Magazine shoots with the Fuji X-T2

I thought I’d share a photograph from three different magazine shoots from the last couple of weeks. You never know quite what you are going to get when you turn up for a shoot but I’m always confident that my Fuji X-T2 can handle it. And, to be on the safe side, I usually have a Fuji X-T1 along as a back up, though I’ve never needed to use it.

Here we have a photos from a Deli, an opticians and a beauty parlour.

The photos are all ‘out-takes’ from the shoot or very similar ‘duplicates’ to the photos I eventually submitted. On each of these shoots I was using off-camera flash, a mix of Godox units being my preferred choice of lighting.

 

 

 

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York at night with the Fuji X-T2

York is one of the most vibrant, historic cities in the UK. It’s a great place to visit and on a recent trip I wondered around the narrow streets and tourist locations with my Fuji X-T2 as the sun went down and the lights came on.

One of the most famous areas of York is The Shambles and Minster area. With its narrow streets and over-hanging timber framed buildings, some of which date back to the fourteenth century, The Shambles is a tourist hotspot. At night however, when many of the day trippers have left it is possible to take a more leisurely stroll around the area.

York is a city brimming with history and culture. Here are a few pictures from our visit. Our next trip to York is already planned.

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Remarkable win for PNE Ladies

There are a number of reasons why this was a remarkable win for PNE Ladies. Preston have been struggling a bit recently and up until today were still waiting to record their first win of the season.

In their last game PNE suffered a heavy defeat. With injuries mounting, and with some players unavailable, it meant Preston could only field nine players for the game against Kendal Town Ladies, who are above them in the table.

Fortunately those nine players had the game of their lives, fighting for every ball they ran themselves into the ground.

The first moment of drama saw Preston awarded a penalty but when it was missed, it appeared as though their unlucky run was about to continue. At one time, heads may have gone down but not in this game. The team kept pressing, kept winning the ball and soon found themselves two goals to the good.

Kendal pulled a goal back before half time and you might have thought that the numerical advantage of Kendal Town would tell in the second half as Preston tired.

As it happens, nothing could be further than the truth and Preston continued to look the more likely to score.  I doubt even the PNE players would have dreamed of going on to score another three goals though! The game finishing 5-1 to Preston. I’m sure Kendal still can’t quite believe what happened. Let’s hope this win kick-starts Preston’s season. The whole team should be feeling very proud of themselves.

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Altrincham Ladies-v-PNE Ladies

The first half of this Cup game is one that PNE Ladies will want to forget.  Defensive frailties and missed chances meant that they went into the break two-nil down. Strangely they could and should have had at least there goals in that half while Altrincham could also have scored more.

In the second half things improved slightly but Preston still couldn’t score and it was clear that this was turning into a collective ‘bad day at the office’. PNE were missing their Captain today and it showed. In the end Preston finished the game with nine players due to injuries and the game ended 3-0 to Altrincham Ladies who deserved their win. For me, this was the team’s poorest performance of the season so far.

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Blackpool Festival of Light

Blackpool has been busy as crowds flocked to the resort for the LightPool event which took place this week. I visited on the night when the three illuminated trams paraded together along the promenade escorted along the way by the Spark Drummers.

It was a great event and I wish I could have made it along on more than night. Here are a few pictures…

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Carnival of Light attracts crowds to Blackpool, UK.

Photographing Prince Harry with the Fuji X-T2

When I received details of a royal visit to Lancashire by Prince Harry today, I just had to pop along and take a few photographs.

I was asked if I would be interested in taking a few pictures for Alamy Live News and I chose to attend two of his local engagements. In all honesty, the only way I could have made all four was if I’d hitched a lift with Harry. As that was a non-starter I decided to cover his visit to St Michael’s on Wyre and to the UCLan Sport Arena.

Prince Harry returned to St Michael’s on Wyre, in follow up to his visit to the flood affected village in February 2016. Around 1700 businesses and homes were damaged across the Lancashire district in the lead up to New Year in 2016.

His Royal Highness met members of the community to learn about the recovery that has been achieved by the local people. Prince Harry officially reopened the village hall at a reception attended by those who played a crucial role in response to the flooding crisis.

For this engagement I chose to stand with the public rather than the static press position. The static position had a fair view but was set back and the press guys had some really long lenses – the kind of lenses that Fuji just don’t make at present. A limited number of press did get in close but unfortunately I wasn’t one of the favoured few.

On the second engagement I covered, I was at the UCLan Sport Arena. This time I did choose to stick with the static press group, as there wasn’t really any other alternative. It was raining and light was disappearing fast, not a problem for the X-T2 and 50-140mm lens as it’s weather sealed, but for the most part we were set back a long way and I had no match for their fast 500mm and 600mm lenses.

At the UCLan arena Prince Harry visited the Sir Tom Finney Soccer Development Centre and the Lancashire Bombers Wheelchair Basketball Club – two community organisations using the power of sport as a means for social development and inclusion.

 

 

Beyond Limits – American Sculpture

In this, my second blog post from Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, I am featuring a few photographs taken in the grounds of this magnificent house. The photos are of sculptures that feature in this year’s Beyond Limits exhibition. There are some thought provoking sculptures on display – some good thoughts, some not so good but check them out and see what you think.

As well as the American Sculptures, Chatsworth has many of its own art works on display in the grounds too and it all helps to make a visit just that little bit more interesting than many historic properties you can pay to visit.

The American Sculpture exhibition features 22 art works, though one has been removed and appears to have been replaced by a garden chair! You can view Beyond Limits – American Sculptures until 12 November.

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And the one that appears to have been replaced by a garden chair is possibly the best of the lot!

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