London, Liverpool Street

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PENTAX K-5 II s
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I had a day out in London, visiting a few markets around Spitalfields. When I headed back to the station the sun came out for a few moments from the clouds and the street was nearly abandoned.

Chimneys

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PENTAX K-5 II s
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f/5.6
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Just a bunch of chimneys on top of the concrete block houses in Hungary with a nice sunset in the back. To be honest, it’s a rare scene. This was photographed from my parents window and during the decade I lived here, I’ve barely seen anything similar.

Autumn fern

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We visited the very middle of the Peak District in the middle of November, hoping that there are still a few, bright autumn colour trees around - we were wrong. By this time of the years the Peak District is already in the winter state, so instead of photographing autumn trees we ended up photographing what we could. I was using my Jupiter 9 85mm f/2 old, manual, Russian lens.

B&W - pines in the mist

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NIKON D80
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f/5.0
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1/125 sec
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Sometimes the rude weather we got in Huanglong (黄龙) lightened up a bit and showed us the pines on the mountainside.

B&W - Bottom of a waterfall

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NIKON D80
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f/8.0
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There is one waterfall in the Shunan Bamboo Sea (蜀南竹海国家公园) where it’s possible to walk behind it; it’s definitely a different view and feeling compared to the front views.

B&W - Shunan Bamboo Sea

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NIKON D80
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f/6.3
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During our day in the Shunan Bamboo Sea (蜀南竹海国家公园) we had a thick fog. From one point of view it was bad that we could not see many of the marvellous waterfalls but on the other hand the mist gave a unique, mistique and remote feeling to the place.

Shunan Zuhai

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NIKON D80
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f/5.6
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1/20 sec
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18-140mm f/3.5-5.6 G VR

For someone not speaking Chinese at all getting to Shunan Zhuhai, the Bamboo Sea is not as easy as it seems, but due to the kind and helpful locals, our visit turned out fantastic.

The Shunan Bamboo Sea (蜀南竹海国家公园) is a large, true bamboo forest: trees are extremely rare here. Numerous movies were shot here, it’s filled with ancient, interesting places to see and is definitely different from a normal, usual forest.

Huanglong Ancient Temple

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NIKON D80
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f/7.1
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1/10 sec
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The day we visited Huanglong Valley at first we got snowing. Since we started at ~3800m it’s not that surprising that later it turned into sleet and rain. This is how Huanglong Ancient Temple ( 黃龍古寺 ) looks on the inside when it’s raining.

Sichuan waterfalls - Marvelous Flying Waterfall

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NIKON D80
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f/18.0
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1/8 sec
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ISO 100
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18-140mm f/3.5-5.6 G VR

Huanglong Valley (黄龙沟) is a scenic area in Sichuan with countless, bright blue and green ponds and astonishing waterfalls.

This is theMarvellous Flying Waterfall (飛瀑流輝) in autumn. It’s usually photographed from the other side, but I’ve found this composition better.

We had a rough weather during our visit; fortunately no sleet or rain was pouring at the moment we arrived here.

Anshun Bridge in Chendgu at night

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NIKON D80
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f/8.0
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3 sec
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26.0 mm
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ISO 100
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18-140mm f/3.5-5.6 G VR

We saw the beautiful Anshun Bridge (安顺桥) from the distance from the bus when we got back to Chendgu (成都) late in the night. Next day we decided to visit it; during the time we were prepairing to take the pictures a photographer lady told us that it’s much nicer from the other direction. We followed her through the Halloween-themed party places on the riverside and I have to admit: it is better from the other direction.

Anshun Bridge, Chengdu (closeup)

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NIKON D80
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f/8.0
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2.5 sec
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80.0 mm
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ISO 100
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18-140mm f/3.5-5.6 G VR

A closer view of Anshun Bridge (安顺桥) in Chendgu (成都). Many thanks for the photographer lady who told us that it’s much nicer from the other direction. We followed her through the Halloween-themed party places on the riverside and I have to admit: it is better from the other direction.

