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 »

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. »

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 »

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. »

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 »

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 »

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. »

OCOLOY Week 43

Bit of a slow week, this one, with no good pictures taken during the most of the week – all but one of this week's pictures are from my trip to Hunstanton on Saturday. I find it interesting the difference in choice of pictures for that post versus this one; I can't quite explain it but they seem less... abstract? Prettier? »

Hunstanton beach and cliffs

Hunstanton is a town on the west coast of Norfolk. It's one of the only places in the east of England where you can watch the sun set over the sea, and is home to some interesting red-and-white cliffs. The weather forecast was more promising today than last time, so I decided to drive over to Hunstanton again. The sun was shining almost all the way there, but annoyingly, clouds began to appear not long after I arrived. Still, lightly overcast certainly beats heavy overcast and freezing cold rain and wind, and the number of people on the beach compared »

OCOLOY Week 36

Somewhat chastened by my lack of effort last week, this week I resolved to try harder, resulting in two pre-work bike rides to the beach, and one nice hour-long stroll around north Lowestoft seafront which, despite the generally dull overcast weather, produced plenty of pleasing pictures. It's certainly somewhere I'll revisit, particularly on sunnier days. This is the first time in many weeks where I've had a hard time narrowing down the selection to just seven photos, which is definitely a better problem to have than struggling to even find seven photos worth showing. Also, no 14mm shot this week, »

OCOLOY Week 27

Quite a local week, this one, as I didn't really have time to stray far from the house during the day, and the weather was often quite a disincentive to venture further out anyway. Still, there were moments of light, although few enough that I had to use some of the photos I took the previous week to make up the numbers (which allowed by The Rules!). Regarding the last picture: yes, that's our house, ready to have a leak repaired in the roof. The repairers are working on it as I write this, and there is lots of banging »

OCOLOY Week 26

This week I was definitely more active than last – I made a good effort to actually take some photos every day, even if I didn't always go beyond my back garden. Saturday was perhaps the most 'adventurous', as Zoe and I went to Raveningham Country Fair. It was a little more... local than last year's Heveningham Hall fair, and simply because of the smaller scale we were able to more or less see everything in a couple of hours. I won an old Pentax 50mm f/4 macro lens on eBay on Wednesday and ordered an M42–Fuji mount adapter »

Fuji 14mm at the beach

Strictly speaking I shouldn't be doing this. The rules state that one should only use a single lens for the year, and I chose the Fuji 35mm f/1.4, yet here I am dallying with the 14mm f/2.8. In my defence, I like to think I've been photographing for long enough now that maybe I don't need to stick quite so rigidly to what is essentially a learning exercise. I'm still primarily shooting with the the 35, but I think I'll start running a side project simultaneously where I include one 14mm shot in each OCOLOY post. »

OCOLOY Week 18

Hark at me, posting one of these on time for once! In part this is because I got up at 6 this morning, to try and get a little more used to early mornings (and consequent early nights) in preparation for Friday, when I'm heading to London for the annual company retreat. For which I need to catch the 05:42 train from Lowestoft. Rather than sit indoors trying to stay awake, I decided, since it's a lovely shiny day, to go out for a bike ride. Ever since we moved to Lowestoft I've been meaning to get some photos »

OCOLOY Week 13

As I mentioned previously, I've decided to try colour, as I felt that it's a better fit for both the season and my mood lately. It's harder than I thought it'd be. Shooting just in black and white for so long, I've become used to looking for shapes, patterns and tones, but now I have to do all of that plus ensure the colours are good too. I'm not sure I've been entirely successful so far, but it's been an interesting challenge regardless, and I certainly want to continue. I'm pleased, too, with the Capture One preset I've chosen, as »

OCOLOY Week 8

I confess I was quite slack this week, not taking any photos at all until the weekend, and even then only getting out for an hour or so on a dull, cloudy evening. Still, it was good to get out for a walk over to the beach again – with the bad weather it's not really been worth it very often. I also had some more thoughts on the 'dishonesty' of adding grain to my photos even though practically speaking the source data is mostly noise-free. The key word is 'mostly': while shooting at up to around 1600 ISO results in »

Covehithe

Covehithe is a tiny hamlet a short way south of Lowestoft, home to a partially ruined church, some houses, some pig farms, a beach, and not a lot else. Since it's not far from where we live, Zoe and I decided to visit one afternoon in late summer. St. Andrew's Church Rear graveyard, with room for expansion The path to the beach runs past the pig farms. Bird sanctuary. Cliffs, subject to significant erosion. »

Fog in the Morning

It’s not often we get fog like this in the morning, so I felt compelled to take advantage of it with a nice walk to the beach before work. Office building in front of our local water tower It’s quite an odd experience walking on a foggy beach. Despite the fog, I still saw a few people walking their dogs, and heard several more. Memorial for World War I »

Pakefield Beach

My fiancée Zoe and I moved house recently, to Carlton Colville, a small suburb south of Lowestoft, and one of the nicest things about it is that it’s only a short walk to the beach in nearby Pakefield. The view south along Pakefield beach Zoe took this picture of me on the steps down to Pakefield beach The beach is very well-maintained, qualifying for a Blue Flag, and as part of that, dogs are not allowed on it during the peak tourist season. In case you miss the other sign Cycling is also prohibited on the promenade (and presumably »