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An errant sunbeam exposes an otherwise camouflaged set of houses in the Atlas mountains of Morocco.

Tags:   Morocco offline Marrakech-Tensift-Al Haouz MAR square atlas mountains city camera:canon_5d2

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The Stob Dearg peak of the iconic Buachaille Etive Mòr in Glencoe Scotland as seen from the banks of the River Coupall.

Glencoe, Scotland, UK, 2016

Sony a7R Mark II with Zeiss FE 16-35mm f/4 OSS

Tags:   camera:sony_a7r2 f:ultrawide scotland highlands glencoe sunset Buachaille Etive Mòr river coupall stob dearg

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When hiking along the Great Wall of China, you can see the long path ahead of you relatively easily!

It's hard to avoid a feeling of awe when spending days hiking along the Great Wall. The sheer scale of it is astounding -- no matter how long you walk for it always extends as far as your eye can see, either vanishing over the most distant ridge or merging into the atmospheric haze on the edge of the horizon.

Trying to capture this immensity was an interesting challenge. I've found that both short and long focal lengths can be used for this depending on the scene and this is an example of using a longer focal length to show how the structure hugs the highest point of the ridge at all points as it crawls across the northern boundary of ancient China. Although I can appreciate that placing the wall along the highest points makes sense from a defensive point of view, it does make the hike a lot more tiring!

Jinshanling, Luanping County, China, 2015

Sony a7R with Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 OSS

Tags:   camera:sony_a7r square china great wall endless wonder world jinshanling f:long

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While heading as fast as possible to find a sunset spot in Lofoten, we couldn't help but pause by this lake and its perfect reflections.

After a mostly cloudy day, we were encouraged to see the clouds start to clear as the day began to wane. Hoping for a good sunset, we came down from the mountain that we were had climbed as fast as we could and then skipped dinner so that we could drive over to a place to the North that we thought would give us a good sunset photo opportunity. Despite being late, the view of Åltjønna (the lake in this photo) from the road was too good to pass by so we paused and sprinted through the reeds and marsh to the lake's edge.

This is a panorama of a few shots taken handheld with a fixed length camera. The scene called out for a wide angle lens but I had left mine in the car and didn't have time to go back for it. In the end the sunset wasn't all that spectacular, so I'm glad we paused for a few minutes for this photo :)

Vestvågøy, Lofoten, Norway, 2016

Sony RX1R Mark II

Tags:   camera:sony_rx1r2 Cinemascopt reflections lofoten norway mountains sunset waterscape lake panorama Åltjønna

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On the most westerly point of the Isle of Skye, Neist Point Lighthouse watches the wild seas.

Our visit to Skye coincided with a season where the UK was battered by a series of tropical hurricanes. While this meant that each hike was a more difficult affair, it also offered some unique photographic opportunities. With gusts of up to 90mph there were waterfalls that instead falling off cliffs into the sea instead were blown upwards into the sky and back onto land which was quite a sight to see. The same high winds also meant that heavy cloud cover could also be blown away to reveal blue sky and bright sunshine for seconds before being blown back again resulting in a view that was like watching a timelapse happening in real time.

It was during one of these days that this photo was made. In between hail storms the sky opened up to reveal the sunset happening above the dark clouds for less than a minute and this was what we saw. Taking it meant lying on my stomach in the wet grass so that Storm Henry wouldn't blow me over, but I think it was worth it.

Isle of Skye, Scottish Highlands, UK, 2016

Sony a7R Mark II with Samyang 14mm f/2.8

Tags:   camera:sony_a7r2 SixteenByNine scotland britain highlands scottish skye lighthouse seascape coastline clouds storm isle island


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