More Norwich wandering

Took these a while back when Zoe's parents came to visit, and we had a walk around Norwich. For a change, I brought the 18-55 along instead of the usual 23/2 or 35/1.4. It worked out... ok, I guess? The convenience was nice, and if I don't go pixel peeping, the sharpness is fine too. The bokeh was... not really a factor on this day, but I know for sure it can get weird at times. Still, there was one case where it turned out well: Funnily enough, the foreground bokeh is pretty nice too, under the »

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. »

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 »

OCOLOY Week 46

Bit of a departure this week, as for one thing this post is late, but I have a good reason: I got married! Even though it was a low-key thing, it was still a bit stressful getting things prepared, so not much time for picture-taking. The other departure is colour. Most of these pictures were taken in Beccles and although the monochrome versions are ok, I still feel like the colour is necessary with these. »

OCOLOY Week 28

Gosh what a rainy week! About five of the days it rained all the while there was sunlight, leaving me few opportunities for picture-taking. reflection in blue plastic bikes lined up outside Costa insect-looking leaf tram tracks to fence chainlink fence closeup heavy clouds roadside fence and spiky plant pedestrian crossing button »

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 24

I'm wavering. Black and white, or colour? I can't settle on one, I like both. I think it's the weather – shiny days make me want to capture in colour, and the weather represented by this week's pictures is certainly sunny (and for walking around Ipswich, sometimes uncomfortably so). Although I did a bit of shooting during the week, none of it resulted in much of interest, so all of these pictures are from Friday evening, at Oulton Broad (I also took the Fuji 14mm on this trip, which is where the last picture is from) and Saturday in Ipswich, where »

OCOLOY Week 21

Last week I reverted to monochrome, mostly to see how it would feel. I liked it well enough, but, for now at least, I like shooting in colour more. It fits better with my general mood, and with what I think of when I think 'summer' (even if some of the pictures aren't particularly 'summery'). I think also I want to try exploring more of the 'wide-angle' side of the 50mm-e field of view – to try and make photos that don't look as telephoto as many I've taken so far in this project. towel rack page wave parked cars no »

OCOLOY Week 15

It's been another one of those super busy weeks with very little time or energy for photography, sadly. I did go on a nice bike ride, and Zoe and I went to visit a Roman Castle, but perhaps due to the relative novelty (still) of shooting in colour, a lot of the pictures turned out pretty similar. six ride wall cloud 1 wall cloud 2 yellow field tap m »

OCOLOY Week 14

I think the colour experiment is going ok so far. I still feel good about it, although using my Capture One preset with contrasty images is proving a little challenging, and there's no shortage of those with the weather we've been having here lately. It's been interesting trying to see things in terms of more than just tones – trying to find nicely contrasting and harmonising colours, and using them as compositional elements. shoe hulk chopped chicken red seats barrier tarp salad »

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 »