AFC Fylde Ladies -v- Liverpool Ladies

I enjoyed a couple of hours in the sunshine today watching a pre-season friendly between AFC Fylde Ladies and Liverpool Ladies.

It was a tough test for both teams in the heat of the sun but Liverpool dominated the game, particularly in the first half when Fylde really struggled to cope with the attacking flair of Liverpool’s strikers.

Liverpool changed most of the team for the second half and Fylde started to enjoy some good passages of play. In the end though, Liverpool still managed to come out on top and ended the game with a convincing win.

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

A stop off at Newquay in Cornwall

Last time we visited Newquay was for a day trip and it was quite a few years ago. This time we had four days to explore this popular Cornish gem.

Our first ‘port’ of call was the harbour; lousy pun I know, but this is the bit of Newquay we visited last time and I wanted to see if anything had changed. Small fishing boats still pack into the harbour and it still looks pretty as a picture, especially when the tide is in. When the tide is out the harbour is less attractive but that’s when the beaches come into their own.

At low tide you can walk between the individual coves, covering a good distance along the shore. The coastline here is quite steep and this provides a scenic backdrop to the turquoise sea and golden sand. We were lucky with the weather and the sun certainly helps, particularly with the picture taking!

The town itself, while not the most attractive, has everything you need and is bigger than other resorts in the area. What you don’t get with Newquay is the quaint narrow streets with fishermen’s cottages. You do get a lively vibe around town and more young people visiting which is nice.

Newquay is a great family resort and those beaches and harbour are great for photos. We hope to return again much sooner this time.

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A second visit to St Ives

We always try and visit St Ives in Cornwall at least once a year but this year we made a second trip, just a few weeks after the first visit.

Fortunately we were quite lucky with the weather this time and the waterproof trousers we’d had to buy on the first visit stayed packed away. That’s not to say we didn’t see some rain clouds during the week but I can console myself with the knowledge that the dark clouds add a bit of drama to photos.

Here are a few pictures below. You can also check out my post from our previous visit ‘Beautiful St Ives’ here  And, if you prefer monochrome, you can also view some black and white St Ives pictures here

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Cotton – a dance story

I stumbled across ‘Cotton’ on Preston’s Flag Market today and really didn’t know what to expect. It’s a dance performance with sounds, costumes, and story telling, which takes you back to the industrial revolution and the lives of the cotton workers.

Like many people in Preston, I had relatives who worked in the cotton mills so it was great to watch and experience this performance by the ‘About Me’ dance company.

The sounds of the machinery, the lip read conversations and the clog dancing, all so relevant to lives of people who worked in the industry and had to endure the harsh conditions.

The dancers did a fantastic job and kept the appreciative audience on the Flag Market transfixed throughout the show.

Here are a few photographs from the performance. Click on any picture to enter slideshow view.  If you get chance to see a performance of Cotton in the coming months – it has been touring around the North West, then it’s certainly worth a watch. Check out their website here

 

 

 

 

 

St Ives, Cornwall in black and white

We made our second visit of the year to St Ives in Cornwall last week and as always it proved to be a rich source of picture taking opportunities. In this blog post I thought I’d post a few photographs taken on a single day of our visit, when I decided to shoot in black and white.

It was a day of sunshine and stormy skies which helped add a bit of drama to some of the shots.

For all these shots I used the in-camera Acros film simulation which is set through the menus on the Fuji X-T2. I could have shot raw files and converted them later but I decided to shoot Across jpegs. The different film simulations is one of the great features of this camera.

I know black and white is not everyone’s cup of tea, so if you want to see colour images of St Ives, my photos from our previous visit are here

Anyway, here are a few photos from my black and white day…

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Preston Carnival 2017 pictures

It was great to see the return of Preston’s Caribbean Carnival this year after a year off in 2016 due to financing problems. It was an absolute pleasure taking photos of the event again.  You can view the photos in slideshow view by clicking on any one of the photos.

Beautiful St Ives

We normally try and visit St Ives in Cornwall at least one a year. It’s been one of our favourite holiday destinations for a number of years now.

From where we live in Lancashire, it can be a tiring drive down to the tip of Cornwall. This year we broke the journey with a stop off at Tewkesbury on the way down and at Broadway in the Cotswolds on the way back.

When it’s sunny St Ives is as good as any holiday destination in the world. Great beaches, the emerald green sea, quaint streets to explore with dinky fisherman’s cottages and a few traditional English pubs with character, plus some good restaurants.  It’s idyllic.

But this is Britain and you very rarely get a week of perfect weather.  On this occasion our weather ranged from sunshine to torrential rain and howling gales. At times it was so windy they had to close the beaches to bathers and surfers. Fortunately we did also see some sunshine and from a photographic point of view the mix of stormy skies and sunlit scenery can make for more dramatic pictures.

So, here is a small selection of pictures from St Ives. We are already planning to return again soon.

All pictures were taken on the Fuji XT2.

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