Money Capital

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NIKON D80
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f/11.0
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10 sec
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78.0 mm
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ISO 100
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70-210mm f/4 AF

London has some interesting features.

One of them is the situation when the sun is still up, you're standing at Mudchute Farm, literally next to a pig, looking at Canary Wharf, with lights on already.

(And no, this was not edited, this was the actual view.)

Deer with starling

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NIKON D80
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f/4.0
Shutter speed
1/200 sec
Focal length (as set)
210.0 mm
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ISO 200
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AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-210mm f/4

Deer in autumn Richmond Park with a starling on it's back.

Red deer in Richmond Park

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NIKON D80
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f/4.0
Shutter speed
1/60 sec
Focal length (as set)
210.0 mm
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ISO 200
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AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-210mm f/4

Red deer in autumn Richmond Park

Trees - Autumn

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NIKON D80
Aperture
f/4.0
Shutter speed
1/80 sec
Focal length (as set)
210.0 mm
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ISO 400
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70-210mm f/4 AF

Richmond Park in London is a magnificent place, at any time of the year. All the autumn colours, the deer blending into the fading browns and yellows; and scenes like this, scenes with emotions, scenes that makes you stop and wonder for a while.

South-West England - Puzzlewood

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NIKON D80
Aperture
f/11.0
Shutter speed
1 sec
Focal length (as set)
34.0 mm
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ISO 400
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18-70mm f/3.5-4.5 G

At the bottom of Wales where the border meets England, there is a large forest - UK large, not Germany large - named Forest of Dean. Nearly in the middle of it there is a small area, Puzzlewood, which preserves the ancient times.

It is a small, maze-like area, where it's pretty easy to get lost. The also made it very child-friendly, so it's a perfect time out with family. They also shot numerous movies and series here, including a Doctor Who episode with Weeping Angels.

J. R. R. Tolkien was a regular visitor here; some say that this was the birthplace and the inspiration for Fangorn of Middle Earth.

South-West England - a Dartmoor pony

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NIKON D80
Aperture
f/4.0
Shutter speed
1/400 sec
Focal length (as set)
210.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 100
Lens
70-210mm f/4 AF

Dartmoor1 is a strange place. It has a very disturbing, very dark atmosphere while lovely little wild ponies roaming around on the fens.


  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dartmoor

South-West England - the sea behind Minack Theatre

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NIKON D80
Aperture
f/11.0
Shutter speed
1/30 sec
Focal length (as set)
34.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 200
Lens
18-70mm f/3.5-4.5 G

The Minack Theatre1 is a surreal place: until you learn it's story you're sure it's a leftover from the Greek times.

It's surrounded with Mediterranean plants, the sea is deep blue and green. These are the cliffs right behind the stage.


  1. http://www.minack.com/

South-West England - Waterfall of Tintagel

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NIKON D80
Aperture
f/16.0
Shutter speed
0.3 sec
Focal length (as set)
70.0 mm
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ISO 100
Lens
35-70mm f/2.8 D

Tintagel1, the mythical birthplace of King Arthur has everything you'd ever need to shoot a complete movie: sea, waterfall, ruined castle, caves, which disappears with the high tide, green land. It's magical, beautiful and lovely; if you have the chance, visit it after all the tourists are gone and you're alone at the place.

If you go late in the afternoon there is a low tide and you can enter the cave below - the cave that, according to the myth, was Merlin's place.


  1. http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/tintagel-castle/

Exeter Cathedral

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NIKON D80
Aperture
f/4.5
Shutter speed
1/20 sec
Focal length (as set)
18.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 1600
Lens
18-70mm f/3.5-4.5 G

Nothing special to tell here, except for the story of their leaflets. When you enter a place they usually ask you what language you'd prefer and usually I make the joke that of course Hungarian - for my biggest surprise, they had Hungarian leaflets. Both unexpected and heartwarming for a British cathedral. Thank you, Exeter!

