OCOLOY Week 40

40 feels like a milestone, a nice round number of weeks. It's certainly a significant chunk of a year! Still, the ones I'm most looking forward to are 42 and 47, or '10 weeks to go' and '5 weeks to go', and of course weeks 51 and 52 will be rather exciting. Yesterday Zoe and I went to Norwich, and on the way home stopped by Wex Photographic's showroom to buy a Christmas present for her dad. While there I got to try the Fuji 27mm pancake on my X-E1, and it felt really nice – so compact and light, and »

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 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 »