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. »

Short walks on the beach

Since it was a nice evening, Zoe and I decided to go for a walk on Kessingland beach. Turns out once the sun gets low enough it's not actually that warm any more, plus the early weeks of pregnancy are quite the obstacle course of nausea. So, not a particularly long walk, but a nice one nonetheless. X-T2, 23/2 Tabbster was waiting for us when we got home. »

Carlton Marshes, somewhat desiccated

I last went to Carlton Marshes just under two months ago, and it was rather wet and muddy then, despite the sun. Now, in late March after a week or so of sun and no rain, it's much drier. Still cold, but not unpleasantly so - in fact, by the end of the walk I was wishing I hadn't brought my coat. X-T2, 14/2.8, 23/2 and 60/2.4 »

More 23/2, this time in Norwich

The shiny weather continues unabated, and even felt quite warm by around 11. Since Zoe and I were going to Norwich anyway I obviously took the new lens. One thing I've noticed looking over these pictures is that I get the impression I'm using the 23 like a 35, and not taking advantage of the wider field of view. Too many flat compositions! »

Fuji 23mm f/2 first impressions/rambling

When I got my first Fuji interchangeable lens camera, the X-E1, almost four years ago, I got it with the Fuji 35m f/1.4 lens, which I didn't initially get along with. Prior to that I'd been using a Fuji X100 for almost two years, and it was quite uncomfortable at first going from a 23mm lens to a 35mm. The latter felt constricting, and I never seemed to have enough vertical space, meaning I felt pressured to hold the camera in portrait orientation more than I'd like. To remedy this discomfort I eventually embarked upon a One Camera, »

Southwold, spring

Zoe's parents came down to visit for the weekend, and luckily the weather on Sunday cooperated somewhat when we went to Southwold together. The forecast had said it wasn't going to rain (it did, eventually) but it also said "mostly cloudy" so I wasn't expecting much. It was a pleasant surprise when the sun did come out! »

Lowestoft and cloudy

It had been a "mostly cloudy" kind of day, but the occasional break for some sunlight gave me hope so I went for a wander around Lowestoft pier and waterfront. Alas, almost no sun. Plenty of rocks and rust though! »

Now using Disqus comments

Adobe bought out LiveFyre and shut down the comments system for personal blogs, which is a shame because LiveFyre was a fairly good fit for commenting on this site. It had its issues – the admin interface was terrible and never worked properly – but it loaded right onto the page, not in an iframe, meaning I could use CSS to have full control over the look of the comments. Alas, Disqus loads into an iframe, so I'm stuck using their standard appearance. It's not terrible, it's just a bit different, and that's with my blog's fairly standard black-on-white theme. One day »

Burgh Castle, and the setting sun

Yet more nice weather! Perhaps the atmosphere will be kind for this whole week while I'm off work? Once again I wanted to go out somewhere today and make the most of the shine, and so: Burgh Castle. I've been here before with Zoe but that was a long time ago and I don't even know if I posted the pictures here (if I did, I didn't tag the post properly, oops). It's an ancient Roman fort, or rather the remains thereof, and is located a few miles west of Great Yarmouth. Since it overlooks the River Waveney to the »

Gorleston, bright, breezy and hazy

It's my birthday, and the atmosphere bestowed a fine gift upon me: sunshine! Even better, it's really hazy so the light is lovely and soft. After a delicious breakfast at the Lighthouse Diner in Lowestoft, Zoe and I decided a walk around Gorleston would be a fine way to spend the morning. A quick trip back home to pick up wooly hats (very much needed, it turned out) and off we went. X-T2, 14/2.8, 35/1.4, 60/2.4 »

In the woods, overcast

Well, the nice weather lasted but one day, so now we're back to heavy overcast again, with all the dull flat light that entails. Perfect for a walk in the woods then! Ok not really, but still, I wanted to get out the house for a bit, rather than sit indoors playing Guild Wars 2 all day, so what the heck. I brought my tripod, since shooting at f/8 meant shutter speeds in the 1/6th of second range. One thing I really appreciate about the X-T2 compared to the XE1 is the tilting screen: I don't have a »

Carlton Marshes in winter

As mentioned in the previous two posts, the atmosphere has been conspiring against me. New camera, no good light for taking pictures. Well! Today that all changed, as finally the sun came out at the same time I had the opportunity to actually go out and make the most of it! Hurrah! Carlton Marshes is a nature reserve I've been to before, but until now have never managed to really make any pictures there worth showing to anyone. It's a really nice place, albeit very muddy at this time of year. It also really highlights just how flat this part »

Oulton Broad in winter

It happened again: nice shiny morning, then overcast by the time I get to my destination. It even rained this time, just to rub it in. So, here's some kinda dull pictures taken around Oulton Broad today. Lenses 60, 35/1.4 and 14, as usual. No 18–55 this time. »

Southwold in winter

I thought we might get lucky with the weather today, and manage to get some nice shiny winter pictures in the Suffolk seaside town of Southwold, but although it was sunny on the drive there, as we arrived the clouds moved in and flattened all the light. Still, it's kind of an appropriate aesthetic, the grey overcast weather reflecting the unbusy nature of a seaside town in winter. Took the 18–55 again, in the vague hope it'd work better on the X-T2. Nope. I really should just sell it, I'm never satisfied with the results; the primes have spoiled »