Not sure how this happened on a bank holiday Sunday, but it was quite spectacular.


Yesterday I was lucky to acquire one of my dream lenses. I've wanted a 70-200mm f2.8 since I used Nikon but I could never justify it. I found a reasonably-priced used Canon 70-200mm f2.8 II IS USM and all the other letters. I have never used a zoom over 105mm, and I'm most comfortable between 24mm and 50mm so this is a big change for me.

I walked around with it on my camera today and it's a big thing to carry. Very big. Kept knocking it on stuff. But it's so fast, and so sharp, and it gets you just close enough that you can shoot stuff that you'd otherwise spook. Especially with a setup of this size!

These photos are more just snaps to use the lens and get used to where to stand. It's quite a change from looking at the world at 24mm!

Charlotte's Birthday at The Set's Chef's Table

Charlotte has wanted to go to The Set for ages, and they do this thing they call Chef's Table, where they configure a 10 course meal to your tastes then you sit at the pass and watch them cook it. So, for her birthday, we did just that. Naturally, I brought my camera and photographed a load of it whilst drinking too many cocktails.

Wax seal crew!

Doughnut, Yarg, Onion

Baby Aubergine, Pomegranate

Tempura Kou Sai Tai, Black Sesame

Asparagus, Chive, Wild Garlic

64°C Egg, Sea Kale, Seaweed

Roasted Cauliflower, Sultana, Vadouvan

Goat's Curd Ravioli, Peas, Ground Ivy

King Trumpet, Quail Egg, Artichoke

Under their heat lamps, food looks almost angelic

White Peach, Matcha

Strawberry, Basil, Black Pepper

It was an amazing evening. When a restaurant makes food so good that even someone as irritatingly fussy as me has an enjoyable and completely stress-free meal, that's something very special. And, most importantly, Charlotte loved it, too. If you enjoy food, visit Brighton and do this.

Hot dog

Saw this terrifying 6ft hotdog for sale. Worked really hard to come up with a reason to buy it. Failed.


Tabitha spotted this, but she was talking about the guy sleeping in the front seat, not the bagged Mercedes. She'll learn.