Harwich and Colchester

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.

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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.

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Mrs P and I had a giggle on the way back.

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This is a 18th century version of the services if your traveling by coach and horses.

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We had a good night sleep and up early dropping off my son Rhys and his girlfriend Issie for the day at the Zoo and Michelle and I headed off to historic Harwich for the day.

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Fist up and the start of our 5mile circular walk is the Half Penny peer. It’s a cute dog legged peer and very popular for the fishermen.

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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 .

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We headed south following the East Sussex path passing the small but perfectly formed beach.

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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.

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We continued along the coast passed some World War Two barracks and around the headland passing the 1/2 mile long breakwater to the next bay and on to the of the town of Dovercourt.

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As alway the seaside is a touch harsh on anything man made a street of beach huts showed their battle scars.

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Little Bunnie had a great time on the beach but soon longed to be heading back inland for the green grassy fields.

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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.

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We finally left the Fort and headed back to Harwich and the coast passing the beautifully designed light house.

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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.

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2 thoughts on “Harwich and Colchester

  1. Some fine images you present us again Simon, for my own likings is the field of view of the 35 mm a bit too restricted. But fine job you’re doing with it.
    This weekend I picked up the X100s with a more comfortable anglewidth 🙂

    Grtz,

    Alain

    1. Thanks Alain. It’s certainly a challenge shooting at 50mm equivalent. I’m still undecided on my preferred length and field of view. I have to stop myself pulling out the X100 to save the day on the landscape shots. Congrats with your X100s. I hope you enjoy it. I have a feeling my project will have a second year of 1camera1lens but shooting only at 35mm for a year. If I can’t choose after that I should give up photography lol.
      Regards.

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