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


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  • 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


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  • 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


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  • 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 : 1553

  • Archive 2 - All In The Family

    One of the potential problems with digital photography just might be a huge black hole where there are no family pictures at all. They will have been taken, published on social media, seen by more people than any old print would have been. But in one...


    24 Nov 2017 10:48AM | Read


    Views : 1278

  • Archive 1 - Into the Depths of Time

    Today, I'm looking into some of the items in my print archive. These are images that I've collected, not that I've shot myself, and all way, way out of any copyright issues. Collecting old images is an interesting pastime and gives a bit of insight i...


    23 Nov 2017 10:34AM | Read


    Views : 1254

  • Canons to the left of them, Canons to the right...

    Into the ADAPS Studio rode the three models and two photographers. Sunday was the day. neilwigan's renovations of the ADAPS building had reached a point where the studio space, enlarged and modernised, was ready for use. All that remained was to test...


    14 Nov 2017 11:08AM | Read


    Views : 803

  • Places - British Ironworks Centre

    This is near Oswestry and is a good destination for maybe three or four hours exploration and photography. It's a reasonably large site, with a handsome collection of metalwork statues. Entrance is free, although a 1 optional donation is asked for....


    5 Nov 2017 3:03PM | Read


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  • From Dinosaurs to the Duck Billed Platypus

    Manchester Museum was our destination today, armed with our Pentax MX-1 compacts as we took the opportunity to travel light. The museumdoes have some interesting exhibits, but I did find it a bit too untouchable. Almost everything was behind glass. T...


    12 Oct 2017 11:51PM | Read


    Views : 837

  • Mushrooms with Fungalpunk Dave

    Today was a trip over to Arley Hall, and at last Sue and myself had managed to go on one of their Mushroom Walks. Previously it has clashed with holidays and other events for the last eight years or so. 11am saw our group assembled for the intro talk...


    8 Oct 2017 9:57PM | Read


    Views : 1055

  • Monochrome at High Force

    We are a long way now from the days where we all shot black and white film. Colour was too expensive, and also too complex to process and print for most of us. We are even further from the 1910s, where some local authorities added extra rates to the ...


    28 Aug 2017 11:09AM | Read


    Views : 496

  • The Bustling Bristol Balloon Bonanza!

    We have just spent a very pleasant weekend in Sunny Britstol. We drove down Friday morning and met Mark (Brother-in-Law) and Di (his wife) at Slimbridge. Then on to Riverside Lodge in Camerton to stay for two nights. The Saturday saw us at the balloo...


    14 Aug 2017 10:33AM | Read


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  • Powerboats with the Pentax 150-450mm

    Yesterday we went to Carr Mill near St Helens to watch the club racing at the Powerboat Club. We started off with one of Sue's mega-picnics, NeilWigan and his wife Joan provided the mini-stove and kettle to keep the tea flowing. Neil was shooting wit...


    30 Jul 2017 11:27AM | Read


    Views : 335

  • ADAPS Year Book 2017-2018

    And there she is, the latest ADAPS Year Book, this time only taking me a day to make with Blurb books. When I say a day that was from first thing in the morning right through to evening, so a very long day! The same format was followed as previous y...


    26 Jul 2017 3:04PM | Read


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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 ...


    29 May 2017 1:42PM | Read


    Views : 330