Yes, this is Blackpool

Earlier this week I took a day off to visit Blackpool. To be quite honest, I wasn’t looking forward to the overcrowded seafront and hordes of people forgetting how to social distance. How mistaken I was. Everyone was well behaved and there were no crowds. Best of all I had some fantastic fish and chips.

Even though it was a day off, I still took my Fuji X-T3 camera along in case any opportunities presented themselves. I decided I wouldn’t bother with a wide-angle lens and instead opted for my trusty Fuji 18-135 do everything travel lens. As it turned out, I wish that I did have a wider lens with me and in the end, needed to shoot this image as a stitched panorama with the camera turned vertical. This must rank as one of the best sunsets that I’ve seen in many years and I’m so pleased that I managed to capture it (over 600 times).

Blackpool Beach at sunset. Fuji X-T3 with 18-135 lens at 18mm. Handheld exposure of 1/13″ at f/11.0 and ISO400. Six frames stitched in Adobe Lightroom with post-processing in the Nik Collection.

One thing that was a disappointment is that I was expecting the sky to light up with a more intense colour once the sun fell below the horizon. Instead, there was quite an intense blue light which gave me the opportunity to shoot this image of the North Pier.

Blackpool North Pier. Fuji X-T3 with 18-135 lens at 19mm. Handheld exposure of 0.12″ at f/5.6 and ISO1600.

Interestingly, I didn’t use filters on either of these images and instead recovered the shadows as I discussed in last week’s YouTube video. I did have some filters with me but after checking the histogram decided the camera could handle everything. Overall, I found it quite nice to be shooting with a single lens and no accessories, not even a tripod.

In this week’s YouTube video, I’m back to Affinity Photo where I share 3 things that you may not know about Affinity. At least one of these comes up regularly as a problem. If you’re an Affinity Photo user don’t miss this video.

I hope you enjoy the video, images and have a great weekend.

4 thoughts on “Yes, this is Blackpool

  1. Nice. I think I know which evening. I was in the Arnside area near Carnforth and had been travelling there all day. I desperately wanted to get over to Arnside / Morecambe Bay and capture it but alas by then I had had too many happy hour G&Ts at our friends’!

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