A stroll around Sheffield

16. 12. 2014 at 22:22

Eventful afternoon with Gerald Garratty …within the space of about four hours I’d tried 7 dim sum dishes, stumbled on a crack den, met a graffiti artist, bought a sofa, traveled in a lift (that surprisingly was fully functional – including talking to us) in a derelict block of flats and wandered round one of Sheffield’s roughest areas without getting my camera nicked.

Dim Sum was at Wong Ting on Matilda Street in Sheffield. We met there at 12:30.

I’d only had bits of this type of food in the past and was keen to try a selection. Gerald ordered a selection marking them off on a paper sheet.

We had Prawn Dumplings
Char Sui Buns
Fish Ball & Mooli
Roasted Pork in Steamed Rice Balls
Pan Fried Radish Pastry with Chinese Sausages
Pan Fried Meat and Vegetable Buns
Deep Fried Mixed Meat Dough Balls

Then we decided to do a walk around the industrial area and down to the graffiti spot near the closed club Niche. We cut through the fence and found a guy huddled in a small derelict room. We moved past and a few minutes later he came out spooked by our presence. He was about to take cocaine and we’d disturbed him. We got talking and it turned out he was a graffiti artist and he showed us designs on his phone. They were cool. He plans to put them on shutters if commissioned so they stay in place rather than get pained over.

arm chair

The next stop was supposed to be Kelham Island but we took a detour over to Park Hill flats. Cant believe that although all the rows are fenced off and no one lives in them that the lifts are still fully functional. The light works, the voice works. We went to the top, and admired the view.


Next stop was through Wybourn Estate, just before we got there I spotted a sofa dealer and saw one that suited what I needed, so a few minutes deliberation and the credit card was out. . At Wybourn we got to hear a bloke call his friend a cunt.  We’d arrived!


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Photographing the Perseids Meteor Shower

13. 08. 2013 at 00:30

The Perseids Meteor Shower can be seen each year when up to 60 firework like streaks  are seen per hour in the Northern Hemisphere.  The event occurs mid July to Mid August with the most activity around the 13th of August.

I went out last night from Midnight until 1:30am and saw around15 meteors. I sat in a field with my Olympus OM-D camera mounted on a tripod pointing up at the sky in a south facing direction with a 9mm wide angle lens so it would capture a wide zone of sky.

I set the ISO to 800 and exposure to manual with a duration of 8seconds. I then took photos hoping that a meteor would appear during the exposure. The camera needed to process each frame to reduce noise between shots and that was also about 8 seconds.  I took around 300 photos and managed to capture two trails.

This was the best one

Perseids meteor

Perseids meteor


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Brian Eno’s Scape

12. 10. 2012 at 20:57

I bought the Scape App for the iPad a few days ago.

Scape is a venture into generative music developed by Brian Eno and Peter Chilvers.

The pair created Bloom a few years ago and that app alone was the reason I invested in an iPhone.

Bloom was good. Scape is incredible. With this app you select a backdrop drone  and then drag ambient bells and synth sounds over the backdrop. The speed in which you work creates the flow of the music, and you can be as minimal or busy as you like. It’s highly unlikely that any two creations will be the same  so you can create some unique ambient music which has a sound that resembles aspects of albums you may have heard from Brian Eno over the past few decades.

You can save your construction and play it back at another time. The track will go on infinitely and small nuances of sound will change as it flows. Incredibly good and easy to develop a set of meditative music with ease.  In short I love it

Incidentally it’s not just the iPhone that was a purchase as a result of an Eno bi-product. Back in the 80s I bought a CD player when they were still at their early stages of development. At the time few albums were available on CD other than classical music. Eno brought out an album called Thursday Afternoon. It had one track so wasn’t appropriate for its release.  I had to have it, so I bought a CD player just for that one CD and I only had that one CD for several months.

You can here some of the tracks I’ve created on Soundcloud here:

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Fine Art America

14. 09. 2012 at 11:16

I’ve just joined to see what it’s all about. I’ve added a photo for sale…one of my favourite landscapes

Pete on Fine Art America

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Significant photo

24. 08. 2012 at 18:15

An old school friend has died recently and a page has been set up on Facebook to post tributes / photos/anecdotes/memories called  The Smile of the Moon – Remembering the Surreal Genius of Mick Fidler

I got hold of a photo of him at school and thinking about it this photo has some deep meanings for me.

