Holiday in Malta 2017, day 1

Three years after my first holiday in Malta, where I went alone, this April I went again, this time with Zoe. While it was nice the first time to not worry about anyone but myself when wandering around, it was obviously much more pleasant to have my wife with me :) Our flight out this time was fairly late - we didn't arrive in Malta until 21:00 local time, so there wasn't much opportunity for pictures, and obviously we were fairly tired by then. On the plus side, we didn't have to get up at 5:00, so it was »

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! »

Fuji 23mm f/2 first impressions/rambling

When I got my first Fuji interchangeable lens camera, the X-E1, almost four years ago, I got it with the Fuji 35m f/1.4 lens, which I didn't initially get along with. Prior to that I'd been using a Fuji X100 for almost two years, and it was quite uncomfortable at first going from a 23mm lens to a 35mm. The latter felt constricting, and I never seemed to have enough vertical space, meaning I felt pressured to hold the camera in portrait orientation more than I'd like. To remedy this discomfort I eventually embarked upon a One Camera, »

Carlton Marshes in winter

As mentioned in the previous two posts, the atmosphere has been conspiring against me. New camera, no good light for taking pictures. Well! Today that all changed, as finally the sun came out at the same time I had the opportunity to actually go out and make the most of it! Hurrah! Carlton Marshes is a nature reserve I've been to before, but until now have never managed to really make any pictures there worth showing to anyone. It's a really nice place, albeit very muddy at this time of year. It also really highlights just how flat this part »

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. »

Southwold in winter

I thought we might get lucky with the weather today, and manage to get some nice shiny winter pictures in the Suffolk seaside town of Southwold, but although it was sunny on the drive there, as we arrived the clouds moved in and flattened all the light. Still, it's kind of an appropriate aesthetic, the grey overcast weather reflecting the unbusy nature of a seaside town in winter. Took the 18–55 again, in the vague hope it'd work better on the X-T2. Nope. I really should just sell it, I'm never satisfied with the results; the primes have spoiled »

30-day photo challenge, day 1

I guess 'challenge' isn't the right word really, more of an inspiration: this is a list of photo idea prompts for the next 30 days, which I saw on Rinike's blog. Self-portrait What you wore Clouds Something green After dark Obsession Changes to come Routine Someone you love Childhood memory Something blue Sunset Cannot live without Eyes Silhouette A good habit Technology Your shoes Something you want In my bag Faceless self-portrait Inspirational Patterns Animal Strangers Close-up Celebration Flowers Black & white Self-portrait I'll post the first picture today but after that, to avoid spamming the posts list I'll wait »

Kessingland, winter 2

After my previous outing to Kessingland, whereupon I entirely failed to reach the beach, I decided another visit was in order. I ended up going twice, but the first was a bit of a let-down as the weather was dull and grey. Fortunately the second time was more successful, with lovely low winter sun for the majority of the outing. Fuji X-E1, XF 60/2.4, XF 35/1.4 and XF 14/2.8 »

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 »

Christmas in the North-West

As has been traditional, Zoe and I went to stay at her parents' house this Christmas. As is also traditional, I managed to be ill for most of it, having caught a cold off Zoe and suffered rather worse from it than she did. Still, I did manage to get out a couple of times to take some pictures in nice light. West Kirby pictures taken with Zoe's Fuji X-M1 and XC 16--50 because I forgot to bring my own camera. »

Kessingland, winter 1

Although we live fairly close to Kessingland, and have driven past it numerous times on the way to places like Dunwich, I'd never actually gone into the town. Today I decided to rectify that, although I didn't stay for as long as I'd have liked, so a return visit will be in order. Fuji X-E1, Fuji 14/2.8, 35/1.4 and 60/2.4. »

Ely: town

Yesterday Zoe went to a teaching conference in Ely, Cambridgeshire and I decided to go with her and take photos around town while she was getting her learn on. I've split this into two parts: town and river. Fuji X-E1, Fuji 14/2.8 and 35/1.4. »

Via London

Yesterday I had to go to London on business, so obviously I took my camera (the X100 this time) and spent some of my lunch break and some time after work taking pictures. »

Gorleston, town

The second set of pictures from yesterday's wander around more-than-just-the-seafront of Gorleston. I still haven't ventured fully into the town centre (I think? maybe I have and this really is all there is to it and if I keep going I'll be in Great Yarmouth); perhaps next weekend! Shall try taking my X100 then, perhaps with X-E1 and 14 and 60mm lenses as backup. I hope the future Fuji 50mm f/2 lens has no distortion. I don't like distortion, even though I leave it uncorrected. Probably I am silly in this regard. And then the sun came out! For »

Gorleston, see the sea

Doesn't feel like a week since my last wander around Gorleston seafront, and the weather was not so shiny this time, hence the black and white. This is kind of the first of two vaguely related posts; I took them on the same day, but more than that they both sort of illustrate aspects of Gorleston in a non-glamorous way. Used the 18–55 again. Still don't like it. That accursed dust spot :( »

Gorleston, a Sunday stroll

It's getting a bit wintersome now, with the sun hanging lower in the sky and vanishing over the horizon earlier and earlier. It's still fairly warm, but soon it won't be pleasant going out without a coat. It's a nice time of year, and perhaps a bit melancholic - I mourn, in a minor way, the cheer and brightness of summer, and once again feel a little shame in knowing I didn't really make the most of it while it was around. Yes, there's always next year, but what kind of attitude is that? I spent about an hour slowly »

Signs

I took my car for its MOT this morning and since it was a nice day, I went for a nice morning walk with my Fuji X100 while I waited, and this time made an effort to use the optical viewfinder, to see if I could like it. It's ok, I guess? I still prefer a good electronic viewfinder (the X100's is barely adequate), but I could get used to it if I had to, I think. Mostly it just feels like ... shooting blind, strangely enough. I can see the world better, but I can't see my photograph as well »

Oulton Broad Boats, and lens/camera musing

Since the weather was lovely this evening I went for a walk around Nicholas Everitt Park in Oulton Broad with my X-E1 and 18–55mm lens. This was also to satisfy some curiousity I had about the lens: have I been too dismissive of it in the past? (I've never really enjoyed using it.) The lens gets a lot of praise, being sharper and faster than the average kit lens, and better-built too. Thing is, I just find myself unable to get excited by it, compared to the 60mm macro, 14mm and 35mm f/1.4. I know this isn't »

The Peak District: Shatton Hall Farm

For this trip we stayed at Shatton Hall Farm Cottages, converted farm buildings turned into holiday accomodation. The houses are at the end of a narrow lane near Bamford, and the scenery is lovely. On Sunday morning we were lucky enough to get some fog still lingering around even at 9 o'clock, so I didn't have to get up too early! Once again, a mix of mostly 14mm and 60mm. »