All posts by TonyColeby

Freelance commercial photographer working in the East of England and London. Making unique images to promote authors and musicians. Loves nature and landscapes. Has a burning passion for alternative music of all kinds and sometimes writes words to prove it.

Early Autumn in Norfolk

I consider myself very lucky to live on the doorstep of on the nicest parts of the country. North (and West) Norfolk begin but a stone’s throw away from my front door and offer some truly breathtaking and inspiring views for those seeking to escape the hustle and bustle of the South East. Not that I want everyone to flock there of course. Taking a diversion from any of the main roads even on a busy Saturday offers up scenes like this.

Early Autumn Colours in Nordelph, Norfolk
Early Autumn Colours in Nordelph, Norfolk

Now the eagle eyed amongst you may have noticed that my favourite lens to shoot with is often a wide or even ultra wide. I love taking in the entirety of a scene and getting a large depth of field. The distortion too lends itself very well to my particular style. Yesterday though I left that particular piece of glass behind in favour of a 50mm lens, namely the Sigma 50mm macro. The idea was to get my out of my comfort zone and get me looking at little more detail. It certainly did that and forced me to alter my composition as well as adjust for a reduced depth of field.

Favourite Pace in a Favourite Place (Autumn Scene near Wighton in North Nortfolk)
Favourite Pace in a Favourite Place (Autumn Scene near Wighton in North Nortfolk)

The drive across Norfolk (if dual carriageways and main A roads are avoided) is a little treat I indulge in regularly. Twisty country lanes soon give way to hilly straight stretches where it is easy to feel one is in another country altogether. In fact my wife who grew up in Northern Germany says that when the countryside between Fenland and Norfolk is very reminiscent of scenes from those Niedsersachsen and Friesland.

Private Garden In Wells Next the Sea
Private Garden In Wells Next the Sea

One of the benefits of bringing a smaller prime lens with me like this is that the camera fits (just about!) into the glove compartment, meaning it’s easier to reach for when a view steals my heart.

Pumpkins for Sale
Pumpkins for Sale

The destination this time was Wells next the Sea, a charming seaside town which is set a short distance from the actual coast itself. But as is often the case, the journey is what makes the memories for me and I am loathe to take the same snapshot as every other camera wielder who’s been there. These few photos are my lasting impressions of the day.

TC

PS: prints and products of the main image are for sale on FineArtAmerica with other Norfolk Landscape Photography.

Who is this Tony Coleby Bloke then?

Yeah, who is Tony Coleby and why should I care?

Well I can’t be sure. Maybe you’re looking for a photographer in Cambridgeshire. Maybe you know me and didn’t believe I was actually a photographer. Well ha! I am, see – look around I did all this stuff. Maybe you ended up here randomly. In which case hello! Come in, sit down, would you like a cup of tea?

If my wife were to describe me she’d say, “What now?” If pressed with “Yes it’s for the blog!” she’d say, “Fine. OK he’s this bloke, he takes photos. He sometimes writes stuff. He’s probably not as funny as he thinks he is. He’s REALLY into light in a big way. It’s his favourite thing apart from music.”

This is the part of the site I will use as an aside for my thoughts on photography and indeed art in general. I will share some tips and tricks too as well as some primers on digital photography being as I am a sometime tutor on these matters. I will also share some of the images I have produced in my forays off the beaten path of my years as a working photographer and hobbyist as well.

Gloomy Saturday at King's Cross ©Tony Coleby 2016
Gloomy Saturday at King’s Cross ©Tony Coleby 2016