Beaches and sunsets with the Fuji X-T2

Normally when we visit Cornwall the weather, even in Summer, can be a bit mixed but this year has been exceptionally good. I pretty much always have a camera with me while away and the Fuji X-T2 is the perfect choice being fairly compact, while also delivering great images.

From a photographic point of view, clear blue skies are a bit boring but when you have gorgeous beaches like these in Newquay and St Ives, you can live with it! Quite a few of these pictures were taken on the wide angle 10-24mm f4 Fuji lens. I do like the wide angle of view for this type of image.  A few were also taken on the 50-140mm lens, another superb piece of glass.

This year I took a few more sunset pictures than normal – there’s something nice about being on the coast as the sun goes down, especially when the coastline is as beautiful as this…

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Sir Tom Finney Ladies take on Crewe Alexander Ladies in pre-season friendly

My first set of photos for the new season comes from a pre-season friendly down at the UCLan Arena where Sir Ton Finney Ladies ran out comfortable winners against the visitors from Crewe.

A few pictures from the game. Click on a picture to enter slideshow view.

 

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Photos from Whitby

I’ve been a bit remiss with my blog posts recently.  I really need to catch up a bit and so here are a few photos I took on a recent visit to Whitby.

It’s a great little town on the Yorkshire coast with plenty to explore from the sea views to the narrow streets and then of course there is also the historic Whitby Abbey.

There’s a good vibe around town and it gets busy at weekends but it’s a place I would definitely return to again.

Here are the pics…

 

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Colourful beach huts

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Fun on the beach

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The wooden boardwalk along the pier

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Chef on a break

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199 steps to the Abbey

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Signing the Visitor book at St Mary’s Church

48 hours in York

This was our third visit to York this year so it’s fair to say that this is a city that we really enjoy spending time in. We know our way around much better now and the pressure to do all the tourist sites was off. So, no visit around the inside of York Minster this time and no trip to the Railway Museum or York Castle Museum.

As the weather was better this time too,  we spent a bit more time outside. We did a short part of the City walls and spent time in York Museum gardens which looked fabulous with all the tulips in bloom. We also walked along the River Ouse for a couple of miles.

We still had to do a bit of shopping, from the oldest shopping street in Europe, the Shambles, to the more modern shopping areas and large department stores.

History is everywhere and it’s easy to see why York is such a tourist hot spot. We’ll be back again before too long. Here are a few photos from this latest visit…

St Mary's Abbey Walls stand in the York Museum Gardens

The ruin of St Mary’s Abbey

View along the ancient cobbles of Chapter House Street towards York Minster.

Looking towards York Minster

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York Minster

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St Mary’s Abbey

Statues on display inside York Museum

York Museum

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The Shambles

The narrow shopping streets in York City Centre

Old buildings and narrow streets

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Rowntree Wharf

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Millennium Bridge

Colourful Tulips flowering in Spring

Tulips display

Grey Squirrel sat on stone eating

Grey Squirrel sat on stone eating in York Museum Gardens

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.

 

 

 

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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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.