Huanglong: Jade green pond

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NIKON D80
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f/8.0
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1/60 sec
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18.0 mm
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ISO 100
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18-140mm f/3.5-5.6 G VR

Jade green pond in Huanglong (黄龙). I never really believe these colours exist without any alteration to the pictures, but they are real. Huanglong is one of a kind with it’s fairytale ponds.

Autumn in Huanglong

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NIKON D80
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f/11.0
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1/15 sec
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24.0 mm
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ISO 100
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18-140mm f/3.5-5.6 G VR

A view somewhere near the Bonsai Pond in Huanglong (黄龙), with a not-too-bonsai size, autumn colour fir and the unbelievably blue pond it’s growing out from.

Huanglong

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Ponds in Huanglong; these blue ponds are said to be the scales of the giant Yellow Dragon that valley is named after.

Huanglong - a view of the ancient temple

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NIKON D80
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f/11.0
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1/40 sec
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18-140mm f/3.5-5.6 G VR

The hundreds of years old Huanglong Ancient Temple from the shore of the Multi-Coloured Ponds in a bit of a snow.

Even though this is not the weather you wish for at a visit to a natural phenomenon it certainly has it’s own magic when you see these places in a misty, gloomy weather.

Jiuzhaigou: Peacock Riverbed

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NIKON D80
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f/8.0
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ISO 400
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Peacock Riverbed is a part of the Five Flowers Lake of Jiuzhaigou Valley (九寨沟). It has lots of dead trees in deep, rich green-blue water, which changes hue when you’re walking around it.

Jiuzhaigou: Multicoloured Lake

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NIKON D80
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f/8.0
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1/6 sec
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ISO 100
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18-140mm f/3.5-5.6 G VR

Taken at the Multicoloured Lake of Jiuzhaigou Valley China, lake, Jiuzhaigou Valley (九寨沟), Sichuan, autumn; with all the reflections of the autumn colours, the blues of the water, the small tree on the tiny island on top of a dead, underwater tree it is a place where you could spend days, just wondering around.

Panda Waterfalls, Jiuzhaigou

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NIKON D80
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f/8.0
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1/8 sec
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18-140mm f/3.5-5.6 G VR

The Panda Waterfalls is the one falling from Panda Lake in Jiuzhaigou Valley (九寨沟).

We had only one day in the park - where one could easily spend weeks - and we wanted to visit both valleys accessible. Unfortunately we were in a bit of a hurry by the we reached the Panda Lake since the last buses were about to leave and we would have been looking at a ~20km walk back to the entrance in case we miss them.

If you plan to visit this place, plan at least 2 days for it, but even that is extremely brief.

Sichuan mountains - a view from Jiuzhaigou Primeval Forest

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NIKON D80
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f/8.0
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1/60 sec
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52.0 mm
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ISO 200
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18-140mm f/3.5-5.6 G VR

Scene from the Primeval Forest bus stop in Jiuzhaigou.

We had a very limited time at this point: it was getting late and we both started to feel dizzy due to the rapid changes in the altitude - the spot I’ve been standing at is at approximately 3000m.

It was unfortunate to underestimate the size of Jiuzhaigou; without the buses, we could not have seem even one part of it, but this was, we were able to get a glimpse of both paths.

Jiuzhaigou: The Five Coloured Pool

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NIKON D80
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f/5.6
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1/25 sec
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The Five Coloured Pool in Jiuzhaigou Valley (九寨沟) is the biggest attraction. It’s a small lake with 5 different tones of rich blue, a blue which is very, very rare. The crowd is pretty bad around the lake, especially in the middle of the day, so brace yourselves before arriving.

