OCOLOY Week 32

Weather this week: almost entirely rainy or heavily overcast. Most of these pictures were shot at ISO 2000; the lowest was at 400, and that had to be pushed a bit in Capture One. Lens this week: Fuji 18–55mm! Yep, I decided this week I needed a break from the exclusive 35mm usage, as a sort of preview of things to come once I'm done with the OCOLOY project. The 18–55 is odd. The stabilisation I find is mostly useful for keeping the viewfinder steady when composing at 55mm; for reducing the effects of camera shake during the »

OCOLOY Week 31

Another busy week, alas not photographically: deadlines are looming at work which has left me little time or energy for taking pictures. I have, however, been spending a lot of time thinking about meaning. What do I want to say with my pictures? I feel like I'm approaching Step 4 in Andy Ilachinski's Eightfold Path Toward Self-Discovery, but it's a long hard climb to reach it. I want more out of my pictures now – I want to say something, but ... I don't know what. I enjoy making pictures, but I don't really know why I like the pictures I do. »

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 »

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 26

This week I was definitely more active than last – I made a good effort to actually take some photos every day, even if I didn't always go beyond my back garden. Saturday was perhaps the most 'adventurous', as Zoe and I went to Raveningham Country Fair. It was a little more... local than last year's Heveningham Hall fair, and simply because of the smaller scale we were able to more or less see everything in a couple of hours. I won an old Pentax 50mm f/4 macro lens on eBay on Wednesday and ordered an M42–Fuji mount adapter »

OCOLOY Week 25

I honestly don't have all that much to say this week. Here's some photos. fairground swing ride gate bolt Tabbster on the shed aircraft wing Dinky's garden tree-lined road Bungay castle Mystère mouth »

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 23

I will admit up front that I cheated just slightly with this week's post, in that a couple of the pictures aren't from the previous week's shooting, but are instead from around a month ago when Zoe and I went to a nearby forest. Still, had I been actively participating in my project at the time, I would have used those pictures, so it's not too much of a stretch. tap and blind shadows forest road forest trees cushion tie pale flowers and clover wispy cloud and roof desktop microphone »

OCOLOY Week 22

Um. So it's been a while since the previous one camera one lens post, and honestly, I've not even used my camera all that much between then and now. Time to fix that! The (completely unintentional) summer OCOLOY break is over, and I'll be posting weekly updates again, although I'm switching to posting on Monday from now on, as that lets me spend more time, on Sunday, writing the posts. This week's pictures are almost entirely from the nearby town of Beccles. I've also decided to go back to black and white, although this time without the fake grain. canopy »

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 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 19

Quite an eventful week, this one: as mentioned previously, on Friday I headed down to London for the annual company 'retreat' (actually more of a company year-in-review). It was Zoe's birthday on Saturday and my brother, who lives in Brighton, offered to let us stay at his house for the weekend, so Zoe met us in Brighton on Saturday and we had a lovely birthday meal at an Indian restaurant called The Chilli Pickle. Definitely recommended if you're in the area. And since I got plenty of photos from the weekend, I'm posting this early so I can have today »

OCOLOY Week 18

Hark at me, posting one of these on time for once! In part this is because I got up at 6 this morning, to try and get a little more used to early mornings (and consequent early nights) in preparation for Friday, when I'm heading to London for the annual company retreat. For which I need to catch the 05:42 train from Lowestoft. Rather than sit indoors trying to stay awake, I decided, since it's a lovely shiny day, to go out for a bike ride. Ever since we moved to Lowestoft I've been meaning to get some photos »

OCOLOY Week 17

Not that long ago I said I was finally getting comfortable with the 'normal' field of view, in the same way that after a year of owning an X100 I got comfortable with that camera's 'wide normal' view. I'm now also feeling a similar thing to what I felt before I caved and bought my X-E1: constraint, and perhaps boredom. Perhaps it's part of the point of this exercise, to face these feelings and then overcome them, I don't know. I do know, however, that I've been thinking more and more lately about giving in and using the perfectly fine »

OCOLOY Week 16

This was a week of locational variety! At the weekend Zoe and I went to visit her sister in Cambridge, and on Wednesday I went to London on business. Alas, it was almost exclusively business, with little time to take pictures. Still, it was good to visit somewhere different from my usual local area, even if the 3 hour train journey each way is a bit of a chore. warehouse sundown rainbow rope wet bike lake bed life ring private photographer »

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 »