A trip to the seaside


  • Camera body: Fuji X-T2
  • Lenses: Samyang 12mm f2; Fuji 18mm f2
  • Filters: None
  • Tripod: Slik Professional series

Weekend before last, I drove to the south Suffolk coast with the intention of photographing the sun rising from the sea with some sort of landscape feature such as a pier or a harbour wall. This was to be an experiment and as a regular photographer of buildings, churches in particular, I wasn’t entirely sure what sort of results to expect.

I took the Samyang 12mm. I’ve used this lens many times since it was purchased new in 2018 but this has mainly been for church interiors with some church exteriors/churchyards – the results from this coupled with my Fuji digital X-T2, being slightly soft around the edges, certainly not as sharp as the Fuji 18mm f2.8 that accompanied my first Fuji X-PRO1 back in 2016. With the further frustration of no auto-focus on the Samyang.

The Samyang did, however, perform far better than expected, and seemed to excel in the warm light of a 5.30am morning at the beach. Atop the tripod with an inexpensive remote-release, I was satisfied with these results.

Southwold, Suffolk

My only frustration came from the sensor-dust which has accumulated in the X-T2 for some time – it desperately needs a clean – at higher apertures – I was shooting at 5 seconds at apertures between f18 and f22. At f22 the dust really did need some Photoshop treatment.


St. Mary's Church in Hatfield Broad Oak, Essex. was founded in the twelfth century as a house of Benedictine monks by Aubrey de Vere. Since the dissolution it has functioned as the town's parich church, a large building today it would have been significantly more prominent with extensive monastic buildings prior to the sixteenth century.
Holy Trinity Wentworth in South Yorkshire. Built in the nineteenth century and designed by J.L. Pearson, this church replaced the old Holy Trinity, the remains of which still stand in the extensive churchyard opposite.

At Mid-Kent College in the late 1980s I was more interested in my unacredited photography module than my A-level course. Ever since I've been taking photographs. I bought my first DSLR, a Canon EOS 20D in 2004 with a little bit of inheritance money – I spent it wisely. Nowadays, I use Fuji X-Pro 1 and XT-2 digital bodies with a range of lenses, a Mamiya 330 (currently sitting in the cupboard with a broken aperture ring) and a Canon A1 with a couple of solid FD-mount lenses. Early Beginnings