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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Sony RX1 & Sigma Merrill DP3 – Merrill Awe

The Quattro v Merrill comparison re-awoke my awe in the detail the Merrill DP3 muster up, so for just for fun I did a comparison between my Sony RX1 and my DP3. Yes I know these are very different cameras and yes I know I’ve over processed to max detail and yes I know they are not…

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Ullswater Storm

Rain squalls rush toward me … sheltering under oak bows … as they pass, out to shoot again. This shot, taken hand held at ISO8000 with the Sony RX1 in dark conditions whilst dodging squalls of rain, is the bad twin of Ullswater Sunset – https://richardjwallsblog.wordpress.com/2014/03/13/ullswater-sunset/ – taken with the Sigma Merrill DP3. It would have proved impossible to take with the Merrill … but then…

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Sigma Quattro DP2 Comparison – Part 1 – Leeds Panoramas

Please read the comparison postscript: https://richardjwallsblog.wordpress.com/2014/08/01/sigma-quattro-dp2-comparison-postscript-sigma-reply/ For an updated review please see: https://richardjwallsblog.wordpress.com/2014/09/22/sigma-quattro-dp2-merrill-revisted My Sigma Quattro DP2, on order for a month at least, arrived yesterday. The shots below provide an unscientific comparison of the Quattro, with a Merrill DP3 and my Sony RX1. I say comparison with, not against, because I love both the Sony and…

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North Face of the Eiger & Orion – Sony RX1

On our journey to Grindelwald I read The White Spider, Heinrich Harrer’s tale of the first ascent of the Eiger. The North Face now in front of me, I stood fascinated, re-tracing their steps; The Hinterstoisser Traverse; The Ramp, Death Bivouac, the Spider itself; an imposing and hostile environment, still a place for death or glory. At night, from the…

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Profitis Ilias, Santorini

Two nights before we’d walked to the top of Profitis Ilias to watch the Sunset. In this panoramic, taken from Ancient Thera, it dominates the Island, the monastery balancing on the summit. On the Path, Sunset looming, and still a way to go! The sunset, worth the hike? All pictures post processed using Lightroom. http://www.richardjwalls.com

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Empty Table, Oia, Santorini

Oia, Santorini, 30 minutes before its famed sunset, the streets behind seething with people taking up positions, camera’s pointing due West … and yet the table remains empty … The fantastic dynamic range of the Sony RX1 creates an almost HDR effect Taken with the panorama mode. Unfortunately you can see the joins!  I’ve noticed this twice…

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Travels with the Sony RX1 – Jungfraujoch

Jungfraujoch is the very definition of the last stop. When you reach the station, at a height of 3,454, metres the line ends, having bored its way from Kleine Scheidegg through the core of the Eiger. Quite why they went to so much trouble I’m not quite sure; but then why climb the Eiger’s North Face or…

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Fountains Abbey Festival of Light & Sound

A magnet for tripod wielding photographers, Fountains Abbey Festival of Light & Sound in North Yorkshire is a perfect place to sharpen your elbows, muscle your way to the front, and set the long exposure dial to volume 11, all sound-tracked to the mellow tones of a brass band. Wielding my weapons of choice –…

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Yorkshire Dales Waterfalls

Catrigg Force and Hardraw Force Rain! It had rained all weekend. It had rained all year. Land full to bursting; rivers invading the surrounding fields … … and it was raining again as we walked, forcing us to dance past puddles that blocked our way to the falls. Rounding the bend we were met first…

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Sony RX1 & Sigma DP1 Merrill

Sigma Conventional wisdom is to invest in glass. I dumped conventional wisdom along with my Nikon D800, replacing it with the fixed lens / sensor combination of the Sony RX1. Sony And having done it once I went and compounded the crime, buying a Sigma DP1 Merrill with the pennies left over from the D800…

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Haystacks – Sony RX1 Panorama Mode

Wainwright said of the summit of Haystacks (in the English Lake District overlooking Buttermere) “This is in fact the best fell top of all“. How could anyone disagree? Looking due West in late December; in the centre far distance the snow dusted Helvellyn Range; to the left Fleetwith Pike; to the extreme right Green Gable;…

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Late Night Luton Airport

It was half way across on the flight that I first wondered whether my car keys had been stolen. When we touched down I checked my case. Sure enough, they’d taken the keys with the rest of the gear. Fantastic! An hour later Polly (bless her) was heading down with a spare key and I…

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Sony RX1 Picture Effects – Ljubljana

Ok, so it’s not for purists, but sat on a flight home from Slovenia, minus laptop, books or newspapers, I started playing with the RX1 picture effects. On the small screen it was difficult to see the results, but back at home I have to say they look pretty cool, and in some instances are…

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Classic Shot – Yorkshire Sculpture Park At Bretton – Sony RX1

Every so often you capture an image that you know is a classic. This is one! It’s a shot that can’t be posed, or planned or arranged, it’s just a one-off moment, a piece of luck. But having a good camera to hand helps! The shot was captured using the RX1 wide open, shot deliberately…

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Sony RX1 Ljubljana Nights

When I last visited the Slovenian capital, Ljubljana, I’d spent two hours squashing my Nikon D800 kit into a small suitcase, leaving just enough space for a toothbrush and a small ballpoint pen. This time around it had taken five minutes to pack a Sony RX1, Sigma Merrill DP1 and Fujifilm XE2. Even with the…

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Sony RX1 – Test Shots in Leeds

More Sony RX1 shots, taken in Leeds, and nearly getting run over on more than one occasion! The pictures are low resolution jpegs, originally taken in RAW and post-processed using Lightroom.The following shot was taken though a dirty window into a “to let”, naturally lit building. Lightroom brought out the shadows and recovered the highlights.In…

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Sony RX1 – Dynamic Range & IQ

The following few shots show something of the IQ and dynamic range of the Sony RX1 Shooting in raw and recovering highlights in Lightroom brought out the detail through the kitchen window. I love the way the camera has captured the tones. In the shot below again using Light room to recovery highlights and lift…

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Illuminating York with the Sony RX1

Standing in the Great Hall of York Railway museum; facing me the Great Gathering of the World’s six remaining A4 steam locomotives; surrounding me the worlds greatest gathering of camera tripods; I revelled in the freedom of the Sony RX1. Four weeks before, in a fit of pique, I’d thrown my heavy DSLR, lenses and…

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