Nuorilang Waterfall in Jiuzhaigou

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NIKON D80
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f/16.0
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1/8 sec
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20.0 mm
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ISO 100
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18-140mm f/3.5-5.6 G VR

This view was on of the reasons why we ended up going to Sichuan for our honeymoon: Nuorilang Waterfall, in Jiuzhaigou Valley (九寨沟)…A long time ago, in one of the Chinese chophouses in Hungary, there was a calendar with a picture of this view. Unfortunately, I could no recall the name of the place, so when my wife asked for my interests in Chine, I could only tell her, that there is a place where a waterfall is formed from a field. She found it :)

Nuorilang Waterfall (part)

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NIKON D80
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f/18.0
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1/8 sec
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ISO 100
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18-140mm f/3.5-5.6 G VR

Part of the magnificent Nuorilang Waterfall in Jiuzhaigou Valley (九寨沟), Sichuan. The water drops from a lake, half covered with plants, so it seems like falling out from the field itself. ..It’s nearly impossible to avoid the crowd, but during autumn, at the end of October it’s not entirely hopeless; just be patient.

Jiuzhaigou: Rhinoceros Lake 2

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NIKON D80
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f/7.1
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1/13 sec
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18-140mm f/3.5-5.6 G VR

This is the view of Rhinoceros Lake in Jiuzhaigou Valley (九寨沟) when autumn arrives and all the trees changes into different, burning colours around it. The footpath on the opposite side of the road is nearly empty; if you want to escape the crowds and have a little time with nature there, explore this area.

Jiuzhaigou: Rhinoceros Lake

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NIKON D80
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f/7.1
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1/13 sec
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18-140mm f/3.5-5.6 G VR

Rhinoceros Lake is just one of the lakes in Jiuzhaigou Valley (九寨沟), in Sichuan, China. It has a deep, fascinating green-blue colour which reflects the autumn painted trees miraculously. The footpath on the opposite side of the road is nearly empty; if you want to escape the crowd and have a little time with nature there, explore this area.

Jiuzhaigou: reflections in Rhinoceros lake 2

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NIKON D80
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f/8.0
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1/15 sec
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48.0 mm
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ISO 100
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18-140mm f/3.5-5.6 G VR

We spent a day in Jiuzhaigou Valley (九寨沟) in Sichuan, China. After the first shock of immense amount of tourists at the front gates the walk path beside the beautiful Rhinoceros lake turned out to be nearly empty. This reflection was photographed there.

Rhinoceros Lake, Jiuzhaigou

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NIKON D80
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f/11.0
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1/30 sec
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ISO 100
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This is real. There is not a single piece faked on this view. A view from the footpath on the left side of Rhinoceros Lake in Jiuzhaigou Valley (九寨沟).

Nowadays you have to take the bus in the valley at the front gates. To find this view jump off at the first possible option and continue the walk on the opposite side of the lake.

The weather was really nice to us on that day, and with the late October colours, it is a miraculous sight.

Jiuzhaigou: reflections in Rhinoceros Lake

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NIKON D80
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f/8.0
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1/4 sec
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ISO 200
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18-140mm f/3.5-5.6 G VR

Taken ad Rhinoceros Lake, in Jiuzhaigou Valley (九寨沟) in Sichuan, China, At first, even in real life, it was hard to tell reflection from origin.

Morning veiw from a Jiuzhaigou accommodation

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NIKON D80
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f/8.0
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1/60 sec
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112.0 mm
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ISO 100
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18-140mm f/3.5-5.6 G VR

This is the view you get if you wake up early enough in the freezing cold and walk out from your unheated room in Zanghzha, the city made for tourists besides Jiuzhaigou valley.

(We did have heated bed, so sleeping was not an issue.)

Shrinekeeper in Qingyang Taoist Temple

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NIKON D80
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f/4.0
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1/200 sec
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210.0 mm
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ISO 200
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70-210mm f/4 AF

The Qingyang Taoist Temple in Chengdu (成都) is rather a small, ancient village than a temple, from the eyes of a European. This old lady was keeping the incense holder clean and tidy in front of a shrine.

Sunset from Mount Qingcheng

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NIKON D80
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f/9.0
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1/800 sec
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ISO 100
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Mount Qingcheng (青城山) is a sacred mountain - and so a popular tourist attraction - close to Chengdu, in China.

Instead of going to the much more crowded front mountain, we decided to go to the rear, wilder and less touristy back mountain. It was definitely worth it; this a view from close to the top, with the cable car pillar showing at the bottom left. ( No, we did not use it. )

It’s not an easy climb, but all the Chinese girls were doing it in high heels - respect ladies.

