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 York Moors, England. Shot in the winter on the drive home from Whitby, East to West across the North York Moors, and perhaps the only photo of the Hole of

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. Olstind, Lofoten | Sigma DP3 Merrill #LandscapePhotography #LofotenIslands #SigmaFoveon #Norway #Travel #SigmaMerrill

Lofoten Postscript 1 – Hurtigruten Customer Service

In an unusual departure from my normal blog … From time to time I find myself in correspondence with organisations that IMHO have let me down in one way or another. How they respond sends a real signal in terms of whether they value me as a customer, and makes a difference to whether I’ll continue to use their services or buy their products. Some examples of positive experiences recently have been Sigma and Sony, in the former case showing a real interest in my experience wit

The Sigma 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 C DC Macro OS HSM Travel Zoom

The Sigma 18-300mm Travel Zoom A few years ago I threw all my zoom lenses under a bus and become a prime man, preferring to zoom in and out using one of the best, recent (in geological terms), innovative advances, human feet. The zooms had become too heavy and unwieldy and I never once regretted my decision. But lately, with a three day voyage to the Lofoten Islands looming, I was becoming more concerned. Zooming with my feet was all well and good on dry land, but if you’re o

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. MS Lofoten Bow Study Reflection | Sigma DP1 Merrill | http://www.richardjwalls.com Ready for Launch? Balstad, Lofoten | Sigma DP0 Quattro | http://www.richardjwalls.com Second Home, Lofoten | Sigma DP3 Merrill | http://www.richardjwal

Snowscapes – Lofoten Post 11

And on the fifth day it snowed … and everything was wrapped in white. Boulders | Sigma DP3 Merrill | http://www.richardjwalls.com Breaking Through | Sigma DP3 Merrill | http://www.richardjwalls.com Shadowlands | Sigma DP3 Merrill | http://www.richardjwalls.com Gaff in the storm | Sigma DP0 Merrill | http://www.richardjwalls.com Churchdrifts, Reine | Sigma DP1 Merrill | http://www.richardjwalls.com When it snows in Reine it snows. 6 inches in 3 hours, drifts up to the windows,

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 #

Shoreline – Lofoten Post 9

Six days wasn’t enough to visit a third of Loften’s beaches. Vik and Haukland we saw through the car window as we passed by on our way to Uttakliev. We planned to return but ran out of days.  Storsandnes, Eggum and Unstad, were on our list but we never got close. We put on snow spikes and hiked over the pass to find Kvalvika, only to find ourselves on the wrong path and overlooking Yttersand! (but we did have a frozen tarn all to ourselves). Our walk to the cliffs at A was ob

Mountainscapes – Lofoten Post 8

Mountains. They’re what we came to Lofoten for, and it’s a good thing, because they dominate the islands. Olstind, Reine, Lofoten | Sigma DP0 Quattro | http://www.richardjwalls.com They surround you, and push you up against the beaches, lakes and sea, their shapes and moods drifting and shifting with the passing weather. Hike to Yttersand, Lofoten | Sigma DP0 Quattro | http://www.richardjwalls.com Both spectacular and daunting; spectacular as around each corner was another wo

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

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. #LandscapePhotography #LofotenIslands #SigmaSD1Merrill #Photography #Uncategorized #SigmaFoveon #Norway #Travel

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. MS Lofoten | Sigma DP1 Merrill Alesund | Sigma DP1 Merrill (stitched) Alesund | Sony RX1R MkII Alesund | Sony RX1R MkII Panoramic Mode Alesund | Sigma SD1 Merrill Alesund | Sigma SD1 Merrill Leaving Alesund | Sigma SD1 Merrill Last Ligh

Agvatnet, A – Lofoten Post 4

Agvatnet, A, Lofoten | Sigma Quattro DP0 | http://www.richardjwalls.com 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 looked down to see Agvatnet, frozen, the mountains reflecting in the rainwater that covered the ice. Even on a bad weat

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 the bridge, with the classic view of the town. At Polly’s insistence I’d taken the camera and tripod and as we looked at the view Polly thought she saw a smudge of green in t

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. Norway | Sigma SP1 Merrill | http://www.richardjwalls.com Norway | Sigma SP1 Merrill | http://www.richardjwalls.com Norway | Sigma SP1 Merrill | http://w