Sanna Bay , Photo Essay I – Dunes

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Love her, but leave her wild – Atticus

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I have just returned from a seven day break at Sanna Bay in Scotland.

No TV, No radio, No newspapers, a few humans, only intermittent Wi-FI connection.

Just me, my camera, some curly horned sheep, my watercolour paints and lots of good light.

I believe it was paradise. I have two more sets of images to show you ‘Ocean’ and ‘Twilight’….

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And you….

There are a few things in life so beautiful they hurt:

swimming in the ocean while it rains,

reading in empty libraries,

the sea of stars that appear when you’re miles away from the neon lights of the city,

bars after 2am,

walking in the wilderness,

all the phases of the moon,

the things we do not know about the universe,

and you……

-Beau Taplin..

Thirlmere Dam

The Fujifilm X100s Review…

Fujifilm X100s
Fujifilm X100s

The Fujifilm X100 had been on the top of my lust list for about a year. I stopped drooling, relented and bought (the updated Fujifilm X100s) this little delight, in silver. This is no technical review, there are plenty of blogs to gleen that information – I want great cameras with brilliant results. This camera comes with a fantastic APS-C sensor which is found in consumer SLR’s and handles amazingly in low light. The Fuji is a great urban/city camera, I bought the chestnut brown leather camera case with shoulder strap and this is how I proceeded to record my recent trip to Paris. Travelling around shooting at f2, it is amazing at capturing lens flare and bokeh. Where do I even begin to tell you about it capabilities, the square format shooting, shooting in film mode ‘Velvia’ for beautiful colour. B&W shots straight out of the bag, the beautiful sharp fixed 23mm lens, RAW or Jpeg. My friend Mark hit the nail on the head when he said to me recently “It makes image making so much fun, it makes you want to get out there and shoot”. Do I think as reported that it is the death of the DSLR, no I don’t, if you are a landscape photographer you still need a DSLR for better dynamic range and clarity. But, it is an amazing second camera.

The Golden Hour at Ullswater - Lake District
The Golden Hour at Ullswater – Lake District.  Wide open at f2.
A very, very early morning hike and a backwards shot of Derwent Water
A very, very early morning hike and a backwards shot of Derwent Water

If there is one thing to mention about this camera is that it is ‘energy hungry’, maybe because I always use the electronic viewfinder.

I bought two spare batteries and keep them in my camera bag. Also, I am a little worried that I may look like a Hipster !!!

The small ‘s’ on the end of this model code definitely stands for SEXY !!

The never ending Stairwell inside The Arc de Triomphe, Paris

The never-ending Stairwell inside The Arc de Triomphe, Paris

Glass stairwell at Musee d'Orsay, Paris
Glass stairwell at Musee d’Orsay, Paris

Bokeh love as the sun sets on Paris…

Last light on Rue de Rivoli

Just returned from a wonderful long weekend in Paris, weather was mixed it could be beaming sunshine for hours and then there would be a fantastic thunder and lightning storm for half an hour. I don’t have a set plan on these trips, but in my mind I have an idea of what I want to shoot, but as always, the unexpected shots are always the best. I have walked the length of Paris this weekend, armed with the Nikon D610 and my new Fujifilm X100s. The square shots are taken on the Fuji. Here are a collection of shots just as it was beginning to get dark – I make no apologies for the Bokeh shots. I love them.

Sunset on the Champs Elysees.
Sunset on the Champs Elysees.
Rue Rivoli
Rue Rivoli
Junction on the Rue de Rivoli
Junction on the Rue de Rivoli
Sunset on the Champs Elysees
Sunset on the Champs Elysees
Metro Station
Metro Station
Lens Flare on the Champs Elysees
Lens Flare on the Champs Elysees
Last light on Rue de Rivoli
Last light on Rue de Rivoli