OUTER SUBURBS 1 – PATH THROUGH MODERN HOUSING

 

 


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I take long, early morning walks – 6 miles or more at present – to keep my waistline in check >>> and then eat and drink a lot >>> and then hope I’ll remain more or less static weightwise.  Well, everyone’s got to have a lifestyle, and there’s not the slightest doubt that these route marches are beneficial, both physically and mentally.

Just recently, I’ve been taking the Olympus TOUGH TG-5 camera along.  Its small and completely out of sight in my pocket and, should I be caught in a downpour or, then again, actually want to photograph in the rain, since its a TOUGH camera its waterproof.

So I walk around south Bristol, taking pictures of anything and everything.  At the moment, I don’t quite know where I’m going with this.  It might produce pictures rather different from those I’ve done before (like the one here maybe), it might produce unattractive images, and it might lead to multiple destinations.  Or it might lead nowhere at all.  Only time will tell.

I’ve lived in south Bristol for longer than I’ve lived anywhere else in this world, and I do have some kind of feel for it – not least that it is the smaller (and often poorer) relation of the north of the city – if there’s a lot of money in (increasingly expensive and fashionable) Bristol, not much of it is down here.  Anyway, I’m going to be photographing anything and everything “down south”, at least for awhile, and I hope you’ll enjoy the results.

I’ve walked past the scene shown above many times and, on each occasion, been visually attracted by it.  What gets to me here?  Well, the drabness and lack of windows (the pink house is most welcome!), and, in the mid- to foreground, the bland, rectilinear exteriors enlivened only by the two front doorsteps, the black water pipe, the distant satellite dish and some (also very welcome!) garden spill-over.

THE OLYMPUS TOUGH TG-5 CAMERA: LIKES, DISLIKES

This camera really is small and light, and slips completely out of sight in the pocket of my jogging bottoms (not that I actually jog, you understand …).  I could wish that it didn’t have a flaming red wriststrap but, even if I don’t use the strap and drop it, its a TOUGH camera and so ought to survive the fall onto concrete etc eminently well.

What else do I like about the TG-5?  Well, it has responsive autofocus, reasonable image stabilisation, reasonable high ISO performance, a useful 25mm-100mm zoom range (full frame equivalents) and it can shoot raw files – always wishing to do at least some post-processing, I only ever shoot raw.  Also it has a very small sensor (6.17×4.55mm!!!) and so for this sort of shot gives huge depths of focus – whereas this is NOT a camera for wafer-thin planes of focus and oodles of wonderful, dreamy bokeh!

What don’t I like?  The lack of a viewfinder and an articulated screen, but then not having these advantages is all part of its bring built like a tank so as to withstand very rough treatment.  And I prefer the colours of the images produced by the Fujifilm XT cameras, but not by a huge margin.

There is the possibility that the TG-5 will be updated soon, it is (in digital terms) getting a little long in the tooth.  But I think I’ll just stick with it, and keep my money in case I get tempted by the new Nikon full-frame mirrorless cameras, which were announced on 23 August, or my Fujifilm X-T2’s update, due in the autumn possibly, to an ???X-T3???

There is an earlier, and quite different, picture from the outer suburbs here .  But this is not the way, at least at this stage, in which I see this current new series progressing.

Click onto the image to open a larger version in a separate window, and click onto that image to enlarge it further – recommended.

Technique: TG-5 at 70mm (equiv); 320 ISO; Lightroom, using the Camera Vivid film simulation; south Bristol; 17 Aug 2018.
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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.

19 Responses to OUTER SUBURBS 1 – PATH THROUGH MODERN HOUSING

  1. Meanderer says:

    I’m joining your journey with a new project belatedly, but I’m here now. I read now and again about Bristol’s cultural projects and how it seems to be a ‘happening place’, so it will be interesting to see another side of it.

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Good to have you on board!!! Well, you know old cynical me … Bristol a “happening place”? .. well maybe; but two things are for sure, its become very fashionable, and very expensive propertywise; also, it has a fashionable university, probably up there with Oxbridge I would think in the fashion stakes, and its become very much a place for foodies – eg the Harts Bakery that nourishes me. But all of this glitz is not really me, as you well know. Anyway, I live here, that’s the basic thing!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

      This new project is something of a departure, and I think I know where its going now, tho I’ve no idea how long it’ll last. A

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  2. Sallyann says:

    Pink is not a colour I usually find smiles in, but it’s forgiven completely in this instant, I imagine the splash of colour at the end of this little alleyway has turned up the corner of many a grim sort of mouth muscles. 😊

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  3. bluebrightly says:

    I like the photo, and your description of the “terroir.” It’s doubly interesting to hear a little about the camera, since it’s not one many of us have ever tried, I’d guess. And that new Nikon mirrorless – that would be a fun one to try! I feel committed to one system at this point but they have my curiosity piqued. I know if you try it, you’ll let us know. 🙂 (Yes, you’d want the adapter to be perfect, with all your Nikon lenses).

