Beaches and sunsets with the Fuji X-T2

Normally when we visit Cornwall the weather, even in Summer, can be a bit mixed but this year has been exceptionally good. I pretty much always have a camera with me while away and the Fuji X-T2 is the perfect choice being fairly compact, while also delivering great images.

From a photographic point of view, clear blue skies are a bit boring but when you have gorgeous beaches like these in Newquay and St Ives, you can live with it! Quite a few of these pictures were taken on the wide angle 10-24mm f4 Fuji lens. I do like the wide angle of view for this type of image.  A few were also taken on the 50-140mm lens, another superb piece of glass.

This year I took a few more sunset pictures than normal – there’s something nice about being on the coast as the sun goes down, especially when the coastline is as beautiful as this…

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Sir Tom Finney Ladies take on Crewe Alexander Ladies in pre-season friendly

My first set of photos for the new season comes from a pre-season friendly down at the UCLan Arena where Sir Ton Finney Ladies ran out comfortable winners against the visitors from Crewe.

A few pictures from the game. Click on a picture to enter slideshow view.

 

St Ives in Summer

It’s one of our favourite places and this year we had the best weather yet for our visit to the Cornish coast.  We stayed at the Ayr St Ives site which takes motorhomes, caravans, tents and even has some luxury static caravans, lodges and a hotel. It also has great views and sunsets!

St Ives has everything, great beaches, good walks, atmospheric pubs and plenty of good beaches all within a few minutes walk. When there, we always seem to bump into a wedding too.

Here are a few photos:

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Photographing a Biathlon in St Ives

A recent visit to St Ives in Cornwall coincided with the annual Surf Life Saving Club’s Biathlon.  

The event marked the club’s 60th anniversary as well as being the 20th time the Biathlon has taken place.

Whilst I’m normally out and about covering events in Preston, it was hard to resist taking a few photographs as we joined the biathlon spectators at the harbour finishing line.

It was an enjoyable hour or so and I was happy to make a few of the photos available to the Club when they saw some on Twitter.

The pictures below are a more comprehensive collection and hopefully some of the competitors will get to see themselves here. I may even try and make the event next year! Click on any picture to view as slideshow.

 

 

 

 

In Pictures: Preston Caribbean Carnival

It’s annual tradition that has been taking place in Preston for over 40 years and this year we even experienced some Caribbean style weather to accompany this fantastic event.

This post is all about the photographs but a big thank you to all those who work so hard to arrange the event and make some superb costumes.  Here are the pictures. Click on any pictures to enter the slideshow view.

Photos from Whitby

I’ve been a bit remiss with my blog posts recently.  I really need to catch up a bit and so here are a few photos I took on a recent visit to Whitby.

It’s a great little town on the Yorkshire coast with plenty to explore from the sea views to the narrow streets and then of course there is also the historic Whitby Abbey.

There’s a good vibe around town and it gets busy at weekends but it’s a place I would definitely return to again.

Here are the pics…

 

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Colourful beach huts

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Fun on the beach

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The wooden boardwalk along the pier

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Chef on a break

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199 steps to the Abbey

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Signing the Visitor book at St Mary’s Church

48 hours in York

This was our third visit to York this year so it’s fair to say that this is a city that we really enjoy spending time in. We know our way around much better now and the pressure to do all the tourist sites was off. So, no visit around the inside of York Minster this time and no trip to the Railway Museum or York Castle Museum.

As the weather was better this time too,  we spent a bit more time outside. We did a short part of the City walls and spent time in York Museum gardens which looked fabulous with all the tulips in bloom. We also walked along the River Ouse for a couple of miles.

We still had to do a bit of shopping, from the oldest shopping street in Europe, the Shambles, to the more modern shopping areas and large department stores.

History is everywhere and it’s easy to see why York is such a tourist hot spot. We’ll be back again before too long. Here are a few photos from this latest visit…

St Mary's Abbey Walls stand in the York Museum Gardens

The ruin of St Mary’s Abbey

View along the ancient cobbles of Chapter House Street towards York Minster.

Looking towards York Minster

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York Minster

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St Mary’s Abbey

Statues on display inside York Museum

York Museum

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The Shambles

The narrow shopping streets in York City Centre

Old buildings and narrow streets

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Rowntree Wharf

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Millennium Bridge

Colourful Tulips flowering in Spring

Tulips display

Grey Squirrel sat on stone eating

Grey Squirrel sat on stone eating in York Museum Gardens