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    The River Avon at Stratford-on-Avon

    This is a picture of the River Avon in the town of Stratford-on-Avon, which I took quite a while ago when we were on holiday in Warwickshire. It is one of the pictures which I’ve not published before as an individual picture, but when I looked at it again today I decided I liked it enough to give it it’s own post. I remember I took it with a Minolta 505 Si Super 35mm autofocus camera and I think the...
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    Samyang 12mm f/2 lens on Fuji X-T1

    The Fuji X-T1 is one of the top cameras in Fuji’s pro level mirrorless camera range, and there is a very good selection of professional quality lenses available for it. From zooms of all ranges to stunning quality prime lenses, it is possible to pick up a lens for virtually any purpose, with only one barrier for the amateur photographer working on a limited budget – price. I’ve recently been thinking about buying one of these lenses, the Fuji 10-24mm f/4...
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    Chatsworth house pictures

    It was a few months ago that we visited Chatsworth in Derbyshire, but I’ve only just been through the images I took and decided that these Chatsworth house pictures are the ones I like best. Just as when we visited Eyam a few days earlier, we were lucky with the weather and it was a brilliantly sunny and warm day so I took both my Pentax K5 DSLR and Pentax Z-1p film SLR with me on the trip. The sunny...
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    Chesterfield church in Derbyshire

    When we were in Derbyshire a few weeks ago I took lots of pictures with my Pentax K5 which I’ve only just imported into Lightroom on my main Photography computer. The series shown here were all taken in Chesterfield, and specifically are all of the famous chesterfield church with the crooked spire. All these picture were taken using a Sigma 18 – 125 HSM zoom lens which is the lens which is normally attached to the K5 as a ‘standard...
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    The Tram repair shop at Crich

    This is another picture I took at the Crich tramway museum, this time in the repair shop using a Pentax MZ-3 slr loaded with HP5+ film and using a Sigma 24 – 70mm autofocus zoom lens. As with the shot of my daughter Emma, this was developed in Rodinal at 1 to 25 concentration and scanned with an Epson V550 Perfection scanner. The film was rated at its box speed of 400 ISO, and with the lens at it’s widest...
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    Glasgow tram in Crich tramway museum

    We went to the tram museum in Crich in Derbyshire today where I took this picture of a tram, originally from Glasgow, with a Pentax K5 and Sigma 18-125 HSM Zoom lens. In a future post I will include other pictures I took, including some black & white pictures on HP5 film and some colour slide images on Agfa CT-100 film.
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    Some views of Lincoln city

    We have been away on holiday to Lincolnshire for a week and spent a couple of days in Lincoln City centre. While we were there I spent lots of time taking pictures with my Fuji X-T1 mirror-less fitted with both the 18-135mm zoom lens I purchased with it and my Tamron 10-24mm pentax k-mount super wide angel lens. A selection of the pictures I took are included below. Pictures of Lincoln City We found Lincoln to be a very beautiful...
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    A trip to the Ideal Home Exhibition

    This is a family history post with some pictures I took during a trip to the Ideal Home exhibition in London on Saturday. As well as the gallery below the pictures can be viewed in full size using this link. I had originally planned to take some pictures with a 35mm film camera, and took along a recently acquired Pentax Z-20 autofocus camera loaded with some Fuji 800 ISO film. It turned out the venue was too dark for ‘only’...
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    Experiments in early morning photography

    There is something magical about photographs taken in low light which makes even mundane and boring scenes look interesting. Well, living as I do in a fairly mundane and boring part of Hertfordshire I decided I’d try and liven up some pictures by taking them in the very early morning dawn light. Taking Pictures at Dawn I set out at about 7:15 am when it was still quite dark, and took my Pentax K5 fitted with my Tamron 10-24mm wide...
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    Pictures from Stratford-on-Avon

    When we went to Gloucestershire in the summer we visited Stratford-on-Avon where I took some pictures with both my Pentax K5 DSLR and my Minolta 505 si super 35mm SLR. On that day we took a trip on a river boat, had a walk round the town, had a nice meal in a restaurant and took a tourist bus tour around the historic sights. That obviously gave me lots of opportunities to take some pictures and these are the ones...
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    Chipping Campden snapshots

