A photo a day – last week captured

A few days away provided a bit of different scenery and that is reflected in this set of seven pictures. Three of the images come from that trip to Yorkshire. We’d based ourselves in the small town of Ilkley but also visited Malham on a delightfully sunny day.

There are also a couple of foodie type pictures this week too. Not really my thing but I do like to try and have a go at different styles of photography. There’s also a picture from an event to honour a Victoria Cross hero in Preston and some brightly coloured Spring flowers.

I’m now looking forward to a few more trips out as the weather improves but for now here are last week’s pictures…


Makes great toast

UK Weather. Glorious Spring day in theYorkshire Dales.

Malham Cove


River Wharfe


Chocolate Muffin


Bluebell Wood





Grandson portraits in b/w

It’s always a delight to see our grandson and as usual I couldn’t help taking a few photos. These pictures were all taken in fairly low lighting without any flash and they have all been converted to either black and white or toned pictures.

The pictures were all taken with the Fuji X-T1 and either the 35mm f1.4 or 50-140mm f2.8 lenses.


Colour fun run with the Fuji X-T1

If you want an event that provides plenty of colour then you can’t go far wrong with a colour fun run.  I took along the perfect camera and lens combination to capture the action, my Fuji X-T1 and 50-140mm lens. This combination gave me the reach to get into the action without the risk of getting covered in the brightly coloured paint powder that was flying around.

In order to capture the action I had the camera set at a shutter speed of 1/2000 second and for most of the shots I had the aperture set around the f4 mark to try and isolate the runners from the background. I set the ISO to auto knowing that it would deal with whatever combination of shutter speed and aperture I chose.

Fuji cameras are renowned for delivering great colours from their sensors and this was the type of event where there was no shortage of colour!

I’ve posted a set of pictures on Blog Preston and you can view those here but these are some additional pictures:



A few days in Yorkshire

This week I visited Yorkshire with a couple of Fuji X series cameras and lenses. I packed the Fuji X-T1 and the X-Pro1 together with the 10-24mm and 50-140mm Fuji lenses.

Our base for the visit was the spa town of Ilkley.  It is a charming town with riverside walks and above the town is the famous Ilkley Moor. The town is the subject of a folk song, often described as the unofficial anthem of Yorkshire, “On Ilkla Moor Baht ‘at”. The song’s words are written in Yorkshire dialect, its title translated as “On Ilkley Moor without a hat.”

We also ventured out into the picturesque Yorkshire Dales, visiting Malham with its imposing cove and limestone pavements. It’s a popular tourist attraction but its still possible to find a bit of peace and quiet. We enjoyed this beautiful part of the country and are already looking forward to visiting again.

Preston honours war hero William Young VC

This is a set of black and white images taken at an event in Preston to honour Private William Young who was awarded the Victoria Cross for ‘most conspicuous bravery’.

The event was attended by desendents of Private Young who had travelled from all over the country to be at the ceremony.  Mayor of Preston Councillor Margaret McManus unveiled a stone plaque at the cenotaph in what was a moving ceremony to honour a First World War hero.

Under heavy fire, Private Young went to the aid of a wounded soldier and was wounded himself. Despite his serious injuries, both jaws shattered and a bullet in the chest, Private Young continued in his quest and eventually succeeded in recovering the injured soldier.

After three months in hospital he returned to Preston to a heroes welcome. However, months later while undergoing an operation on his jaw William died under anaesthetic. His wife, Mary received her husband’s VC from George V at Buckingham Palace.

You can see colour photos taken at the event on Blog Preston here.




Seven pictures that sum up the week

It was a mixed week weather wise and picture wise. On some days it was a real struggle to get the daily picture. I don’t function best when it’s cold and drizzly outside.  Then on other days the sun was out and I could have picked seven pictures from one day but that’s just not the done thing. It has to be a new picture taken on the day and from point of view some pictures were more of a joy to take than others.

So, it’s a variety of shots this week from the Guild Wheel cycle route to the historic National Trust property, Rufford Old Hall. There’s also a mix of colour and monochrome images but as usual all the pictures were taken on either the Fuji X-T1 or X-Pro1 cameras.


The Guild Wheel


Team UCLan


Opening soon


Bus Station car park


Under the bridge


Swan at Brockholes


Rufford Old Hall

Rufford Old Hall is a National Trust property in Lancashire and it’s a place we’ve visited a few times before. In summer, the Victorian gardens are a great place in which to relax but this visit was a bit too early to catch the gardens at their best and we have made a mental note to return in the Summer.

As with most National Trust properties, there is plenty of history and some friendly guides to explain things as you go around.

The Hall was built in about 1530 for Sir Robert Hesketh. Now only the Great Hall survives from the original structure. A brick-built wing in the style was added in 1661, at right angles to the Great Hall, and a third wing was added in the 1820s.

You are not allowed to take photos, other than in the Great Hall, so you can only get a partial view of what’s on offer here…