range won't be as sharp. Will it? To find out, i did an impromptu rough test, both lenses being mounted on a Pentax K-3 II and the camera in turn on a solid Manf...

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    29 Mar 2017 12:48AM | Read

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  • Places - Lyme Hall

    The weekend was a busy one, for once pursuing our own personal photography, and Sunday saw us heading for Lyme, a large National Trust estate at Disley, just beyond Stockport. Sue and myself, along with Sue's brother Mark and his wife Diane, plus the...

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  • Places - Walton Hall Gardens

    Our travels this last weekend took us to Walton Hall Gardens, basically a large and very well maintained park in Warrington. However, let's not underestimate what Warrington Council have done with this fine looking hall and its grounds. The hall itse...

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    27 Mar 2017 9:49AM | Read

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  • The Photography Show

    Sue and I got into the NEC around 10.45, straight into the halls as there was no queue, but first stop was coffee. We took the opportunity to meet up with Josh Waller from EPZ and then made our way into the fray. We love these shows, they give plenty...

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  • Dunham Massey in Mono

    Retro is in, definitely. From those purists who listen to the mono masters of old pop records on mono Hi-Fi systems, to those purists who use black and white film to those who "cheat" by emulating it. Today I'm cheating by shooting my black and white...

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  • Bold Monochrome with a Pentax Q

    Actually a Pentax Q-S1 that Sue bought for me in one of the custom colours. Green caught my eye, so green it was. The Q system is the sort of system that just invites experimentation, be it using the digital filters, adding accessories, shooting ultr...

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  • Samyang at Astley Green

    It's been a busy Christmas, but today I found an hour or so to take my new Samyang 14mm f/2.8 lens down to Astley Green Colliery Museum to shoot a few images. The Pentax K-1 was left set on AF, so I knew when the the manual focusing of the Samyang le...

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    27 Dec 2016 4:39PM | Read

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