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04/05/2015 - 7:38 PM

Muncaster Castle, the Return

There are some p[laces it's well worth returning to time and again, and Muncaster Castle, near Ravenglass, is one of them. The last time we went it was an ADAPS private booking, so we had access to shooting images inside the hall. That was fantastic, but this time we were just visiting and had to ma...

07/04/2015 - 7:14 PM

ADAPS Year Book 2015-2016

Every year I make a Blurb book and invite ADAPS members to contribute images. They send me three or more shots and I select the two that fit the book best. This forms a showcase every year of the images that members are producing. We can see who was here and what they were doing, and this unfolds ye...


...the Pentax 1.4x AW converter. The scene was Martin Mere, the lenses were the SMC Pentax-DA 55-300mm and the SMC Pentax-FA 43mm f/1.9 Limited. The new converter was used for some shots and seemed to make no visible difference to the image quality. I've no doubt that the MTF measurements would have...

03/04/2015 - 12:07 AM

Wedding Fever Strikes Again

We've just completed our latest wedding project. The venue was Astley Bank Hotel in Darwen, the lovely couple were Lyndsey and Ken. Sue and I shoot these together, I do some parts of the event, Sue does the guest portraits, and sometimes we both shoot different viewpoints. The style is definitely re...

21/03/2015 - 5:59 PM

Sue and Me at the NEC

Today we went to The Photography Show, and the quick report is that it was much better than previous years. The camera manufacturers are back, there's plenty of new stuff to see and someone has decided that providing lots of tables and chairs and food options will make life easier on the feet and th...

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12/03/2015 - 3:06 PM

Dabbling in High Fashion

I was in Manchester today with Sue and my Mum, visiting the Art Gallery. There was a display of fifties and sixties dresses on and the girls were fascinated by them. So let's share some High Fashion, not quite contemporary it must be said, but these are the bits that I found interesting enough to sh...


Arley is now open 51 weeks a year, so we headed down there for the first visit of 2015. Apparently it's National Pie Week, so every day a different pie is on offer in the Tudor Barn Restaurant. So today I sampled Steak, Ale and Mushroom Pie and I might just go back again this week to see what tantal...


Most people who live in the North West may well have heard of Bents Garden Centre. Not so many may be aware that the small garden attached to the owner's cottage is called Weeping Ash Garden, and that sometimes it is open for viewing. Today was the day! Billed as a "winter garden" it w...

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08/02/2015 - 11:43 PM

Revisiting the Pentax K20D

Today I've been looking again at some of the images I shot with the K20D. It was actually pretty good and although more recent models have advantages, this 14.6 MP camera still has plenty going for it. The AF isn't quite as fast, but the image quality is all there. Here's a few images that I didn't ...

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Pentax introduced the HD Pentax-DA Rear Converter 1.4x AW after a very long wait and it fills an obvious gap in the range very nicely. I have never been a fan of converters, having never found one that was good enough optically to be more useful than just cropping an image. This one did attract me t...

28/11/2014 - 12:19 AM

A Date with Paloma Faith

We booked seats at the Manchester Apollo for two weeks ago, but unfortunately Paloma was ill and the date was postponed. Wednesday we saw the show, and she was in great voice. The overall sound quality seemed a bit iffy, but there was no denying the power and vitality of the performance. It's always...

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17/11/2014 - 11:29 AM

Law to the Max at Martin Mere

On Sunday we spent the day, along with some ADAPS friends, at a workshop run by Maxwell Law, the wildlife photographer. We had a great day and spent quite some time out in the hides. My favourite hide is still the Janet Kear. It lets us get very close to the birds, and with a bit of perseverance the...

12/11/2014 - 12:52 PM

Tell It To The Rain

I looked out of the window and noticed it was raining, so the perfect moment to nip out for some photography. We now have weatherproof cameras and lenses, so there's no excuse to hide indoors when the weather is bad! It didn't last long, so the garden was as far as I got, armed with the waterproof/c...

03/11/2014 - 11:59 PM

Antique Whitby

Most cameras now have a selection of digital filters, so being a JPEG shooter from time to time it's interesting to have a go and see what effects can be created. I've always been an admirer of the Autochrome colour images from the early 1900s. These were grainy and had a particular colour quality t...

02/11/2014 - 10:43 PM

On the Whitby Trail

No club outing this time, so we made our own way to Whitby to sample the end of the latest Goth Weekend. This time we weren't in costume, we'll save that for next April, and we did have my 84-year-old Mum with us, so that slowed us down a fair bit. To be fair, she kept up the walking round very well...