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I hope you enjoy browsing the images in my Portfolio - all comments are welcome!
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  • The Photography Never Stops

    In one form or another, the photography never stops. Even when there's nothing that actually needs doing, there's always a shutter click or two to amuse the inner artist.....artist now, no less.....well, to amuse the inner restless spirit anyway. Tod...0


    16 May 2021 4:40PM  |  Read


    Views : 538

  • The Art of Cut and Paste

    Literally, we can cut and paste images and I used to do that quite a bit at one time. I'm going to look at some examples now, and admittedly they are a bit primitive, but they do show a spark of trying to do something just a little outside the box. T...0


    15 May 2021 4:43PM  |  Read


    Views : 281

  • Over The Sea To............

    We all need to dream and sometimes I might just like to immerse myself in a book that has absolutely no practical use to me at all. It cost me 25 in 1997 when we were visitng Oban. I debated long and hard but in the end bought "The Scottish Islands"...0


    14 May 2021 4:33PM  |  Read


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  • Places - Cholmondeley Castle Gardens

    Yesterday we travelled down into Cheshire to visit Cholmondeley Castle Gardens. Just like the road in Irlams o' th' Height in Salford, the name is pronounced "Chumley", one of those strange things for which I have no explanation other than that's the...0


    13 May 2021 8:44AM  |  Read


    Views : 329

  • It's a Small World

    Of course it depends compared to what, but the context today is making images in a small area and finding inspiration anywhere and everywhere. We don't need a huge area to shoot pictures, and to test out this theory I walked around the moat at Damhou...0


    12 May 2021 4:21PM  |  Read


    Views : 320

  • A New Look in an Old Style

    The idea of mixing shooting colour with black and white never gelled with me. The thinking process of the two is different. So when I want to shoot black and white I set the camera to Monochrome JPEG capture, adjusting the parameters to suit my style...0


    11 May 2021 9:30AM  |  Read


    Views : 347

  • A Benevolent Queen

    I have mentioned Queen Alexandra, Queen to King Edward VII, before in the context of her book for charity "Queen Alexandra's Christmas Gift Book - Photographs from my Camera". The book was published by the Daily Telegraph in 1908 and there are usual...0


    10 May 2021 11:13AM  |  Read


    Views : 347

  • How Deep Is Your Love?

    This is a more personal blog today, featuring my recently passed Brother-in-law Mark, known on EPZ as MarkScollon, who recently suffered a massive and fatal heart attack at just 52 years old. I thought I would celebrate the beginnings of his happy ma...0


    9 May 2021 12:05PM  |  Read


    Views : 425

  • 1 of 2,620,019

    I've been looking for this for a while and today I opened a box and there it was, somewhere safe. Putting things somewhere safe is usually a guarantee that they cannot be found. This small brass box is actually an original, not one of the later copie...0


    8 May 2021 9:36PM  |  Read


    Views : 338

  • Lines, Angles and Shapes

    One of my early photographic infuences actually came from watching "The Avengers" on TV in the 1960s. It was very imaginative with shots lined up with the same sort of care that we would expect from a still image. It's worth looking up some old episo...0


    6 May 2021 5:18PM  |  Read


    Views : 261

  • Lenses to Capture Birds By

    When shooting birds I generally am using either the SMC Pentax-DA 55-300mm (APS-C format) or the SMC Pentax-FA J 73-300mm (Full Frame). This is probably long enough for most subjects, but for a more dedicated trip I would also use the HD Pentax-D FA ...0


    5 May 2021 10:53PM  |  Read


    Views : 365

  • Watch the Flowers Grow

    It is hard to beat nature, which is full of natural beauty, and no more so that with the glorious colour and texture of flowers and plants. They are a huge subject in themselves, so today a celebration of the mass of colour that they offer. I usually...0


    4 May 2021 7:46PM  |  Read


    Views : 339

  • The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine (Anymore)

    Bank Holiday Monday. Does the sun ever shine? Not today anyway. I loaded up the Pentax K-3 II with SMC Pentax-DA 18-135mm WR lens into my trusty Billingham Alice bag. Alice has been one of my favourite companions for a very long time and she travels ...0


    3 May 2021 6:35PM  |  Read


    Views : 335

  • Water, Water Everywhere.....

    It's raining. As if to confirm that water is the order of the day, tonight's ADAPS Zoom Meeting is on the subject of water. There is no doubt that water is one of those ingredients that can perk up an image, be it real water or Photoshopped water. So...0


    29 Apr 2021 4:08PM  |  Read


    Views : 241

  • Black or Silver?

    There was at one time, when I started out in photography, chrome and chrome and chrome and those were the camera colour choices. Some SLRs also had a black option, but it was always more expensive and I could never afford it. I always aspired to a b...0


    28 Apr 2021 12:37PM  |  Read


    Views : 217