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Pete's Blog

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06/08/2014 - 10:56 AM

Interesting installation init

If you are in the area it's well worth a visit to this years sculpture exhibition at Doddington Hall and Gardens. The exhibition features some amazing works, but one that stood out for me was by [link=http://www.donnabramall.co.uk/ ]Donna Bramall sculpture [/link] An installation titled "Decade...

24/06/2014 - 3:56 PM


I grew up in Sheffield and thought I knew most places. I've been back many times over the years and recently moved back permanently. Today I stumbled across a graveyard I'd never seen before...and it's fabulously over grown. The tidy part of this graveyard is just off Rivelin Valley Road, and I've b...

01/04/2014 - 6:24 PM

Blue tits nesting - hopefully!

The blue tits are back in the garden nest box again. This year there was less effort working on the hole, and now they're preparing the nest. Last year the neighbour's cat caused them to abandon the nest before eggs were hatched. Hopefully the same wont happen this year. I set the Olympus OM-D up o...

19/03/2014 - 6:16 PM

Careful with that reflection!

Well here's a first - a reflection of the lens in the photograph and no mirror in sight. I spent today walking on Bleaklow moors and photographing the aircraft wreckage. I had a Lee graduated filter mounted on the lens which became mirror-like. I didn't notice when taking the photo. This is also ...

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16/01/2014 - 7:11 PM

Stepping stones

As I step away from ePHOTOzine I realise I leave an industry I've been deeply involved in for the last 36 years, either selling, using or writing about the equipment I've grown to love. My career started in retail where I learned about what photographers looked for when buying. I was in a fortun...

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29/11/2013 - 10:40 AM

Voyage of discover

The internet is a wonderful mind opener. Last night I went on a typical journey of discovery. I start by something catching my interest. Last night it was a keyboard, which lead me to browsing synths on eBay, minutes later I was looking at synth drums, and then drums, and then drummers. After seeing...

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20/10/2013 - 5:14 PM

Natural filters and fences

Couple of things to write about today. Fences: I went for a walk into Clumber park to a spot that I have been to many times before. It's off to the left of Limetree avenue as you go out of the park. I discovered the area many years ago...and at that time there was an abundance of overgrown rhodo...

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07/09/2013 - 5:19 PM

Blackberry art

It's fascinating how a photo shoot can progress. I have been helping a friend's son and mate set up a web site for their recently launched health and fitness business - fit4this.com. I offered to help because I like their enthusiasm, and it also gave me chance to mess around with the new respons...

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04/09/2013 - 11:50 PM


I spent a few minutes photographing bees today with the Olympus OM-D and 60mm macro. I really like the lens's internal focusing with large manual focusing ring. Although I found it easier with these bees to set the ratio I wanted (1:2 here) and move in and out to obtain focus. That meant I could con...

02/09/2013 - 12:47 AM

The Deep

I went across to The Deep in Hull to photograph marine life. Many people buy fish tanks to house tropical fish and enjoy relaxing while watching them but I don't think you can beat the tranquil movements of a Jelly Fish. It's one of my favourite creatures. I could watch them all day! And her...

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27/08/2013 - 12:02 AM


I spent the weekend visiting two reenactments - Sunday was over at the Rauceby War Weekend and today at the Sealed Knot English Civil War re-enactment at Newstead Abbey. I often play a game when I shoot at reenactments to see if I can capture the decisive moment with a single frame. I usually try t...

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19/08/2013 - 11:25 AM

on the edge

I walked along Stanage edge yesterday. The weather was good,with just one very brief appearance of rain and a covering of cloud, the rest of the time was glorious sunshine, with random clouds to create interesting patches of light and shade on the distant landscape. The area was, as usual, full of m...

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08/08/2013 - 1:53 PM


Thanks to Josh for his blog and heads up on a graffiti spot near Sheffield Town centre. I called over on the way to Baslow Edge and visited the location myself. There's a car park next to it and everything seems cool, until you wander into the derelict zone. At that point I heard noises inside one o...

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05/08/2013 - 8:50 PM

Youth Hostel

Despite going way beyond my youth I've never stayed in a youth hostel...well that is until last weekend. I joined a mate and his two kids in a trip to Wales and stopped at the Pen-Y-Pass Youth Hostel. It was surprisingly good. Enough room to relax, and a decent breakfast for a fiver. They even ha...

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29/06/2013 - 5:49 PM

Poppy field

A good poppy field for those near the A57 (M1 to Worksop stretch) It's just before the small villages of North and South Anston when heading from the M1 to Worskop/A1. Park in the village and walk back on the road. There's a cut in on the left a few yards just past the bus shelter. From here...

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