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. »

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. »

Oulton Broad Boats, and lens/camera musing

Since the weather was lovely this evening I went for a walk around Nicholas Everitt Park in Oulton Broad with my X-E1 and 18–55mm lens. This was also to satisfy some curiousity I had about the lens: have I been too dismissive of it in the past? (I've never really enjoyed using it.) The lens gets a lot of praise, being sharper and faster than the average kit lens, and better-built too. Thing is, I just find myself unable to get excited by it, compared to the 60mm macro, 14mm and 35mm f/1.4. I know this isn't »

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 41

I digressed a little this week, photographically speaking: the first two pictures in this post are not from the usual 35mm lens. The first is from the Fuji 18–55mm f/2.8–4, the mid-range 'kit lens' that most people seem to think is undeserving of the negative connotations such a term suggests. It certainly is a nice lens, especially given its price when bought as part of a kit, but I think I've become too dependent on being able to operate in the aperture ranges above f/4 (at the 35mm mark the lens's maximum aperture is f/ »

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. »

Oulton Broad

I recently went to nearby Oulton Broad, a large lake and marshland west of Lowestoft. Luckily the weather was shiny, and although a little chilly, by the time I'd done a fair amount of walking I was plenty warm. Hopefully when the weather warms up a bit more Zoe and I will go out here for a picnic, and have a walk around the local town. The view east from Bridge Road, looking towards the rail bridge. A jetty leading towards the rail bridge. The same jetty, but viewed from the south. I'm not sure if there are still boat »

Holiday in Malta, Day 8

Posts in this series: Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 My last day in Malta! Although my plane wasn't until 20:35, I didn't want to go anywhere too far away in case there was a problem with buses or something, so we decided we'd visit Marsaskala again, like we did on my first day. Before that though, I went for another walk around Birżebbuġa, because I was curious about wha the big red container ship was doing out in the bay, and I hadn't really explored that end of »