Lovely Jude

We had a visit from our grandson today. Lovely Jude is just nine weeks old but he seems to be taking everything in. As usual I couldn’t resist taking a a few photos of him.

I had the usual debate with myself on whether to post black and white or colour versions so I’ve posted a few of each. One photograph I’ve posted in black and white and colour. I really couldn’t decide which one I preferred. Let me know which you prefer.

Here are the pictures. We are already looking forward to seeing young Jude again!

All these photos were taken with the Fuji X-T1 coupled with the standard 35mm f1.4 lens.



In Pictures: PNE Ladies v Penwortham Town Ladies

The last friendly game of pre-season was a close fought game today and I thought Preston were unfortunate to lose this game by three goals to one.

I’m looking forward to watching more of my adopted team when the season starts properly.

Here are a few photographs from the game, including a couple of black and white versions as well. Click on any photograph to enter slideshow mode.


I Am Team GB, Preston Park Run

Hundreds took part in the regular park run today as people celebrated success in Rio with “I Am Team GB” events across the country.  It’s been described as the nation’s biggest ever sports day with numerous free events over the weekend.

Here are a few photos from today’s Park Run in Avenham/Miller Park. Click on any photo to enter slideshow view.


Catching up – two weeks of photos

For one reason or another I didn’t manage to get my usual seven photos loaded on the blog last week, so here are 14 pictures from the last fortnight. The set includes a couple of photos from a trip away to Ravenglass on the Cumbrian coast. It also includes photos from a few days when I was feeling a bit rough. It was a case of make do with anything I could manage close-by on those days as I just didn’t have the energy to move but didn’t want to fail in my photo a day quest!

If you’ve seen some of my football pictures recently, you’ll know that I’ve been putting in a bit of practice capturing sport. I’ve even been adopted by PNE Ladies Football Club and will be trying to capture the ups and downs of their season this year.

Here are the daily pictures.









PNE Ladies v Burnley Ladies pre-season friendly lost 10-2

PNE Ladies v Burnley Ladies pre-season friendly lost 10-2






PNE Ladies v Burnley Ladies

They say that pre-season friendlies are not a true indicator of how things will go when the league season starts. Hopefully that is true because my adopted team, Preston North End Ladies suffered a heavy defeat today against a Burnley Ladies team.

To be fair, Preston didn’t have a recognised keeper available and that didn’t help but Burnley certainly deserved their win.

Here are my photos from the game. Click on any photo to enter a slideshow view.

Muncaster Castle with the Fuji X-T1

On the western coast of the Lake District, Muncaster Castle is a little bit out of the way of the tourist hotspots of Windermere and Keswick.  It is however, a popular tourist destination and rightly so.

The photos below of Muncaster were captured with a Fuji X-T1 together with the 10-24mm wide angle zoom and the longer 50-140mm zoom, sometimes with a 2x converter to provide extra reach – useful for some of the bird shots.

Throughout the day the Hawk and Owl Centre, which is based at Muncaster, provide daily displays and educational insights into some beautiful birds. The birds fly incredibly close to the audience and ducking is a compulsory part of the audience participation. It all helps to make a visit to Muncaster that extra bit special.

The buildings and grounds themselves are in a stunning location with views over the lakeland fells. You can spend a day here quite easily.

The Castle is owned by the Pennington family, who have lived at Muncaster for at least 800 years. It’s nice to see the the Castle is still looking absolutely fabulous today.

Here are a few pictures from our day at Muncaster. See my previous post for a look at Ravenglass which is about a 20 minute walk away from Muncaster.



The Lake District coast with the Fuji X-T1

When you think of the Lake District in the North-West of England, the images that usually spring to mind are of the beautiful lakes and picturesque fells.

Move across to the western side of the lakes however and you will find a quieter coastline that attracts far fewer visitors.  We visited  Ravenglass,  a village on the coast which has its own unique beauty and attractions. It also proved to be a great spot for sunsets.

The village is home to the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway and Muncaster Castle is only around 20 minutes walk away.  They also have the ancient ruins of a Roman bath house.  I’ll be doing a separate blog about our visit to Muncaster Castle shortly so this is a quick look at Ravenglass.

For all these photographs I used my Fuji X-T1 with either the 50-140mm lens or, for the wider shots, the 10-24mm lens.


The Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway is a popular attraction


Railway worker


Roman Bath house ruins




Orange sky


Sunset view


An evening walk on the beach