New camera

Arrived yesterday. A shiny new silver Fujifilm X-T10 with XF 18-55 and 55-200mm lenses – (the first decent quality telephoto lens I’ve owned)

Had a quick run out with it last night. Pretty impressed with it so far although with no shooting mode dial, aperture rings and EVF its quite a bit different to anything I’ve used before.

July Sky

Had a great couple of hours out with my camera last night. Lots of fantastic skies, lots of missed lightning strikes out in Liverpool bay but a few captured ones over Liverpool.

Took my son to a farm visit with his cubs pack this week. So spent the hour waiting for him walking round the nearby wheat fields. I was hoping to see some Barn Owls like I saw there a few years ago, but there were none about!

Bike ride

Spent a few hours yesterday getting sunburnt on my bike around the Wirral coast.

3 Queens

For Cunard’s 175th birthday celebrations, their 3 cruise liners, the Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria sailed up the Mersey, turned and anchored up in front of the Pier Head as the Red Arrows flew overhead.

The event got off to a quiet start on Sunday morning with the Queen Mary 2 arriving to mist and drizzle. But by Monday lunchtime over a million people lined both sides of the Mersey to watch her sail back down with the other ships. It was an amazing sight. I’m not sure any photos do it justice.

Ignite Liverpool is 5!!

Some photos from Ignite Liverpool’s 5th birthday event last night at Leaf on Bold St.

Surprise St Pauls

I saw an article on PetaPixel mentioning that St Pauls cathedral in London was having an open evening for photographers on April 8th 2015 called “Surprise St Paul’s”. For £10 you could get a ticket to go and take photos for an hour or two. They usually operate a no photos policy inside and I think it costs a fair bit more to get it.

So I got a ticket and booked a train from Liverpool. I went back to the site about an hour later to try and get another ticket for my son but it had already sold out (300 tickets). The evening was being organised as a competition, the winning photos to be featured in a calendar.

I ended up not taking that many shots, but it was a great evening. St Pauls is smaller than Liverpool’s Anglican cathedral and very different. The bare sandstone and mindbogglingly large space at Liverpool contrasts strongly with the intricate and elaborate decoration of St Pauls. I don’t know which I prefer – probably Liverpool but possible that’s from familiarity. And Liverpool is free all the time (£5 to go up the tower).

It was a reminder of how lucky we are up here, but what our cathedral can’t hold a candle to is the tombs of Nelson and Wellington in the crypt!

I had a bit of a wander round London on the way in too!

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