OCOLOY Week 48

All this week I've felt like this OCOLOY post was going to be pretty good, as I made a decent effort to get out with my camera several times and got some nice pictures as a result. I would have written this on time, too, except I got distracted by my shiny new printer, a Canon Pro-10S. It's an A3 pigment ink printer, and it's lovely – already I've gone through most of a 50 pack of PermaJet matte paper I bought with it. I was a little concerned at first that the colours seemed a bit dull, but it turns »

OCOLOY Week 47

Following on from marriage on Tuesday, Zoe and I went on a small honeymoon to a country house hotel in northern Norfolk, courtesy of her sister. It was a little dark by the time we got there, thanks to some roadworks delaying us by half an hour on the way, but we still had time to enjoy a lovely walk around the large National Trust park behind the hotel. »

OCOLOY Week 45

Quite a 'close to home' week, this one, in that I didn't really venture any further afield than Lowestoft, at least not anywhere photographically interesting. There industrial estate near Beccles where we went for breakfast, at a café called Posh Pigs, might have borne some fruit, if the weather was nicer and we'd had more free time to spend there, so it might be worth a return trip (even if just for the food!). The weather's also not been quite as cold lately, so I may see about another trip to Dunwich forest. »

OCOLOY Week 44

Busy at work this week, and you know what that means: not many pictures taken - few enough, in fact, that I had to scavenge some from last week to make 7. The week wasn't a total lazy-fest though, as I've started going running again, 3 times a week, using a 10K training thing on my phone. I say 'running' but at this stage it's actually 80% walking, but given how unfit I am, running for 1 minute at a time then walking for 4 minutes is plenty. »

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? »

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 »

Birmingham, grey

Zoe attended a teaching conference on Saturday, and we thought it'd be a good chance for me to take a look around the city, which I'd never been to before. The weather was unfortunately not very inspiring, and I spent a good deal of time and energy trying to find a camera shop so I could get a spare battery for my camera, as I'd forgotten to charge the current one and I seem to have misplaced my existing spare. With a bit more preparation I could perhaps have made a list of potentially interesting places to visit, and if »

Documentary photography in Tyria

A series of pictures using screenshots from the game Guild Wars 2 as their base, processed to look like grainy black and white film photos. Ash Tribune quarters, Black Citadel Breachwater Lake, Diessa Plateau Dreamdark Enclave, Caledon Forest Monument Grounds, Blazeridge Steppes Pyrite Peninsula, Malchor's Leap Ruins of Rin, Black Citadel ruins of the Cathedral of Zephyrs, Malchor's Leap Sentinel stronghold at Tenaebron Lake, Fields of Ruin Gillfarn Pond, Fields of Ruin »

OCOLOY Week 39

I said last week that I was going to think about using a 'Fuji Neopan 1600' emulation for processing this week's pictures. I decided to go ahead with this, and quite early on realised it'd mean having to keep it in mind when shooting, as it has a particular contrast and colour response that's quite... 'opinionated'. The usual preset I use has a more subtle aesthetic, and suits quite a wide variety of scenes, but this Neopan one certainly stamps a kind of grungy reportage feel on to the pictures. I'm not sure I want to keep using it, primarily »

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 »

OCOLOY Week 35

Oh dear. This week was mostly a disappointment, photographically, as I spent almost no time out taking pictures. The short time I did spend at Oulton Broad yesterday with Zoe did prove fruitful, though - the last picture in particular I really like, and that somewhat makes up for the rest of the week's mediocrity. So few little time did I spec with the camera, in fact, that this week I only have 4 pictures worth showing, and one of those was from last week (I didn't include it at the time because it didn't really fit the fog theme »

OCOLOY Week 34

Rather last-minute this week, but what a productive minute it was! During the week the weather had once again been meh, and so had my motivation, but with Sunday came fog. Fog is always great for creative inspiration, I think because it's so rare, and so there's a novelty factor involved. no access gate tatters on barbed wire Hamilton Road bus stop gas towers gas valves tree and foggy jetty life ring on sea wall foggy wind turbine »

OCOLOY Week 33

Much like last week, the weather this week was mostly grey and dull, making me really feel the onset of winter, and its associated emotional blues. This led me to poke around with some monochrome conversions in Capture One, and on a whim I tried a less contrasty one with a slightly brighter tone curve. I really like it, which is surprising to me because although I've often felt I should try to tone down the contrast a bit (in both mono and colour), up til now I've never really liked the results, thinking they looked too flat. The look »

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 »

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 23

I will admit up front that I cheated just slightly with this week's post, in that a couple of the pictures aren't from the previous week's shooting, but are instead from around a month ago when Zoe and I went to a nearby forest. Still, had I been actively participating in my project at the time, I would have used those pictures, so it's not too much of a stretch. tap and blind shadows forest road forest trees cushion tie pale flowers and clover wispy cloud and roof desktop microphone »

OCOLOY Week 22

Um. So it's been a while since the previous one camera one lens post, and honestly, I've not even used my camera all that much between then and now. Time to fix that! The (completely unintentional) summer OCOLOY break is over, and I'll be posting weekly updates again, although I'm switching to posting on Monday from now on, as that lets me spend more time, on Sunday, writing the posts. This week's pictures are almost entirely from the nearby town of Beccles. I've also decided to go back to black and white, although this time without the fake grain. canopy »

OCOLOY Week 20

This week is a bit of an odd one out, for two reasons. First of all, some of these pictures are shot with my X100, which right away goes against the 'one camera, one lens' idea. I was checking to ensure it still worked properly since I was sending it to my brother, so I took it out on Saturday when Zoe and I went into Lowestoft town centre. I'd forgotten how ... not great that camera's EVF is – dim and grainy, even compared to the XE-1's merely ok one. It was enough to make me prefer the optical viewfinder, which »

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 »