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 »

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. »