Be prepared for extreme fatigue in your thighs just before reaching the top, but it was worth the pain.

The lake on the rear peak of Mount Qingcheng

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NIKON D80
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f/11.0
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1/5 sec
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45.0 mm
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ISO 100
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18-140mm f/3.5-5.6 G VR

In case you climb the rear peak of Mount Qingcheng (青城山) there is a small lake in the way. The only option to cross it is to jump on the ferry which goes from one side to the other. Be careful to reach the last one: after it gets dark, the ferryman goes home and you have to sleep at the surprisingly frightening ancient town a few hundred meters higher.

Abstract Shore

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NIKON D80
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f/8.0
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1/40 sec
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70.0 mm
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ISO 100
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35-70mm f/2.8 D

The original plan for our trip was to visit South Wales, but we decided to turn South after Cotswolds to get to the sea as fast as possible due to the very warm summer day. So we ended up visiting the Durdle Door.

WUT?!

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NIKON D80
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f/4.0
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1/80 sec
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180.0 mm
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ISO 100
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AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-210mm f/4

Surprised Snowy Owl in Linton Zoo.

Deer with starling

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NIKON D80
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f/4.0
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1/200 sec
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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
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1/60 sec
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AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-210mm f/4

Red deer in autumn Richmond Park

Squirrel silhouette

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NIKON D80
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f/5.0
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1/640 sec
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210.0 mm
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ISO 400
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AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-210mm f/4

Silhouette of a squirrel in Greenwich.

Industrials - Nolyémi 2

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NIKON D80
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f/8.0
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1/50 sec
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52.0 mm
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ISO 200
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AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED

Thanks for a kind security guard, we were able to use the Malomudvar, and old, early 20th century mill as our background when we took some pictures for and LD50 ( a now inactive community site ) gallery.

Industrials - Nolyémi 1

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NIKON D80
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f/4.0
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Thanks for a kind security guard, we were able to use the Malomudvar, and old, early 20th century mill as our background when we took some pictures for and LD50 ( a now inactive community site ) gallery.

Industrials - Lini

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NIKON D80
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f/4.5
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1/60 sec
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There is a relic in Budapest from a previous era, called Csepel Művek1. During its good ol’ days, it gave work to 20 000 people, had its own infrastructure, internal post network, and so on.

Sadly half of it is abandoned, including some large halls, abandoned and left to rot, with even their floor taken aways.

We took some photos with Lini there a long time ago; this is the one I liked the most.


  1. http://www.csepelmuvek.hu/

Summer

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This is one of the rare images I took with an analogue machine. The original is colour, but I knew this was going to be a black and white one in the end. The scan of the negative was done in a common quick lab, the black & white conversion by Rawtherapee.

It was taken not much later the freshly renovated Erzsébet tér was opened in Budapest.

Stage Twinkles - An angel of Mare Temporis

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NIKON D80
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f/4.5
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Mare Temporis1 is a historical re-enacting group, focusing on medieval Europe with some occasional additions. This scene was captured at an event in February, held at an artificial ice-skating place to celebrate the 500 year anniversary of crowning the famous Hungarian king, King Matthias.

Taking pictures for hours in February after you’ve nearly broken you wrist with a fall during ice-skating is a bit troublesome and painful, I would not really recommend it :)


  1. http://maretemporis.hu/

Stage Twinkles - Békakirály

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“Szabad ötletek jegyzéke” ( Catalogue of free thoughts ? ) is definitely the most depressing, most intimate work of the Hungarian poet, Attila József. A shadow theatre decided to make it a recitation with some additional tones: projected, live action background imaginary, disturbing, through the curtain shapes and one single voice, without any major movements.

I was asked to take some promotional photos for the event. What I was no aware of is that due to the lack of time at the theatre itself, it will be filmed while I’m taking pictures, so I ended up working as silently as possible, without flash, without autofocus ( my tele lenses are pretty old, therefore not with ultra wave motors ). I was really happy to have the camera with me; it was probably the most discomforting plays I’ve ever seen, which makes me believe they did a good job.

