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 »

Some X-T2 + XF23/2 black and whites

Another trip to Norwich today to get some Euros for our Malta trip on Monday. I hadn't planned on making these pictures monochrome, but rendering one of them later as black and white made me think to give all the 'good' ones the same treatment. »

More 23/2, this time in Norwich

The shiny weather continues unabated, and even felt quite warm by around 11. Since Zoe and I were going to Norwich anyway I obviously took the new lens. One thing I've noticed looking over these pictures is that I get the impression I'm using the 23 like a 35, and not taking advantage of the wider field of view. Too many flat compositions! »

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 »

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 50

Fifty! Only two more after this, the end feels so close now. I've started forming some vague ideas about what I want to do with the huge volume of photos I've accumulated over the past year (and a bit, since I stalled several times). Since most of the pictures are from within a few miles, I think I'm going to do a kind of documentary project about Lowestoft and the surrounding areas, possibly from an outsider's perspective, since I've only been here a couple of years and in that time I've not really made much of an effort to integrate. »

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 »

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 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 »