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I hope you enjoy browsing the images in my Portfolio - all comments are welcome!
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  • Sitting on the Dock of the Bay

    That must rate as a fairly tenuous title, but of course I'm referring to eBay. Since around 2005 I've handled the disposal of several massive camera collections, almost all via eBay, and although I don't do that any more I have a huge collection now ...


    6 Dec 2016 11:20AM | Read


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  • Which Lens? Old or New?

    I was looking through one of my older hard drives and found all my Pentax *istDS and K10D images backed up there, plus some projects I did way back then. One interesting thing was an impromptu lens comparison test, done long before I tested lenses mo...


    5 Dec 2016 10:20AM | Read


    Views : 376

  • In the Studio with Kier

    Today Neil and myself took Kier into the studio. The intention was to shoot some Fine Art Nude, but it also strayed into experimenting with light and fashion. Very old fashion as it turned out, with medieval dresses. We spent a couple of hours, but i...


    13 Sep 2016 10:16PM | Read


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  • The Guided Busway Way

    The Guided Busway was built to connect Leigh, Atherton and Manchester via a 4 mile stretch of dedicated guided track and onwards on the normal roads to Manchester. Many have called it the Misguided Busway because of the cost and because it reverts to...


    19 Aug 2016 10:03AM | Read


    Views : 218

  • All Steamed Up with the Pentax K-1

    Last night we were at the Bolton Steam Museum, albeit it arriving a bit late as we had to collect Mum-in-Law from the hospital. The museum had been opened specially for ADAPS members and there were plenty of bits of machinery to shoot, plus of course...


    12 Aug 2016 11:05AM | Read


    Views : 390

  • Meerkat Fun With the Pentax Q-S1

    Back to the miniature Pentax Q-S1 for this trip, along with its splendid 06 Telephoto zoom lens. This 15-45mm f/2.8 optic is actually pretty good and it's ideal for situations where something unobtrusive is needed. This might be concerts, outdoor the...


    11 Aug 2016 9:33PM | Read


    Views : 446

  • Wray Castle - Family Friendly Fun!

    Wray Castle is a National Trust property on the west bank of Windermere in the Lake District. Years ago we visited here when it was privately owned and housed a college. It was interesting as architecture and the grounds were open to explore. Now the...


    7 Aug 2016 5:58PM | Read


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  • The Hound of the Baskervilles

    A few hours ago we were at Dunham Massey to see the Chapterhouse Theatre Company's presentation of Sherlock Holmes and the Hound of the Baskervilles. We like open air theatre, especially when the weather hold as it did tonight. We had our picnic so...


    17 Jul 2016 12:17AM | Read


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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


    Views : 531

  • 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 : 551

  • 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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