A visit to Cuerden Park

It wasn’t a planned visit to Cuerden Park. We had been out and about visiting local DIY stores, searching for something or other, which was pretty mundane. We did however remember that there was a cafe at Cuerden Park which was only five minutes away and so we set off, more in hope of finding a coffee and a place to relax for a while than taking any pictures.

As it happens, we didn’t get the coffee. We hadn’t counted on the cafe being like the place  in Lancashire for dog owners. Every table was taken. It would appear that this is the place to go if you are a ‘professional’ dog-walker, because everyone seemed to have at least three dogs lashed around the seats and table legs.

So, no space for us in the cafe but we did still enjoy a walk around the country park, albeit as the only ones without dogs in tow!

Here are a few pictures…

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Autumn walk in Preston’s Parks

Preston is lucky enough to have some fabulous public parks and at this time of year they are spectacular.  The Autumn colours have been good this year and it’s hard to resist the lure of a walk with the camera.

Here are a few photographs taken in Avenham/Miller Park, Moor Park and Haslam Park.

All photographs captured on either the Fuji X-T1 or X-T3.

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PNE Women v Blackpool Ladies

PNE Women had enjoyed a good win in mid week but they looked a bit jaded against Blackpool on Sunday, going down to three nil defeat at home – all three goals came in a disappointing first half performance.

For much of the game Preston were pegged back in their own half, frequently dropping too deep. When PNE did manage to put together an attack the strikers were isolated and outnumbered. I know Phil Neville likes England’s Lionesses to play the ball out from the back, a tactic even the best players struggle with at times. Preston try and play this way   but the tactic tends to result in Preston giving the ball away far too often in their own half as Blackpool pressed them high up the pitch.

To be fair a few of PNE’s regular players were missing for this game, so hopefully this is just a blip before they push on again.  On the plus side, it was nice to see the younger players in the team doing well. They kept going till the end and put in a much better second half performance as a team.

A few photos here but a full set is available via this link on my Flickr page

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A walk around Preston

It wasn’t what you would call a great day for photography, grey and overcast in the main but I fancied a walk with the camera.

Preston has a lot happening right now in terms of development and it’s always nice to capture these types of changes for posterity.  The brutalist architectural gem that is Preston Bus Station is 50 years old and it is nearing the end of a refurbishment – always good for pics. Then there is the old market hall and car park which is being knocked down to make way for a new cinema and leisure complex. It looks like a bomb site at the moment but it lends itself to black and white shots.

Here are a few photos from a quick wander through the park and into the city with a camera I don’t use much these days (Fuji X-T1) and a 23mm lens.

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Inside Tewkesbury Abbey

When we head south to Cornwall we often stop at the Tewkesbury Caravan Club site.  It’s just a few minutes off the motorway and there’s enough to see and do in the town. We always include a visit the historic Tewkesbury Abbey. 

The Abbey played a key role in the War of the Roses. Following a battle in the town the defeated Lancastrian soldiers took refuge in the Abbey but when the York army came calling they were handed over to be hanged on the town’s main street.

Here are a few photographs from our last visit to the Abbey.

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In Pictures: Fylde Ladies -v- Middlesborough

A cold, breezy day in Lancashire as Fylde Ladies took on Middlesborough in the Northern Premier Division of the National League.  There was lots of endeavour from the home side  but Fylde’s usual fluidity was missing and at the final whistle it was Middlesborough who deservedly took the three points. 

Here are the pictures…click on any picture to view larger.

Royal Visit to Blackpool

When it was announced that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge would visit Blackpool, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to grab some newsworthy pictures.

The visit schedule included a 20 minute walkabout to meet the public on the promenade in front of Blackpool Tower and that’s where I headed.

The last Royal visit I covered was Prince Harry when he was in Lancashire. On that occasion I was part of the official ‘press pack’.  My view however, is that unless you have a ‘Rota’ pass (a sort of access all areas thing – only a handful are made available), it doesn’t really offer much advantage and so this time I joined the public, ironically right next to the press pack to get my shots.

I was stood with a lady who had driven up from Shropshire, arriving at 6.30 in the morning to get a glimpse of the Royal couple. Considering the walkabout wasn’t scheduled to take place until 1.30pm, that is real dedication.  She did assure me that it wouldn’t rain until after the walkabout had finished but she was wrong! Minutes before Kate and William arrived it started to rain and that was still a good hour before the walkabout, so a soaking for members of the public while the couple got a welcome briefing in the Tower.

Fortunately the rain stopped and the walkabout took place.  William went one way around the crowd and Kate headed straight for me!  Perhaps she saw my camera or more likely the small child two places along because that’s where she started to chat to people and I was lucky enough to get some shots close up.  

I had two Fujifilm cameras, one with a long telephoto lens and the other with a standard zoom, so I had to quickly switch cameras as she got close.

I am reasonably happy with the photos I got but as with all things there are lessons I learned from the experience and a couple of silly errors relating to how I had the cameras set up which I can learn from. So what were the lessons?

  1. Always carry plastic bags to use as rain covers on the cameras 
  2. Synchronise the times on the cameras – I had them slightly off and that meant the order on the computer once downloaded didn’t follow the timing of the walkabout properly.
  3. Face recognition focussing was great for shots of the Duke and Duchess when together but as soon as Kate moved to the crowd, the focus was all over the place. Far too many faces!
  4. At one point I needed to switch to continuous focus but forgot so some images not as sharp as they should be – include the image at the top of this blog but I like it anyway!.

Many of the photos I took are available through the Alamy Image Library but given the number of photographers taking pictures it is probably unlikely that any of mine will sell.  When shooting events like this it isn’t easy to stand out from the crowd but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the experience. 

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arriving at Blackpool Tower

Kate arriving at Blackpool Tower

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The Duke and Duchess leaving the Tower to commence their walkabout

Duchess of Cambridge meeting the public on Blackpool’s Comedy

Waving as they approach the ‘Comedy Carpet’

Duchess of Cambridge meeting the public on Blackpool’s Comedy

Waving to the crowd

Duchess of Cambridge meeting the public on Blackpool’s Comedy

The Duke and Duchess meeting school children

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The Duke and Duchess meeting school children

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The Duke and Duchess meeting school children

Duchess of Cambridge meeting the public on Blackpool’s Comedy

The Duke and Duchess meeting school children

Duchess of Cambridge meeting the public on Blackpool’s Comedy

Meeting the Public

Duchess of Cambridge meeting the public on Blackpool’s Comedy

A young admirer

Duchess of Cambridge meeting the public on Blackpool’s Comedy

Chatting to the crowd

Duchess of Cambridge meeting the public on Blackpool’s Comedy

Meeting the public