Trick of the light

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I took this at Contrast Festival 21, an alternative festival took place a few years ago. Surprisingly after the sun went down it became much easier to take pictures; most probably because the coloured lights became more visible.


  1. http://www.ld50.hu/article/ld50/party/contrastfeszt2

Switch-box

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Budapest has some fairly abandoned locations, including most of the areas of the old abattoir. This is a still in use, working electricity-distributor box.

Cacao barrels

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In Zandaam, The Netherlands, we’ve came across a few barrels right next to one of the windmills.

Angry Gods

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1/20 sec
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I’ve been in storms, seen storms; many kind of them, but not ever before or since one like this. The clouds where shining, like strobes or light bulbs, without a sound. It was terrifying and magnificent at the same time ( and also impossible to photograph it correctly ).

Top of the World - Røros

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In 2006 I was lucky enough to be part of a 16 bus-trip in Norway. I’ve seen miraculous places, including the small town of Røros, with it’s abandoned copper mine and the leftover hills of it.

Top of the World - Durdle Door

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NIKON D80
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f/4.0
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ISO 100
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Original target: South-Wales. After getting out of the car in Costwolds, we decided to turn down and visit the sea due to the nearly 30 °C outside. Incredibly cold water, beautiful location and view, crazy tourists in top of the hill.

Norfolk Lavender - Late Lavender

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We reached the Norfolk lavender fields just before sunset, which gave us nice gradient backgrounds. If you ever plan to visit the lavender fields, do it in July; that is the time when they are the most beautiful.

Norfolk Lavender - Tortile Tongue

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Camera
NIKON D80
Aperture
f/
Shutter speed
1/60 sec
Focal length (as set)
0.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 200
Lens
0mm f/0 MF

Red Admiral butterfly feeding on Norfolk lavender. Slow and calm, probably due to being soothened by the lavender :)

Norfolk Lavender - European Peacock butterfly

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Camera
NIKON D80
Aperture
f/5.6
Shutter speed
1/60 sec
Focal length (as set)
180.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 100
Lens
70-210mm f/4 AF

An European Peacock Butterfly sitting on a lavender in Norfolk. The are quite slow and relaxed, probably due to the soothing effect of the lavender :)

Peak District in the winter - skull

peak-district-in-the-winter-skull
Camera
NIKON D80
Aperture
f/16.0
Shutter speed
6 sec
Focal length (as set)
18.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 100
Lens
AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED

Originally we wanted to take a photo of the waterfall in the background and only spotted the white skull when we reached it very close.

Peak District in the winter - waterfall

peak-district-in-the-winter-waterfall
Camera
NIKON D80
Aperture
f/11.0
Shutter speed
6 sec
Focal length (as set)
18.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 100
Lens
18-70mm f/3.5-4.5 G

We spotted the waterfall from the tourist path way above; the slope was surprisingly steep downhills, but the view was worth it.

Sunrise - Amsterdam winter sunrise

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Camera
Nexus 4
Aperture
f/
Shutter speed
1/869 sec
Focal length (as set)
4.6 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 100
Lens

Working at a Friday after the Christmas Party of the company is not always the experience we’re looking forward for; except when we’re granted with views like this, a sunrise on a gloomy morning, where our Sun looks dying and sick above Amsterdam.

Sunrise - Hungarian National Graveyard

sunrise-hungarian-national-graveyard
Camera
NIKON D80
Aperture
f/4.0
Shutter speed
1/320 sec
Focal length (as set)
135.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 100
Lens
70-210mm f/4 AF

When the October weather reached it’s peak beauty, I decided to get up early enough to catch the sunrise in the Hungarian National Graveyard. Though I ended up with miraculous images, it was a bit cold, and I wished sunrise would last much longer.

