Missing our Carnival…pictures

I love the Preston Carnival event and can’t believe it’s been cancelled this year due to funding issues. For many years, this was the traditional Carnival weekend in Preston and below I’ve chosen a few photos from previous years to remind us all of what we are missing.

It’s a great cultural event that is usually enjoyed by thousands and it’s a shame that money can be found for other events but not for this one.  Let’s hope it returns bigger and better next year.

What we do have this year is a scaled down ‘static’ event on the Flag Market which takes place on 11th June. No way can that ever be considered an adequate replacement for the procession of colour and music that normally winds its way through the City, entertaining crowds of onlookers along the way.

And, here is what we are missing.  A few photos from previous years that hopefully capture something of this spectacular event.



Around Preston [mainly] – seven pics

One of this week’s photos of the day went viral. As I switched off the computer for the night the picture had notched up around 40 views in a couple of hours but by the next morning that figure had rocketed to over 2000 views.

The reason for the interest soon became apparent.  Flickr had highlighted the photo in its Explore section of the site – a place I often look to myself for inspiration.  As I write this blog the number of views is nearer 3000 and around 100 people have ‘faved’ the picture.

The picture in question is a duck on the water at Preston Dock. What caught my eye was the reflection of a red brick building in the water in the late afternoon light. The building’s window’s give a blue streak on the water and add a abstract quality to the image.

Other pictures in the last week include a black and white shot taken on a walk by the River Ribble and a couple of indoor shots. There are shots from a local park (Ashton Park) and the Marina at Preston Docks.

The picture I haven’t mentioned is one of a refurbished Fish Market canopy in the centre of Preston. There have been a couple of comments on social media about the state of the wall and the fact that it doesn’t look very clean. The Council responded via Twitter to say it has been cleaned. Just doesn’t look like it! It’s hard to get the staff these days.



Farming in the City


Wine and crisps


Ashton Park


The Fish Market




Dock Reflections


Seven more days, seven more pictures

You’d think the better weather and longer days would make this 366 project easier.  It did mean that I managed to fit in a few days away in the Lake District and that trip provided three of last week’s pictures.

My other pictures from the week included shots that were dictated by the weather because it felt more like November than May at times. The shot of the bus station car park was one such picture where getting out of the rain was the deciding factor on the day.

Another picture from last week is an action shot of two guys taking part in a skating marathon.  This picture uses a technique called panning which aims to keep the subject sharp but blurs the background providing a better impression of speed.  It takes a bit of practice to find the correct shutter speed and I think my technique would improve with more practice.

The next month or so is going to be busy but hopefully I can still find the time for the photo a day among a few commercial and portrait shoots. I don’t want to fail now!


Bug on flower


Rain on table


Poor E32


The Ullswater steamer



Leaving the car park

The Pooley Bridge is now better

We’ve just got back from a couple of days away in the Lake District, staying at Pooley Bridge. Unfortunately the village lost its famous bridge during the 2015 storms.  The picturesque, old stone bridge was washed away by the flood waters but there is now a new bridge in place. It’s not as pretty and is only supposed to be a temporary solution but it works and I can’t see it changing any time soon.

From Pooley Bridge you can catch the steamer and take a cruise up Ullswater to Glennriding.  A popular option among visitors is to take the steamer to Howtown which is midway and then walk back along the lake but we didn’t bother with that this time.

Another popular visitor spot close to the lake is the National Trust site ‘Aira Force’ – essentially a medium sized waterfall which, to be honest, is not that impressive.

Here are a few black and white photographs from our visit…



St Paul’s Church


The new Pooley Bridge


Aira Force


Ullswater steamer at Pooley Bridge


Ullswater view

Seven pictures from last week

This post includes three photos from a few days away in Oxfordshire, where we visited the wonderful Blenheim Palace – I’ve done a separate blog with photos from this trip.

At times you find images in the strangest place but you have it to do when you take on a 366 project. Not every day can be spent in pursuit of photographs and that’s why this week there’s an image of shopping trollies.  It was something about the lines of the stacked trollies that caught my eye.

So here they are, my seven photos from last week. All pictures taken on my Fuji X Series cameras.





Going for goal


Caravan Club


Under the tree


The Palace lawn

Osprey operate an LG1750 crane for heavy lift work around the UK.

LG1750 Crane



Getting their skates on…

Today there was a skating event on at the UCLan Sports Arena and I couldn’t resist going along to grab a few photos. Well done to all those who took part, especially those covering the punishing distance for charity, it didn’t look easy!

The photos here were all taken on the Fuji X-T1 with a 50-140mm lens.

Here is a full set of pictures – just click on any of the images pictures to get into slideshow mode.





A magnificent stately home

Capability Brown, Sir Winston Churchill and Peter Pan are all in evidence at Blenheim Palace, which is surely one of Britain’s most photographed homes.


It’s probably also fair to say that Blenheim Palace is one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations. On the weekend we visited it was thronged with people from the United States, Japan, China and Europe, all enjoying the sun and history that the house has to offer.  There was even a game of cricket taking place on the lawn – how typically English!

There are many highlights of course and one is certainly the the breathtaking gardens and landscaping, which gives us the Capability Brown link. Unfortunately, we just missed a special expedition highlighting his work, it having finished a few days before we visited.

There is however, still plenty to see and learn about Sir Winston Churchill who was born at Blenheim when his mother went into labour early. His links to the house where his grandparents lived feature strongly.

Churchill is also buried close by in the village of Bladon. We took a walk up to St Martin’s church to see his monument in the churchyard.  It was nice to see that people still come from around the world to pay their respects.

There’s enough to keep you going at Blenheim Palace for at least a couple of days. On this visit we also discovered the children’s play area, complete with Peter Pan statue, a butterfly house and a maze. We didn’t attempt the maze this time but I’m sure we will return again, especially as the price of admission can be upgraded to a yearly pass free of charge.