Northern Ireland - shadow of a rainbow

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NIKON D80
Aperture
f/5.0
Shutter speed
1/125 sec
Focal length (as set)
56.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 200
Lens
18-70mm f/3.5-4.5 G

Norther Ireland is strange, especially when in comes to rainbows. We were on the road, right after a strong rain and soon after we saw this scene. The shadow is from the mountain that was right behind us, but is perfectly met the end of the rainbow.

Northern Ireland - Miraculous stag

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Camera
NIKON D80
Aperture
f/4.0
Shutter speed
1/100 sec
Focal length (as set)
190.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 800
Lens
70-210mm f/4 AF

We were heading back from the magnificient Antrim Coast through the very distant feeling Glens and stopped for a little rest in Ballypatrick Forest.

Soon after we started walking, we spotted a stag, right in the last lights of the sun. It was kind enought to wait till I put on the tele lens to photograph.

Northern Ireland - The end of the rainbow

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NIKON D80
Aperture
f/4.5
Shutter speed
1/500 sec
Focal length (as set)
70.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 100
Lens
18-70mm f/3.5-4.5 G

We all know that at every end of every rainbow, there is gold from the leprechauns. This leprechaun found a pretty safe spot for his wealth.

Northern Ireland - Dunluce Castle

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NIKON D80
Aperture
f/11.0
Shutter speed
1/60 sec
Focal length (as set)
70.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 200
Lens
18-70mm f/3.5-4.5 G

part of the castle including the kitchens fell into the sea; seven cooks went with the kitchens but an itinerant cobbler was said to have survived in a corner of the vanished room. -- http://www.northantrim.com/dunlucehistory1.htm

There is also a small, friendly cottage at the entrance which is either witches' place or a sidhe mould. The only thing we wished for after Dunluce Castle was a warm soup - food of the day: soup! The brought out brown bread with butter for Nora and white bread without butter for me - just as we like it, without ever asking. And their cakes are delicious as well.

Northern Ireland - The Dark Hedges

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NIKON D80
Aperture
f/22.0
Shutter speed
0.6 sec
Focal length (as set)
110.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 100
Lens
70-210mm f/4 AF

Long before this place was "featured" on Game of Thrones, we spotted this place with the help of the images in Google Maps.

We already had an approximate plan what to see and visit in Northern Ireland when we were planning our trip when an image of the Dark Hedges popped up.

Finding the actual road is a bit tricky; it's in a rural, fairly abandoned area and even the locals might not know where it is.

Unfortunately they set up a bright, ugly, rudely intrusive fence on one side and it's very hard to find a spot where it's not too harsh on the picture. Everyone was against the fence, yet it was still put in place; I hope it will go away soon.

Don't forget to stay till sunset: you might spot the wandering grey lady ghost who is spotted here occasionally.

Ireland - Kevin's Kitchen

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NIKON D80
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f/4.0
Shutter speed
1/2000 sec
Focal length (as set)
70.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 200
Lens
70-210mm f/4 AF

Kevin's Kitchen, ruins dating back to the 12th century.

This is not HDR; the lights are actully like this in Ireland most of the time.

We were just about to leave the magnificent Wicklow Mountains behind; the bus was about to leave in 10 minutes. I was quite sad that the lights never showed the image I saw when we arrived - and which I did not photograph - until the very last moment. I ran back to the little bridge crossing the river there and took a few pictures without any time to think about the settings. Luckily it resulted in this photo.

Ireland - Spring Wicklow

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NIKON D80
Aperture
f/11.0
Shutter speed
1/20 sec
Focal length (as set)
125.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 100
Lens
70-210mm f/4 AF

During our few days in Ireland we visited the Wicklow Mountains. Unfortunately there is one single bus to the place which does not leave early and our time was very limited; if you can, go by car.

These very taken in May, so the colours are the spring colours of the forest.

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