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Best Cameras For Landscape Photography

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#18 Trümmelbachfälle

Even after living in Switzerland for almost 20 years, I had never visited the complex of stairways, paths and tunnels carved in the rock face above Trümmelbach in the Lauterbrunnen valley, which give access to a series of 10 dramatic meltwater cascades spilling down from the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau glaciers.

Well, I have now, and despite the large number of visitors (it’s near Interlaken, and well and truly swamped), I managed to get a few snapshots.  Just for once I decided that black and white would be interesting, despite the fact that I don’t really understand back and white photography. I like looking at it, but I don’t feel much connection from a creative point of view.  Anyway, I created a preset in Silver Efex, and gave the whole set the same look.

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So many photos

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Snow what? Snow where?

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Sigma sd quattro H

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#17 Flower Power

Several stages in the development of agapanthus, often planted along the borders of Madeira’s levadas.  Photographed with the amazingly versatile Olympus m.Zuiko 12-100 f/4 lens.

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My photos suck

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Hardware

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La Magliasina

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#16 Como

I frequently visit Como but rarely take any photos.  Here’s a few shots taken within a few minutes of each other on a very unseasonably warm February afternoon.

All taken using the Ricoh GR camera.

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#15 Levadas

Madeira has been in the back of my mind for many years. It was a place that intrigued me, but only at some subliminal level. It fits in well with my obsession / affinity for islands, but I never really had any realistic idea of going there. However, a few weeks before Christmas I was faced with an obligation to take two weeks vacation, without having any plan or any attractive destination in mind. One evening, having gone through the list of usual suspects, discarding things like northern Norway on grounds of “been there, done that”, “too cold / dark / miserable”, Madeira popped into my head. Two days later it was all sorted out, but then we had many other things to do, and by the time we finally made it to a terrifyingly early flight from Zurich two days before New Year, we were in fact totally unprepared for what was awaiting us.

It turns out that Madeira has a lot to offer. Away from the hotels clustered around Funchal is a steep, mountainous, thickly forested island criss-crossed by 1000km of aqueducts carved into precipitous cliff sides, known as levadas. The levadas an incredible feat of engineering dating back to the 16th Century, and making Madeira habitable. They continue to fulfil their original function of irrigation, to which power generation has been added. They also provide the basis for a fantastic network of trails.  Madeira, and the levadas, made an immediate and lasting impression on me. The next trip is already booked.

All photos taken handheld using the Olympus E-M5 MkII and m.Zuiko 12-100 f/4 lens.

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Glacier, by Ragnar Axelsson

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Interesting Times

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Software

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Daniel Cox

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#14 Il Molino

Passing by the grain store and elevator at Giubiasco, Ticino.

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Moving on

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35mm camera clearout

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2019 Calendar

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Carmencita Film Lab

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Antarktis, by Gerry Johansson

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#13 Parghelia

Parghelia is small town on the western coast of Calabria, overlooking Stromboli and the Tyrrhenian Sea. Parghelia has been flattened by several earthquakes, most recently in 1905, which led to it being almost completely reconstructed following a semi-grid plan. This gives the town a very untypical layout for Italy, especially southern Italy. It is sometimes reminiscent of the planned colonial towns of South America. This, with the slightly faded ambience, the Calabrian light, and a general air of detachment from the very nearby seaside, not to mention the subtle relics of the Fascist era, adds up to a very photogenic location.

This set was taken in August 2018. Shot on Portra 400 with the Cosina/Voigtlander Bessa III 667.  Film developed and scanned by Carmencita Film Lab.

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Uncompetitive spirit

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Photokina Fallout

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#12 Babo Hochhaus

The Babo Hochhaus (short for Bâtiment Administratif de Baden-Oos) is an eleven-storey building in the Baden-Baden district of Oos in Germany. It dominates the view from my in-laws apartment so its a familiar sight for me. It was built in 1954 and served as a management center for the French occupying forces and following NATO affiliated personnel up until 1999. The building was abandoned in 2000, and despite signs of sporadic maintenance it is fading. However due to its architectural significance it is classified as a historic building and presumably cannot be demolished. Apparently there have been various plans by Russian or Turkish investors to renovate it and turn into a conference centre or hotel or something, but nothing ever seems to come of these. Although it is loosely fenced off, it’s easy enough to wander around the grounds. So far nobody has shouted at me.

