Anti-Fracking demonstration in Preston

Today I was at the anti-fracking demonstration in Preston where huge numbers of people turned out to let local government know exactly what they think about fracking. Energy company Caudrilla are seeking planning permission to commence operations at two sites in Lancashire. These photographs hopefully capture some of the spirit of the day.

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Carnival workout for new Fuji 50-140mm lens

It was the annual Preston Carnival today and what better way to test my new Fuji 50-140mm lens. Preston may officially be the wettest City in England but on one day every year the sunshine and spirit of the Caribbean comes to the City’s streets with music, dance and colourful costumes. Preston carnival has been taking place for over 40 years. It is the largest and longest running cultural celebration in Preston outside of the Preston Guild, attracting tens of thousands of visitors each year. This Carnival is organised by a team of volunteers, who work throughout the year planning, organising, and running the event.

I bought the lens primarily for industrial portrait work but am very happy with the way it performed today. Hope you like the photos…

The Lake District with two Fuji zooms

Last week we had some beautiful weather in the UK and I took a day out in the Lake District armed with my Fuji X-T1 and two zoom lenses, the 10-24mm wide angle and the telephoto 55-200mm. As you may have seen from my previous post, I had my Mother for company and walking any distance was out of the question, so these pictures were all taken close to the roadside around Blea Tarn.

 

 

 

Seniors portraits – UK style

When you see the phrase Seniors Portraits, it usually refers to the tradition in the United States, where young adults have their pictures taken at about age 17 – at the beginning of their final year in High School. I like the idea and would welcome the chance to shoot some but as yet it’s not really big in the UK. Here, certainly female teens, seem to be keener on pouting like fish for selfies.
Anyway, my senior portraits feature my mother on a day out in the Lake District and they were just a bit of fun. It was a glorious summer’s day and for some reason she insisted on singing “the hills are alive with the sound of music…” They may have been alive but they must have been suffering. Not the best singer my mum!
The pictures were captured with the Fuji X-T1 and Fuji X100.

Light Reading in Preston with the Fuji X-Pro1

There’s only one image in today’s post but I think it’s a good one – let me know what you think. I’ve included colour and black and white versions, which do you prefer?

The picture was grabbed quickly while on Preston railway station as I waited for my train to Manchester. I love the guy yawning in the background on the other platform.

I used the excellent Fuji X-Pro1 together with the super-sharp 35mm lens.

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One very special library (part two)

When I was in Manchester last I visited the John Ryland’s Library for what was a very quick visit and posted a blog about it. I promised to return and grab a few photographs of the reading rooms which I didn’t get to last time. So today, I made it – another quick visit but a different set of pictures.  If you are ever in Manchester, the library is on Deansgate and is well worth a visit – it’s free too!

 

Manchester canals

I spent a little bit of time in Manchester earlier today and managed a quick visit to the Castlefield Canals area  in the City.  It’s a fascinating place with an array of canal boats, bridges and architecture to keep any keen photographer snapping away. I think the area looks particularly well when pictured in black and white – see if you agree. My favourite pic is the one with the attractive young lady who walked into the picture as I was taking it. Adds a certain je ne sais quoi.