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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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 memorial fountain. I expected it to be a more traditional fountain, but is in reality a molded concrete stream with different widths and water flows in a large oval shape. Emma had great fun paddling in it, and that seemed to be a common activity on the bright sunny day we were there. […]

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The couple

This picture was taken in the cycle paths at Alexandra Palace, North London in September 2012. I saw this couple pushing their child along the cycle path and I thought it made a nice family scene. The trees which fold over them seem to frame the couple nicely and the light falls on them to form a natural highlight. Taken with my Pentax K-5 and Sigma 18-125 Std Zoom Pentax K-5 Sigma 18-125 HSM zoom 1/125 sec f/5.6 iso 200 […]

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Couple by the serpentine

I took this image of a couple walking beside the serpentine in London’s Hyde Park in August 2012 originally as a colour picture but I think it’s one of those images which looks better in black and white. I converted it to black and white using Lightroom 4 from the original raw image file and added some grain to simulate film. Pentax K-r Sigma 18-125 HSM zoom 1/90sec f/11 iso200 45mm

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Hyde Park

This is a picture taken in Hyde Park, London in May last year. I can’t make my mind up if it’s good or not – it reminds me of a JigSaw puzzle picture. Janice, Emma & I were walking round Hyde Park waiting to hear James sing in the Hertfordshire Schools Gala concert. We were lucky because the weather was dry and sunny, which was just as well since we had several hours to kill before we could enter the […]

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