Black and white baby

It's been a while since I read Koudelka's Gypsies, but it's got me thinking: all my complaining about the Fuji 23mm f/2 seems a bit photo-nerdery in the face of the grainy, dark, often blurry pictures in this book. Pictures that work just fine, and in fact are entirely appropriate for the subject matter. So here's me trying to emulate Koudelka's style, or at least the superficial look of the pictures I've seen, albeit sans grain - I'm using a digital camera, after all, not ISO 3200 film; I feel (somewhat arbitrarily, I'll admit) that adjusting tonality is on »

Gorleston, winter shiny

Since Emily was born, Zoe and I naturally haven't had the opportunity to get out much - newborns require almost constant attention! Still, she's 8 weeks old now, and Zoe's more confident about breast-feeding in public, so we've been able to have short trips into Lowestoft and, today, Gorleston, without too much drama. The forecast yesterday threatened rain but fortunately it was one of those glorious shiny winter days, and not even too cold. Still a bit much for Em though - she spent most of the time outdoors asleep. All of these apart from the 'rusty yellow barrier' and »

I'm a dad now

My wife gave birth 3 days ago to a little girl: She is a very curious little thing! »

The rain comes

So, been a while. Haven't been feeling very inspired lately - I've been taking my camera out a lot, but just not finding much worth shooting, or making much effort to. Still, the car needed to go in for MOT so that meant some time to kill, which basically meant enforced camera time. Alas, as the title says, the weather was overcast-into-rainy. Such is the way of things in late September in England. Processed as usual in Capture One, but using an 'Analog Film' preset that feels appropriate to the weather. Shot with XT2 and 35/1.4. »

Walking in woods and fields

A while back I went for another nice walk in nearby Dunwich Forest, but for whatever reason didn't get around to making a blog post of it. So, here we are: some pictures of a roughly hour-and-a-half walk. »

Stormy skies

Storms are great for generating dramatic skies: the mix of dark clouds and bright, sunlit sky behind has something magical about it. »

More Norwich wandering

Took these a while back when Zoe's parents came to visit, and we had a walk around Norwich. For a change, I brought the 18-55 along instead of the usual 23/2 or 35/1.4. It worked out... ok, I guess? The convenience was nice, and if I don't go pixel peeping, the sharpness is fine too. The bokeh was... not really a factor on this day, but I know for sure it can get weird at times. Still, there was one case where it turned out well: Funnily enough, the foreground bokeh is pretty nice too, under the »

Fairground: closed for the evening

I'd been sitting indoors all day playing Nier: Automata and was feeling a bit guilty about it, so I went out to get some fresh air and walk around a bit. I didn't really have anything particular in mind, but decided on Lowestoft seafront as it's close by and I could hopefully get some good pictures before the sky went fully dark. Turns out the fair's in town, although at this time of the day it's closed down. »

Telephoto Oulton Broad

I've had an old Pentax-M 135mm f/3.5 for a while now - something I inherited along with a Pentax MX film SLR that sadly no longer works (the mirror is gummed up). I'm really not much of a telephoto shooter - the only other long lens I can use is my wife's Fuji XC 50-230mm, which is... well, about what you'd expect for a modern low cost plastic lens: nothing particularly special, but not terrible either. The Pentax lens isn't plastic. It feels nice and solid, despite being a fairly low-cost, consumer-focused product when it was introduced. It's »

Fujifilm X-T2 review

I've had my X-T2 for just over 3 months as I write this, and used it extensively, particularly during a week long holiday in Malta, so I'm confident that I now have enough experience with it to have something meaningful to say. I'll be honest, though, this is mostly just my thoughts on things I value in cameras. First, some context I'll say upfront that this review (if you can even call it that) won't be comparing the camera to contemporary DSLRs or other mirrorless cameras from Sony, Olympus et al. I've not used those, so don't have any valid »

