Lofoten Sunrise – Lofoten Post 6

This morning’s sunrise at 7:30am, looking towards the Norwegian mainland. There’s little in the way of post processing; this is how it looked! Shooting Notes Shot using the Sigma SD1 Merrill @ ISO100, for half a second on f11.

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The Journey North – Lofoten Post 5

I’m gradually catching up with posts of our Lofoten trip and this post takes us back in time to our  voyage onboard the MS Lofoten from Bergen to Bodo, with time to explore Alesund and Trondheim. The images are (just about) in the order taken.     The stop at Trondheim was particularly memorable but for the wrong…

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Agvatnet, A – Lofoten Post 4

Waking up to wind and sleet, we decided to make this a day for exploring in the car, and  headed West to A, the last stop on the E10, the main road that runs the length of the islands. In hailstones, rain and snow, we walked along A’s coastline and cliffs, and crossing the brow of a hill…

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Northern Lights, Lofoten Post 3

Northern Lights, Reine | Sigma DP1 Merrill | http://www.richardjwalls.com It’s Monday 22nd of February and we’ve just arrived in our digs at Maybua in Reine. At 9pm, after unpacking, we head out into the night to to find our bearings. Ten minutes of slipping on icy roads found us on the edge of Reine, on…

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Arctic Dawn, Lofoten Post 2

It’s our third and final day on board the MS Lofoten as we sail from Bergen to Bodo. At 7am on Monday 22nd February, 2016 we crossed the 66th Parallel,  entered the Arctic Circle, and woke to the perfect Arctic Dawn. Right on queue, the Norwegian coastline became more mountainous, more rugged and if possible, more beautiful.…

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Newlands Valley From Catbells

Today’s view from the path to Catbells down into the Newlands Valley. The wind was gusting and the path icy; without crampons we turned back and headed to the warmth of the pub. The trip was part of our testing the winter gear for our up an coming adventure to the Lofoten Islands in Northern Norway, just…

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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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Sigma DP0 Quattro Comparison – Leeds

The comparisons of the Sigma Merrill and Quattro have remained by far the most popular posts on this website throughout 2014 and 2015, with the test shot of Leeds (below) the most clicked upon. The two shots below, taken a few days ago, complete the set with a comparison of the Sigma DP1 Merrill and Sigma DP0 Quattro.  Both…

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Spurn Point 2015

Inspired by finding the 2011 shot of Spurn Point (the subject of the last post), and realising it had been nearly five (eventful) years since I last visited, on Sunday I plugged the Point’s co-ordinates into the Sat Nav, turned on the engine, and headed due East. Two hours in,  and five minutes before it was deemed too dangerous…

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North By Northeast with the Sigma Quattro DP0 – 2. Whitby

After spending 2 hours standing in the rain, failing to get any sort of decent Autumn shot in Sneaton Forest, I found myself at Whitby’s East Cliff one hour before sunset, ran down the 199 steps (counting each one of course) and frogmarched myself to the harbour. Forty minutes later I was running back to capture…

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Sutton Bank Sunset

We’d been driving around in the mist in the Vale of York all day, before finally heading up to Sutton Bank to see if we could catch the sunset. We arrived with minutes to spare, not really enough time to find the perfect location and set up the camera, but enough to rush from the car park…

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Sigma DP0 Quattro – First Shots

I’ve finally put my money where my mouth is and bought the Sigma DP0 Quattro. Unfortunately, since it arrived, the North of England has been shrouded in mist, fog and rain, perhaps not the Quattro’s natural element. But I couldn’t resist taking the camera out just after dawn around Sheriff Hutton, near York, when we stayed at Polly’s…

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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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Sigma DP0 Quattro & the Sigma DP1 Merrill

In the last of series of 3 posts on Sigma’s DP0 Quattro I couldn’t resist a cheeky comparison against the Sigma DP1 Merrill. … But first let’s get the disclaimer out of the way! Anyone looking for a technical, scientifically rigorous, thorough, review should look away now! Ok, so now we’re rid of those pesky…

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North by North East with Sigma’s DP0 Quattro

I’ve been lucky enough to have the loan of a Sigma DP0 Quattro over the last couple of weeks. Sadly  a combination of work and poor weather limited the time I was able to dedicate to the camera, and to understanding how to make the most of it’s capabilities. Nevertheless Staithes, high up on Yorkshire’s East Coast,…

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Classic Staithes View – Sigma DP1 Merrill

The classic view of Staithes, North Yorkshire, taken in the early evening at hight tide. Shooting Notes Sigma DP1 Merrill, hand held, at 1/100th of second, f7.1, ISO100 http://www.richardjwalls.com

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Sigma DP0 Quattro – First Impressions, Last Impressions

Human invention is littered with the weird and the crazy. Take for example the one wheeled motorbike, or the amphibious bicycle, or more recently the Segway, a device so technically advanced it’s capable of moving at walking pace whilst remaining upright! In the world of photography perhaps the current champion of oddness is the Sigma Quattro range…

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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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Flying High in a Tiger Moth

“Up, down, flying around, looping the loop and defying the ground” I can’t remember the first time I saw Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines, but whenever it was it left me with a lasting love of old aeroplanes. Yesterday Polly and I got to fly one, a 75 year old de Havilland Tiger Moth with…

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