It was good to see people enjoying a Victorian Fair in the centre of Preston this weekend at the newly restored Winckley Square gardens. Plenty of people had taken the time to dress up and music played as people browsed the craft and food stalls.
It was a great photo opportunity and local photographer’s were out in force. I had packed my trusty Fuji X-T2 with a couple of lenses and had decided to shoot in black and white. It just seemed more appropriate for a Victorian themed event and I do like a bit of monochrome especially when it has the lovely tones of the Fuji Acros Film Simulation.
Here are the pictures. Click on ant pictures to enter slide show view so you can view the pictures larger.
I’ve been enjoying this year so far. From a photographic point of view it has been good and I’m not missing the pressure of last year’s 365 project. When I think about it though, I’ve probably taken pictures most days anyway.
The lack of a 365 project has also meant I’ve been neglecting the blog posts a little bit too. So here we have a few images taken during the first three weeks of this year. I’ve not travelled anywhere of note so far in 2017, so these images have all been captured locally.
As usual the pictures were taken on my Fuji X-Series cameras, mainly the X-T2 but on occasions I’ve also used the x100 and X-T1 cameras too.
This first image is a night image which involved a bit of light painting of a sculpture by artist Denis O’Connor. The sculpture stands on the Ribble Link part of the canal close to the UCLan Sports Centre in Preston.
This next image shows the “Guild Tower” office block. The building is due to be developed into an Aparthotel. This shot was taken from the car park of Preston Bus Station.
This next shot is from Lytham. I’d gone along specifically to capture high tide. Usually you can walk along this jetty for another 50 yards or so. The sun was directly facing the camera which presented a few difficulties so this is a blended picture from three different exposures.
Winckley Square in Preston has had a bit of a spruce up recently and this picture shows the new paths which criss-cross the square. It just seemed to work better in black and white.
This shot of Lytham St Annes pier came at the end of a week when the sky has been covered in a thick blanket of cloud. Then at last the gloom lifted and the sun appeared – spirits are raised once again. A polariser and Fuji’s Velvia film simulation provided the rich colours.
Another night image. It’s that time of year when it goes dark so early. The long exposure of around 30 seconds provided the traffic light trails as vehicles left and entered Preston at the end of the day.
It was a back to football at UCLan Arena today for the game between Preston and Leigh ladies. The first half belonged to Preston who played some good football, they competed well and at the interval were two-nil up. Both goals came from shots from outside the area – one of which was probably intended as a cross but they all count!
All credit to Leigh though, they came out fighting in the second half and managed to pull two goals back to make the game even. The second goal followed what looked like a foul on Preston’s Right Back but the referee let play go on and Leigh had their equaliser.
The game still had one more surprise though and it was a mistake from Leigh’s keeper that gifted Preston a deserved winner and three valuable points.
Here are a few pictures from the game. Click on any picture to enter ‘slideshow’ view.
There have been a few times when I contemplated ending my 2016 photo-a-day project but I resisted the temptation and am pleased to say that I made it to the end of the year.
The nine photographs below are my final pictures from the project. While I enjoyed the challenge, it isn’t something I’m going to continue in 2017. I’ll still be taking plenty of pictures but it will be nice to have the odd day off! I’m still thinking about a project for this year. I’d like to do a few more portraits but I said that last year and then got sucked into the 366 project.
In the next few days I’ll probably have a look back through 2016 and pick out a few of my favourite shots to feature on the blog but for now here are the final photographs of what was deemed by many to be a fairy crappy year.