Week two of the 365 day challenge

My 365 day photo challenge is now two-weeks old and below are my pictures from the last seven days but first a bit of an explanation…

You may notice that York again features strongly. That is because this last week we spent more time in the beautiful city of York, our second visit of the year.

I’ve actually included an extra picture here from York. It’s a view of the Millennium Bridge at night which I posted on Flickr. It was picked up and featured on their daily ‘Explore’ pages which kind of guarantees lots of views. In just two days it had received almost 10.000 views.  Perhaps I should have made that one my pic of the day rather than the one I did choose!


On a couple of days, I did struggle with my pictures. On the way back from York, I had to rely on a quickly grabbed picture from the side of the road. Then the following day I went down to Preston Docks hoping for a sunset that never quite delivered.

My final two photos this week included a still life photo of a beer bottle. You wouldn’t believe how long it took to get the lighting right on this one. It involved two strobes, some home made flags (to block light spill) and a torch.  The Robin picture also required patience. Nothing for around an hour before the bird arrived and I got my pic.

As usual, all pictures here were taken on the Fuji X-T2.  You can also follow my 365 day challenge as it happens on Instagram and on Flickr

Here are the pictures…




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.




‘House Style’ fashion at Chatsworth

We visited Chatsworth House in Derbyshire this week to catch the ‘House Style’, fashion exhibition before it closes.

The exhibition celebrates five centuries of fashion through art, jewellery, design, textiles and costumes. Garments from many of the world’s best known designers are on display including Gucci, Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen and Christian Dior.

The show also features personal family collections, including items belonging to the current Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. For anyone interested in fashion, it’s a must-see exhibition which hopefully, you will already have visited.

The exhibition closes on the 22nd October but here are a few photos from our visit.

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In Pictures: PNE Ladies-v-Cammell Laird Ladies

A slow start to the game from PNE Ladies cost them dear today as they conceded four first half goals in a mad 10 minute period.

It was only then, when the game had all but disappeared that PNE started playing with a bit of fire and passion. It’s been a familiar pattern to games this season and something that must be addressed if they are to get their first victory of the season.

To their credit PNE never gave up and in the second half were on top. They did manage to pull one goal back and came close to getting a couple more goals but they’d given themselves far too much to do. The game finished with a comfortable victory to Cammell Laird in the end, who withstood the pressure well and looked a decent side.

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

In Pictures: Morecambe Reserves -v- PNE Ladies

This was a strange game of football.  Morecambe Reserves started brightly and Preston were playing deep, inviting on the pressure but they never really looked in trouble. Then the referee changed the game. First he booked a Preston player for dissent and then showed a second yellow for a clumsy tackle a few minutes later. You don’t often see that at this level, Referees are normally a bit more forgiving but it was just one of many odd decisions throughout the game.

From then on Preston were always going to be up against it but they started to play some good football. Even when Preston undeservedly went a goal behind, they kept working really hard as a team.  As they pushed forward for an equaliser Morecambe caught Preston on the break and sealed the victory right at the end with a second goal.

Tough on Preston given the efforts of the 10 players but some promising signs.

Here are the pictures from the game. Click on a pic to enter slideshow view.

My pictures feature in Sir Simon Jenkins’ new book

A little while ago I was asked to take some photographs by Penguin Random House publishers for a new book about railway station architecture. The book is called ‘Britains’s 100 Best Railway Stations’ by Simon Jenkins.

The photographs I was asked to take are of Preston and Penrith stations and it was great to receive a copy of the book earlier this week. I’m not a railway buff but I have been dipping in and out of it over the last few days. It is really interesting and there are some great pics of course! I’ve learnt a bit about Preston station too. Apparently, during the boom years, Preston had no fewer than five separate railway companies and five stations, only merged into one in 1879.

For anyone interested in architecture or the railways, this is a fantastic Christmas present. Here are a few of the pics I took of Preston and Penrith Stations.


A visit to Blackpool Illuminations

I usually try and get to see Blackpool Illuminations at least once a year and earlier this week I made it to the famous Promenade. The illuminations help to bring tourists into the resort at the end of the season and no doubt provide much needed extra income for the town but it was surprisingly quiet.

The modern day illuminations make good use of LED technology with constantly changing colours and pictures. I wonder what the visitors from 1879, when the illuminations commenced, would make of it today?