1 I was shy at school so didn’t get too active in this playful, energetic and experimental period

2 The photo was taken by Ian Jennet who got me into photography and if it hadn’t been for him I have no idea where my career would have taken my. I only had O levels in woodwork and tech drawing and had no interest in being a draughtsman or joiner.

3 I never used a camera to record people so all my early photos are pointless landscapes and still lifes that hold no real value. My close friend Craig Feetham used to take photos of them having fun…priceless memories now

4 Mick – the centre person in the shot – was a true leader even though we didn’t really know it at the time. He was also a genius in humour and was far more surreal than Vic and Bob…and 15 years ahead of them.

5 I lost touch with him many years ago, but he still holds a magnetism now. A powerful person who will be truly missed.


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16. 08. 2012 at 21:04

Where people dress up as figures from past eras.
I’ve been to a few of these over the years but last weekend I enjoyed the experience from a different angle. Thanks to ePHOTOzine member KevSB I got to mingle with the reenactors. And he arranged a few one to one shoots that gave endless photo opportunities that the public would not get chance to experience. It was great fun and I took a lot of photos in a different style than the normal people round the camps or in the public displays.

This is one of the shots I took which features members of the Pulteney’s Regiment (13th Foot) Jacobite Rebellion 1745 from the Lace Wars.

The event was a Kedleston Hall near Derby.  Great fun. Well worth a visit…when you get talking to the members you realise how passionate they are about history and the events. Such enthusiasm makes you want to get involved.

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A fleeting moment

17. 12. 2010 at 16:53

A moment in time – 16:08:33 – 16:08:34

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Another ambition achieved

06. 12. 2010 at 22:23

It’s always been an ambition of mine to have a mass produced CD of material I’ve recorded. Over the years (many years ago actually) I  created single copies of music on cassette. In one band I was in we even went as far as duplicating the cassette several times and creating an album which we placed for sale in Sheffield’s Record Collector  (one copy was bought) A review appeared in a local rag, so thanks for buying it.

Well at last, some 20 years later,  I’ve finally got around to creating that CD…a limited run of 100 copies with a new band – The Sound of Flak. We’re a two piece electronic outfit comprising David Burleson,  previously OxiMoron, and yours truly. The album’s called The Unbalanced and is now available.

The creation was an exciting path. And also a new experience, working out formats for files, and designing the digipack cover / cd label.

More info on our new web site:  Sound of Flak

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30. 11. 2010 at 15:48

Today I went out into the woods to photograph snow. As I walked around this huge tree branch came crashing down from a great height.

fallen tree branchIt landed just 20 yards or so in front of me. I’m pretty sure that if it had fallen as I walked under I could have jumped to safety because the crack it made as it broke lose echoed loudly though the wood. But If I didn’t have time to jump or for some reason froze I’m sure the weight would have caused serious harm. Fate?

I just wish my reactions were faster because the snow disturbance as it fell was quite spectacular and it would have made a great photograph.

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Back to film with Fujifilm’s GF670

14. 10. 2010 at 22:39

Pete and Fujifilm GF670I’m currently testing the Fujifilm GF670 for ePHOTOzine, the review will go live in a week or so.

It’s quite fascinating that Fujifilm, who’ve reduced their film range, would bring out a medium-format film camera.  Medium format is more or less dead and Hasselblads, Bronicas and Mamiyas are appearing on the pages of eBay and are fetching ridiculously low prices. So a fixed lens rangefinder may not be a smart move. I’ve yet to make my mind up.

It is an interesting experience though. Having not used roll film since I sold my Hasselblad 500cm six or so years ago, it was good to see that films have finally got self adhesive seals now…well Fuji Superia has at least. No longer do you have to lick to seal the strip with its foul mint flavoured gum. Now you just pull and wrap. Nice touch!

Then while using it I had to revert back to a flash meter which I’d given up on about the same time the Hasselblad went. And remembering to wind on the film! But the hardest part to cope with is not seeing the results instantly. I have the sealed roll waiting to be processed. I’ve got to decide where to send it, and then wait for the package to return.

Still it’s fun going out with a camera that I can hand hold and get 6x7cm shots – even if it does look like an relic Agfa Isolette. I just hope the results are good. I’ll let you know.