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…
The ruin of St Mary’s Abbey
Looking towards York Minster
St Mary’s Abbey
Old buildings and narrow streets
Grey Squirrel sat on stone eating in York Museum Gardens
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 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:
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.
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…
A little while ago I was asked to take some photographs by Penguin Random House publishers for a new book about railway station architecture. The book is called ‘Britains’s 100 Best Railway Stations’ by Simon Jenkins.
The photographs I was asked to take are of Preston and Penrith stations and it was great to receive a copy of the book earlier this week. I’m not a railway buff but I have been dipping in and out of it over the last few days. It is really interesting and there are some great pics of course! I’ve learnt a bit about Preston station too. Apparently, during the boom years, Preston had no fewer than five separate railway companies and five stations, only merged into one in 1879.
For anyone interested in architecture or the railways, this is a fantastic Christmas present. Here are a few of the pics I took of Preston and Penrith Stations.