30-day photo challenge, day 1

I guess 'challenge' isn't the right word really, more of an inspiration: this is a list of photo idea prompts for the next 30 days, which I saw on Rinike's blog. Self-portrait What you wore Clouds Something green After dark Obsession Changes to come Routine Someone you love Childhood memory Something blue Sunset Cannot live without Eyes Silhouette A good habit Technology Your shoes Something you want In my bag Faceless self-portrait Inspirational Patterns Animal Strangers Close-up Celebration Flowers Black & white Self-portrait I'll post the first picture today but after that, to avoid spamming the posts list I'll wait »

Kessingland, winter 2

After my previous outing to Kessingland, whereupon I entirely failed to reach the beach, I decided another visit was in order. I ended up going twice, but the first was a bit of a let-down as the weather was dull and grey. Fortunately the second time was more successful, with lovely low winter sun for the majority of the outing. Fuji X-E1, XF 60/2.4, XF 35/1.4 and XF 14/2.8 »

Lowestoft town centre, December

It feels a lot less than two years since a previous "winter sun" post, my goodness how time flies. These are all from a couple of days ago when I visited town to arrange a new pair of glasses, since I lost one of the lenses in my old pair and besides, I suspected my eyesight had got worse (confirmed). New pair won't arrive for up to two weeks though, as I wanted the lenses that help when working on computer screens (slightly yellow tint). Shall have to endure in the meantime. So winter sun. Love it, although it's a »

Christmas in the North-West

As has been traditional, Zoe and I went to stay at her parents' house this Christmas. As is also traditional, I managed to be ill for most of it, having caught a cold off Zoe and suffered rather worse from it than she did. Still, I did manage to get out a couple of times to take some pictures in nice light. West Kirby pictures taken with Zoe's Fuji X-M1 and XC 16--50 because I forgot to bring my own camera. »

Kessingland, winter 1

Although we live fairly close to Kessingland, and have driven past it numerous times on the way to places like Dunwich, I'd never actually gone into the town. Today I decided to rectify that, although I didn't stay for as long as I'd have liked, so a return visit will be in order. Fuji X-E1, Fuji 14/2.8, 35/1.4 and 60/2.4. »

Norwich, winter sun

Autumn is almost over, with the temperatures heading well into full on winter territory - today was a mere 2° C, partly due to the clear bright sky. What it lacks in colour, winter makes up for in great light that lasts all day. Took the 18--55 out for a spin again today, and again it disappointed me. I had an idea that it was the image stabilisation that was causing the lack of sharpness, but turns out no, it really is just not that sharp, especially (and perhaps unfairly) compared to the 14, 35 and 60. Moreover, even »

Ely: town

Yesterday Zoe went to a teaching conference in Ely, Cambridgeshire and I decided to go with her and take photos around town while she was getting her learn on. I've split this into two parts: town and river. Fuji X-E1, Fuji 14/2.8 and 35/1.4. »

Ely: river

This is the second of two posts of photos from Ely; the first one has pictures from the town and cathedral. These ones are from along the banks of the River Great Ouse. »

Via London

Yesterday I had to go to London on business, so obviously I took my camera (the X100 this time) and spent some of my lunch break and some time after work taking pictures. »

Gorleston, town

The second set of pictures from yesterday's wander around more-than-just-the-seafront of Gorleston. I still haven't ventured fully into the town centre (I think? maybe I have and this really is all there is to it and if I keep going I'll be in Great Yarmouth); perhaps next weekend! Shall try taking my X100 then, perhaps with X-E1 and 14 and 60mm lenses as backup. I hope the future Fuji 50mm f/2 lens has no distortion. I don't like distortion, even though I leave it uncorrected. Probably I am silly in this regard. And then the sun came out! For »

Gorleston, see the sea

Doesn't feel like a week since my last wander around Gorleston seafront, and the weather was not so shiny this time, hence the black and white. This is kind of the first of two vaguely related posts; I took them on the same day, but more than that they both sort of illustrate aspects of Gorleston in a non-glamorous way. Used the 18–55 again. Still don't like it. That accursed dust spot :( »

Gorleston, a Sunday stroll

It's getting a bit wintersome now, with the sun hanging lower in the sky and vanishing over the horizon earlier and earlier. It's still fairly warm, but soon it won't be pleasant going out without a coat. It's a nice time of year, and perhaps a bit melancholic - I mourn, in a minor way, the cheer and brightness of summer, and once again feel a little shame in knowing I didn't really make the most of it while it was around. Yes, there's always next year, but what kind of attitude is that? I spent about an hour slowly »

Signs

I took my car for its MOT this morning and since it was a nice day, I went for a nice morning walk with my Fuji X100 while I waited, and this time made an effort to use the optical viewfinder, to see if I could like it. It's ok, I guess? I still prefer a good electronic viewfinder (the X100's is barely adequate), but I could get used to it if I had to, I think. Mostly it just feels like ... shooting blind, strangely enough. I can see the world better, but I can't see my photograph as well »

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 »