Dunwich: a walk in the woods

Taking advantage of the excellent weather we've been having lately, Zoe and I went for a walk in Dunwich Forest. We also got a bit disoriented on the way back and ended up crossing Westleton Heath, taking our distance walked to 10km. Good thing we need the exercise! »

OCOLOY Week 44

Busy at work this week, and you know what that means: not many pictures taken - few enough, in fact, that I had to scavenge some from last week to make 7. The week wasn't a total lazy-fest though, as I've started going running again, 3 times a week, using a 10K training thing on my phone. I say 'running' but at this stage it's actually 80% walking, but given how unfit I am, running for 1 minute at a time then walking for 4 minutes is plenty. »

Birmingham, grey

Zoe attended a teaching conference on Saturday, and we thought it'd be a good chance for me to take a look around the city, which I'd never been to before. The weather was unfortunately not very inspiring, and I spent a good deal of time and energy trying to find a camera shop so I could get a spare battery for my camera, as I'd forgotten to charge the current one and I seem to have misplaced my existing spare. With a bit more preparation I could perhaps have made a list of potentially interesting places to visit, and if »

OCOLOY Week 33

Much like last week, the weather this week was mostly grey and dull, making me really feel the onset of winter, and its associated emotional blues. This led me to poke around with some monochrome conversions in Capture One, and on a whim I tried a less contrasty one with a slightly brighter tone curve. I really like it, which is surprising to me because although I've often felt I should try to tone down the contrast a bit (in both mono and colour), up til now I've never really liked the results, thinking they looked too flat. The look »

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 »

Fuji 14mm brief initial impressions

I finally saved up enough to get a lens I've wanted for quite a while now: the Fuji XF 14mm f/2.8 R. This article is some of my first thoughts about the lens, in no particular order. Here's my lens family now: 14mm f/2.8, 35mm f/1.4, 18–55mm It's about half way between the 35 and 18–55 in size and weight, and balances just fine on my X-E1. It comes with a plastic hood that can also be used on the 18–55, and it's fine really, possibly a bit big but oh »

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 »

Into Darkness

I spent most of yesterday writing code, right on up until about 9pm, which left me in no frame of mind to sleep, so I decided to go for a walk to clear my head. I got a bit lost, following a road into a housing estate then on to various footpaths that crossed fields. The light was like this when I started: Getting dark, but nothing to worry about really. By the time I finally realised for certain where I was, it was more like this: Here's some more pictures from my trek into darkness. The far side of »

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 »