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 »

Oulton Broad

I recently went to nearby Oulton Broad, a large lake and marshland west of Lowestoft. Luckily the weather was shiny, and although a little chilly, by the time I'd done a fair amount of walking I was plenty warm. Hopefully when the weather warms up a bit more Zoe and I will go out here for a picnic, and have a walk around the local town. The view east from Bridge Road, looking towards the rail bridge. A jetty leading towards the rail bridge. The same jetty, but viewed from the south. I'm not sure if there are still boat »

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 »

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 »

Holiday camera: Fuji X-E1 and XF 35mm

As mentioned in my Day 1 post, I took my Fuji X-E1 and XF 35mm f⁄1.4 lens to Malta for a week. I limited myself to just the one prime lens for two reasons, the main one being size and weight. The 35mm is quite a light lens, and given I spent most of my time with it in my hand (secured with a Gordy’s wrist strap), that was certainly a point in its favour. Plus, although with the hood it sticks out a bit, it’s nevertheless still small enough to easily fit in my »