Deserved win for PNE Ladies

On a freezing cold afternoon, PNE Ladies triumphed over Bolton Wanderers u21 Ladies at the UCLan arena.  The final score was 3-1 to PNE.

It was a vital win for Preston against  another team struggling at the bottom of the league.  PNE dominated throughout the game and the scale of their victory could have been greater based on the number of chances and pattern of play.

The condition were difficult – a bitingly cold wind and the odd flurry of snowflakes. Credit to both sides for the way they went about the game.

It is to be hoped that this will give PNE the confidence to go on and win more games in the weeks ahead.



Magazine shots

I thought I’d post a couple of photos from two very different magazine shoots recently. These are black and white versions of shots that I submitted for the magazine features but I still like these monochrome versions.

The first shoot took place at The Cartford Inn, one the best ‘gastro-pubs’ in Lancashire. The ambiance, the staff and the food are all top notch. The photos I’ve included are of the award winning chefs but I was also photographing the food and restaurant areas for the magazine feature.

The second magazine feature was about the RejuvaMed skin clinic in Chorley. Here I was photographing Dr Grant McKeating and his team. The skin clinic employs some hi-tech methods but it’s all about the people here.


You can view more of my photos from these shoots in the latest issues of Live Preston and Live Ribble Valley magazines. Check them out – they are producing some really good quality magazines.


Last week on the 365 Project

So another seven photos and this could well be the last week I post a set of pictures from the 365 project. I’m still taking a photos every day but I don’t like posting pictures I’m not happy with and that has been happening out of necessity for this project.  I guess that is the pressure of a 365 project. You have good days and bad days.

There are a couple of pictures in this group that I wouldn’t normally post but there are some good ones too.

I’ll let you decide which is which!




Preston’s Victorian Market re-opens in black and white

Preston’s newly refurbished Victorian Market re-opened today and I went down to take some photos for Blog Preston.  I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect but I loved it! It was really buzzing today as hundreds of people came to have a look around.

There are many familiar faces, market traders who have moved from the now closed indoor market and there are some new faces too.  The glass sides to the market hall give the place a light airy feel whilst helping to keep out the bitterly cold wind but it’s still cold!  In some ways The market reminds me of Covent Garden or one of the London Markets – an interesting place to browse, relax and have a coffee or even a glass of wine.

It’s a fantastic addition to the City Centre and it deserves to be a success. So come on people of Preston, get down there and enjoy the shopping experience. There are some great stalls: butchers, bakers, cheese makers; as well as flowers, sweets, fruit and veg and even beauty products if you fancy a hair extension.

Here are a few black and white pictures from the day. You can see more of my pictures, (in colour), appearing on Blog Preston over the next few days too. Click on any pic below to enter slideshow view.




365 Project – seven more pictures

Well that’s January completed and into February. It’s nice to make it this far!  This week I’ve had to take the unusual step of including myself in a couple of pictures. I don’t really like doing that but at times it gets difficult, especially when the weather is wet and miserable.

I’ve also included three black and white photos this week. Sometimes photos just seem to work better that way.  The old ruined mill is a good example.

If you prefer colour take a look at the Lytham sunset, plenty of warm tones here. On the selfie front, there’s one of me showing off the first album I ever bought – seemed appropriate in the week that Elton John announced his final tour, albeit a three year one!

Hope you enjoy the photos.




Beacon Fell

Beacon Fell is a popular Lancashire beauty spot. In Summer it gets very busy but on a bright, cold winter’s day far fewer people make the short trip from Preston (Beacon Fell actually has a Preston postcode) and the surrounding areas.

There are lots of woodland walks and the summit standing at just 873 feet is but a short stroll from the cafe and car park.

I enjoyed an hour or so walking around the fell side. Here are a few photos:

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Wow! So many views as one picture goes viral

Ok that’s another week of photos completed for my 365 Project. Four weeks now and at times this week has been tough. There’s been some lousy weather; dull and wet with boring grey skies but thankfully there has been some glimmers of good light too.

One particular bright point at the beginning of the week really kept me going.  I’d been trying to decide on my pic of the day. It had been another dull, wet, grey day but I made a last minute decision to drive out to Lytham in the hope that the rain would stop and I’d get the one picture I needed.

As it happens, I’m glad I made the effort because the picture I took during the briefest of sunsets at St Annes pier was picked up for the Flickr Explore pages.

That’s my second picture this year to be highlighted on the site. It’s kind of a showcase to the world – a selection of noteworthy pictures from the last 24 hours.  The response was phenomenal, even more so than last time.  In the space of about five hours my picture of the sunset ay Lytham St Annes had received well over 50,000 views and the figure is now nearing 70,000! That makes it my most viewed picture on the Flickr site by quite a large margin.

However, St Annes wasn’t my only sunset picture of the week. On Saturday I set off with a picture in mind but then saw a dramatic sky developing.  I made a decision to divert to Preston docks for my pic of the day. The colours in the sky were stunning. Fortunately I arrived just in time to catch a view along the River Ribble. Nature was putting on a show as the sky turned purple, pink, yellow, orange and red plus a few shades in-between.  It was a privilege to see and I’m glad I captured it, even though this time the shot didn’t get quite so many views!

The seven shots from my week can be seen below. All the photos were taken on the Fuji X-T2.

If you want any more details on the pictures featured, just let me know in the comments. You can also see my 365 Photos as I post them on Flickr and on Instagram.  Give me a follow to keep up to date.

Hopefully I will be back next week with another seven pictures.