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


    Views : 540

  • 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


    Views : 528

  • 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


    Views : 357

  • 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


    Views : 381

  • 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


    Views : 480

  • 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


    Views : 326

  • Trying Out the Laowa 15mm Ultra-wide Macro Lens

    Having looked at the lens recently, I decided to run some of the shots through Photoshop CC to see what I could create. The location was the Bridgewater Canal at Worsley, using the Packet House as the focal point of the shots. This was the typical...


    19 Dec 2015 4:24PM | Read


    Views : 435

  • Dreamscape

    Does anyone have dreams that recur over the years, to be dreamt and dreamt again? I was thinking of how to create a moment from such a dream, starting with a moonlit landcsape, with a foreboding and undefined building lurking in the background. I cho...


    13 Dec 2015 4:48PM | Read


    Views : 455

  • Manchester Christmas Markets 2015

    I don't usually go shopping, except for cameras of course, but Bethany (eldest Grandaughter) asked me to take her, so off we went. It was the usual mix of food stalls and strange gift stalls. Who can resist a pulled pork, apple sauce and stuffing bar...


    9 Dec 2015 12:32AM | Read


    Views : 433

  • North West Museum of Road Transport

    Yesterday we had a club trip to this museum, which is situated in St Helens. They opened up early for us and we had the run of the place to shoot images, without other visitors walking into shots. Transport museums have all sorts of interesting corne...


    30 Nov 2015 11:56PM | Read


    Views : 367

  • Something From The Weekend

    This last weekend I attended a two day studio event at ADAPS. Devised and presented by member Dean Padley, it started with a lighting workshop, all very hands on, for a couple of hours on the Saturday morning. After a break for lunch we had a free-fo...


    17 Nov 2015 9:38AM | Read


    Views : 400

  • To Be (sharp) Or Not To Be (sharp)

    I was trying out the Lomo Minitar 32mm f/2.8 Art lens, and have already used the Pentax Q System 07 Body Mount Lens, so I have dipped my toe in the water of Lomography-style image making. Art or not, it depends I suppose on the photographer and what ...


    29 Oct 2015 12:43PM | Read


    Views : 419

  • The Mysterious Case of the Photographer's Knees

    So I was strolling along, looking for images, and suddenly to my left I spotted a huge display of Fine Fungi, looking as though they were straight out of some children's fantasy book. The classic Fly Agaric, also known as Amanita Muscaria. This sort ...


    30 Sep 2015 3:34PM | Read


    Views : 366

  • There to be Used - Exploring the JPEG Settings

    I shoot quite a lot of images using JPEG capture, quite a lot using compact cameras and quite a lot that are experiments in one way or another. Yesterday there was an easy experiment, helped by the front dial of the Pentax Q-S1 having quick access to...


    13 Sep 2015 7:45PM | Read


    Views : 528

  • Close Up With The Q-S1

    I picked up a set Opteka extension tubes for the Pentax Q cameras. These are unusual in that they are fully electronic and all exposure modes and AF (sometimes) are maintained. As regards AF, then, yes, sometimes it does work, but the instructions sa...


    7 Sep 2015 11:46AM | Read


    Views : 717