Disappointment for PNE Ladies

It’s fine margins between the disappointment of defeat and the joy of winning. Preston are languishing close to the bottom of the league, while their opponents Bury Ladies are close to the top.  You certainly wouldn’t have known based on the first 20 minutes of the game, which PNE dominated.  When chances come your way though, it’s the teams at the top that seem to put them away and that was the case down at UCLan Arena today. PNE could easily have been a couple of goals to the good before Bury scored but it wasn’t to be.

Preston played some good football and probably had as many chances as Bury but it was Bury who took all three points with two goals in the first half and another in the second. If Preston continue to play this way then it can’t be too long before they get more points on the board.

Photos below. Click on any photo to view slideshow.



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.



PNE Ladies -v- Leigh RMI

The first league game of the season ended with a disappointing 1-2 defeat for PNE Ladies today against Leigh RMI. It was a close fought game with Preston deservedly taking the lead in the first half only to concede an equaliser on the stroke of half time.

In the second half Preston had some good chances to regain the lead but in the end got caught by a long ball up field, Leigh’s nippy forward beating Preston’s keeper to the ball and lifting it into an empty net. It was a bit hard on Preston who didn’t deserve to lose and, on balance, a draw would have been a fairer result.

Here are the photos from the game. Click on any picture for slideshow view.


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






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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Loving the new Fuji XF50mm f2 lens

On the face of it, the Fuji XF50mm lens is a bit of a odd focal length, a sort of portrait lens ‘lite’.  The acknowledged ‘true’ portrait lens in the Fuji line-up is the 56mm f1.2 but I liked the sound of this new 50mm lens. Compact, weather proof and fast focussing. I also thought it would be ideal for those indoor portraits of the grandchildren where space can be a bit limited.

At first I found it took a while before I started to ‘see’ at 50mm but now it’s hardly ever off my camera. I’m really starting to love this lens. The sharpness and speed of autofocus don’t disappoint plus it can focus incredibly close too.

Up until now my usual choice of lens for these types of pictures has been the brilliant 50-140mm f2.8 lens and this is still a lens I will use for events, it’s a cracking lens. When it comes to photographing portraits of children though, I think the 50mm may well be the first choice in future. It’s an absolute gem.

Here are a few examples from the XF50mm f2 lens:


In Pictures: Penrith AFC Ladies-v-PNE Ladies FC

The final game of the season for PNE Ladies ended in defeat at Penrith today. It was always going to be a tough game with Penrith pushing for the league title.  It ended 5-1 to the hosts but the scoreline did flatter Penrith somewhat.

Preston gave away some sloppy goals in the first half and conceded a couple of own goals but they played some good football and competed well at times, particularly in the second half.

Here are the pictures from the game. Click on any photograph to enter slideshow view.