Three things to talk about today.  First, Bristol has serious traffic congestion, and the new Metrobuses are aimed at helping to ease this.  These are new and very modern, double decker buses with long routes right across the city, and they are cashless, which means that you can only buy tickets online, or via your mobile phone, etc etc – you can’t actually put your hand in your pocket and pull out the filthy lucre.  This is aimed at having these buses hanging around less at their stops while the drivers give each passenger their ticket and change, and so speeding up the journeys – something which is also helped by bus only lanes on some main roads.

And because payment is digital, each bus stop must have one of these illuminated columns – looking rather like something out of the Stanley Kubrick’s film 2001: A Space Odyssey – from which you can buy tickets via debit/credit cards; and where the buses are satellite tracked, so that accurate arrival times plus other info is also available.

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

Technique: secondly, this image comes from a source I haven’t used before, its derived from using the TG-5’s RAW Data Edit facility to process a RAW image in-camera.  This uses the TG-5’s large array of ART BKT filters, or art filters – this one being the Dramatic Tone II filter.  I like the effect, but have to say that this in-camera RAW processing is far less intuitive and useful than that found on Fujifilm’s X-T2 mirrorless camera, where it is really is a significant creative tool.  Still, yet another aspect of the TG-5, a camera which I’m increasingly impressed with.

Technique: another aspect of this photo is the deep depth of focus (= depth of field), which results from the TG-5’s very small sensor – for the most part, this is a camera for those liking front to back sharpness.  This was taken at f2, where depths of field on larger sensors are very small – the TG-5 does of course have smaller apertures, up to f11 I think, but I read somewhere that these smaller apertures do NOT give increased depth of focus on the TG-5, which is an interesting phenomenon I’ve not come across before.

The first image in the Outer Suburbs series, with context, is here: 1 .  Subsequent images are here: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 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 50 51 52 53 54 53a 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 .  Each will open in a separate window.

Technique: TG-5 at 25mm (equiv); 320 ISO; in-camera processing of a RAW file, using the Dramatic Tone II art filter; followed by further processing of the resulting jpeg in Lightroom; south Bristol; 15 Feb 2019.

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. paula graham says:

    Interesting and excellent photo and article..it is the depth of field that this camera offers that holds me back for the time being…of course in this and many or your other cases it works wonders…but we must not ignore who pressed the shutter!! ha, ha


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Thank you, my good friend, and for your email too. But this is the thing: if you want a truly small, pocketable camera, then its most likely going to have a small sensor, and that means increased depth of field. Your full frame D3 is wonderful, I’m sure it gives very thin depths of field with your telezoom, and I recall you showing me a 35mm f1.2 too – ditto.

      But the increased DOF thing is even noticeable between my full frame D800 and the APS-C format Fujifilm X-T2. So I’m at one with the TG-5 not giving thin DOFs, and I use it accordingly. But there’s no getting away from its really compact and lightweight nature – for me its the camera to slip onto my pocket when I’m off anywhere and need some “photographic potential/backup” with me. A 🙂

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  2. Meanderer says:

    I like the detail and sharpness in this image – it suits the harshness (to me) of the story of these tech-friendly buses. I know I’m probably a boring old dinosaur, but whatever happened to buses for the old, the infirm, young mothers with babes in arms, cash, slow travel, consideration for those who don’t wish to live in the fast lane ………. ? 🙂 Bah humbug.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      I know what you mean about the harshness of modernity, and the soullessness too. My answer is to stay away from a lot of it, to opt out – and retirement enables me to do just that, for which I’m deeply grateful. Chin up, my friend, there are still a lot of us around! 🙂

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    • The depth of field is very good here, especially after knowing it was at f 2.


      • Adrian Lewis says:

        That’s the thing, Ted, with very small sensors like the one on the TG-5, depths of field are huge – which is a positive/negative, depending on which way you look at it! And as I say in the post, for the TG-5, I’ve read (but don’t know if its true) that DOFs are not affected by the aperture, ie DOF at f2 is the same as at f8. A 🙂

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