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Pizza Punks Has Arrived In Durham

The latest addition to the Riverwalk in Durham is possibly the best yet; Pizza Punks has finally arrived in Durham and I am super excited about it!

Following the opening of Pizza Punks latest venue in Durham, I was very kindly invited down to grab a pizza, a few drinks and, of course, a few photos. Let me take you through what’s on offer.

Classic Cars X Classic Chrome

Before we dive straight into some photography, I’m hoping some of you will agree with me when I say I love cars but, at the same time, I really don’t love cars. Odd, I know. What I mean is, I absolutely love the look of cars, I love photography cars but I definitely do not love them to such an extent that I understand the mechanics of it all (apologies to my father-in-law!) I appreciate a good car; I think that’s the take away from this.

I definitely appreciate pretty much all cars that could possibly be classed as ‘classic’. Armed with my trusty Fujifilm X-T2, I’ve taken many a photo over the years of pretty damn good looking classic cars so I think it’s time they’re shared with you. Most of these photos were either shot at the Saturday Classic Car Cruise in Old Town, Florida or the North East Classic Car Show at Hardwick Hall in England.

For the photographers on this post, my preferred lens for car photography is without doubt the Fujifilm 56mm f/1.2 which, after some back and forth, is definitely back in my ‘love forever and never sell’ category. Bar a few photos (16mm f/1.4, 35mm f/1.4 or X100F), they were all taken with that 56mm lens. Finally, there could only be one option in terms of film simulations for this series; Fujifilm’s classic chrome. These are all taken using my ‘Chrome Urban’ recipe (or a RAW version of it which I promise to share soon). Why RAW? I’ve been shooting recently solely in black and white so those RAWs are handy for when I want to convert an image to colour instead of using the JPEG.

Anyway, time to enjoy some photos of different cars from very similar angles…

A Quest To Find The Best Burgers In The North East

No, this is not a drill. I’m finally ready to set off on probably the most insanely brilliant quest of all time; a quest to find the best burgers in the North East of England. This is where it all comes together; a post that will never quite be finished. There will never be a time when I’m not searching for the next best burger in the North East of England.

The Ultimate Guide to the Tees Valley

Welcome to the Tees Valley.

Probably most famous for its industrial background, the Tees Valley will almost certainly surprise you as a destination. The region straddles the River Tees and stretches from Darlington to the coast at Redcar & Cleveland but also incorporates Middlesbrough, Stockton-on-Tees and Hartlepool. From a heritage coastline to market towns, from a thriving foodie scene to nature reserves, the Tees Valley is that underrated destination that you have to experience.