A picture-a-day – week 4

Hard to believe I’ve only completed four weeks worth of pictures – it feels much longer especially with the poor weather!

One of the advantages of the Fuji X-T1 and 50-140mm lens that I use a lot is that that they are both weather sealed. Ironically the wet day pictures this week have been taken with the X-Pro1 camera and 10-24mm lens which aren’t.

At times I’ve been stood in a gale in the driving rain, trying to keep the camera and lens covered with an umbrella – why am I doing this I keep asking myself at these moments?

It’s another real mix of pictures this week from Preston’s iconic bus station, a well known example of brutalist architecture to a lovely piece of Carrot cake with a cup of tea. Who knows what next week will bring?




MistaJam and Craig Charles bring the music

The centre of Preston was transformed into a big outdoor nightclub for one night only and despite the freezing temperatures people still turned out in their thousands to enjoy a boogie.

BBC Radio DJs MistaJam and Craig Charles each did a one-hour set with music for everyone from Craig’s funk and soul set which gave us classics such as ‘I heard it through the grapevine’, to a finale tribute to David Bowie from MistaJam with ‘Let’s Dance’.

A great night but hope we can do it in Summer next time!



Spark drummers light up Preston

This weekend, Preston celebrated its Purple Flag status in style. The Purple Flag is given to cities in recognition of the quality of night out they provide and on a cold January evening thousands came out to enjoy some fantastic street artists and music from top DJs Craig Charles and MistaJam.

Judging by the reaction of the crowds the most popular of the street entertainers had to be the Spark Drummers troupe. They amazed the crowds with some smart percussion and some even more impressive LED drum kits.  The routine was slick and the ever changing colours proved a real hit with the Preston public.

Here are a few pictures. The pictures were all taken with the Fuji X-T1 with 50-140mm lens and the Fuji X-Pro1 with 10-24mm lens attached.


One month old and growing fast

It’s hard to believe that our new Grandson is already just over a month old. When you don’t see him everyday, you notice how much he has developed in a short space of time.  He seems much more alert and though we are not really sure who he takes after yet we can now see he has his own expressions. It’s fascinating to see.

Young Alexander has also developed his ability to let you know when he’s not so happy –  as you can see in one of the pictures below!



Week 3 of my photo-a-day challenge

This week Preston has been featuring prominantly in my 2016 photo-a-day challenge. With lots of dull and wet days, I’ve stayed fairly local and six of the photos feature views or buildings of Preston.

There is one exception however and that is a still-life picture of  glass of milk, which isn’t actually a glass of milk (it’s orange juice).  It’s also black and white but not really – you’ll see what I mean when you see the picture below.

To capture these images, I used a couple of Fuji cameras and a number of different lenses ranging from a 60mm close up lens for the ‘Milky White’ photo to a wide-angle 10-24mm lens for the building shots.

Most of the pictures were captured on the Fuji X-Pro1 camera – an excellent rangefinder style camera which has the look of a traditional classic rather than a modern digital.

I was pleased to see that the recently announced Fuji X-Pro2 still keeps those classic rangefinder looks but with added features and improvements.  For now, I can only look at all the reviews and dream but it’s certainly a camera I’d love to own.


The Foster Building


Milky White


Window light


Sir Tom Finney


On the roof


Good Morning Preston






My 366 challenge with Fuji – week 2


I’ve been out and about with my Fuji cameras again this week and it’s another diverse set of pictures. Everything from cityscapes,  to still-life, and even a couple of selfies which featured in the last seven days.

I’m not normally one for appearing in front of the camera, but the challenge of coming up with a picture everyday called for desperate measures. I think I may need a few willing volunteers in the course of the year to get through to day 366. Let me know if you are interested in featuring. Either that or you’ll be seeing more of me!

Day 14’s picture is a sunny day shot in Preston. It felt nice to see some blue sky after what seems like two weeks of constant rain. I’m really looking forward to the summer element of this challenge.

As in my Week One post, all the pictures were taken using Fuji X series cameras and lenses which are the only cameras I now use. For flash photography I still use Nikon units, usually in manual mode with radio triggers.

Pop back next week to see what week three brings or you can check on my daily uploads via my Flickr page here.





Preston City Centre


Car Park


The mansion on the hill




Parallel Lines



My 366 challenge with Fuji – week 1

Everyone needs a little bit of a challenge to begin the year, right? Well, for me that had to be a photographic challenge and with some trepidation, I decided to take on a 366 project – that’s one photograph a day for a year. It’s quite a commitment, even for someone like me who takes a lot of pictures. Time will tell if I have bitten off more than I can chew but so far, so good.

To help me undertake this challenge I am relying on my Fuji gear. My Fuji X100 featured in my day one ‘rising to the challenge’ photograph and in my first week I’ve already used the X100, X-Pro1 and X-T1 cameras. I’ve also used a selection of lenses including 18mm, 35mm, 60mm, 18-55mm and 50-140mm.  You can’t say I don’t make use of my Fuji gear!

The seven photographs featured here are a bit of an eclectic mix – there’s no theme as such and I’ll continue to just see how the mood takes me on a day-to-day basis.

As far as reflections on week one – the weather has been the biggest hinderance – it’s pretty much rained everyday and I’m already looking forward to warmer, sunnier times. I’ll publish a weekly update here on my website but if you want to follow along daily, you can find my uploads here on Flickr