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I hope you enjoy browsing the images in my Portfolio - all comments are welcome!
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  • Real Women Wear Mud

    They do indeed, especially when taking part in a Muddy Run in support of cancer research. The scene is Heaton Park, the time today and still going on as the ladies start their obstacle runs in waves. Sister-in-law Diane started this morning and niece...


    14 Jul 2018 4:58PM | Read


    Views : 138

  • Two Victorian Schoolgirls

    Well not quite. Sue was dressed in costume and Chloe was in modern clothes, but I thought I would shoot a sequence with them both in the pictures. The location is the untouched top floor of Dam House, where there is still an authentic Victorian schoo...


    7 Jul 2018 12:36AM | Read


    Views : 236

  • Arley Hall Garden Festival, 23/24th June 2018

    We went yesterday to this annual event, and what a splendid day it was. Great weather, lots of stalls, demonstrations, displays and plenty to entertain the offspring and offsprings' offsping as well. It was handy that we've just replaced our car with...


    24 Jun 2018 11:20AM | Read


    Views : 268

  • St Andrews Botanic Garden - The Butterfly House

    The botanic garden is easy enough to find and for an extra 2.95 we get access to The Butterfly House. Oppressive heat, excellent light and a mass of gorgeous butterflies to photograph make it all very worthwhile. The butterflies can be a bit of a ch...


    18 Jun 2018 10:19AM | Read


    Views : 323

  • Scotland's Secret Bunker

    Just follow the signs to the Secret Bunker and you'll arrive at a house. Under the house is the secret cold war bunker that was to house Those In Charge in the event of nuclear war. Of course, officialdom can't resist putting up signs, so I wonder if...


    15 Jun 2018 5:02PM | Read


    Views : 354

  • We Meet the Laird of Balgonie Castle

    There are some places that hold a certain magic and it's truly wonderful to stumble unexpectedly on one of these rare treasures. But such is the nature of Balgonie castle in the Kingdom of Fife. We stumbled across this remote place and found ourselve...


    14 Jun 2018 7:14PM | Read


    Views : 367

  • Carr Mill Day Two

    Yesterday was the powerboat racing at Carr Mill, today we returned to explore the footpaths around the site. First up was the path into the Sankey Valley Way. This led past various ponds full of damselflies, dragonflies and birds. This will be well w...


    27 May 2018 7:46PM | Read


    Views : 413

  • Powerboat Racing at Carr Mill - the Return

    A really gorgeous day, and the perfect opportunity to have some more practice at shooting powerboats at Carr Mill. I've pulled a back muscle, so decided to travel lighter than usual and used the Pentax K-3 II, coupled with the SMC Pentax-DA 55-300mm ...


    26 May 2018 6:10PM | Read


    Views : 389

  • ADAPS Year Book 2018-2019

    Yes, it's that time of year again and the eleventh ADAPS Year Book has been done, printed and delivered via Blurb Books. Since I started doing this it has certainly become easier and quicker and now a book can be assembled within a long day, from 8a...


    23 May 2018 2:29PM | Read


    Views : 431

  • To Filter Or Not To Filter? - Part Two

    Last time I looked at comparing the resolution (sharpness) of images with and without filters. What about flare? was the question, so this time I've run another quick (as time allows!) experiment to look at flare with and without filters and with and...


    19 Apr 2018 11:07AM | Read


    Views : 402

  • To Filter Or Not To Filter?

    That is indeed the question. Argument 1: Why spend a fortune on a carefully computed lens just to add a piece of inferior glass in front of it? Argument 2: We need to protect the front of the lens in case it gets damaged. Better to replace a filter t...


    15 Apr 2018 2:34PM | Read


    Views : 378

  • 12 Years - A Glimpse of Progress

    One of the places I frequent is the Lancashire Mining Museum, formerly known as Astley Green Colliery Museum. In recent years I have used it extensively for lens reviews, for two reasons. It is local and it is a very varied outdoor site that offers h...


    29 Jan 2018 9:54AM | Read


    Views : 1823

  • Take Two Girls

    I had three or four lenses to review over the Christmas break and the revamped ADAPS studio needed a run through to check everything was OK and so I decided to ask NeilWigan if he could organise Charlotte and Phoebe to do a session. We discovered a f...


    17 Jan 2018 11:52AM | Read


    Views : 1839

  • Archive 4 - Lost Techniques

    In the days before colour photography was commonly used ways to produce colour were utilised with pencils, paints and other chemical methods. I know that there were early colour processes that have a real charm to them, for example the delightful Aut...


    28 Nov 2017 12:33AM | Read


    Views : 1653

  • Archive 3 - The Bourne Revelation

    Quite often when collecting books and images, we find that someone has cut the images out of a book. This might be an old copy of AP where the nudes are quite often missing, or an early collectable where the images are actually proper photographs. So...


    25 Nov 2017 3:39PM | Read


    Views : 1592