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, though that would be nice, but instead a personal, tangible, memento of the trip, that can sit proudly alongside my other books on photogr

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 Sigmas as the second camera. The Merrill DP3 was the obvious choice given its focal length, but more than that I’ve always been blown away by the DP3’s resolution and sharpness, and of course that Foveon l

Everest Base Camp, A Photo Diary – Descent

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) Thamserku, Nepal | Sony Rx1rII Ama Dablam, Nepal | Sony RX1rII Friday 18th November: Tashinga to Monjo (2,850m) Mountain Sunrise, Nepal | Sont RX1rII Mountain Sunrise, Nepal | Sigma DP3 Merrill Looking back to Everest, Lhoste

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) Nuptse, Nepal | Sony RX1rII The Way to Base Camp, Nepal | Sony RXrII Nuptse, Nepal | Sony RX1rII Avalanche, Nuptse | Sony RX1rII Glimpse of Everest, Nepal | Sony RX1rII Khumbu Glacier, Nepal  | Sony RX1rII Nuptse, Nepal | Sony Rx1rII Wednesday 16th November: Kalapatth

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) Kwangde Re, Nepal | Sony RX1rII Everest (just) & Lhotse, Nepal | Sony RX1rII Ama Dablam, Nepal | Sony RX1rII Ama Dablam Base Camp | Sony RX1rII Ama Dablam Base Camp, Nepal | Sony RX1rII Ama Dablam Base Cam

Everest Base Camp, A Photo Diary – The Journey Continues

Part 2 of the photo diary of the Everest Base Camp, covering days 4-8 of the trek as we spend our time acclimatising below 4,000m. Tuesday 8th November: Namche Bazaar to Mende (3,700m) Namche Bazaar, Nepal | Sony RX1rII Kwangde Ri, Nepal | Sony RX1rII Mani Wall, Nepal | Sony RX1rII Thamu, Nepal | Sony RX1rII Mende, Nepal | Sony RX1RII Mende, Nepal | Sigma DP3 Merrill Mende after Dark, Nepal | Sony RX1rII Wednesday 9th November:  Mende to Thame (3,801m) and back Mountain River

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 I threw that idea under a passing oliphant and instead decided to do the complete opposite and provide a comprehensive photo diary, complete with brief diary and shooting

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. Texture & Colours – 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 🙂 #LandscapePhotography #SonyRX1 #Himalaya #Photography #Trekking #SigmaSDMerrill #SigmaFoveon #SonyRX1rMarkii #Mountains #Trav

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! Himalayan Sunrise | Sigma DP3 Merrill Shooting & Processing Notes Shot using a Sigma DP3 Merrill, handheld @ ISO100,  f13, 1/320 second. Post processing Lightroom and Analog Efex Pro. #LandscapePhotography #Himalaya #Photography #Trekking #SigmaFoveon #SigmaDP3Merrill #Mountains #Travel #SigmaMerri

Everest Base Camp – Take Off

7:25pm GMT, Thursday 3rd November, 2016 7:20pm GMT, Thursday 3rd November, 2016 + 15 hours If you stumble on this blog in the 15 hours after its publication, the time it will take the Airbus to reach its destination, it’s highly likely that our 262 are sealed in an airtight, lightweight, aluminium tube, traveling at a speed of 630 mph, 41,100 ft above the Earth’s surface, separated from the stratosphere by the thickness of a rubber seal. But there’s one of our 2 million that

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. Perhaps it’s childhood conversations with my two uncles, both climbers, both of whom must have been in

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. Lofoten | Sigma DP3 Stitched | http://www.richardjwalls.com Shooting Notes 3 images stitched together in Lightroom, taken with a Sigma DP3 Merrill, through a dirty airplane window @ ISO200. Given the view perhaps next time we’ll hire a plane and do this properly! #LandscapePhotography #

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 … Olstind, Reine, Lofoten | Sigma DP3 Merrill | richardjwalls.com Olstind, Lofoten | Sigma DP0 Quattro | http://www.richardjwalls.com Olstind, Lofoten | Sigma DP3 Merrill | http://www.richardjwalls.com Olstind, Lofoten | Sigma DP0 Quatto | http://www.richardjwalls.com Hamnoy, Lofoten | Sig

Lochen na h-achlaise

Lochan-na-h-achlaise, Scotland Rifling through past images to print for our last Leeds Artsmix market before Christmas I came across two photos of Lochan na h-Achliase, taken over five years ago with my trusty Nikon D700. I must have shot them to stitch together into a panoramic, but it’s taken me until now get around to it. Still, better late than never! I loved one of images in its own right, and it was the subject of my 2nd ever wordpress post in 2013 (https://richardjwall

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 our gain. Forward on the clock to 3pm on Sunday.  We’re enveloped in mist, no visible landmarks, unfamiliar territory. We start to head down a path o

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. Striding Edge | Sigma DP3 Merrill | http://www.richardjwalls.com The first time I walked it I was in my teens on a busy summer day.  Even then, as I watched kids and dogs run amok with gay abandon, I wasn’t so certain. For me there was an ever present sense of danger. Ullswater from the pat

Sierra de Grazalema – Sigma DP1 Merrill

Goat herds aren’t a natural sight where I live in Yorkshire. Here they abound. Sierra de Grazalema | Sigma DP1 Merrill | http://www.richardjwalls.com http://www.richardjwalls.com #LandscapePhotography #SigmaFoveon #Andalusia #Mountains #Travel #SigmaMerrill

Sierra de Grazalema Pass – Sigma DP1 Merrill

Feel the flow of the road as you head over the pass, but watch out for oncoming lorries! Sierra de Grazalema | Sigma DP1 Merrill | http://www.richardjwalls.com The Sigma DP1 Merrill is really a joy to use in Andalusian light. No tripod needed, just point at the scenery, use the histogram to protect the highlights, and it’s in the bag. In the murk of the UK the camera is a cracker but there’s no denying that Andalusia is its natural habitat. I just wish I’d brought a viewfinde

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. Scafell Massive from Hardknott | Sony RX1 | http://www.richardjwalls.com Down Eskdale & to the sea from Hardknott | Sony RX1 | http://www.richardjwalls.com Scafell Massive from Hardknott | Sony RX1 | http://www.richardjwalls.com Scafell Massive from Hardknott | Sony RX1 | http://www.richardjwalls.com Shooting notes Taken with So