    This post features a series of pictures which I took in the village of Chipping Campden in Gloucestershire during our recent visit. You can view this using the gallery below or follow this link to see them in full size. On the Monday the weather forecast was really quite wet so we left James and Emma in the holiday cottage with my Mum (who joined us on holiday this year) while Jan & I went to the most local town...
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    Bourton-on-the-water snapshots

    This is a family post with pictures I took on a recent day spent in Bourton-on-the-water in Gloucestershire. View them using the gallery below. Bourton-on-the-water pictures Although there was a forecast for some rain about it turned out to be a beautiful summers day with uninterrupted  sunshine from the moment we arrived. Too much sunshine actually – I don’t like the heat much. I’d taken my DSLR kit with me which consists of a Pentax K5, Sigma 18-125mm HSM zoom,...
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    Evening in Gloucestershire

    On a recent trip to Gloucestershire I took out my Pentax K5 fitted with a Sigma 18-125 HSM zoom for an evening walk and took these pictures of the local countryside bathed in late evening sunshine. All these pictures have been imported into Lightroom CC for post processing and then exported at 1600px on the longest edge. To see them at full size follow this link. As well as my K5 I also took along a Pentax SFXn loaded with...
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    Taking Miranda on Holiday

    In a couple of weeks time we are going on holiday to the Woburn Forest Center Parcs. It’s not the first time we’ve been to Center Parcs, or the first time we’ve been to Woburn Forest so as I started thinking about the types of photos I could take and which lenses etc to take with me I was trying to think of something which would bring a different angle to the holiday and the photos I could take. Suddenly...
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    Beningbrough Hall near York

    This post is simply to archive some family pictures I took at Beningbrough Hall on our recent holiday in York. They were all taken with a Sony Nex 6 camera and the following manual focus lenses: Soligor C/D 28mm f/2.8 Takumar 28mm f/3.5 (some with Camdiox focal reducer) Takumar 55mm f/1.8 (some with Camdiox focal reducer) Tamron 10 – 24mm f/3.5 To view the pictures in full size use this link and navigate with the keyboard arrow keys or click...
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    York Minster pictures

    Whilst we were on holiday in York we paid a visit to York Minster where I took a large number of pictures. Although I’ve published some of the pictures of my daughter and some other pictures in and around the Minster,  I haven’t published all my favourite interior shots so I’ve gathered them all here in a single post. Obviously, there are several parts of a church interior which are dark places, so a lot of these pictures were taken...
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    Pictures from the City of York

    We recently went for a family holiday to the City of York in the north of England and enjoyed a brilliant week of fine weather and great picture taking opportunities. I’ve already recently published a series of pictures which I took during this week away, and I have some specific posts about individual topics and places which I’ll publish over the course of the next few weeks, but below are some of the pictures I took around the City of...
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    National railway museum York

    During a recent trip to York we visited the National Railway Museum which is conveniently situated next to a Park and Ride bus stop in the city. I assumed that I would need to use a fairly wide angle lens to take pictures of the engines, so I packed my Tamron 10-24mm super wide angle along with a Takumar 28mm f/3.5 and Takumar 55mm f/1.8 to use on my Camdiox focal reducer. As it happens I mostly used the longest...
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    A day trip to Bennington Lordship

    Today we decided to take a trip to Bennington Lordship to see the Snowdrops. It wasn’t a planned trip – we just looked on the website to see when it was open and discovered that today was one of the days when it was open so we decided to go over and see what the snowdrops were like. It’s only about 3 miles away from our house and only takes about 10 minutes to get there, so once we knew...
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    Blickling Hall in late December

    Today we went to Blickling Hall, a National Trust property in Norfolk, for a visit. It was one of those really cold, but very clear days that you get in the winter with the sun very low in the sky which made the scenery beautifully lit up but also increased the possibility of flare if the sun made it into any of the shots. Unfortunately, I misread the website notification of the opening times so when we arrived, although the...

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