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Love terroir, tho had to google it! 🙂 Camerawise, well I don’t have a lot on money to throw around, and Nikonwise I’m not going to do anything until Amateur Photographer magazine subject the new Nikon to one of their thorough tests. Basic questions would include: top of the game autofocus? Is the adapter perfect, and seamless? Is the EVF top quality eg re refresh rate??? And then, is there going to be a Fuji X-T3, and is that going to be impressive enough? I certainly will relate all that unfolds – but it might simply be that I’m sticking with what I’ve got! 🙂

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      • bluebrightly says:

        Those questions are spot on, as we Americans beleive the Brits would say, and I’m sure they’ll be answered. The camera seems to be getting a lot of press. But then the Fuji question, that complicates things. 🙂
        Yesterday I saw an old lens in a thrift shop, photographed it and the price tag, and looked it up when I got home. The place isn’t open again until Friday, but I’m heading straight there! Hopefully it will still be on the shelf, it will fit nicely on the adapter I already have for that brand, and it won’t be too badly damaged. Online it sells for $60 and up, at the thrift shop it’s $30. A lot easier to swallow than the new Nikon price tag! (It’s a Super Takumar 28mm f3.5). 🙂 Fun to chat with you, Adrian!

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        • Adrian Lewis says:

          Oh, yes, Super Takumars, they’re Pentax lenses, aren’t they? I had a 135mm many years ago – excellent!

          And yes, you’re spot on about spot on. I can feel this civilising influence, bit like the perfume of yesterday’s boiled cabbage, drifting westwards across The Pond …… 😉 …

          OH YES – and I had a RARE bird in my garden – a Wryneck, a strange type of woodpecker, that is now migrating back to its north African winter quarters – only the second I’ve ever seen, and easily the rarest thing I’ve seen in what we Brits believe you Americans call your backyard … 🙂 🙂 🙂 ………………………………………

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  4. Nice! I like the pink hue picked up/echoed in the red colour of the nearest doorstep. It could almost be a reflection but I think it’s a red tiled doorstep. I will look forward to how the series develops and I’m interested to see what you can do with the TG5. Have a great bank holiday weekend. Best wishes, Mr C 🙂

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Many thanks, Mr C! I think its a red doorstep. Yes, just how this will develop I do not know – if it develops at all that is! A very good bank holiday to you too >>> although it looks like I might need the TG-5’s waterproofing today – although I’m not planning to go out. Adrian 🙂

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  5. All this camera lingo is Greek to me. My means of capturing the world around me is limited to my iPhone (I know you’re cringing right now) but I know what I like and I like this shot. And the ‘narrative’ of course. You always bring a smile to my face, bud. This series is going to prove interesting. Happy trails! (I think that’s a ATP thing) 😉
    XXXATPXXX

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Listen, if I write it a little differently, it could be all Italian to you, and then suddenly you’d be in a world of pixels and bokeh – fancy that, do you???

      But you’re totally wrong – 101% wrong – about me cringing at the mention of phone cameras. I’m thinking about posting re my photographic beliefs / philosophies, and one of my core things is that all that matters is the final image – how that image has been produced, and how much work has gone into it post-capture – both or these points are totally irrelevant: the end always justifies the means, at least in FATmanLand.

      I’m very happy to make you (and everyone else, for that matter) smile, Southern Belle, it is a pleasure to hear you say that. Haha! I hope the series will prove interesting – tho “interesting” covers a multitude of outcomes!!! ATP xxxXXX!!!

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      • Glad to hear you’re not against the habit-forming iPhone because I think I (mostly) do ok with it and it just ain’t that hard to figure out. I’m still trying to find out how to do night shots with a Nikon that tells me there’s not enough light ! #whatadunce

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        • Adrian Lewis says:

          Oh no, I’m not against iPhones, but I think “habit-forming” is right and, basically, I just don’t want my life to centre around any sort of mobile phone – I’m a crusty old codger? Often off the grid? I expect so, but that’s me!!! Having my life centre around tasty Belgian beer, now that’s another thing entirely …. 😉 …….

          Re the Nikon and night shots, you need to either use a tripod, and/or up it to its highest ISO, and/or fully open the aperture on its lens (the f number eg f2.8 or whatever).

          ATP xxxXXX!!!

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  6. paula graham says:

    Suitably depressing, my friend, I like it! Trust you sleep well with this impressive amount of walking.

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  7. esterkiki says:

    I checked out the new Nikon and its pretty amazing

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Yes it is >>> LOL! but its also quite expensive 😦 !!!!! But then that’s how the more upmarket Nikons are. I have two upmarket Nikon DSLRs and some lenses, and re this new mirrorless model I’m not going to even think about it until Amateur Photographer magazine puts it through their usual very full and rigorous tests. In particular, I’ll be interested to see if the adaptor for Nikon F lenses works perfectly and seamlessly, and whether the autofocus is as sharp as it is on their DSLRs. 🙂

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