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…




My Fuji camera is ready for the 365 photo challenge – week one.

My Fuji cameras are ready for the 365 challenge but I’m not sure I am!

A photo a day. It sounds easy but when I undertook the 365 or 366 challenge, as it was a couple of years ago, it became a bit of a bind.  So, it’s one day less this time and it’s going to be a fun, creative challenge. That’s what I’m telling myself anyway as I try once again to take a photo a day.

I take my pictures exclusively on the Fujifilm X series cameras. In the main it’s the Fuji X-T2 that I use but I also have a Fuji X-T1 as back-up. I use these cameras for personal and for paid-for shoots. In other words, I have come to rely on Fuji and am happy to do so.

My first week’s photos have also made good use of Fuji’s excellent lenses, including the 50-140mm zoom, the wide-angle 10-24mm and the fixed focal length 35mm f1.4 lens.

The photos themselves are a mix of indoor and outdoor shots. Three of the shots come from a visit to the historic city of York, but there’s also a couple of portraits in there too.

Here are the pictures. Check back next week to see how I get on with week two of the 365 day challenge.



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.




Remarkable win for PNE Ladies

There are a number of reasons why this was a remarkable win for PNE Ladies. Preston have been struggling a bit recently and up until today were still waiting to record their first win of the season.

In their last game PNE suffered a heavy defeat. With injuries mounting, and with some players unavailable, it meant Preston could only field nine players for the game against Kendal Town Ladies, who are above them in the table.

Fortunately those nine players had the game of their lives, fighting for every ball they ran themselves into the ground.

The first moment of drama saw Preston awarded a penalty but when it was missed, it appeared as though their unlucky run was about to continue. At one time, heads may have gone down but not in this game. The team kept pressing, kept winning the ball and soon found themselves two goals to the good.

Kendal pulled a goal back before half time and you might have thought that the numerical advantage of Kendal Town would tell in the second half as Preston tired.

As it happens, nothing could be further than the truth and Preston continued to look the more likely to score.  I doubt even the PNE players would have dreamed of going on to score another three goals though! The game finishing 5-1 to Preston. I’m sure Kendal still can’t quite believe what happened. Let’s hope this win kick-starts Preston’s season. The whole team should be feeling very proud of themselves.

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Altrincham Ladies-v-PNE Ladies

The first half of this Cup game is one that PNE Ladies will want to forget.  Defensive frailties and missed chances meant that they went into the break two-nil down. Strangely they could and should have had at least there goals in that half while Altrincham could also have scored more.

In the second half things improved slightly but Preston still couldn’t score and it was clear that this was turning into a collective ‘bad day at the office’. PNE were missing their Captain today and it showed. In the end Preston finished the game with nine players due to injuries and the game ended 3-0 to Altrincham Ladies who deserved their win. For me, this was the team’s poorest performance of the season so far.

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Blackpool Festival of Light

Blackpool has been busy as crowds flocked to the resort for the LightPool event which took place this week. I visited on the night when the three illuminated trams paraded together along the promenade escorted along the way by the Spark Drummers.

It was a great event and I wish I could have made it along on more than night. Here are a few pictures…

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Carnival of Light attracts crowds to Blackpool, UK.

‘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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