All photos taken with Olympus E-M5.2 and m.Zuiko 17mm f/1.2 lens. Processed using Mastin Labs Fuji Pro 160S film simulation.

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#11 Industria B

More quietly declining and disappearing industry, from a wider perspective this time. August 2018, Giubiasco, Ticino, Switzerland.

Fuji Provia 100F, Hasselblad XPan, 30mm f/5.6

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Silverfast open wishlist

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The Hasselblad XPan - a very long term review

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#10 Industria A

Quietly declining and disappearing industry, baking in the summer heat, overlooked by the uncaring mountains. Giubiasco, Ticino, Switzerland.

Kodak Ektar, Olympus OM4ti, 35mm f2.0 & 85mm f2.0

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RIP Media Pro (1995-2018)

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Film, digital ... or photography?

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Jake Horn

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New Favourite Film

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SRDx Photoshop plugin

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#9 L’Autre Part

Saint Tropez, away from the yachts, the glitz and the crowds.

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#8 MicroClimate

Within the micro-climate of the overgrown chaotic rockfall at the foot of Val Calanca, near Arvigo, Grigione, Switzerland. Linhof 612PCII, Fuji Provia 100F.

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A catalog for Sigma Files

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Recent Work - Widescreen

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#7 Rock Art

Lavertezzo, Valle Verzasca, Switzerland. March 2018.

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E4, E6

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#6 Veiled

The olive groves in Calabria, allegorically veiled by modern late harvesting methods.

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#5 Cementerio de la Recoleta

One from the archives - some glimpses of the Recoleta cemetery in Buenos Aires, photographed in 2013.  All taking with a Sigma DP2 Merrill camera, which I no longer have.

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#4 Boundaries II

Lines on the map, fade into black. Volume 2.

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“Full Frame” from Inland Sea

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Recent Work - Narrowscreen

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Website refresh

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#3 Boundaries

The strangeness of deserted minor border crossings at night. Volume 1.

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Iceland wide

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Tuscany

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Patagonia

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Venice

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Antarctica

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Aeolian Islands

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Venetians

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Switzerland

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Svalbard

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Norway

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Antarctic Wildlife

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Italy

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Iceland

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Whalers Bay

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Colombia

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Lost in Venice

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Classic Venice

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Antarctic Icescapes

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Four books

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MMXVIII

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Made in Italy

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Day of the dead tired

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Before Film Wasn’t Dead

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#2 Castello Valsolda

The 16th Century Church of San Martino, in Castello Valsolda, Lombardia, Italy.

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Digital’s Not Dead

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Chromatic abberations

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Using the Flextight X5 scanner

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#1 Galenhütten

Galenhütten is a fortification built in the 1890s, to protect the access road to the Furka Pass in Switzerland. It is adjacent to the Rhone glacier.

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OpticFilm 120 vs. Flextight X5 - Round 2

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OpticFilm 120 vs. Flextight X5

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The Great Pano Bake-off

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Summer of ‘76 ?

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Scattered thoughts gathered together

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Isole Borromée

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Been a long time comin’

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Extra Texture

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Film: a diatribe

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How sharp is your scan ?

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Sigma DP0 Firmware 2.0

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Interview with Stuart Klipper

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Do you shoot film ?

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borderline

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A roll of CineStill

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Film’s Not Dead (again)

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Everything Must Go!

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Sigma stuff for sale

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Olympus stuff for sale

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Two photographs

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A matter of Exposure

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Vote for me!

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“Norway Texas” by Gianni Galassi

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An experiment

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Timeless, by Rafael Rojas

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