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johnriley1uk's Blog


I hope you enjoy browsing the images in my Portfolio - all comments are welcome!
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  • A Fine Day at Martin Mere

    I had a few reasons for wanting to visit Martin Mere on Sunday. One was I'd arranged an ADAPS members' day there, so going seemed like a plan, but also I had a couple of lenses I wanted to give a proper airing to. The HD Pentax-D FA 150-450mm was one...


    11 Jul 2016 6:34PM | Read


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  • Adventures in Devon with the Pentax K-1

    We're just back from a week in Devon and it gave the opportunity to really try out my new Pentax K-1 with its HD Pentax-D FA 28-105mm WR lens. I knew the lens was a good one from the sample I had for review, and the one I bought was exactly the same....


    20 Jun 2016 11:38AM | Read


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  • ADAPS at Bent's Garden Centre

    I had a chance today to try out my new Pentax K-1 with its 28-105mm lens. We had arranged for a two hour shoot at Bent's Garden Centre, so many thanks to them for the facility. Needlesss to say, the major subject was flower photography and where bett...


    5 Jun 2016 3:36PM | Read


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  • ADAPS Year Book 2016-2017

    Yet another year passes by and the new ADAPS Year Book is released. This annual tome takes up a couple of days of my time around April every year, delayed slightly this year because of other commitments. Getting the pictures in from club members ta...


    13 May 2016 11:33PM | Read


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  • A Whole Week of Whitby

    We've been travelling to the Whitby Goth weekends for a while and decided it would be great to rent a cottage for the whole week. It was much better than rushing over and rushing back in the day, although we did miss the camaraderie of the ADAPS coac...


    2 May 2016 11:03AM | Read


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  • Arley Hall with a Humble K-5

    Humble indeed as I have now been leap-frogged by Sue and we went to Arley Hall so she could check out her new Pentax K-3. We could compare images afterwards, and there's no doubt that the extra pixels do crisp up the detail in an image. I shall look ...


    31 Mar 2016 4:19PM | Read


    Views : 533

  • An English City Garden

    Whilst it would have been very nice to take the cameras out today, especially with Sue having her new Pentax K-3, we felt shamed into doing something about our garden. It's not a large garden, but it soon gets out of hand when we don't pay attention....


    25 Mar 2016 3:40PM | Read


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  • Views from the NEC

    We did get to the NEC today. Fantastic, traffic-free journey, a very interesting show, no sore feet thanks to new Rieker boots, all good. And then at last we both held the fabled new Pentax K-1 and made up our minds as to what we would buy. It's no s...


    22 Mar 2016 11:33PM | Read


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  • Down on the Railway

    We stayed at Highley for a couple of days, on the banks of the River Severn. Lovely. About one hundred meters away, at the top of the hill, lies Highley station, part of the Severn Valley Railway. This is where steam trains run and Highley itself has...


    29 Feb 2016 6:51PM | Read


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  • Louise triumphs at ADAPS!

    Today's photoshoot at the club featured Alan Duckworth's Grandaughter Louise. She's a great singer, well used to performing in public, so she took a two hour slot in the club studio well in her stride. Members shot images, everyone had a good time, a...


    28 Feb 2016 12:15AM | Read


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  • The Power of Advertising

    I've been working my way back through my collection of the early Photo Technique, looking at Pentax advertising. The results are unfolding in a thread on the Pentax User forum, a few at a time because the scanning and processing takes a little time. ...


    8 Feb 2016 11:54AM | Read


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  • Shooting the Male

    There was an ADAPS studio shoot on Sunday, and this time there were three male body builders. Now this is way out of my comfort zone, so it needed to be attempted. Sometimes we just have to force ourselves to have a go at something that we may not re...


    1 Feb 2016 3:59PM | Read


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  • Flash or No Flash?

    The built in flash on any camera has never really found much favour with me as it does tend to be rather stark. The quality of the ambient lighting is destroyed, usually along with all the atmosphere and feeling in a shot. Studio flash, used well, is...


    29 Jan 2016 10:02AM | Read


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  • Intu the Trafford Centre

    Today's ADAPS photo shoot was at the Intu Trafford Centre, who kindly agreed to allow us in to photograph the very exotic and interesting architecture. 15 of us dissipated throughout the building, and it kept us absorbed for a good two or three hours...


    24 Jan 2016 3:38PM | Read


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  • Where Have All the Makers Gone?

    I have just read the news that Samsung are leaving the UK camera market, yet another name to vanish into the mists of the past. So a thought now for all those marques that have now disappeared, although some persist in name only. Kodak was a main ...


    8 Jan 2016 10:03AM | Read


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