Jamming in Ilfracombe

Ilfracombe has a special place in our hearts. It’s where Sal and I were married at an informal affair in a boutique hotel owned by dear friends.

We return as often as we can (but not as often as we would like) and enjoy days of laughter, over-indulgence and relaxation.

Our friends are about to sell up the restaurant and holiday let they now own and move to a warmer climate, so this weekend could possibly the last time we enjoy their hospitality (in this Country, at least).

As is often the case, one of the evenings turned into a semi-impromptu acoustic jamming session, involving people of questionable talent and those oozing said commodity. We were joined by Charmaine Lilley, who plays regularly around the North Devon area and certainly falls into the latter of the above!

For the first time ever, I had gone away for a weekend without a backpack full of camera gear, opting instead to take my recently acquired FujiFilm X30. The evening was a great test for the camera as the restaurant is sparsely lit and quite compact. I shot JPEGs (another change as I would normally shoot RAW images) and the black and white images are produced using the X30’s built in film simulation.

I must say that even in the short time I have owned the X30, I absolutely love the camera. It goes everywhere with me, without getting in the way. Not something that can be said for my DSLR(s).

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