A day in London

These pictures are a couple of years old now – I took them during a family trip to the London Aquarium in August 2011 which I posted about a while ago, but I’ve not published these particular pictures before and I’ve given them a bit of a make over in Lightroom. As I remember I took two cameras with me that day, a Pentax K-r and and Olympus E-PL1, (neither of which I now have unfortunately) and these were all […]

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Views around Westminster

I had to go into London today to visit the Symfony Live conference in the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in Westminster so I took my Sony Nex 6 along fitted with my Takumar 28mm wide angle lens and my Camdiox focal reducer. As it happened I left a bit early and missed the final keynote because I had a headache from being in a darkened room all day, so while I walked around to get rid of it I […]

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London Zoo – 35mm slides from 1980 (part 3)

This is the third and final post in a series of pictures I took in about 1980 at London Zoo with either a Petri MF-1 camera, or an Olympus OM-20 on kodachrome 64 film. I recently re-discovered them in my late Father’s office. The other posts in this series are Part 1 and Part 2. For more information about the processing involved please refer to the other posts in the series. You can view the pictures in greater detail by […]

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London Zoo – 35mm slides from 1980 (part 2)

This is a follow up to the post of a couple of weeks ago with some more pictures taken c1980 with either a Petri MF-1 or an Olympus OM-20 camera. Having sorted through some more of my Dad’s old box of slides I found a further two sets of colour slide films which I took during a visit to London zoo. These were all duplicated with a slide duplicator rather than scanned and I think they are better as a result. […]

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Views around London from 1980

I said a couple of weeks ago that I had discovered a whole load of colour slides in my late father’s office and that I am working through scanning them. In fact, I’ve discovered that I can get much better results by duplicating them using a slide duplicator I’ve bought and I’ve also discovered that not all the slides were ones that he took – some are pictures my bother took when he was in the merchant navy, and some […]

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London zoo – 35mm slides from 1980

Whilst sorting through some of my Dad’s old 35mm slides a couple of days ago I found a whole series of slides which I took in 1980 after I’d just moved to Harpenden to start work. I remember taking a trip to London Zoo one Saturday with either my Petri MF-1 or possibly an Olympus OM-20, and taking these pictures. Although these are in no way very interesting pictures, I wanted to record them in a permanent way, hence this post. You […]

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The Merry-go-round

This Merry-go-round is on the banks of the Thames river in London, just along the bank from the Aquarium. There are a variety of street entertainments going on along this stretch of the river. We saw people dressed up as statues, A man with a large loop of string which he dipped in bubble making liquid to blow bubbles over the children and lots of people selling a variety of novelties. I took this picture with a Pentax K-r and […]

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The princess Diana memorial fountain

This is the Princess Diana memorial fountain in Hyde Park, London.   On a day in London in 2012, we walked round Hyde Park and visited the Princess Dian Memorial Fountain, which is pictured here. Because I’d not seen it before, in my mind’s eye, I think I expected it to be a more traditional fountain, but it is in reality a moulded concrete stream with different widths and water flows in a large oval shape. Even so, it was […]

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Having a sniff around

Whilst we were at Alexandra Palace for a paper craft fair I was taking some pictures of James & Emma when I spotted this dog sniffing about the grass in the distance. I had my Tamron 70 – 300 mm zoom fitted to my Pentax K-r and I took this shot. I know this is just a dog having a  sniff around in the grass, but somehow the bush to the right, the sunlight and the dog’s position seems to […]

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Hyde park Statue

I mentioned in an earlier post about a trip we took to the Royal Albert Hall to hear my Son James sing in his school choir. The pictures above were also taken that day in May 2012. We were walking through Hyde park on our way to the Princess Diana memorial fountain when I saw the statue of a warrior on horseback. I thought that it would make an interesting picture and got down low to emphasis the size of the statue. […]

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Walkway to the London Eye

We went on a family trip to the London Aquarium in August 2011 and after the aquarium visit we had a look round the London Eye and other attractions on the bank of the Thames. This picture was taken in the Walkway to the London Eye with a fairly wide angle setting (12.5 mm) on my Tamron 10-24mm super wide angle lens fitted to a Pentax K-r and I like it because of the way the paving and trees lead […]

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The Round pond in Hyde Park

In May my son James was in the Royal Albert Hall with his school choir for a singing competition. Naturally we all went down to see him, but the rest of the family couldn’t attend the practice sessions at the start of the day, so we took a walk where I took this picture of the Round Pond in Hyde Park. I took my camera with me, which at the time was a Pentax K-r DSLR and used a Sigma […]

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