Gunton burned

Not an especially aesthetically appealing day today, weather-wise, but I felt like going for a walk regardless. It's good to get out of the house now and then, get some fresh air. So, I headed out to Gunton, in the northern part of Lowestoft, starting near the North Denes caravan park. Along the seafront here there are lots of chunks of brick and concrete to break up the waves before they hit the sea wall. Further north the sea wall stops and there is just grassland and beach. And also a dead seal :( The grassland is popular with dog walkers, »

Holiday in Malta 2017, day 6

And so we come to the final day. Indulging in an abundance of caution, we decided not to go anywhere further than walking distance away, lest we be late for our flight home. Even though the flight wasn't until 8 in the evening, we still felt it prudent to arrive several hours early, even if it meant sitting in the departure lounge reading to pass the time. Still! That doesn't mean we didn't go anywhere - we had a nice stroll around Birzebbuga since it was a nice day. Several hours of sitting around waiting, our plane was ready, and »

Holiday in Malta 2017, day 5

Today, Marsaxlokk again, this time for lunch. The weather was a bit dull and grey, and we felt like having a nice relaxed, lazy day, so we didn't want to do anything too adventurous. We had lunch at a place called Southeast Café. The food was delicious, and there was a super cute little cat wandering about who eventually decided to settle down snuggled up to me while Zoe and I ate. After lunch and another wander around town, we decided the overcast sky actually made for nice walking weather, and since it was only a few kilometres back to »

Holiday in Malta 2017, day 4

Last time I went to Malta I never visited Gozo, the island to the north-west. Time to rectify that! After a rather long bus journey from one end of Malta to the other, we arrived at the ferry terminal at Ċirkewwa, and joined the rather long queue. The ferry ride itself is about half an hour, so it wasn't too long before we were in Victoria, the largest town on the island. There we had some lunch (I got a really tasty seafood risotto) then bought a tour bus ticket and decided our first stop would be Dwejra on the »

Holiday in Malta 2017, day 3 (part 2)

Il-waqfa li ymiss: Rabat, and thence Mdina. Eventually, at least - we got a bit lost in Rabat as a result of my not-very-clear memory of the town's layout, and my attempt to find what I thought was a nice café (it wasn't that great in the end). After lunch we headed into Mdina itself. After Mdina we got the bus to Marsaxlokk to meet my parents for coffee and a wander about. Finally we all headed to Marsaskala for dinner. So that was day 3, rather a full one! »

Holiday in Malta 2017, day 3 (part 1)

Today was quite a busy one, so I'm splitting this post into two parts to avoid having 33 pictures one one page. First up: the Blue Grotto. We had planned on going here the previous day but the bus didn't show up, which turned out to be a good thing as it started raining not long after we got on a different bus to head back to the flat. The weather today though was lovely - sunny and, when out of the wind at least, warm. The sea was also quite calm, which made the boat ride out to the »

Holiday in Malta 2017, day 2

This day: Valletta, the capital city of Malta. We were a bit concerned as the weather forecast was for cloud and rain, but we got lucky: it stayed sunny almost the whole day, only raining once we were on the bus back to the flat. We started out with a short wander around Birżebbuġa, where the flat is located, then had a coffee while waiting for the bus. Then it was off to the city! »

Holiday in Malta 2017, day 1

Three years after my first holiday in Malta, where I went alone, this April I went again, this time with Zoe. While it was nice the first time to not worry about anyone but myself when wandering around, it was obviously much more pleasant to have my wife with me :) Our flight out this time was fairly late - we didn't arrive in Malta until 21:00 local time, so there wasn't much opportunity for pictures, and obviously we were fairly tired by then. On the plus side, we didn't have to get up at 5:00, so it was »

Gunton Cliffs

Had a bit of a headache, and had been sitting indoors all day, so I went for a nice walk around Gunton Cliffs. X-T2, 14/2.8, 23/2, 60/2.4 »

Some X-T2 + XF23/2 black and whites

Another trip to Norwich today to get some Euros for our Malta trip on Monday. I hadn't planned on making these pictures monochrome, but rendering one of them later as black and white made me think to give all the 'good' ones the same treatment. »