This particular photo was taken when I was about to leave and for a hunch, I’ve turned back for a moment, to wave goodbye to the place. Thank you, hunch :)

Trees - death of a pine

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Camera
NIKON D80
Aperture
f/4.0
Shutter speed
1/100 sec
Focal length (as set)
50.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 800
Lens
50mm f/1.8 D

I’ve captured this in the Slovak Paradise and this is probably the only photo with the Nikon D80 that ever reproduced greens nearly at the same level a Fuji does.

Trees - Forest of ice

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Camera
DiMAGE E323
Aperture
f/4.8
Shutter speed
1/1351 sec
Focal length (as set)
5.6 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 50
Lens

This was the scenery that made me start taking photos seriously. During a few days of skying in Slovenia, at one of the mornings I saw these threes at the top of the mountain: all of them frozen in ice, all beautiful and surreal, with untouched snow, and crispy, crystal clear sky.

Trees - Reflections in Norra Lunsen

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Camera
NIKON D80
Aperture
f/3.5
Shutter speed
1/60 sec
Focal length (as set)
18.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 400
Lens
18-70mm f/3.5-4.5 G

Norra Lunsen has some deep, truly black waters where it’s hard to tell the reflection apart from a normal view. This was the place where I finally understood, why the “little duck bathes in black lake” in a childhood verse.

Trees - Norra Lunsen

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Camera
NIKON D80
Aperture
f/4.0
Shutter speed
1/250 sec
Focal length (as set)
18.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 100
Lens

Norra Lunsen1 is a nature reserve right next to the Swedish city, Uppsala. A while ago they decided to restore the original, marsh state of the area. You mostly walk on wooden planks and the green “meadow” below you is not grass; it’s pitch black water covered in duckweed. The creaking of the half-dead trees, the black water and the silence are all adding up to a pretty much haunted feeling. If you happen to be close to it, visit it.


  1. http://www.lansstyrelsen.se/uppsala/Sv/djur-och-natur/skyddad-natur/naturreservat/uppsala/norra-lunsen/Pages/default.aspx

Trees - Autumn

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Camera
NIKON D80
Aperture
f/4.0
Shutter speed
1/80 sec
Focal length (as set)
210.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 400
Lens
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.

Trees - Blurry Sandringham

trees-blurry-sandringham
Camera
NIKON D80
Aperture
f/22.0
Shutter speed
13 sec
Focal length (as set)
40.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 100
Lens
35-70mm f/2.8 D

Blurry was trendy, so I made it blurry. And the wind of course was blowing too hard not to do so.

Trees - Harridan of St. Marx

trees-harridan-of-st-marx
Camera
NIKON D80
Aperture
f/8.0
Shutter speed
1/200 sec
Focal length (as set)
18.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 400
Lens
18-70mm f/3.5-4.5 G

There is a romantic period graveyard, St. Marx Friedhof, in Vienna. I was reading a text on the history of the graveyard and by looking up from it I saw this “tree”, this witch, guarding the dead.

Trees - Nymph of the Peak District

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Camera
Nexus 4
Aperture
f/2.6
Shutter speed
1/182 sec
Focal length (as set)
4.6 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 100
Lens

During our visit to the winter Peak District, I saw this tree - I’d rather say, this dryad, this wood nymph. No wonder there are that many legends and myths of woodland creatures.

Hidden world - resting ladybird

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Camera
NIKON D80
Aperture
f/
Shutter speed
1/20 sec
Focal length (as set)
0.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 400
Lens
0mm f/0 MF

We arrived in Norra Lunsen, a natural reserve in Sweden - according to the local tourist information, it’s the middle of nowhere yet it’s literally on the edge of the city. After sitting down it only took a few minutes to notice all the small, living things around; like this little ladybird resting on a lichen covered branch.

Hidden world - natural fractal

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Camera
NIKON D80
Aperture
f/
Shutter speed
1/60 sec
Focal length (as set)
0.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 1600
Lens
0mm f/0 MF

Ferns leaves are natural fractals; little miracles of the world.

Hidden world - pine cones in Norfolk forest

hidden-world-pine-cones-in-norfolk-forest
Camera
NIKON D80
Aperture
f/4.0
Shutter speed
1/125 sec
Focal length (as set)
210.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 200
Lens
70-210mm f/4 AF

Lichen is common in a fir forest, but I rarely encounter this much covered cones.

