Summer streets of London

My work held its annual "let's all see how we did this year" meetup thing recently, except this one was much shorter than in previously, running only from 13:00 to 16:00. This meant a) I could get up at a normal time, since my train was at 7:30 and not, like, 5:00 or something ridiculous, and b) I could have a bit of time afterwards to explore London while I waited for my 19:00 train. My colleague/friend Adam, a (more or less) local of the area, knew of some potentially interesting places to see, »

Telephoto Oulton Broad

I've had an old Pentax-M 135mm f/3.5 for a while now - something I inherited along with a Pentax MX film SLR that sadly no longer works (the mirror is gummed up). I'm really not much of a telephoto shooter - the only other long lens I can use is my wife's Fuji XC 50-230mm, which is... well, about what you'd expect for a modern low cost plastic lens: nothing particularly special, but not terrible either. The Pentax lens isn't plastic. It feels nice and solid, despite being a fairly low-cost, consumer-focused product when it was introduced. It's »

Heveningham Hall Country Fair

Last weekend, the 12th and 13th of July, the Heveningham Hall Country Fair was held. It sounded like a fine day out so Zoe and I went on the Sunday. We were quite fortunate with the weather – although it was raining pretty hard on the way, making driving along some single-track country roads somewhat more exciting than usual, by the time we reached the Fair the skies had cleared somewhat, giving way to a humid heat. The trip was also an excellent chance for me to try out my Voigtländer 25mm f⁄4 Snapshot-Skopar (not made any more, having »