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 »

OCOLOY Week 12

This week was a nice change of pace as we went up to see Zoe's parents for Easter. It's been just about a year since we were last in the North West, and although I don't really miss it, it was interesting to go back and see what, if anything, had changed (not much, it turns out). I also finally got my bike, which I'd left in the old house in Liverpool and had been meaning to get back ever since we moved down to Lowestoft. It needs new tyres and innertubes, and a good clean, but once it's fixed »

OCOLOY Week 8

I confess I was quite slack this week, not taking any photos at all until the weekend, and even then only getting out for an hour or so on a dull, cloudy evening. Still, it was good to get out for a walk over to the beach again – with the bad weather it's not really been worth it very often. I also had some more thoughts on the 'dishonesty' of adding grain to my photos even though practically speaking the source data is mostly noise-free. The key word is 'mostly': while shooting at up to around 1600 ISO results in »

OCOLOY Week 7

After a bit of a slow start Wednesday to Friday, the weekend was really productive for me: each day I went on a nice long walk up Lowestoft's main shopping precinct and high street, then back along the seafront. On Sunday the weather was cold and grey and windy whereas Saturday was bright and sunny (but still pretty cold and windy). Surprisingly though I feel like the pictures I took on the dull grey day were on the whole better than the ones taken the day after. Perhaps they suit the industrial look of the area or the bleak brutalist »

OCOLOY Week 6

This weekend Zoe and I paid a visit to Beccles, an old town a short drive away. Unfortunately the weather was rather dull, and being Sunday all the shops were shut. On the other hand, this meant the place was very quiet and peaceful. I've also been very busy at work lately, too, which has meant I've not always had the energy for making a good effort to get out and take pictures. Still, the short trip to Beccles was quite productive, so it's not all bad. dev work boot hinge papered shop antique shops have you paid and displayed »

OCOLOY Week 5

Bit of a lazy start to the week, but by Sunday I was much more active, and went on a nice walk. Sadly the weather was flat and grey, but I saw that as a challenge. Morrisons shower scrub 6P29 fragile bench wood's edge curvy hangout flags »

OCOLOY Week 4

For this week I've gone with the suggestion to stick with just one processing preset in Capture One – Robert Boyer's Tri-X +2, which is a grainy, contrasty and 'vintage' look that I really like. Admittedly, it's a bit... dishonest, perhpas? I mean, the output from the X-E1 is nowhere near as coarse-grained – the picture below shows a 100% crop comparing the normal Tri-X preset (with grain amount and granularity reduced to 10% or so) to the Tri-X +2 preset at its default: this is from 'slow country lane', below It's a bit of a conundrum really: I like the grainy »

OCOLOY Week 3

Gosh what an uninspiring week! Perhaps it's just the initial excitement of starting a New Project wearing off, or perhaps lack of sleep, but this week I really struggled to find motiviation, and on a couple of days didn't even bother to get out of the house for a walk. Sidenote: I'm still using Capture One 8 for my pictures, but I'm trying out Robert Boyer's B&W film presets, specifically Tri-X and Tri-X +2. Not sure this week's pictures really do the presets justice, although I do like the more contrasty shadows based on what I've seen so »

OCOLOY Week 2

This week was a mix of clear skies and bright winter sun, and dull overcast days where it was a struggle to find anything interesting to shoot. I'm quite pleased with my efforts to consistently go for reasonably long walks (at least 30 minutes) every day, one of which was after sunset -- I think in the future I'll try to get more pictures at night, to explore the possibilities. abandoned delivery bird bath fence post Lowestoft inner harbour beach path at night this picture, and the 'bird bath' and fence post pictures above, are all from the area around »

One Camera, One Lens, One Year: The Beginning

I've previously written about the use of my Fuji X-E1 and XF 35mm f/1.4 lens, and how it still doesn't feel completely natural. This project is, in part, an attempt to overcome that. Mike Johnston of The Online Photographer wrote a post last year specifying the details of the project, and I'm going to stick to it with one exception: instead of printing the photos, I'm going to choose one photo to work on, then output it from whatever editor I'm using (Capture One Pro 8, which I plan to stick with) and add it to a draft »