Burgh Castle, and the setting sun

Yet more nice weather! Perhaps the atmosphere will be kind for this whole week while I'm off work? Once again I wanted to go out somewhere today and make the most of the shine, and so: Burgh Castle. I've been here before with Zoe but that was a long time ago and I don't even know if I posted the pictures here (if I did, I didn't tag the post properly, oops). It's an ancient Roman fort, or rather the remains thereof, and is located a few miles west of Great Yarmouth. Since it overlooks the River Waveney to the »

Gorleston, bright, breezy and hazy

It's my birthday, and the atmosphere bestowed a fine gift upon me: sunshine! Even better, it's really hazy so the light is lovely and soft. After a delicious breakfast at the Lighthouse Diner in Lowestoft, Zoe and I decided a walk around Gorleston would be a fine way to spend the morning. A quick trip back home to pick up wooly hats (very much needed, it turned out) and off we went. X-T2, 14/2.8, 35/1.4, 60/2.4 »

In the woods, overcast

Well, the nice weather lasted but one day, so now we're back to heavy overcast again, with all the dull flat light that entails. Perfect for a walk in the woods then! Ok not really, but still, I wanted to get out the house for a bit, rather than sit indoors playing Guild Wars 2 all day, so what the heck. I brought my tripod, since shooting at f/8 meant shutter speeds in the 1/6th of second range. One thing I really appreciate about the X-T2 compared to the XE1 is the tilting screen: I don't have a »

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 »

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. »

Norwich, winter sun

Autumn is almost over, with the temperatures heading well into full on winter territory - today was a mere 2° C, partly due to the clear bright sky. What it lacks in colour, winter makes up for in great light that lasts all day. Took the 18--55 out for a spin again today, and again it disappointed me. I had an idea that it was the image stabilisation that was causing the lack of sharpness, but turns out no, it really is just not that sharp, especially (and perhaps unfairly) compared to the 14, 35 and 60. Moreover, even »

Aching to return

Recently a kind soul replicated Fuji's lovely JPEG film simulations as Capture One colour profiles, and the results are magnificent. This further means I now have access to a very close approximation of Classic Chrome, which my X-E1 can't otherwise simulate. I'd tried it out a few times this past week but nothing really seemed to work that well with it. Until tonight. I was idly fiddling about with sliders in Capture One when I had an idea to make a more 'film-like' Classic Chrome preset, with grain, coarse sharpening, and no light falloff correction. I somewhat randomly picked my »

OCOLOY Week 42

Christmas and New Year are quite the schedule disruptors, as evidenced by the nearly 4 week break since the previous OCOLOY post and during that time I did quite a bit of shooting with lenses other than the 35mm. The regular weekly posting will now resume, though, and with only ten more to go! I've decided that when I finish I'm going to do a Top 10, since a 'best of each week' isn't really practical, and dividing the weeks up into months seems a bit arbitrarily limiting, since I might like several pictures from one month and none from »

OCOLOY Week 38

For some reason I'm at loss to explain, a couple of days ago I started a Week 39 OCOLOY album in Capture One, thinking I'd already done 38. I was a rather dismayed that I'd left it so late in the week, further so because of the dreary weather since then. Of course, this post being titled 'OCOLOY Week 38' shows I was mistaken, and could in fact make use of several nice pictures I took earlier in the week in considerably more aureate light, which is a relief - I'd almost resigned myself to making this an experimental post »

OCOLOY Week 37

I was getting a little worried that this week would be a washout, with the weather generally being wet and windy, but fortunately there were a few days of shine and I made an effort to use that nice light. Winter sun is probably my favourite kind of light - it combines the low and long shadows of a sunset/sunrise, but with a colder, whiter, more etherial feel. road arrow tree and walkway Norwich castle gravestones at St Stephen's House of Fraser escalator window blind shadows on towel and door Zephyr Cams abandoned factory »

Winter Sun

In case it's not obvious from previous posts, I really like the photographic opportunities winter provides. At a latitude of around 52°, by mid-December there's a mere 7 hours and 45 minutes of daylight, and the sun barely reaches 14° above the horizon, so shadows are long throughout the day. 12:30, and the sun is at its highest point of the day. With the sun so low, it's hard to see to the south. The long shadows are particularly good for bringing out the texture of things. Tracks created by a large earth-moving vehicle. The low side lighting also »

Winter Sky

One of the best things about winter, from a photographer's perspective, is the light -- the low sun makes for a an almost all-day-long 'golden hour', and when combined with the stark, leafless trees, can provide some wonderful picture opportunities. The cold weather also brings frequently gloomy skies, but every now and then the clouds clear enough for the low sun to shine through. Even with a slightly warmer tone, the impression is still one of coldness, due to the bare branches and softer, weaker light. Careful positioning of the camera can make the sun look even lower than it »