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  • Spring Renewal at Arley Hall

    Every year we sign up for a Season Ticket at Arley Hall and Gardens. It's well worth it for me as I routinely go there to shoot a variety of sample images for lens and camera reviews. The renewal date was 31st March, so we went down today to renew. A...


    24 Mar 2019 6:19PM | Read


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  • Not Only For Pigeons

    For years we have visited the wonderful countryside around Rivington, including the old terraced gardens originally financed by Lord Lever. The gardens have been overgrown and, apart from well worn paths up the hillside, many areas have become lost a...


    23 Mar 2019 11:29PM | Read


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  • Book Review - Genesis by Sabastiao Selgado

    517 large format pages of superb black and white photography, on a par with such greats as Ansell Adams and with a conservationists eye added that will suit modern sensibilities. That might be a very brief summary of this book (Taschen, ISBN 978-3-83...


    18 Mar 2019 1:15PM | Read


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  • The Photography Show 2019

    And yet another fine show from TPS, with lots to see and the chance to meet up with a couple of old friends and a few new ones. Sue and I travelled down by car (essential really to pay for parking online) and took the bus into the NEC. TPS was actual...


    17 Mar 2019 11:14PM | Read


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  • Pictures At an Exhibition

    We are just back from visiting the Martin Parr exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery. There are a lot of images to view and overall they make a very exciting and interesting exhibition. Well worth the visit. A couple of things come to mind, firstly ...


    8 Mar 2019 5:08PM | Read


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  • Testing the Waters

    Looking for three images for a camera club competition I thought it would be a good idea to gauge the reaction to various images. Where better than with EPZ - the votes/ awards given to a picture might be a good indication as to how they would do in ...


    10 Jan 2019 11:53PM | Read


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  • Remnants from the Damaged Archive

    It was 1971 when I first saw a live show from Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, and from then onwards I must have seen another 50 or more, helped a lot by being part of the team that ran the fan club. Great days, just about to come to an end with F...


    24 Nov 2018 12:16AM | Read


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  • Lest We Forget

    We visited the magnificent exhibition at Leigh Parish Church. Here are a selection of images I made, shot on the Pentax K-1 with HD Pentax-D FA 28-105mm WR lens. The pictures can speak for themselves.


    11 Nov 2018 1:21AM | Read


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  • RHS Bridgewater - A Grand Tour

    RHS Bridgewater is very much a work in progress, turning what was the Worsley New Hall estate, and later Worsley Hall Garden Centre, into a huge RHS Garden. We have always been fascinated to see the hidden parts of the estate, so when the new project...


    10 Nov 2018 7:03PM | Read


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  • NYMR - Full Steam Ahead!

    The North Yorkshire Moors Railway offers lots of potential for photography. Love all that steam and, of course, all the vintage settings and rolling stock. It's a huge playground and our toy trains are full size! So here's a selection of images shot ...


    7 Nov 2018 4:50PM | Read


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  • Pickering 1940s and HD Pentax-D FA* 50mm f/1.4 AW

    I reviewed the lens for EPZ, sent it back and then the company who sorted the loan went bust. The lens came back undeliverable and Ricoh/Pentax asked me if I minded hanging onto it until things were sorted out. Obviously it was most inconvenient to h...


    29 Oct 2018 11:26AM | Read


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  • The Templar Knights of Cressing

    It's great to stumble upon something that inspires the Inner Photographer and such a place is Cressing Temple Barns in Essex. Great barns from the times of the Templar Knights that show a fascinating style of architecture in wood. Fantastic, plus all...


    18 Sep 2018 11:23AM | Read


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  • Places - Lavenham, Suffolk

    Lavenham is a Photographic Feast for sure. Starting at the old market square with its ancient Guildhall and then exploring the town's main street and the church, everywhere we see gorgeous half timbered buildings in a multitude of colours. Add to tha...


    14 Sep 2018 12:09AM | Read


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  • On the Trail of the Suffolk Poets

    My Great Uncle William Ernest FitzGerald was Medical Officer for Health in Southport in the 1940s, but he had a more famous relative in Edward FitzGerald, the Victorian poet whose most popular work was his translation of the Persian poet Omar Khyyam....


    11 Sep 2018 3:08PM | Read


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  • Places - The Colne Valley Railway

    This last week we have been in Essex, staying in a cottage just next to Hedingham Castle and the Colne Valley Railway. I was trying to lighten the load by taking the Pentax K-3 II and lenses rather than the K-1 as I have been suffering from some neck...


    9 Sep 2018 7:38PM | Read


    Views : 517