About

A retired Chartered Engineer, I spent most of my career with British Aerospace (now BAE Systems). Photography is a hobby which has recently converged with another interest, computing, as you will see from recent posts.

I didn’t own a camera until I was about 25, a cheap Russian 35mm model. I recall my first visit to a high security government research establishment, when this was discovered in a routine search of my briefcase, causing some amusement all round – this was at the height of the ‘cold war’. I was only embarrassed that it was such a cheap model and soon traded up to a Praktica.

After years of darkroom work in monochrome and in colour, it became clear that digital technology would prevail and along with most others, I ‘went digital’. My interest in panoramic photography dates from about 2002, when members of Oldham Photographic Society were invited to produce panoramas for an exhibition by Gallery Oldham in August 2003.

Since 2009 I have been trying out open source software for photographic processing but it is only comparatively recently that I have abandoned those well-known commercial packages running on MS Windows.

poster: Oldham's Panoramas Exhibition by John Widdall

I have been a member of Oldham Photographic Society, one of the oldest in the country (Est. 1867), for many years and have held the offices of President and Secretary several times. For the past few years I have lectured to photographic clubs in Lancashire, Cheshire and Yorkshire on the subject of panoramic photography.

Header image is the Fountain of Apollo at the Palace of Versailles.

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