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 »

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 :( »

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 »

OCOLOY Week 52

And here it is, the final week! It's been quite the journey, and I think has served its purpose excellently. I know my X-E1 and 35/1.4 now, their strengths and weaknesses, and I can set them up for a shot instinctively. I'm comfortable with the 50mm-e field of view, which I certainly wasn't in the beginning. One perhaps surprising result of this experience is that it's really dulled my craving for a new camera. Yeah I'd like an X-T10 or X-T1 and also the new 35/2 but honestly I can't justify the cost, since they won't actually »

OCOLOY Week 51

For this penultimate week, I decided to bend the rules a little, in that I actually used my X100 all week instead of the X-E1 and 35/1.4, thus foregoing the 'one camera' and 'one lens' aspects entirely. Not even the same focal length. But man have I missed the X100. I sent it to my brother months ago since he wanted to see if that 35mm-e field of view suited him before buying the equivalent lens for his Panasonic m4:3 camera. Yeah the X100 has its downsides: the EVF is kinda grainy, and freezes briefly when you »

OCOLOY Week 48

All this week I've felt like this OCOLOY post was going to be pretty good, as I made a decent effort to get out with my camera several times and got some nice pictures as a result. I would have written this on time, too, except I got distracted by my shiny new printer, a Canon Pro-10S. It's an A3 pigment ink printer, and it's lovely – already I've gone through most of a 50 pack of PermaJet matte paper I bought with it. I was a little concerned at first that the colours seemed a bit dull, but it turns »

OCOLOY Week 47

Following on from marriage on Tuesday, Zoe and I went on a small honeymoon to a country house hotel in northern Norfolk, courtesy of her sister. It was a little dark by the time we got there, thanks to some roadworks delaying us by half an hour on the way, but we still had time to enjoy a lovely walk around the large National Trust park behind the hotel. »

OCOLOY Week 45

Quite a 'close to home' week, this one, in that I didn't really venture any further afield than Lowestoft, at least not anywhere photographically interesting. There industrial estate near Beccles where we went for breakfast, at a café called Posh Pigs, might have borne some fruit, if the weather was nicer and we'd had more free time to spend there, so it might be worth a return trip (even if just for the food!). The weather's also not been quite as cold lately, so I may see about another trip to Dunwich forest. »

OCOLOY Week 44

Busy at work this week, and you know what that means: not many pictures taken - few enough, in fact, that I had to scavenge some from last week to make 7. The week wasn't a total lazy-fest though, as I've started going running again, 3 times a week, using a 10K training thing on my phone. I say 'running' but at this stage it's actually 80% walking, but given how unfit I am, running for 1 minute at a time then walking for 4 minutes is plenty. »

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? »

OCOLOY Week 42

Christmas and New Year are quite the schedule disruptors, as evidenced by the nearly 4 week break since the previous OCOLOY post and during that time I did quite a bit of shooting with lenses other than the 35mm. The regular weekly posting will now resume, though, and with only ten more to go! I've decided that when I finish I'm going to do a Top 10, since a 'best of each week' isn't really practical, and dividing the weeks up into months seems a bit arbitrarily limiting, since I might like several pictures from one month and none from »

Birmingham, grey

Zoe attended a teaching conference on Saturday, and we thought it'd be a good chance for me to take a look around the city, which I'd never been to before. The weather was unfortunately not very inspiring, and I spent a good deal of time and energy trying to find a camera shop so I could get a spare battery for my camera, as I'd forgotten to charge the current one and I seem to have misplaced my existing spare. With a bit more preparation I could perhaps have made a list of potentially interesting places to visit, and if »

Documentary photography in Tyria

A series of pictures using screenshots from the game Guild Wars 2 as their base, processed to look like grainy black and white film photos. Ash Tribune quarters, Black Citadel Breachwater Lake, Diessa Plateau Dreamdark Enclave, Caledon Forest Monument Grounds, Blazeridge Steppes Pyrite Peninsula, Malchor's Leap Ruins of Rin, Black Citadel ruins of the Cathedral of Zephyrs, Malchor's Leap Sentinel stronghold at Tenaebron Lake, Fields of Ruin Gillfarn Pond, Fields of Ruin »

OCOLOY Week 39

I said last week that I was going to think about using a 'Fuji Neopan 1600' emulation for processing this week's pictures. I decided to go ahead with this, and quite early on realised it'd mean having to keep it in mind when shooting, as it has a particular contrast and colour response that's quite... 'opinionated'. The usual preset I use has a more subtle aesthetic, and suits quite a wide variety of scenes, but this Neopan one certainly stamps a kind of grungy reportage feel on to the pictures. I'm not sure I want to keep using it, primarily »

OCOLOY Week 38

For some reason I'm at loss to explain, a couple of days ago I started a Week 39 OCOLOY album in Capture One, thinking I'd already done 38. I was a rather dismayed that I'd left it so late in the week, further so because of the dreary weather since then. Of course, this post being titled 'OCOLOY Week 38' shows I was mistaken, and could in fact make use of several nice pictures I took earlier in the week in considerably more aureate light, which is a relief - I'd almost resigned myself to making this an experimental post »

OCOLOY Week 37

I was getting a little worried that this week would be a washout, with the weather generally being wet and windy, but fortunately there were a few days of shine and I made an effort to use that nice light. Winter sun is probably my favourite kind of light - it combines the low and long shadows of a sunset/sunrise, but with a colder, whiter, more etherial feel. road arrow tree and walkway Norwich castle gravestones at St Stephen's House of Fraser escalator window blind shadows on towel and door Zephyr Cams abandoned factory »