Discovering Muker – Composition

Yesterday’s beautiful day in Swaledale held the promise of a great evening’s photography, but as it approached closing time, and my chance to get out, the sky became overcast and the light flat. Nevertheless there was still chance to explore the countryside and search for interesting compositions so I pulled my boots on and headed out.…

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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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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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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 – 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Lofoten – Post 1, 4 Days & Counting

After six months of anticipation it’s now just four days and counting before we begin our journey to the Lofoten Islands; bags are packed, final purchases made, last minute preparations underway. Our journey takes us by air from Manchester to Bergen, where we catch the MS Lofoten to head North, hugging the Norwegian coastline for three…

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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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