Musical treat at Preston’s ‘Family Fest’

There’s a tremendous amount of work going on to make Preston’s City Centre a more exciting place to be. One example of this work was the Family Fest event which took place on the historic Flag Market in the centre of the City. This was a free event featuring some up and coming talent. Artists including singer/songwriter Amy-Jo Clough and Ella Shaw who was a firm favourite for many following her exposure on Britain’s Got Talent.

Unfortunately I only caught a few of the acts but it was a very enjoyable hour or so in the sun. Thanks to all the performers and to Preston’s Business Improvement District team for putting on the show.

All these pictures were taken with the Fuji X-T1 and excellent 50-140mm lens.

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Beautiful Cornwall

If we don’t get to Cornwall at least once during the year I start to miss it. There are a number of things that pull us back to Cornwall. The fantastic beaches, the emerald green sea, the coastal paths, great restaurants and the desire to finally get a full week of sunny weather!

If you read my last blog you will know that we were already down in Devon, so it was a relatively short journey to St Ives. And, while we didn’t get a full week of sunshine it was definitely one of our hottest visits to this lovely part of the country.

I again used my trusty Fuji X-Pro1 and X-T1 cameras. The reason for two cameras is not just that it provides a back-up should something go wrong but it also means I can cover different perspectives without having to change lenses. I don’t changing lenses in an environment where small grains of sand are being blown around.

So, this is St Ives, probably my favourite UK holiday destination. Do you have a favourite UK holiday destination – somewhere I need to check out?

Pictures of Salcombe in Devon with Fuji X-Pro1 and X-T1

One of the advantages of the Fuji X-Series of cameras is their compact size. They are ideal for travel photographers but that doesn’t mean it’s easy deciding what to take with you in your camera bag. I could easily have managed with one camera and the excellent standard 18-55mm Fuji lens. It’s a quality lens and it delivers great results but what about when you want to get some close-up shots? I knew we’d be doing some walking along the coastal paths and there is always a variety of flowers and insects which seem to to taunt you as a photographer – never quite keeping still long enough to capture quickly. Then, I do like to capture the occasional ultra-wide angle view so I would also need the Fuji 10-24mm lens and for sheer portability and quality there’s the standard 35mm f1.4. In the end I packed two cameras the X-Pro1 and X-T1 together with 35mm, 60mm, 10-24mm and 55-200mm lenses. Well you’ve got to be prepared! On previous holidays I’ve managed and been happy with the results from a single Fuji X100 camera but as I was driving, space and weight were not really a consideration.

We spent a week in picturesque Devon, staying in Salcombe, an area we haven’t visited before. There is no doubt that it is a beautiful part of the world but boy is it hilly. No gym memberships required here! One thing that you do pick up on quite quickly in Salcombe is that it is very much a place for the sailing fraternity and if you don’t have a boat or yacht on the water it can feel like you’re missing out. There are a number of good beaches – a short ferry ride across the estuary and plenty of quaint, narrow streets to explore in Salcombe itself. Many people return here year after year but I don’t think I’ll be one of them, unless I come up on the lottery and can sail up the river on my yacht. I have to admit to preferring St Ives in Cornwall, which is where we headed next and I’ll be posting some photographs very soon.