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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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  • Places - The Devil's Porridge Museum

    We have just spent a couple of days in Dumfries and Galloway, and very nice it was too. On our way up there, on Sunday, near Gretna we passed a sign proclaiming "The Devil's Porridge Exhibition". Having already fallen for enticing signs when we went ...


    5 Apr 2017 11:33PM | Read


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  • Pentax 18-135mm vs 18-270mm Shootout

    Two lenses, both a very useful range, and obviously the one with the widest focal length range won't be as sharp. Will it? To find out, i did an impromptu rough test, both lenses being mounted on a Pentax K-3 II and the camera in turn on a solid Manf...


    29 Mar 2017 12:48AM | Read


    Views : 382

  • Places - Lyme Hall

    The weekend was a busy one, for once pursuing our own personal photography, and Sunday saw us heading for Lyme, a large National Trust estate at Disley, just beyond Stockport. Sue and myself, along with Sue's brother Mark and his wife Diane, plus the...


    28 Mar 2017 9:44AM | Read


    Views : 370

  • Places - Walton Hall Gardens

    Our travels this last weekend took us to Walton Hall Gardens, basically a large and very well maintained park in Warrington. However, let's not underestimate what Warrington Council have done with this fine looking hall and its grounds. The hall itse...


    27 Mar 2017 9:49AM | Read


    Views : 322

  • The Photography Show

    Sue and I got into the NEC around 10.45, straight into the halls as there was no queue, but first stop was coffee. We took the opportunity to meet up with Josh Waller from EPZ and then made our way into the fray. We love these shows, they give plenty...


    19 Mar 2017 4:02PM | Read


    Views : 318

  • Dunham Massey in Mono

    Retro is in, definitely. From those purists who listen to the mono masters of old pop records on mono Hi-Fi systems, to those purists who use black and white film to those who "cheat" by emulating it. Today I'm cheating by shooting my black and white...


    19 Feb 2017 3:52PM | Read


    Views : 344

  • Bold Monochrome with a Pentax Q

    Actually a Pentax Q-S1 that Sue bought for me in one of the custom colours. Green caught my eye, so green it was. The Q system is the sort of system that just invites experimentation, be it using the digital filters, adding accessories, shooting ultr...


    15 Jan 2017 11:28AM | Read


    Views : 309

  • Samyang at Astley Green

    It's been a busy Christmas, but today I found an hour or so to take my new Samyang 14mm f/2.8 lens down to Astley Green Colliery Museum to shoot a few images. The Pentax K-1 was left set on AF, so I knew when the the manual focusing of the Samyang le...


    27 Dec 2016 4:39PM | Read


    Views : 282

  • 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


    Views : 332

  • 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 : 413

  • 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


    Views : 374

  • 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 : 249

  • 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 : 408

  • 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 : 468

  • 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


    Views : 341