It’s the Easter bank holiday weekend so that means off out in the camper. My son and his girlfriend wanted to visit Colchester Zoo. Since mrs P and I have been many times we took the opportunity to visit Colchester and the costal town of Harwich. Both are steeped in history. This time round we needed a campsite to set up base. The camper is really only a two person space, although I have fed six adults on previous trips but its a little too cosy for a fully weekend sleeping 4. So out with the trusty two man pop up tent and sleeping gear. It’s was packed in a jiffy and hit the road and we arrived at the campsite on the outskirts of Colchester late Friday afternoon. Once set up cooked some diner for the four of us we left my son Rhys and Issie to sort out the tent. Mrs P and I headed into the city centre for a walk and to stretch the little tiny legs of the family dog Bunnie. Since it was getting dark there was not much opportunity to get the Fuji X-E1 fired up but it still had some low light moments. The best was to come from Harwich though.
The town centre was a little too busy for us and little Bunnie and we choose to return, on the way back passing some very grand houses along Lexton road very nice property.
I have chosen to post process with black and white again this post. I am favouring black and white more for my street work (it’s not really “street” but I don’t know what else to call it). The X-E1 performed perfectly again, the Fujinon 35mm f/1.4 lens still blows me away for sharpness and bokeh is sublime. I am becoming much more comfortable with the 50mm field of focus and the features, dials, buttons and menus really are starting to becoming second nature.
Across the estuary is the port of Felixstowe, It’s fascinating to see these huge container ships being loaded by the Jurassic dinosaur like cranes feeding the massive stomachs of the ships holds. With the wind blowing in a southerly direction you can even hear the deep drone of the ships engines idling their tummies rumbling .
A little further along is a old timber building housing the old man-wheel crane used over 100 years ago. Two large wooden wheels are housed inside where a man would stand in each and walk in the wheel operating the crane. Ingenious.
We headed inland and through the town of Dovercourt until finding the Reabout fort situated between Dovercourt and Harwich. This was a very interesting visit and I must recommend you should pay the £3 entrance fee and have a wander around and back in history in this fascinating circular building built in 1808 to protect the port town. Along with the details on the history if the building there is a plethora of all things old to take up your time. Some of the rooms were still under renovation but even these provided a super opportunity to shoot the sun beams pouring into the room.
Mrs P and Bunnie found some blossom from the cherry trees it was quite a giggle and we did receive some strange looks from passers bye as we tried to make a cool shot yep we sort of failed. It was not long before we had found our way passed old timber framed houses dating back to the 17th Century and even the house of the captain of the Mayfair back towards the seafront and the Half Penny Peer rounding off a great circular walk.
We spent the rest of the afternoon beside the beach and I had another little play with some long exposure shots but being such a sunny day even using a 10stop ISO 200 and f/16, I was not able to get more than about 5-7 sec exposures, oh well will try again another day or at least try and a more suitable time of day.