Fairground: closed for the evening

I'd been sitting indoors all day playing Nier: Automata and was feeling a bit guilty about it, so I went out to get some fresh air and walk around a bit. I didn't really have anything particular in mind, but decided on Lowestoft seafront as it's close by and I could hopefully get some good pictures before the sky went fully dark. Turns out the fair's in town, although at this time of the day it's closed down. »

Telephoto Oulton Broad

I've had an old Pentax-M 135mm f/3.5 for a while now - something I inherited along with a Pentax MX film SLR that sadly no longer works (the mirror is gummed up). I'm really not much of a telephoto shooter - the only other long lens I can use is my wife's Fuji XC 50-230mm, which is... well, about what you'd expect for a modern low cost plastic lens: nothing particularly special, but not terrible either. The Pentax lens isn't plastic. It feels nice and solid, despite being a fairly low-cost, consumer-focused product when it was introduced. It's »

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. »

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 »

Dunwich Heath in the evening

Summer is definitely on the way: the evenings are light for longer (sunset is around 20:00), the weather is warmer, and things are starting to grow green bits. I've visited Dunwich Heath before, earlier in the year, and although I got a nice walk out of it, I got there a little too late to get many decent photos, even with the tripod. This time though I arrived with enough time to enjoy an hour's walk before the sun set. Equipment note: all the pictures here were taking using the Fuji 50–230mm. It's a pretty nice lightweight telephoto »

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 30

Thirty! It seems like the end is in sight now, and I'm not sure how I feel about that. It's been an interesting experience being limited to one (ish) lens for so long, and having that restraint lifted... well, I'm looking forward to it if nothing else because it'll be something new. Will I start using my 18–55mm lens more again? Maybe. As much as I started out not feeling all that comfortable with the 35mm, by now it fits much better in my mind, and although I still treat it too much like an inadequate telephoto, I'm at »

OCOLOY Week 29

I made much more of an effort this week to get out and take pictures. I even got in my car and drove somewhere! (Amazing, I know) As a result, I had quite a few more pictures to choose from than in previous weeks, which of course necessitated sharpening my editing (in the selection sense) skills. This, I think, is one of the challenges of this whole project: picking a small number of really good pictures from perhaps hundreds. It gets especially tough once I've narrowed it down to 10 or so, because at that point I like all of »

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 »