The Grandchildren visit – the best Christmas presents of all.

The best Christmas presents of all came in the shape of of our two wonderful grandchildren. They are still a bit too young to understand much about festive traditions so were happy to play with wrapping paper and cardboard boxes as much as the presents! They also seemed to enjoy seeing the family just as much as we did, which was really nice as they were inevitably the focus of attention.

I had to take a few photographs of course and I thought I’d share some pictures here.

One of the images (a black and white portrait of Jude, our youngest grandson) appeared on the Flickr ‘explore’ pages when I posted it. It was viewed around 6,000 times in just 24 hours and many people commented and highlighted it as a favourite.

Another favourite of mine is the family group shot where Alexander (who has just started walking) came racing towards the camera as I took the shot, thereby ensuring that he was the focus of attention in the picture. Makes me smile every time I see it!

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366 Project – the penulitmate week

So, it’s Christmas day and I’m writing this as the smell of Turkey wafts through the house. My 366 day photo project is almost at an end and to be honest, that will come as a bit of relief. I’ve no doubt I’ll be coming up with another little project for next year though. It just won’t be a photo a day!

Here are my photos from last week. Merry Christmas everyone.

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He’s one year old

It’s amazing to see how much they develop in a year. Little Alexander is now one year old and he’s has his own distinct character and personality. He’s also up and walking which is great to see but it  does mean that his mum and dad need to be on full alert. Nothing around the house is safe from prying eyes, and hands.

Here are a few black and white snaps taken on his birthday weekend.

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A December trip to the Lake District

My blogs are a bit like buses, you can wait for ages for one and then two come along at once.

You may have seen my other post which was a bit of a catch up on my 366 day project but I’ve also been meaning to post a few photographs from a recent trip to the English Lake District, in Cumbria.

We stayed in Bowness-on-Windermere. In summer, Bowness is a real tourist hotspot but in winter it is far quieter and in my opinion a much more pleasant experience.

Given that it’s December we were lucky with the weather.  It was cold but it was generally sunny and that made for some great mornings. Just a hint of mist hanging above the still waters of Lake Windermere and the low sun to provide the lighting.

The clear skies also provided an opportunity for some night photography. It’s amazing how many stars you can see when you escape the light pollution of the city.

The photographs here were all taken on the Fuji X-T2 which is a great camera. In the main I used two zoom lenses, the wide 10-24mm and the telephoto 50-140mm. I hope you like the pictures.

 

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Three weeks – one photo a day

It’s now three weeks since I last provided an update on my photo-a-day project and during the last few weeks the days have got noticeably shorter.

Fewer daylight hours has meant that more of my photos have been taken at night. One popular image on my Twitter account (@pjmimages) has been the nights shot of Preston’s Christmas tree and lights in the city centre. It was sad to read on Blog Preston that the Christmas tree has been vandalised a number of times since it was erected. Glad I at least managed to capture it in all its glory before it was damaged.

In the last couple of weeks I have also visited the Lake District, spending a few days at Bowness-on-Windermere. The weather was good for the time of year and though cold it was a great few days for photography – a few shots are featured below.

For one portrait picture idea, I didn’t have anyone willing to model for me and had to resort to putting myself in the picture! It’s not the easiest of tasks taking a selfie from about 10 feet away in the dark but I just about pulled it off. I’d probably have got a few more shots if I could have stayed at the back of the camera!

Here are the photos, click on any picture to see larger versions…

Santa Claus is running to town

We were in Bowness-on-Windermere in the Lake District at weekend and found out they were having a charity Santa run.  It was a beautiful, but chilly Sunday morning as we headed down to the lake side to take a look.

I’ve got to admit that there’s something a little bit surreal seeing all those people in Santa costume; quite what the young children made of it I don’t know! Carols were being sung and it was a nice festive surprise. I hope they made plenty of money for charity as well as having fun.

As usual I had my trusty Fuji X-T2 with me together with the superb 50-140mm f2.8 lens.  Here are a few photographs captured at the event. The camera performed a lot better than the photographer and it wasn’t too long before I couldn’t feel my fingers and we had to head off to a warm cafe for coffee and cake.

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