12 Images of 2016

Twelve favourite images from 2016; an unforgettable year of travel that took us to Norway’s Lofoten Islands, the Isle of Harris in Scotland, and the Himalaya of Nepal, but begins with two shots of my home county of Yorkshire, England. In order taken … click on a the image to see the bigger picture … 1. Hole of Horcum, North…

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Leeds Dock with the RX1Rii

Waking up at 5am to a promising sunrise, I finally got my act together and headed into work to take some images of Leeds Dock and Sky’s Shiny New Technology Campus. The sunrise didn’t quite materialise but the quality of the early morning light combined with the stillness of the water made the early start…

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After Dark in London with the Sony Rx1rii

Last night I got a chance to try out the Sony RX1rII after dark. I had a hour or so max to scurry around with a tripod so apologies for the lack of creativity. Though the shots lack some artistry, in terms of the performance of the camera I’m impressed. Clean as a whistle and…

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Night Time at Sky 3 with the Sony RX1rII

This week I got to move into our stunning new building at Leeds Dock. It’s a cool workplace designed bottom up for the development teams, and with Sky 2 and the soon to open Sky 1 it demonstrates Sky’s commitment to building a world class technology campus in Leeds. The building really comes alive when the…

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Rubbish Waterfall @ The Leeds RERF

Well not quite a rubbish waterfall, more litter-ally (get it?) a rubbish fall! After spending the past year or more following the construction of the Leeds Refuse Recycle & Energy Recover Facility (RERF for short) from the outside, I was invited inside by the French architects, S’PACE, to take some shots of its inner workings. Whilst the…

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The Leeds RERF Re-visited – Sigma DP1 Merrill

After a 3 month gap I headed back to the RERF, curious to see how it was taking shape.  It’s now looking pretty complete; the innards are cloaked by the its outer shell, at night it glows on the horizon, and as I was passing the other day I was sure I saw smoke rising from the chimney.…

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Cloudscapes (Leeds RERF Part 7) – Sigma Merrill

Ok, lets not kid ourselves, I’m bored with the RERF, you’re bored with the RERF, the people building it are probably sick to death of the place, so why the heck I’m writing yet another RERF related blog post I’ve no blinking idea, let alone why I went back in the first (or more like…

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Mountains in the City

It’s many long miles and multiple hours to the nearest hills of significance; a plane trip to reach Swiss alpine heights, hanging valleys and high passes; and half a world away to stand in Nepal or Tibet, to gaze at Everest; but only 15 minutes to find man made mountains and river valley’s in the City, complete…

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Leeds – Reflections of a City

The city’s reflective surfaces conjure up cubist abstracts out of the age old reality, unfamiliar images of familiar places, and unique perspectives on established scenes. Who needs Photoshop when you’ve a puddle or a window! The reflection in office window creates an abstract view of Tower Works. The original scene looking towards Tower Works. Bridgewater Place, reflected in one of…

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The Build Continues – Leeds RERF Part 6

It was back in November when I first discovered the RERF and used it to review the Quattro DP1. https://richardjwallsblog.wordpress.com/2014/11/16/sigma-quattro-dp1-comparison-1-the-rerf-cross-green-leeds/ Six months later my mission to chart the build continues; though with it’s innards mostly hidden behind plastic and metal, its fascination is diminishing and my enthusiasm is waning. Still to me it’s unique shape and…

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An Evening Out with the Sigma Merrill – Leeds RERF Part 5

With the nights growing lighter and the RERF inner workings quickly being clad in wood and plastic, it was time take time out and capture it glowing the in the twilight, lit by street lamps and internal lights. I’d not used the Merrill’s before for night time shooting so was interested in their capability, and in general…

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Travels with the Sigma Merrill – Leeds RERF Part 4

The RERF, in Leeds, continues to take shape, and continues to be a great subject at which to point the DP3 Merrill. I’m not sure the clever chaps at Foveon and Sigma would have listed industrial landscapes on their design specification for the Merrill sensor but I’m hard pressed to think of a better subject…

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Travels for the Sigma Merrill – Peak District Lime Works

For the record I’ve no real interest whatsoever in lime, or for that matter lime works, as long as they don’t eat up too much of the Peak District countryside … but the lime works down the lane from Parkhouse Hill looked like an interesting subject to point the Sigma DP3 Merrill at. And here’s the…

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Travels with the Sigma Merrill – Leeds RERF Part 3

Ok, so now it’s becoming a worrying obsession. The RERF continues to take shape, and as I drive to the climbing wall, and look across the city towards East Leeds, I find myself compelled to extend my journey and record the construction. There’s something just a little bit fascinating about the mash up of materials – wood, metal,…

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Travels with the Sigma Merrill – Leeds RERF Revisited

In November, when trying out the Sigma DP1 Quattro, I headed to the construction site of Leeds new recycling and energy recovery facility (RERF) (original post @ https://richardjwallsblog.wordpress.com/2014/11/16/sigma-quattro-dp1-comparison-1-the-rerf-cross-green-leeds/). Back in Leeds for Christmas Eve shopping I revisited the site to see how the construction was progressing armed with the Sigma DP1 and DP3. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not…

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It’s Grim Up North – Exhibit E

It’s Grim Up North … so politicians and journalists say … everyone’s pockets are empty … no presents on  Christmas day. Don’t tell them we still have Christmas in the North. They’ll all want a Yorkshire pudding! http://www.richardjwalls.com

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Sigma DP1 Quattro – Comparison 1 – The RERF, Cross Green, Leeds

The new recycling and energy recovery facility (RERF) under construction at Cross Green, Leeds, has the largest timber frame (@42 metres) of its type in the UK. It seemed like a good place to try out some first shots with the recently arrived Sigma DP1 Quattro so I headed over. It was a dull day and…

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Sony RX1 – Test Shots in Leeds

More Sony RX1 shots, taken in Leeds, and nearly getting run over on more than one occasion! The pictures are low resolution jpegs, originally taken in RAW and post-processed using Lightroom.The following shot was taken though a dirty window into a “to let”, naturally lit building. Lightroom brought out the shadows and recovered the highlights.In…

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