Conversations at the Old School – Sigma Foveon Cameras

A wonderful thing about working in the Old School Gallery is the many conversations we have with the folks who visit; whether it’s the American lady who suddenly recited three Robert Frost poems, or the ex RAF Nimrod pilot who told me tales of flying over the North Atlantic, or the Chinese film maker recently…

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Foveon Swaledale Clouds – With the Sigma DP3 Merrill

The clouds in Swaledale, North Yorkshire, England, are making me fall in love with the Sigma DP3 Merrill all over again!    

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New Life, Muker

Again it’s been quite some time since I troubled the blog with a new post, but since Nepal I’ve had no time to pick up a camera, let alone point it in the right direction,  but there’s good reason … … in that we’ve upped sticks, moved North, and bought an Art Gallery and Craftshop in the tiny village…

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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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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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The Sigma SD Quattro H is Coming! UK Release & Price

  Stop the Press! News has arrived of the price and release date of the Sigma SD Quattro H, the big brother of the SD Quattro, with a its APS-H size Foveon X3 Quattro, 51 megapixel sensor. The Sigma SD Quattro H will retail at £1,499.99 and it’s due to arrive in UK shops in January, not quite in time…

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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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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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Autumn in Nidderdale 3

The third and final image from Sunday’s walk; the shimmering reflection of Autumn colours in the pond set perfectly in the aptly named Fishpond Wood. We’d set off with the intention of visiting Guisecliff Tarn, in Guisecliff Woods, a second attempt after failing to find it exactly one year ago. Back then we took too long wandering…

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Defeated by the Beaches of Harris

Wow, crossing from East to West on our journey from the ferry at Talbert to Northton on the A859 and suddenly there’s Luskentyre right in front of you, white sands, emerald sea,  a stunning introduction to the beaches of Harris. Over the next six days I tried to capture just a hint, a smell, a touch…

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Lofoten Postscript 2 – Lofoten Collection

Well it’s taken seven weeks, but I’ve finally got my act together and created a collection of favourite images from our February trip to Lofoten. I can finally cross that one of the list! Click on the image of Olstind below to view the collection.    

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The Sigma 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 C DC Macro OS HSM Travel Zoom

On our recent trip to Lofoten, Sigma asked me to check out their 18-300mm travel zoom on the SD1 Merrill. The resulting article was published on the Sigma Lounge blog at: http://www.sigma-imaging-uk.com/sigmalounge/lofoten-islands-richard-walls-sigma-18-300mm-c/ . It was also featured in Geographical Magazine’s newsletter, and the images were shared by Sigma Japan to all the worldwide Sigma subsidiaries.Fame at last 🙂 If you’ve not…

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Outtakes – Lofoten Post 12

Some random shots that didn’t make it onto previous posts, but probably should have. MS Lofoten Bow Study | Sigma DP1 Merrill | http://www.richardjwalls.com I love this type of subject to point a Merrill at. It brings out the best in the camera. Shooting Notes All shots taken with Sigma, Foveon, cameras, low iso, post…

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Snowscapes – Lofoten Post 11

And on the fifth day it snowed … and everything was wrapped in white.   When it snows in Reine it snows. 6 inches in 3 hours, drifts up to the windows, a fresh and cold perspective. Shooting Notes Sigma cameras, post processed in SPP and Lightroom.    

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Sigma SD Quattro H Musings

Driving around Lofoten I had plenty of time to muse on the email I’d received from Sigma UK that morning, announcing the new SD Quattros, especially the H. Where the heck did that come from??? As I was carrying around an SD1, 2 Merrills and a Quattro, my first thought to dump them all in a…

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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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Shoreline – Lofoten Post 9

Six days wasn’t enough to visit a third of Loften’s beaches. Vik and Haukland we saw through the car window as we passed by on our way to Uttakliev. We planned to return but ran out of days.  Storsandnes, Eggum and Unstad, were on our list but we never got close. We put on snow spikes and hiked…

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Mountainscapes – Lofoten Post 8

Mountains. They’re what we came to Lofoten for, and it’s a good thing, because they dominate the islands. They surround you, and push you up against the beaches, lakes and sea, their shapes and moods drifting and shifting with the passing weather. Both spectacular and daunting; spectacular as around each corner was another wow moment;…

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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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