Fuji 14mm at the beach

Strictly speaking I shouldn't be doing this. The rules state that one should only use a single lens for the year, and I chose the Fuji 35mm f/1.4, yet here I am dallying with the 14mm f/2.8. In my defence, I like to think I've been photographing for long enough now that maybe I don't need to stick quite so rigidly to what is essentially a learning exercise. I'm still primarily shooting with the the 35, but I think I'll start running a side project simultaneously where I include one 14mm shot in each OCOLOY post. »

OCOLOY Week 18

Hark at me, posting one of these on time for once! In part this is because I got up at 6 this morning, to try and get a little more used to early mornings (and consequent early nights) in preparation for Friday, when I'm heading to London for the annual company retreat. For which I need to catch the 05:42 train from Lowestoft. Rather than sit indoors trying to stay awake, I decided, since it's a lovely shiny day, to go out for a bike ride. Ever since we moved to Lowestoft I've been meaning to get some photos »

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 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 »

Covehithe

Covehithe is a tiny hamlet a short way south of Lowestoft, home to a partially ruined church, some houses, some pig farms, a beach, and not a lot else. Since it's not far from where we live, Zoe and I decided to visit one afternoon in late summer. St. Andrew's Church Rear graveyard, with room for expansion The path to the beach runs past the pig farms. Bird sanctuary. Cliffs, subject to significant erosion. »

Fog in the Morning

It’s not often we get fog like this in the morning, so I felt compelled to take advantage of it with a nice walk to the beach before work. Office building in front of our local water tower It’s quite an odd experience walking on a foggy beach. Despite the fog, I still saw a few people walking their dogs, and heard several more. Memorial for World War I »

Pakefield Beach

My fiancée Zoe and I moved house recently, to Carlton Colville, a small suburb south of Lowestoft, and one of the nicest things about it is that it’s only a short walk to the beach in nearby Pakefield. The view south along Pakefield beach Zoe took this picture of me on the steps down to Pakefield beach The beach is very well-maintained, qualifying for a Blue Flag, and as part of that, dogs are not allowed on it during the peak tourist season. In case you miss the other sign Cycling is also prohibited on the promenade (and presumably »