Dr. Derek P. Blake

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Joined Jan 10 2013
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77 years old
Falmouth, Cornwall, UK
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Aegeanblue Photography
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Time Before Time - the Big Bang
Photography 4U

About Me

I have been taking photographs since the age of nine years, when my parents gave me my first camera for my birthday. The camera was Brownie Cresta II complete with a roll of 120 monochrome film. I was hooked on photography from that time on, over the next year I saved up my pocket-money to purchase a flash gun for the Brownie, costing one pound, seventeen shillings and six pence (27/6), this took just over six months of saving, With this basic equipment I achieved success in two photographic competitions, one of which was a national competition.

Soon after starting work as an aeronautical engineer, I purchased a Russian made Cosmic 35 camera, later adding a light meter and hot-shoe flashgun. I soon found myself taking photographs for the Apprentice Association Magazine, 'Whirly Wings', which had circulation of over 2000 copies. Soon after Derek upgraded to his trusty Pentax Spotmatic, which served him into the late nineteen-nineties, when he transferred to digital.


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Reply SylviArt
7:15 AM on February 19, 2013 
Hello Derek,
Yes, your points were EXACTLY what I had experienced and I have since had a little "play". We were in London yesterday ( I will post photos soon ) for the day BUT I took my ols camera and we left the "new addition" at home.

I did have other reasons not to take the camera up to London. I am still nursing a poorly knee.
The sun is out the sky is blue......Yoo, hoo.
Catch up soon.
Thank you Derek.
Sylvia :-)
Reply SylviArt
11:11 AM on February 7, 2013 
Derek, I did use the manual setting. I am so thrilled. I am feeling excited about snapping after my full recovery.
Did I use the flower setting? Ummmmmmmmmmmmmm! Do I know it has one.
I did notice a yellow flower symbol on the screen.
Still discovering.
S :-)
Reply SylviArt
7:38 AM on February 7, 2013 
Well, Derek.
What do you think?
I am soooooooooooooooooooo thrilled with our HS 30. Love the flower photos.
THANK YOU for your encouragement and help with buying our camera.
S ;-)
Reply Spencer Courtis
5:41 AM on January 11, 2013 
Derek - great job seting Potography 4 Christians up - thanks for having me on board - my prayer is that it will grow beyond all comprehension - God has blessed Potography 4 Christians!!! Bless ya - spence
Reply Martin Yirrell
4:49 PM on January 10, 2013 
Thought I'd give it a whirl
Reply Jonny McKinstry
1:02 PM on January 10, 2013 
I've sent her a message. I'm Leaving it in Gods hands Now. I'm really glad to hear she has a job now she really deserves all the success she gets.
Reply Jonny McKinstry
12:41 PM on January 10, 2013 
Is Sophie still on Premier or did she leave because i can't get hold of her.
Reply Jonny McKinstry
12:27 PM on January 10, 2013 
Hey Derek. Its sad that premier is closing.