Exploring the 7Artisans 25mm f/1.8

About 2 months ago, I got the 7Artisans 25mm f/1.8 lens as a Christmas present from my wife. I'd been eyeing it up for a while, wondering if a fully manual lens would really be my thing. Considering I already own the two Fuji 23mm lenses (so more or less the same focal length), I wasn't sure I really needed it. This is a remarkably inexpensive lens though: £79 from Amazon UK, so even if I didn't really get on with it, or find much use for it, it wouldn't be a huge loss. I wasn't expecting magnificence, »

Backlog: September 2018

September is when the Raveningham Country Fair takes place, so of course we took Em to see it. There's lots to see—steam engines, birds of prey, arts and crafts, and classic cars. Since she's quite mobile by this point, Em loves looking around the garden and garage. She obviously has no sense of self-preservation, so I'm always following her around and letting her explore her environment, ready to intervene if she, as entirely hypothetical examples, tries to climb a ladder or pick up a saw. The weather was still comfortable enough that walks on the beach are plenty pleasant, »

Backlog: July 2018

By July we'd finally moved in to our new house and unpacked most of our things. We'd also started to explore the town and surrounding area. Em was getting a lot more mobile now – she could crawl quite easily, and was experimenting more and more with standing up. Sometimes she'd make quite a scene of it. July also marked a long heatwave – not a cloud to be seen for weeks on end, so much so that trees and grass were dying. As the month drew to a close, the skies clouded over and the rain came at last, restoring the »

Still here: photos from Hoylake

I have been lax updating this, I know. Looking after an 18 month old really takes it out of you, such that I've not really had the motivation to write blog posts. I've still been making pictures, but for now they exist almost exclusively within my Capture One library. To break the fast, here's some pictures from Hoylake I took during a visit to Zoe's parents in Cheshire. I'll make an effort in the coming weeks to 'backfill'; it's going to take a while, of course, since there's nearly a year of photos to write posts for! »

Southwold Diptychs

The weather forecast said it'd be shiny at dawn today but that turned out not to be the case. Instead, it brightened up about 11 o'clock, so Zoe and I made the most of it and went to Southwold with Emily for a nice walk by the sea. As with yesterday I shot with the Acros +Y film simulation, and +2 highlights, +4 shadows. Generally it worked well, but there were a couple of cases where +4 shadows was too much, so I re-processed the image on-camera with +2 shadows. The result was almost all of these pairs are JPEGs »

Winter sunrise at the beach

I sleep too much, and poorly. I suspect the second thing is a result of the first, so I've resolved to try getting up earlier, since going to bed later isn't really an option as it would disturb my wife and baby daughter too much. And so! Up before dawn, although since it's winter that's not saying much; the sun doesn't rise until about half past 8. Still, it's nice to be up earlier than usual, and especially nice to be out by the sea in the fresh cold morning air. Pakefield beach isn't very far - for future morning »

Gunton burned

Not an especially aesthetically appealing day today, weather-wise, but I felt like going for a walk regardless. It's good to get out of the house now and then, get some fresh air. So, I headed out to Gunton, in the northern part of Lowestoft, starting near the North Denes caravan park. Along the seafront here there are lots of chunks of brick and concrete to break up the waves before they hit the sea wall. Further north the sea wall stops and there is just grassland and beach. And also a dead seal :( The grassland is popular with dog walkers, »

Gunton Cliffs

Had a bit of a headache, and had been sitting indoors all day, so I went for a nice walk around Gunton Cliffs. X-T2, 14/2.8, 23/2, 60/2.4 »

Short walks on the beach

Since it was a nice evening, Zoe and I decided to go for a walk on Kessingland beach. Turns out once the sun gets low enough it's not actually that warm any more, plus the early weeks of pregnancy are quite the obstacle course of nausea. So, not a particularly long walk, but a nice one nonetheless. X-T2, 23/2 Tabbster was waiting for us when we got home. »

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 »

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. »

Gorleston, a Sunday stroll

It's getting a bit wintersome now, with the sun hanging lower in the sky and vanishing over the horizon earlier and earlier. It's still fairly warm, but soon it won't be pleasant going out without a coat. It's a nice time of year, and perhaps a bit melancholic - I mourn, in a minor way, the cheer and brightness of summer, and once again feel a little shame in knowing I didn't really make the most of it while it was around. Yes, there's always next year, but what kind of attitude is that? I spent about an hour slowly »

Pakefield and Kessingland Beach and Cliffs

Just a bit south of Pakefield beach, heading towards Kessingland, there are some interesting sandstone cliffs that I'd never seen before. I didn't even know they were there until I decided on the spur of the moment to take a walk along the beach that way. These were taken with a mixture of the Fuji X100, and the Fuji X-E1 with 14mm and 60mm lenses. It's interesting using the two cameras side by side, as it makes it clear how dated the X100 is now – its electronic viewfinder is pretty grainy and not very colour-accurate, it's slow, and changing autofocus »

A walk to Lowestoft

Continuing the walking theme from last time, Zoe and I walked all the way to Lowestoft town centre and back today, a distance of just under 12 km, and taking us 2 hours 45 minutes. We're both fans of Pokémon Go, primarily since it provides some pretty good motivation to go out and walk a lot, so naturally we had it active on our phones on the way into town. Alas, location data, full screen brightness and (probably) not very efficient game code meant my phone's battery was down to 35% by the time we got there, so apart from »

Beach boat details

Yesterday the weather was hot and shiny so I went for a walk to Pakefield beach. I hadn't planned it at the time but it turns out I got a nice selection of detail shots of the various boats. »

OCOLOY Week 43

Bit of a slow week, this one, with no good pictures taken during the most of the week – all but one of this week's pictures are from my trip to Hunstanton on Saturday. I find it interesting the difference in choice of pictures for that post versus this one; I can't quite explain it but they seem less... abstract? Prettier? »

Hunstanton beach and cliffs

Hunstanton is a town on the west coast of Norfolk. It's one of the only places in the east of England where you can watch the sun set over the sea, and is home to some interesting red-and-white cliffs. The weather forecast was more promising today than last time, so I decided to drive over to Hunstanton again. The sun was shining almost all the way there, but annoyingly, clouds began to appear not long after I arrived. Still, lightly overcast certainly beats heavy overcast and freezing cold rain and wind, and the number of people on the beach compared »

OCOLOY Week 36

Somewhat chastened by my lack of effort last week, this week I resolved to try harder, resulting in two pre-work bike rides to the beach, and one nice hour-long stroll around north Lowestoft seafront which, despite the generally dull overcast weather, produced plenty of pleasing pictures. It's certainly somewhere I'll revisit, particularly on sunnier days. This is the first time in many weeks where I've had a hard time narrowing down the selection to just seven photos, which is definitely a better problem to have than struggling to even find seven photos worth showing. Also, no 14mm shot this week, »

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 »