Hidden world - orange mushroom

hidden-world-orange-mushroom
Camera
NIKON D80
Aperture
f/
Shutter speed
1/6 sec
Focal length (as set)
0.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 100
Lens
0mm f/0 MF

At the London Wetland Centre there is a small area that resembles Iceland, with a wall made of stones and lots of moss. I’ve found this little, orange mushroom there.

Hidden shapes - Orders

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Camera
NIKON D80
Aperture
f/4.5
Shutter speed
1/30 sec
Focal length (as set)
210.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 200
Lens
70-210mm f/4 AF

Pine branches that reminded me a fairy king, giving order to the audience.

Hidden shapes - Earthworm Jim

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Camera
NIKON D80
Aperture
f/4.0
Shutter speed
1/320 sec
Focal length (as set)
210.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 800
Lens
70-210mm f/4 AF

A black, frost-bitten berry that reminded me way too much of “Earthworm Jim”.

Moss

moss
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/2.8
Shutter speed
1/50 sec
Focal length (as set)
50.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 100
Lens
smc PENTAX-DA 50mm F1.8

We had some moss growing in the same pot the red mint is living in, so I took a few shoots. The colourful spots in the background is the mint itself.

Shoot with an 50mm 1.8 + Raynox DCR 250.

Autumn Impressions - Blooming moss

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Camera
NIKON D80
Aperture
f/
Shutter speed
0.5 sec
Focal length (as set)
0.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 400
Lens
0mm f/0 MF

“Flowers” of a moss. I brought my camera with me to work a few times when I walked from the office through a hill in Budapest; I’ve found these on a small fence.

Autumn Impressions - Peeking snail

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Camera
NIKON D80
Aperture
f/
Shutter speed
1/10 sec
Focal length (as set)
0.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 1600
Lens
0mm f/0 MF

One of my previous workplaces was located very close to Tabán in Budapest and sometimes I walked a fair distance to clear my head. There was a location during the walk where I regularly saw moss and small snails so I decided to take my camera with me a few times. I was fortunate enough to come across this small snail, hiding. When you’re just a few centimeters from them they are much faster than from a distance :)

Autumn Impressions - Purple Mushroom

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Camera
NIKON D80
Aperture
f/
Shutter speed
1/30 sec
Focal length (as set)
0.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 800
Lens

I’ve found this little fellow on an autumn excursion; I’ve never seen a purple mushroom before this.

Norfolk tulips - You're all individuals! No, I'm not!

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Camera
NIKON D80
Aperture
f/5.0
Shutter speed
1/250 sec
Focal length (as set)
125.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 200
Lens
70-210mm f/4 AF

While the Holland tulips are world-famous, the Norfolk tulip fields are quite nice as well. Sometimes the beautiful, single colour rows are spotted with different dots of odd ones out :)

Norfolk tulips - You're all individuals!

norfolk-tulips-youre-all-individuals
Camera
NIKON D80
Aperture
f/5.0
Shutter speed
1/80 sec
Focal length (as set)
210.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 200
Lens
70-210mm f/4 AF

When we’d read about the tulip fields in Norfolk, we immediately wanted to visit them. Lucky with the time of the year, we managed to get there, although finding it is a bit tricky: you can spot them from the highway, but finding the road that actually gets you there is another story.

It definitely worth it though, but prepare for a massive heat on the field itself.

Seals in Norfolk - baby seal nursery

seals-in-norfolk-baby-seal-nursery
Camera
NIKON D80
Aperture
f/4.0
Shutter speed
1/200 sec
Focal length (as set)
210.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 100
Lens

Beauty of Norfolk: when you can walk ~5 meters close to 3 baby seals and take a picture like a boss.

Seals in Norfolk - baby seal

seals-in-norfolk-baby-seal
Camera
NIKON D80
Aperture
f/4.0
Shutter speed
1/320 sec
Focal length (as set)
210.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 100
Lens

There are some shores in Norfolk where you can literally walk right next to the seals, all year long.

