Phew!!! >>> well!!! >>>  the first of these Going To Work images was posted way back on 23 July 2016, and I never thought this series would still be ongoing!  The pictures have received some favourable words along the way, and for those I’m very grateful – simple fact is, such opinions provide encouragement, they help me to keep on keeping on with photography generally >>> so >>> thank you!

Where is this series going now?  Well, as usual, I’ve no idea.  I’ll just see what comes up.  But two points to make.

First, this series has been significantly facilitated by the portability of the Fujifilm X-T1 and X-T2 cameras – I take only one of these cameras and one lens with me on my long walks around the city, and they are eminently compact and portable.  I’ve also used the heavier Nikon DSLRs once or twice – and there’s getting away from the fact that for pinpoint focus in situations with very poor light and/or movement, these bigger DSLRs (D700 and D800) have the edge. But, camera portability is certainly a factor, and especially so for a no-longer-so-young(!) person like me.

And then second, maybe my having retired (nearly 5 years ago now) has allowed me to get outside of the “work ethic”, necessary as it is in any society, and to stand back from it a bit.  Maybe being on the outside looking in – after all those decades spent on the inside looking out –  has produced a more detached perspective.  And so to early mornings photographing the city rush hour, and the thought that five days on and two off each week – and a life outside of work to lead too –  can be quite a punishing schedule.

And so to this picture.  Just before sunrise, I was on a traffic island in the middle of the busy dual carriageway below Temple Meads railway station, leaning back against a street light to steady the camera and watching the steamy windows of the towering double-decker buses as they arrived with their cargoes of inbound workers.  Several buses would arrive at once, and so to firing off quick series of single shots (rather than motorised bursts) before waiting for the next gaggle of buses to pull ponderously in.  I looked along the windows on the upper deck of a bus, this woman’s red coat caught my eye, I took one shot, she looked at me and I fired again. 

Technique: the light was dismal – 6400 ISO, 1/45th second with the 305mm lens wide open at f4.8 – but the image stabilisation (+ leaning on the street light!) held it steady.  One thing about these mirrorless cameras is that, since they do not have a mirror, there is no vibration as the mirror moves during an exposure (mirror slap) and so they can take sharper pictures at lower shutter speeds than DSLRs.

Earlier images from this series can be found here: 1, 2, 3, 45, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 1213, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 2324, 25, 26, 27, 28,  29, 30,  31,  32, 33  34  35  36 37  38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45  46 47 48 49 .  Each will open in a separate window.

Clicking onto this image will open a larger version in a separate window, and clicking onto that will further enlarge it.

Technique: X-T2 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 305mm (equiv); 6400 ISO; Lightroom, using the Velvia/Vivid film simulation; Temple Gate, in Bristol City centre; 2 Feb 2018.


About Adrian Lewis
Photographer working in monochrome, colour and combinations of the two - with a great liking for many types of subject, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous in my photography, trying new ideas and working in many genres. And I'm fond of Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.


  1. This is simply fantastic. Each of the three people is in his or her own world. And the red! And of course the expression on the woman’s face. Congratulations on your anniversary, Adrian. Nice to know that mirrorless cameras can work in less light than my DSLR. Another reason to keep thinking about one.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Well, I use the D700 and D800, Nikon fullframe DSLR’s, alongside my mirrorless cameras, and I think these DSLR’s just have the edge in very poor light. But the mirrorless cameras are not far behind – and since they have no mirrors, there is less vibration when they take pictures. Thank you for liking the photo so much. A 🙂


  2. Malin Ellisdotter says:

    Great work, Adrian. Very well seen!


  3. bluebrightly says:

    This is a beauty, Adrian, and it’s nice to have the background you provided. What a fabulous expression, and such color!
    I hear you about having a different perspective after having retired. It’s only been one year for me, and I’m still getting used to certain aspects. Overall I adjusted very easily, but recently I realized that I automatically plan shorter vacations because I feel like I have to get back – so ingrained is the idea that the vacation break is short and I must get back to work. Gee, I realized, there’s really no reason to feel this pressure to cut it short! Funny how long that one took to sink in.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Oh yes, working life habits become ingrained and hard to break, maybe I still have one or two – I miss my job’s intellectual challenges, writing code for vast central government children’s social care returns, having to find my way through vast amounts of detail and data. BUT, having said that, and having now been retired almost 5 years, maybe I don’t have those skills so sharply any more – or maybe it would take one hell of an effort to get back to that ability level. I don’t think I yearn after all that effort!!!

      Very glad you like the picture. I’m going to slow down a bit on the blogging for awhile, as I have two other major things to do – I’ll be posting about this. A 🙂


  4. She looks like she’s posing for a modern version of the Mona Lisa. Great capture, bud. She’s either displeased with you or striking her more serious side for her photo shoot. 😉

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Yes, the Mona Lisa pose occurred to me too – tho I’m certainly no Leonardo!!!! Using a long telephoto, I was actually quite a long way away in the dawn’s gloom, but you may still be right about the displeasure! ATP xxxXXX!!!

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  5. I do enjoy this series! Striking photo!


  6. A great addition to the series, Adrian! There is a lot to like about this image: the red coat, the softness of her face, her seat companion looking glum–all working together very nicely. Congrats on sticking with a theme!


  7. paula graham says:

    Like all that went before in this excellent series: …another topper.


  8. papershots says:

    looks like the woman is from another age…


  9. Rupali says:

    Congratulations for the spirit and I certainly agree with you on camera portability, it is rather a major factor, even for people like me who like to take long walks on regular basis.


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