Everest Base Camp – From Blog to Book

It’s been nearly two months since I last troubled this blog. Life has been fairly hectic of late (which I’ll save for a future post), but one background project that has now, finally, reached completion has been to turn my EBC blog posts into a book; not a book “available to the public from all good retailers and bookshops” you understand,…

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Everest Base Camp Trek, with the Sigma DP3 Merrill

In a post specifically for Sigma enthusiasts I’ve collated the shots of the EBC trek taken with the DP3 into one post, so you don’t need to look at that horrible Sony thing 🙂 With a weight limit of 15kg, and the Sony already in the bag, I had to choose from one of my three…

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Everest Base Camp, A Photo Diary – Decent

The final post of the diary covers our descent from Kalapatthar back down to Lukla, and from there to Kathmandu. Wednesday 16th November, PM : Kalapatthar (5,545m)  to Perchiche (4,280m) No photos. Thursday 17th November,  Perchiche to Tashinga (3,450m) Friday 18th November: Tashinga to Monjo (2,850m)   Saturday 19th November:  Monjo to Lukla (2,804m) Sunday 20th November: Lukla…

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Everest Base Camp, A Photo Diary – Everest

Part 4 of the diary focusses on the final upward trek to Base Camp and to our ultimate high point of Kalapatther, at 5,545m. Tuesday 15th November: Lobouche to Everest Base Camp (5,300m) then Gorak Shep (5,165m) Wednesday 16th November: Kalapatthar (5,545m) then down to Perchiche (4,280m) Diary Notes – Days 12 & 13 Tuesday 15th November: Lobouche…

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Everest Base Camp, A Photo Diary – Higher Ground

Part 3 of the Photo Diary covers days 9-11 as we leave the trees behind and climb above 4,000m, visit Ama Dablam Base Camp, reach the Khumbu Glacier, and trek to Lobouche, at 4,931m our jumping off for Everest Base Camp. Saturday 12th November: Ama Dablam Base Camp (4,576m) Sunday 13th November: Pangbouche to Dingboche (4,360m) Monday…

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Everest Base Camp, A Photo Diary – The Journey Continues

Part 2 of the photo diary of the Everest Base Camp, covering days 4-8 of the trek as we spend our time acclimatising below 4,000m. Tuesday 8th November: Namche Bazaar to Mende (3,700m) Wednesday 9th November:  Mende to Thame (3,801m) and back Thursday 10th November: Mende to Tashinga (3,450m) Friday 11th November: Tashinga to Pangbouche (3,863m), via Thyangboche Diary…

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Everest Base Camp, A Photo Diary – First Days

It’s a nearly two weeks since I landed in a cold, rainy Manchester, after three weeks trekking in Nepal, and it’s taken that time to get some photos and notes of the trip in order. The original intention was to set a limit of one photo per day and one post, but it proved too difficult and too limiting and so…

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Textures & Colours of Nepal

From the serenity of high mountain trails, to the shock and vibrancy of Katmandu, an assortment of textures and colours that instantly send me back to Nepal. Shooting Notes A complication of Sony RX1rII and Sigma DP3 Merrill shots, post processed in Lightroom. A prize for whoever can guess which shots come from which camera 🙂

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Himalayan Sunrise – Sigma DP3 Merrill

Trekking in the cold first light of day, deep in the valley’s shadow before the sun has chance to rise above the ring of mountain peaks. Thirty minutes later it makes its entrance! Shooting & Processing Notes Shot using a Sigma DP3 Merrill, handheld @ ISO100,  f13, 1/320 second. Post processing Lightroom and Analog Efex Pro.

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Everest Base Camp – Take Off

7:25pm GMT, Thursday 3rd November, 2016 The time is 7:25 pm GMT. This blog has been published to just as the wheels of an Airbus 330-200 leave the tarmac at Manchester Airport, England. Onboard the aircraft are 262 passengers everyone of whom has survived the airport’s human processing machine and, apart from the odd pair of Tommy Hilfiger trousers, resisted the temptations of the brightly…

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Mount Everest Base Camp Trek – Prologue

In just over a week, I board a plane from Manchester to Nepal to realise the dream of seeing Everest. I can’t recall when it started, this fascination with Everest. Perhaps it’s memories of Chris Bonnington led expeditions in the 70’s, when news reports on Everest were characterised by adventure, courage and national pride, rather than commercialisation and death statistics.…

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Final View – Lofoten Post 10

Our final view of Lofoten from the window of the plane that took us from Lekness to Bodo, and from there, via Oslo and Stokholm, home. And what a view! We’re already planning our return visit. Shooting Notes  3 images stitched together in Lightroom, taken with a Sigma DP3 Merrill, through a dirty airplane window…

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The Classics – Lofoten Post 7

Some Lofoten classics from Moskenesøy island. You could point your camera in every direction, and there’s busloads of photographers who are, and so it’s now time to get off the beaten track …   Shooting Notes  Shots taken with a variety of Sigma cameras, some on a tripod, some not, all ISO100, all post processed in…

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Lochen na h-achlaise

Rifling through past images to print for our last Leeds Artsmix market before Christmas I came across two photos of Lochan na h-Achliase, taken over five years ago with my trusty Nikon D700. I must have shot them to stitch together into a panoramic, but it’s taken me until now get around to it. Still, better…

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Cader Idris

It’s 11:15pm on Saturday night. A lost fell walker stumbles into the pub 4 hours after sunset and 6 hours after they flipped a coin and chose the wrong track down the mountain. 30 minutes later they’re in a taxi heading back to the comfort of their campsite, but not before leaving us their map of Cader Idris. Their misfortune is…

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On The Edge with the Sigma Merrill

Striding Edge, perhaps not the worlds most perilous knife edge ridge, but I really don’t like the exposure of ridges, and with an attempt on Crib Goch muted, I had to get my head straight. The first time I walked it I was in my teens on a busy summer day.  Even then, as I watched…

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Sierra de Grazalema – Sigma DP1 Merrill

Goat herds aren’t a natural sight where I live in Yorkshire. Here they abound. http://www.richardjwalls.com

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Sierra de Grazalema Pass – Sigma DP1 Merrill

Feel the flow of the road as you head over the pass, but watch out for oncoming lorries! The Sigma DP1 Merrill is really a joy to use in Andalusian light. No tripod needed, just point at the scenery, use the histogram to protect the highlights, and it’s in the bag. In the murk of the UK…

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Lakeland Giants

Drive to the top of Hardknott Pass. Park up. Climb 15 minutes up Hardknott. It’s a bit of a cheat, but the reward is one of the best views in the UK. Shooting notes Taken with Sony RX1, hand held, wide open. Post processed and de-saturated in Lightroom. http://www.richardjwalls.com

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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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