Beautiful Scotland

When it comes to landscapes, Scotland has some of the most dramatic and most beautiful vistas anywhere in the World.  This made it the perfect place to exploit the versatility of Fuji’s widest lens, the 10-24mm zoom which I had paired with the Fuji X-T1 camera.
Everything about Scotland is dramatic from the open roads and the way that they cut through mountain ranges, to the beaches, which must be among the most beautiful anywhere in the world – on a sunny day. The weather on our visit was changeable and we experienced the full range from glorious sunshine to raging gales and sleet, all within the blink of an eye.
So, here are a selection of images.  On this trip, I also had with me the X-Pro1and the 35mm, 60mm and 55-200mm lenses. I’ll post some of my other images from my visit to Scotland in a follow-on post.

One very special library

My Fuji X-Pro1 and 18mm f2 lens was the perfect combination to capture the dark interior of a great building in the North-West of England. The building is the John Rylands Library which sits on one of Manchester’s main shopping streets.  It’s a real gem of a building that is open to the public and yet it is missed by so many visitors to the City.

The John Rylands Library was founded by Enriqueta Rylands in memory of her husband. The architect Basil Champneys designed the striking gothic building, which took ten years to build and was opened to public readers on 1 January 1900.

The Library is now part of The University of Manchester. Mrs Rylands’ memorial to her husband is now part of the third largest academic library in the United Kingdom, and the Deansgate building houses over 250,000 printed volumes, and well over a million manuscripts and archival items.

These photographs don’t even touch on the reading areas – I only had a very short time to visit but I will return.


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