Stormy skies

Storms are great for generating dramatic skies: the mix of dark clouds and bright, sunlit sky behind has something magical about it. »

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. »

Gunton burned

Not an especially aesthetically appealing day today, weather-wise, but I felt like going for a walk regardless. It's good to get out of the house now and then, get some fresh air. So, I headed out to Gunton, in the northern part of Lowestoft, starting near the North Denes caravan park. Along the seafront here there are lots of chunks of brick and concrete to break up the waves before they hit the sea wall. Further north the sea wall stops and there is just grassland and beach. And also a dead seal :( The grassland is popular with dog walkers, »

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 »

Lowestoft and cloudy

It had been a "mostly cloudy" kind of day, but the occasional break for some sunlight gave me hope so I went for a wander around Lowestoft pier and waterfront. Alas, almost no sun. Plenty of rocks and rust though! »

Lowestoft town centre, December

It feels a lot less than two years since a previous "winter sun" post, my goodness how time flies. These are all from a couple of days ago when I visited town to arrange a new pair of glasses, since I lost one of the lenses in my old pair and besides, I suspected my eyesight had got worse (confirmed). New pair won't arrive for up to two weeks though, as I wanted the lenses that help when working on computer screens (slightly yellow tint). Shall have to endure in the meantime. So winter sun. Love it, although it's a »

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 »

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 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 34

Rather last-minute this week, but what a productive minute it was! During the week the weather had once again been meh, and so had my motivation, but with Sunday came fog. Fog is always great for creative inspiration, I think because it's so rare, and so there's a novelty factor involved. no access gate tatters on barbed wire Hamilton Road bus stop gas towers gas valves tree and foggy jetty life ring on sea wall foggy wind turbine »

OCOLOY Week 20

This week is a bit of an odd one out, for two reasons. First of all, some of these pictures are shot with my X100, which right away goes against the 'one camera, one lens' idea. I was checking to ensure it still worked properly since I was sending it to my brother, so I took it out on Saturday when Zoe and I went into Lowestoft town centre. I'd forgotten how ... not great that camera's EVF is – dim and grainy, even compared to the XE-1's merely ok one. It was enough to make me prefer the optical viewfinder, which »

OCOLOY Week 9

There are clearly not enough pictures of cats on the internet so this week I took some more. flag texture shed roof coin jar ornate shadow The Junction playground wobbler dry flower buds »

OCOLOY Week 7

After a bit of a slow start Wednesday to Friday, the weekend was really productive for me: each day I went on a nice long walk up Lowestoft's main shopping precinct and high street, then back along the seafront. On Sunday the weather was cold and grey and windy whereas Saturday was bright and sunny (but still pretty cold and windy). Surprisingly though I feel like the pictures I took on the dull grey day were on the whole better than the ones taken the day after. Perhaps they suit the industrial look of the area or the bleak brutalist »

OCOLOY Week 2

This week was a mix of clear skies and bright winter sun, and dull overcast days where it was a struggle to find anything interesting to shoot. I'm quite pleased with my efforts to consistently go for reasonably long walks (at least 30 minutes) every day, one of which was after sunset -- I think in the future I'll try to get more pictures at night, to explore the possibilities. abandoned delivery bird bath fence post Lowestoft inner harbour beach path at night this picture, and the 'bird bath' and fence post pictures above, are all from the area around »

Winter Sun

In case it's not obvious from previous posts, I really like the photographic opportunities winter provides. At a latitude of around 52°, by mid-December there's a mere 7 hours and 45 minutes of daylight, and the sun barely reaches 14° above the horizon, so shadows are long throughout the day. 12:30, and the sun is at its highest point of the day. With the sun so low, it's hard to see to the south. The long shadows are particularly good for bringing out the texture of things. Tracks created by a large earth-moving vehicle. The low side lighting also »