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.

 

 

 

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48 hours in Bristol

I’d always heard good things about Bristol but never visited. Last week we put that right.

With 48 hours to explore, we set out armed with the official visitor guide from Tourist Information and my trusty Fuji cameras.

There are various ways you can do the tourist thing, including the usual open top bus tour and boat trips on the river, but we like to walk and our first port of call, if you’ll pardon the pun was the harbourside district.

It’s a fascinating mix of old and new, of leisure and business, but it works because they have managed to retain the character and charm of the area.  It’s here where you will find Brunel’s SS Great Britain – probably Bristol’s biggest visitor attraction.

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Many of the old harbour buildings have been converted now. Some are modern museums or offices, others are restaurants and bars. At night there is an added vibrancy to the area which makes it a fascinating place to explore.

 

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Move away from the harbour, towards the central area of Bristol and you are reminded of the City’s affluent past. Magnificent buildings greet you at every turn. City Hall and the imposing Bristol Cathedral alongside College Green are two examples but there is so much more of architectural interest.

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Another very noticeable building which can be seen standing proud above the City is Cabot Tower, atop Brandon Hill. It’s a nice walk through a park area up the hill to the tower which you can ascend via a narrow, stone staircase for views across the City.

 

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From the Tower we made our way to another of Bristol’s ‘must see’ sights – the Clifton Suspension Bridge. You can walk across the bridge and also view this engineering marvel from various observation points.

Bristol is also where the artist Banksy hails from and you can see examples of his work around the city. Street art is a bit of a thing here . You can even go on street art tours but we will have to save that for another time.

Bristol also has a diverse range of shops, from small independent traders in charming markets to the large chain stores.

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Our time in Bristol was short but enjoyable. The only slight negative impression was the number of homeless people sleeping rough and begging during the day. Sad to say that this seems to be a feature of most large cities these days. It doesn’t feel right.

 

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Photos but without the pressure

I’ve been enjoying this year so far. From a photographic point of view it has been good and  I’m not missing the pressure of last year’s 365 project. When I think about it though,  I’ve probably taken pictures most days anyway.

The lack of a 365 project has also meant I’ve been neglecting the blog posts a little bit too. So here we have a few images taken during the first three weeks of this year. I’ve not travelled anywhere of note so far in 2017, so these images have all been captured locally.

As usual the pictures were taken on my Fuji X-Series cameras, mainly the X-T2 but on occasions I’ve also used the x100 and X-T1 cameras too.

This first image is a night image which involved a bit of light painting of a sculpture by artist Denis O’Connor. The sculpture stands on the Ribble Link part of the canal close to the UCLan Sports Centre in Preston.

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This next image shows the “Guild Tower” office block. The building is due to be developed into an Aparthotel. This shot was taken from the car park of Preston Bus Station.

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This next shot is from Lytham. I’d gone along specifically to capture high tide. Usually you can walk along this jetty for another 50 yards or so. The sun was directly facing the camera which presented a few difficulties so this is a blended picture from three different exposures.

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Winckley Square in Preston has had a bit of a spruce up recently and this picture shows the new paths which criss-cross the square. It just seemed to work better in black and white.

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This shot of Lytham St Annes pier came at the end of a week when the sky has been covered in a thick blanket of cloud. Then at last the gloom lifted and the sun appeared – spirits are raised once again. A polariser and Fuji’s Velvia film simulation provided the rich colours.

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Another night image. It’s that time of year when it goes dark so early. The long exposure of around 30 seconds provided the traffic light trails as vehicles left and entered Preston at the end of the day.

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Seven pictures from last week

This last week has been a bit of a wet one. On one day I was stuck inside taking photos of knitting it was that wet! Thankfully, however, I did manage to get out on the other days to take some pictures. Two of the pictures came from Preston Docks whilst another two came from Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday. There’s also a picture from on the coast at Blackpool which features the iconic Tower.

My final picture from the week is an exterior shot of Furniture Village at night.  I’d been inside doing a rather strange job which involved furniture and cats.

I now feel like I’m getting to towards the end of my picture a day challenge. I don’t think I’ll be repeating this particular challenge next year but will try and come up with something new to keep the creative juices flowing. Here are my photographs from last week.

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Knitting

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Armistice Day 2016

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Remembrance Day

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Preston Marina at night

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The Tower

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A Flock of Seagulls

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Furniture Village 

My 366 project has a blip

I guess technically I’ve failed with my 366 project because on one day last week I was somewhat indisposed with no access to a camera.  I did actually take a picture on my iPad but decided it wasn’t suitable for publication.

That means there are only six photos this week and a number of these have a bit of an autumn feel to them.

Another pic of the day was a property picture – an interior shot of a kitchen in a house to let.  I was helping my sister out here because, as is often the case, the agent’s shots were pretty awful. When so many people see a house for the first time on-line, I can’t understand why estate agents/sellers don’t invest more in proper photography. Anyway, within a couple of days of getting the new pictures the house was let!

So, blip over, my 366 project continues and by the end of the year I should end up with 365 photos.  I’ll still be happy if I can get to that point without any more misses.

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Property photo

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Avenham Park

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The River Ribble

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Ashton Park

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Wooden gate

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St Ives beaches

It sometimes seems like at every turn of a corner there is a beach to be found in St Ives.  Cornwall is renowned for its beautiful beaches and they don’t disappoint here.

One beach in particular (Porthmeor) is excellent for surfing and it always feels a little bit wild. Other beaches such as Porthminster, the Harbour beach and Porthgwidden are more sheltered.

Then there is Bamaluz beach which we can never remember the name of when we are there and usually just refer to it as ‘the dog beach’ because dogs are allowed on it all year round.

At low tide you can walk between many of the beaches, for example, Bamaluz, the harbour and Porthminster all become accessible usually with a bit of a paddle in the gently lapping waves. Here are a couple of photographs of each beach.

Porthminster:

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Porthminster

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Porthminster

 

Porthgwidden:

 

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Porthmeor:

 

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Porthmeor

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Porthmeor

 

Harbour:

 

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The Harbour

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The Harbour

 

Bamaluz:

 

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Bamaluz

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An afternoon in historic Tewkesbury

For us, Tewkesbury was a convenient place to stop off on a trip back from Cornwall. The town is probably best known for its magnificent abbey (and for the images of extensive flooding in 2007). Tewkesbury is pretty and it exudes history.

There are riverside walks plus plenty of attractive streets, buildings and alleyways to explore.  It’s a delightful place and, in truth, it deserved more than the few brief hours we managed on our journey home.

Here are a few pictures from our stop-over.

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