My Fuji camera is ready for the 365 photo challenge – week one.

My Fuji cameras are ready for the 365 challenge but I’m not sure I am!

A photo a day. It sounds easy but when I undertook the 365 or 366 challenge, as it was a couple of years ago, it became a bit of a bind.  So, it’s one day less this time and it’s going to be a fun, creative challenge. That’s what I’m telling myself anyway as I try once again to take a photo a day.

I take my pictures exclusively on the Fujifilm X series cameras. In the main it’s the Fuji X-T2 that I use but I also have a Fuji X-T1 as back-up. I use these cameras for personal and for paid-for shoots. In other words, I have come to rely on Fuji and am happy to do so.

My first week’s photos have also made good use of Fuji’s excellent lenses, including the 50-140mm zoom, the wide-angle 10-24mm and the fixed focal length 35mm f1.4 lens.

The photos themselves are a mix of indoor and outdoor shots. Three of the shots come from a visit to the historic city of York, but there’s also a couple of portraits in there too.

Here are the pictures. Check back next week to see how I get on with week two of the 365 day challenge.




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.






A week in photos

I really feel like I’m getting closer to the end of this 366 day project now.  The week’s photos are a mixed bunch again with everything from a black and white portrait shot of our grandson, Jude, to  a driving shot at night from a wet Preston. There’s also a very attractive pigeon – now does that make me a pigeon fancier?

The only shot this week that was taken outside of Preston is from a drive through the Trough of Bowland. The Trough is about an hour’s drive away. It was a very cold day and I didn’t really get the pictures I wanted but that’s just how it goes sometimes.

The driving at night picture taken from inside the car was another of those days when it was a struggle to get a picture. It was getting late, it had been raining constantly all day and I needed to do something. I set off with the tripod and camera strapped into the back of the car and just drove through the streets pressing the shutter as I went. The slow shutter provided the warp speed-like light trails.

All the photos were taken on the Fuji X-T2.



A Golden Wedding in black and white

Fifty years of marriage is quite an achievement and it deserves a celebration.  Perhaps not on the grand scale of a wedding but a lovely intimate affair with family, food, wine and a celebration cake!  Add in a daughter returning from abroad after eight years away, children, grandchildren and a great grandchild; and you have a really lovely day.

Here are a few photographs from the day…


A lovely new grandson

Exactly six months after our first grandson was born and we now have a second grandson. It is fantastic news and it was a joy to meet our new addition to the family at St James’ Hospital in Leeds on Saturday, just 24 hours after he had been born.

It’s amazing to think that the two young cousins will be in the same year at school, especially when you see how much Alexander, at six months old, has progressed in just a few months.

While at the hospital I managed to take a few photographs. I hope there will be many more to come but here weighing in at 6lb 8oz is Jude Robert.



Grandson portraits in b/w

It’s always a delight to see our grandson and as usual I couldn’t help taking a few photos. These pictures were all taken in fairly low lighting without any flash and they have all been converted to either black and white or toned pictures.

The pictures were all taken with the Fuji X-T1 and either the 35mm f1.4 or 50-140mm f2.8 lenses.


Hanging in there with a picture a day

Three black and white pictures, more images of Preston and a wet dog portrait are among this week’s photographs; all part of my 366 day challenge and as usual, all pictures were taken using the Fuji X-Series of cameras and lenses.

It has been a tough week, motivation wise. It’s been a bit of an effort on some days to go out and take the picture, especially when it’s cold and wet but I’ve made it through week six.

One of the things I keep meaning to organise is more portraits shots. I’ve just not got around to it.  I probably just need to persuade a few more ‘victims’.

I’m also keen to capture more images of the North-West.  As Spring approaches and the weather hopefully gets better, I’ll be aiming to get out of Preston a bit more.

I upload my daily pictures to Flickr, along with various additional shots and you can check these pictures out here.


Avenham Park




Preston Guild Hall


The Media Building


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