Classic Cars just kept on coming

I was down in Miller Park last weekend for a Classic Car event in Preston city centre. It’s a beautiful park and the ideal setting for a classic car and motorcycle show.

This was only the second year that the event has been held but judging by the turnout this year it could be one of those events that has the potential to grow and attract visitors into the City centre. I wanted to capture some images of the cars arriving as well as when they were parked up.

It was very much a social gathering for the classic vehicle enthusiasts and some of the cars on show must have been worth a fortune.  I’ve selected a few of the images from the day to give a flavour  – hope you like them.

All photographs were taken with a Fuji X-T1 and X-Pro1 with 10-24mm and 50-140mm lenses.

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Close-up on nature with the Fuji 60mm

In the UK it’s the height of Summer at the moment and the hedgerows and meadows have come alive with flowers, insects and butterflies. So, on a gorgeous, sunny day I took a walk down the tow-path of the Lancaster Canal close to where I live to see what I could snap.

My close-up lens of choice these days is the Fuji 60mm. It’s not a true macro lens in that it can’t capture little critters at 1:1 magnification but you can still get close enough and with a bit of cropping it can produce great results.  Fuji have recently introduced a set of extension tubes for an even closer view but I haven’t splashed the cash  just yet!

My walk took in a half-mile stretch of canal and I managed to find four different butterflies, damselflies, bees and the wonderful ‘Heineken Fly’, named, would you believe because it’s snout can reach nectar that other hover-flies cannot reach – I kid you not.

Gemma Louise Doyle and the Fuji 50-140mm lens – star performers

These pictures of vocalist Gemma Louise Doyle performing were all captured on the Fuji X-T1 with the fantastic Fujinon 50-140mm lens attached and `Classic Chrome’ film setting.  And just like singer Gemma, they gave a virtuoso performance.

Gemma was making a return to her home town of Preston after performing to audiences around the world, It was a cold, wet and windy day but Gemma’s class shone through and the Fuji combination produced some great images in the difficult conditions.

I was a bit surprised by how much I liked the Classic Chrome film simulation for these pictures and I thought it worked particularly well with the black and white images, giving the blacks some real depth.

All the images were shot wide open at 1/250 second which for the most part managed to deal with any subject movement. It’s a combination I will certainly be using again.

You can check out Gemma singing on You Tube here: https://www.youtube.com/user/GemmaDoyleOfficial

Great Cosplay at Preston Comic Con

It’s already become one of my favourite events of the year, even though this was only the second Preston Comic Con being held at the rejuvenated Preston Guild Hall.

Some of these people had obviously put a lot of time and effort into their Cosplay outfits and everyone seemed to be having fun. It also struck me that there is such a wide age range of people taking part from very young children thrilled to meet their heroes to some older attendees who no doubt remember the original comics.

All the photographs here were taken with the Fuji X-T1 and 50-140mm lens.  This was an ideal combination because it delivered sharp pictures in difficult lighting conditions and where necessary I was able to crop the files in post-production.

Already looking forward to the next event!