Time to once again show our end of reel shots for Brian’s Last on the Card Challenge. This month we have football – no surprise there then…

…Curses, I’ve been spotted 😉 – our Goalkeeper Ben leaving the field after a hard fought 2-0 win. Tricksy lighting at the end of the day and the floodlights don’t cover the tunnel area. That’s the Canon EOS 5D mkiii

The Fujifilm X-Pro2 had a far easier job taking a shot for something that I intend to be posting about later this week…

A South Western Railway class 455 unit at Waterloo.

Finally, making its debut, the Motorola g50 and a shot taken on my road as I made my way back from the shops yesterday (31/01/2022)…

…some cropping planned on that before it gets posted for real 😉

All images unaltered – just resized for the web.

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.

Lets start this week’s CMMC with something personal. I have new glasses 🙂 …

… and that’s the X-Pro2 at the bottom – my daily use camera.

In the garden, the thistles continue to grow well and the birds are loving it. This is the flower of Great Lettuce…

…a member of the thistle family that grows to over 6 feet tall! The Brambles are also flowering and the berries are starting to set…

…If we want some of those we’ll have to be quick because we’ll be racing the Blackbirds for them! 😉

To finish, this is the cover of my address book – the design is taken from Pueblo pottery…

That’s all folks – take a look at Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge and enjoy the photos – and perhaps have a go yourself 🙂