Oulton Broad Boats, and lens/camera musing

Since the weather was lovely this evening I went for a walk around Nicholas Everitt Park in Oulton Broad with my X-E1 and 18–55mm lens. This was also to satisfy some curiousity I had about the lens: have I been too dismissive of it in the past? (I've never really enjoyed using it.) The lens gets a lot of praise, being sharper and faster than the average kit lens, and better-built too. Thing is, I just find myself unable to get excited by it, compared to the 60mm macro, 14mm and 35mm f/1.4. I know this isn't »

The Peak District: Shatton Hall Farm

For this trip we stayed at Shatton Hall Farm Cottages, converted farm buildings turned into holiday accomodation. The houses are at the end of a narrow lane near Bamford, and the scenery is lovely. On Sunday morning we were lucky enough to get some fog still lingering around even at 9 o'clock, so I didn't have to get up too early! Once again, a mix of mostly 14mm and 60mm. »

The Peak District: Mam Tor

This weekend we visited the Peak District to meet some friends, and while the weather forecast predicted "mostly cloudy", we were very fortunate to actually get "mostly sunny". On Saturday we hiked up Mam Tor. I took three Fuji lenses: the 14mm, the 35mm f/1.4 and the 60mm macro. The 60 certainly got the most use here, which didn't surprise me – it's a natural fit to my preference for 'abstract' images, I think. The 14 was second, although not represented so much here. Last was the 35, which again wasn't too surprising – this sort of terrain seems to »

Boring Pictures

I remember reading many years ago about a book called Boring Postcards. It's just a collection of postcards assembled by Martin Parr that are all, well, boring: pictures of car parks, office receptions, bus terminals, that sort of thing. It's fascinating! At first it's just amusing how ridiculous the idea is, but it gets you wondering: why do these things even exist? Who thought it anybody would buy a postcard depicting a brutalist office building in a city centre? Anyway, the pictures kind of resonated with me for another reason: I feel like many of my pictures are... a bit »

Aching to return

Recently a kind soul replicated Fuji's lovely JPEG film simulations as Capture One colour profiles, and the results are magnificent. This further means I now have access to a very close approximation of Classic Chrome, which my X-E1 can't otherwise simulate. I'd tried it out a few times this past week but nothing really seemed to work that well with it. Until tonight. I was idly fiddling about with sliders in Capture One when I had an idea to make a more 'film-like' Classic Chrome preset, with grain, coarse sharpening, and no light falloff correction. I somewhat randomly picked my »

Pakefield and Kessingland Beach and Cliffs

Just a bit south of Pakefield beach, heading towards Kessingland, there are some interesting sandstone cliffs that I'd never seen before. I didn't even know they were there until I decided on the spur of the moment to take a walk along the beach that way. These were taken with a mixture of the Fuji X100, and the Fuji X-E1 with 14mm and 60mm lenses. It's interesting using the two cameras side by side, as it makes it clear how dated the X100 is now – its electronic viewfinder is pretty grainy and not very colour-accurate, it's slow, and changing autofocus »

A walk to Lowestoft

Continuing the walking theme from last time, Zoe and I walked all the way to Lowestoft town centre and back today, a distance of just under 12 km, and taking us 2 hours 45 minutes. We're both fans of Pokémon Go, primarily since it provides some pretty good motivation to go out and walk a lot, so naturally we had it active on our phones on the way into town. Alas, location data, full screen brightness and (probably) not very efficient game code meant my phone's battery was down to 35% by the time we got there, so apart from »

Dunwich: a walk in the woods

Taking advantage of the excellent weather we've been having lately, Zoe and I went for a walk in Dunwich Forest. We also got a bit disoriented on the way back and ended up crossing Westleton Heath, taking our distance walked to 10km. Good thing we need the exercise! »

Beach boat details

Yesterday the weather was hot and shiny so I went for a walk to Pakefield beach. I hadn't planned it at the time but it turns out I got a nice selection of detail shots of the various boats. »

Overcoming Guild Wars 2 screenshot limitations

As mentioned in a previous post, I play Guild Wars 2, and like to take a lot of screenshots. The game client has a few annoying limitations though. First off, it can only output JPEG or Windows Bitmap (BMP) format; I've set it to BMP for highest quality, but Capture One 9, which I use for editing, doesn't support this format, necessitating a conversion to something more suitable. The second problem is that the client can only write 999 files to a single folder (named gw001.bmp ... gw999.bmp). When it gets to 999, it won't write any more, and »

