PNE Ladies v Burnley Ladies

They say that pre-season friendlies are not a true indicator of how things will go when the league season starts. Hopefully that is true because my adopted team, Preston North End Ladies suffered a heavy defeat today against a Burnley Ladies team.

To be fair, Preston didn’t have a recognised keeper available and that didn’t help but Burnley certainly deserved their win.

Here are my photos from the game. Click on any photo to enter a slideshow view.


Muncaster Castle with the Fuji X-T1

On the western coast of the Lake District, Muncaster Castle is a little bit out of the way of the tourist hotspots of Windermere and Keswick.  It is however, a popular tourist destination and rightly so.

The photos below of Muncaster were captured with a Fuji X-T1 together with the 10-24mm wide angle zoom and the longer 50-140mm zoom, sometimes with a 2x converter to provide extra reach – useful for some of the bird shots.

Throughout the day the Hawk and Owl Centre, which is based at Muncaster, provide daily displays and educational insights into some beautiful birds. The birds fly incredibly close to the audience and ducking is a compulsory part of the audience participation. It all helps to make a visit to Muncaster that extra bit special.

The buildings and grounds themselves are in a stunning location with views over the lakeland fells. You can spend a day here quite easily.

The Castle is owned by the Pennington family, who have lived at Muncaster for at least 800 years. It’s nice to see the the Castle is still looking absolutely fabulous today.

Here are a few pictures from our day at Muncaster. See my previous post for a look at Ravenglass which is about a 20 minute walk away from Muncaster.



The sun going down

The Lake District coast with the Fuji X-T1

When you think of the Lake District in the North-West of England, the images that usually spring to mind are of the beautiful lakes and picturesque fells.

Move across to the western side of the lakes however and you will find a quieter coastline that attracts far fewer visitors.  We visited  Ravenglass,  a village on the coast which has its own unique beauty and attractions. It also proved to be a great spot for sunsets.

The village is home to the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway and Muncaster Castle is only around 20 minutes walk away.  They also have the ancient ruins of a Roman bath house.  I’ll be doing a separate blog about our visit to Muncaster Castle shortly so this is a quick look at Ravenglass.

For all these photographs I used my Fuji X-T1 with either the 50-140mm lens or, for the wider shots, the 10-24mm lens.


The Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway is a popular attraction


Railway worker


Roman Bath house ruins




Orange sky


Sunset view


An evening walk on the beach



Fuji X focussing on Sport

Today, I used my Fuji X-T1 together with 50-140mm lens and 2x converter to tackle a couple of local football matches.

I was using the match to check on which camera settings worked best.  At the moment I’m still trying to work out the best setting for focus accuracy which is still a bit hit and miss. I’m hoping the new Fuji X-T2 will improve things in that regard.

Here are the pictures from my first game of the day, local club Ingol Rangers in a pre-season friendly. Click on any picture to enter slideshow.


My second game of the day was another friendly game between the Fylde Ladies Development Squad and Sir Tom Finney Ladies who play in the North West Division 1 North division.  I photographed the Fylde Ladies first team last week when they played Liverpool Ladies and was impressed with the standard of football. That high standard was also in evidence with the Development squad who proved too strong for the home team at UCLan sports arena.

Here are the pictures. Click on any picture to enter the slideshow.





Tustin Court

Seven photos in seven days

From Comic Con and Cosplay, to gardens, ladies football and scenic views. I guess you could say that my seven photos from the last week are a mixed bunch.

The Comic Con photos together with some photos from a wrestling show in Preston City centre were used for Blog Preston.

I’ve also been continuing to practice my Sports photography this last week with two ladies football games. One of those pictures made a picture of the day this week and I’m planning to cover more games in future so no doubt more will appear in my final 366 day tally at the end of the year.

Again all photos have been captured with the Fuji X-Series.

Here are the pictures:


Lancaster Canal


Pre-season friendly


Towards Avenham


Miller Park


Coming out


Comic Con





More ladies football, more practice…

My latest attempt at Sports photography took me to another ladies football match.  This time I popped down to watch a Fylde ladies team take on Liverpool ladies in a friendly match.

The game provided new photographic challenges. An 8pm kick-off meant darkening skies, dark clouds meant rain and that all added up to high ISO levels and slowing shutter speeds. This made it more difficult to freeze the action as the game progressed.

The standard of the football was really good and I can see myself taking in a few more of Fylde ladies games this coming season. There’s also a really friendly feeling around the Club and they will hopefully go from strength to strength when they move into their brand new stadium for this season’s league games.

I was shooting with a Fuji X-T1 together with 50-140mm f2.8 lens. On some of the earlier shots I managed to get away with attaching a 2x converter but as the light levels dropped I had to remove it in order to get the shutter speeds back up to a reasonable level.

Here are the pictures. Click on a pic to enter slideshow:


Additional images from the game:



PNE Ladies friendly

One area of photography that I’ve not done much of is Sport. They say to be good at it you’ve got to practice lots and the more you practice the better you get. Like most thing really and I still need a lot of practice!  Still, it’s always good to try out new genres of photography.

And, It was with this in mind that I thought about taking in a few games this season following Preston North End Ladies football team (that’s soccer team if you are reading this in the United States). The team play locally to me and if I’m not busy on other projects it’s easy to get down to their games. The season hasn’t started yet but there was an opportunity today to take in a pre-season friendly. This was a good work out for photographer and team!

So, here are a few photos. The opposition was Burscough Ladies who provided a stiff test, beating Preston by one goal to nil.

A few pictures from the warm-up and team talks first (click on a pic to enter ‘slideshow’ view):


And here are some shots from the game itself: