Some football match close-up shots to start off Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge this week.

Hot tea is good on a cold night…

…But in the Summer, a cool beer might be preferred…

When the game’s over, there’s time for the kids 🙂 …

Now for something controversial… Here’s the story to explain. Last Friday there was an aircraft doing aerial survey work over my house. Normally aircraft are now fitted with an ADS-B transponder that reports their identity, but this one wasn’t or it wasn’t functioning. So, although I could see it high above me (estimated 8000ft), I had no idea of its identity. I tried reading it with the telescope but found I couldn’t hold the ‘scope steady enough to resolve the registration. In the end, I reached for the Fujifim X-Pro2 and the 55-200mm lens…

…and that’s how I finally identified the aircraft – Reims-Cessna F406 Caravan II, G-TDSA. You can see the survey camera below the fuselage, just aft of the wing. So, that’s not a ‘close-up’ in the traditional sense, but it is an example of getting close by using a powerful lens to take a photograph – with the crop factor on the X-Pro2, I was using a 306mm equivalent lens.