Dunwich Heath, overcast

Zoe and I visited Dunwich Heath yesterday, primarily because it's a nice place to go for a walk, but also because we hoped to get some nice photos. The sky was quite heavily overcast, though, putting a dampener on our pictorial ambitions, but we still enjoyed the walk (at least until about half way when Zoe's boots started hurting her feet). »

A side-blog

I've posted some Guild Wars 2-related things here before, but mostly this is a place for my photography and sometimes software dev stuff, so I've avoided posting too much GW2 things here. Up til now this has meant I've just not posted GW2 things anywhere, but after some prompting I've set up a Tumblr: https://dailytyria.tumblr.com/ It's basically just a place I can post the hundreds of screenshots I have of this game. »

Dunwich Heath in the evening

Summer is definitely on the way: the evenings are light for longer (sunset is around 20:00), the weather is warmer, and things are starting to grow green bits. I've visited Dunwich Heath before, earlier in the year, and although I got a nice walk out of it, I got there a little too late to get many decent photos, even with the tripod. This time though I arrived with enough time to enjoy an hour's walk before the sun set. Equipment note: all the pictures here were taking using the Fuji 50–230mm. It's a pretty nice lightweight telephoto »

OCOLOY Week 52

And here it is, the final week! It's been quite the journey, and I think has served its purpose excellently. I know my X-E1 and 35/1.4 now, their strengths and weaknesses, and I can set them up for a shot instinctively. I'm comfortable with the 50mm-e field of view, which I certainly wasn't in the beginning. One perhaps surprising result of this experience is that it's really dulled my craving for a new camera. Yeah I'd like an X-T10 or X-T1 and also the new 35/2 but honestly I can't justify the cost, since they won't actually »

OCOLOY Week 51

For this penultimate week, I decided to bend the rules a little, in that I actually used my X100 all week instead of the X-E1 and 35/1.4, thus foregoing the 'one camera' and 'one lens' aspects entirely. Not even the same focal length. But man have I missed the X100. I sent it to my brother months ago since he wanted to see if that 35mm-e field of view suited him before buying the equivalent lens for his Panasonic m4:3 camera. Yeah the X100 has its downsides: the EVF is kinda grainy, and freezes briefly when you »

OCOLOY Week 50

Fifty! Only two more after this, the end feels so close now. I've started forming some vague ideas about what I want to do with the huge volume of photos I've accumulated over the past year (and a bit, since I stalled several times). Since most of the pictures are from within a few miles, I think I'm going to do a kind of documentary project about Lowestoft and the surrounding areas, possibly from an outsider's perspective, since I've only been here a couple of years and in that time I've not really made much of an effort to integrate. »

OCOLOY Week 49

Oops. I seem to have missed a week! Honestly, there's no good reason for this, just a combination of forgetfulness and lack of motivation; that week, I really didn't get out to take pictures much. Fortunately, this week was rather more productive: not only did I manage to get out for a few early morning walks, today Zoe and I went to Framlingham Castle! That last time she was there the market was on, so Zoe brought back some delicious brownies and cheesecakes, but alas this time (being a Sunday) there was no market. Still, it was a very enjoyable »

OCOLOY Week 48

All this week I've felt like this OCOLOY post was going to be pretty good, as I made a decent effort to get out with my camera several times and got some nice pictures as a result. I would have written this on time, too, except I got distracted by my shiny new printer, a Canon Pro-10S. It's an A3 pigment ink printer, and it's lovely – already I've gone through most of a 50 pack of PermaJet matte paper I bought with it. I was a little concerned at first that the colours seemed a bit dull, but it turns »

OCOLOY Week 47

Following on from marriage on Tuesday, Zoe and I went on a small honeymoon to a country house hotel in northern Norfolk, courtesy of her sister. It was a little dark by the time we got there, thanks to some roadworks delaying us by half an hour on the way, but we still had time to enjoy a lovely walk around the large National Trust park behind the hotel. »

OCOLOY Week 46

Bit of a departure this week, as for one thing this post is late, but I have a good reason: I got married! Even though it was a low-key thing, it was still a bit stressful getting things prepared, so not much time for picture-taking. The other departure is colour. Most of these pictures were taken in Beccles and although the monochrome versions are ok, I still feel like the colour is necessary with these. »