Cute Kitten Alert

Young animals are inevitably very cute but they don’t come cuter than a young, playful kitten.  Meet Joey, my son couldn’t resist him when they met and you can see why.  At only seven week old he’s already a charmer, he’s inquisitive and oh so playful.

I met Joey for the first time today and couldn’t resist taking a few photos with my Fuji X-Pro1 with 35mm f1.4 lens attached.  Little Joey kept on the move for much of the time but I did manage to get a few frames in focus in what was fairly low light and a challenging environment for any camera.

So here’s Joey…

 

 

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Historic Shropshire with the Fuji x100

Last weekend we spent a couple of days in Shrewsbury exploring the Town and surrounding area.  It was an opportunity to grab some stock photographs and just relax.

While there we also visited the National Trust property Attingham Park – the NT don’t allow you to sell photographs taken on the property but you can still take them for your own use.  I thought I’d share a couple of pics of Shrewsbury and a few from Attingham Park too. These were all taken on the Fuji x100.  It’s still a favourite camera of mine and while I’m sure the new x100T is much better, I really can’t justify the additional cost to upgrade when the original still delivers what I need from a pocketable camera.

 

 

 

Ribble Link Sunset

Last night I was out for a walk and I grabbed my Fuji X-Pro1 with 18mm and 35mm lenses as  I set off.  I could see there was a spark of colour in the sky and the potential for a sunset but I didn’t really expect the spark to turn into a fire in the sky. The 18mm lens is one that I haven’t used for a while – it’s been a bit neglected but it certainly worked well in the fading light. I’ve been reading some great things about Fuji’s new 16mm lens and would love to give that a go at some point.

The sun setting behind the £30,000 Ribble Link Boat Sculpture which was designed by Derbyshire artist Denis O’Connor. The sculpture is dedicated to the people who built the canals.

Here are a couple of images from my walk.

Ribble Link Sculpture

Ribble Link Sculpture

Ribble Link Structure

Ribble Link Sculpture

 

The sun going down on Blackpool

Blackpool is famous for its long beach, tower and illuminations but yesterday I was there specifically to catch the sunset. It’s a fair old walk along the promenade and my pedometer indicated that I’d easily smashed my 10,000 steps a day target by the time I’d done, so that’s photos and exercise done in one great visit!

These photos were all taken on the Fuji X-T1 with the 55-200mm lens attached.

Early morning with the Fuji X-T1

Sometimes you’ve just got to make the effort to get up and out early if you want to catch the best light.  For these photographs I’d packed my Fuji X-T1 together with the 55-200mm lens and the wide-angle 10-24mm.  This is Preston Dock which was opened in 1892, by Queen Victoria’s second son, Prince Albert. Today Preston Dock is thriving marina, residential and business area.

When I first arrived at the dock, it didn’t look good from a photographic point of view but then around 10 minutes after sunrise the faintest hints of colour started to tinge the clouds and things started to change quite quickly.  I’ve seen this scene look much more dramatic but at least I was rewarded for my early start with a few pictures.

 

A very strange tradition…

For over a hundred years Prestonians have been visiting the City’s Avenham/Miller Parks on Easter Monday to roll their Easter Eggs down the hills. Nowadays the eggs are mainly of the chocolate variety and the event itself has become a much larger occasion with entertainment, food stalls, fairground rides and very rarely a bit of sun to keep the crowds happy.  The Easter Egg rolling tradition is still fairly localised but according to Wikipedia it’s a tradition that is now also undertaken on the White House lawn. Here are a few photos from the Preston branch of the Easter Egg rolling fraternity.