Open Door on a Dark Night

An open door on a dark night; a portal to a different world. I just loved the way the opened double doors of the villa framed elements of the room inside, creating a picture all of its own. Shooting Notes Top. Sigma DP1 Merrill for 8 seconds, ISO 100 at f11. Post processed in SPP and Lightroom.…

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Andalusian Light Show

Last night Andalusia provided a spectacular send off to our week in the Sun, lighting up the vineyard and the distant mountains beyond. Shooting Notes I’ve not taken lighting strikes before and this seemed too good an opportunity to miss, so we stood out in the rain at 1am and continuously pressed the shutter hoping to…

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Shoreline, Brighton West Pier

Urban decay, sad for the locals, a boon for photographers! Brighton’s West Pier; out of fashion; left to rack and ruin; burned down; finished off by storms. If there’d been a swamp it would have fallen into it! Sadly there’s no chance of repair; its “replacement”, the i360, will point upwards not outwards. How long…

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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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Beautiful Bokeh, Super Sharp – Sony RX1 & Sigma DP3 Merrill

A few days ago I snapped away at the owl using the Sony RX1 and the Sigma DP3. The result, for me, is a great example of the strengths of both cameras. Having to get up close with the RX1 combined with f2.0 equals really shallow DoF,  and I love the the creamy background. The Sigma on the other hand, taken…

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Gaping Hill – In a Hole with the Sony RX1

With a trip to the Lofoten penciled in for this winter, I’ve been reluctantly (but increasingly) tempted by the “see in the dark” Sony A7s. The problem is that a new purchase would mean the sale of my beloved Sony RX1. Before I could bring myself to draft the eBay listing I needed to test the RX1’s low…

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The NEC Photography Show – One Year On

With the 2015 Photography Show just around the corner it’s time for a quick retrospective. This time last year I’d Ebayed my D800 and collection of heavy Nikon glass I’d built up over the years. Photography had ceased to be fun; the lenses were too heavy to drag around; the high resolution sensor was, in my hands, over sensitive to…

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Travels with the Sony RX1 – Grindelwald One Year On

It’s been exactly one year since our trip to Grindelwald. Time then to marvel once more at the sheer beauty of this Swiss valley and the mountains that tower above it. Grindelwald | Sony RX1 | http://www.richardjwalls.com http://www.richardjwalls.com

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Different Cameras, Different Looks

Different camera’s, different looks. The images below of the waterfall at Boot in Eskdale are captured by the Merrill DP3, DP1 and Sony RX1 respectively. The difference of look of the Foveon sensor, compared to the Bayer sensor of the Sony, is pretty clear.  In a world of Bayer sensors the Foveon offers something unique; IMHO capturing a…

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Dull Day in Eskdale

Even the dullest day, in mid-winter, you can still find beauty in Eskdale … but tomorrow’s going to be a stunner! It was good to be in the Dale, but even better to be back in front of the fire at the Boot Inn! http://www.richardjwalls.com

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Stepping Stones, Boot, Cumbria

Bridge or stepping stones? stepping stones every time! To reach Stanley Force you have to cross the River Esk,  Head upstream 200 yards to cross the bridge or across the stepping stones. There’s really no choice. http://www.richardjwalls.com

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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 – 4 – Victoria & Hunslet Mills

Victoria & Hunslet Mills have laid unused since the late sixties / early seventies, a poignant reminder of the inevitability of the 2nd law of thermodynamics, but luckily an interesting subject at which to point the Sigma DP1 Quattro This shot was taken by pushing the lens through the metal fence that surrounds the site. Very little…

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Sigma DP1 Quattro – Comparison 3 – Leeds Panoramic

Back to the bridge to take the same old test shot as previous comparisons. The day was dull and coming to an end but with a tripod there was just enough light. The first thing I look for is the detail on the clock face. Given the range it’s a remarkable effort from both cameras…

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Sigma DP1 Quattro – Comparison 2 – The Concrete Works

Sticking to the industrial theme, and in search of untypical subject matter to test the Quattro’s versatility, I pushed its lens through the railings of the concrete works on the Cross Green industrial estate. There wasn’t much room to compose a shot! It was a grey day in Leeds on Sunday and so no judging the Quattro DP1…

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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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A Day of Symmetry in the Yorkshire Dales

“The universe is built on a plan the profound symmetry of which is somehow present in the inner structure of our intellect”,  Paul Valery To celebrate Polly’s dad’s 89th birthday we headed to the Yorkshire Dales to visit one of the familiar regular haunts, How Stean Gorge (http://www.howstean.co.uk). After a discussion over dinner about family likenesses…

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It’s Grim Up North – Exhibit B

It’s Grim Up North … the politicians and papers all agree …  all coal mines and slag heaps … as far as t’eye can see. Let’s hope they never discover the Yorkshire Dales! http://www.richardjwalls.com

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Mannlichen Number 9

6.1km of travel … 1.3km in the direction of up … 30 minutes to rest your legs, ready for the decent … The Grindelwald–Männlichen Gondola Cableway is longest cable car in Europe. Plenty of time then to admire the view, and if the cloud is down to waste time taking snaps of passing Gondola’s ……

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