They are lovely creatures - as long as you keep your distance -, especially the fat little babies, just lying, sleeping, playing around.

Peak District in the winter - valley

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Camera
NIKON D80
Aperture
f/10.0
Shutter speed
1/60 sec
Focal length (as set)
24.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 200
Lens
18-70mm f/3.5-4.5 G

The Peak District is about what it’s name states: peaks. During the winter, it’s nearly abandoned, with only a few enthusiasts out there, it’s quiet, peaceful and beautiful.

Peak District in the winter - sunset scenery

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Camera
Nexus 4
Aperture
f/2.6
Shutter speed
1/302 sec
Focal length (as set)
4.6 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 100
Lens

Watching the sunset from the top of a hill is always beautiful, until you realize, you’ll need to get down in the dark.

But is was definitely worth it.

Peak District in the winter - daylight with the Moon

peak-district-in-the-winter-daylight-with-the-moon
Camera
NIKON D80
Aperture
f/5.6
Shutter speed
1/30 sec
Focal length (as set)
18.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 100
Lens
18-70mm f/3.5-4.5 G

Still bright, blue sky above the peaks could even be called a common view - but not with the Moon shining bright already.

London at night - The Cheesegrater under construction

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Camera
Nexus 4
Aperture
f/
Shutter speed
1/25 sec
Focal length (as set)
4.6 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 1200
Lens

Foggy night, skyscraper construction site, all the post-apocalyptic scene you can wish for.

London at night - Lloyd's Building

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Camera
Nexus 4
Aperture
f/
Shutter speed
1/23 sec
Focal length (as set)
4.6 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 1200
Lens

I’m in love with the Lloyd’s Building1, especially with the night lights on. It immediately puts you in an 80s cyberpunk movie.


  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lloyd's_building

London at night - Heron Tower

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Camera
Nexus 4
Aperture
f/
Shutter speed
1/25 sec
Focal length (as set)
4.6 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 1200
Lens

I’ve worked a few month in the City of London; some of the buildings you see during the day become very different during the night.

South-West England - a Dartmoor pony

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Camera
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

south-west-england-the-sea-behind-minack-theatre
Camera
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 - Puzzlewood

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Camera
NIKON D80
Aperture
f/11.0
Shutter speed
1 sec
Focal length (as set)
34.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 400
Lens
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 - Waterfall of Tintagel

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Camera
NIKON D80
Aperture
f/16.0
Shutter speed
0.3 sec
Focal length (as set)
70.0 mm
Sensitivity
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/

Northern Ireland - The end of the rainbow

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Camera
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 - shadow of a rainbow

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Camera
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 Dark Hedges

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Camera
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.

Northern Ireland - Dunluce Castle

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Camera
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.

Ireland - Spring Wicklow

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Camera
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.

Ireland - Kevin's Kitchen

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Camera
NIKON D80
Aperture
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.

40s #2

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Camera
NIKON D80
Aperture
f/
Shutter speed
1/60 sec
Focal length (as set)
0.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 200
Lens
0mm f/0 MF

Conceptional shoot to touch the feelings of the 40s. Concept: Boglar Olah, http://peruzzi.hu/ Model: Nora Hamucska

40s #2

40s-4
Camera
NIKON D80
Aperture
f/
Shutter speed
1/60 sec
Focal length (as set)
0.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 100
Lens
0mm f/0 MF

Conceptional shoot to touch the feelings of the 40s. Concept: Boglar Olah, http://peruzzi.hu/ Model: Nora Hamucska

40s #2

40s-3
Camera
NIKON D80
Aperture
f/
Shutter speed
1/60 sec
Focal length (as set)
0.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 1600
Lens
0mm f/0 MF

Conceptional shoot to touch the feelings of the 40s. Concept: Boglar Olah, http://peruzzi.hu/ Model: Nora Hamucska

40s #2

40s-2
Camera
NIKON D80
Aperture
f/
Shutter speed
1/125 sec
Focal length (as set)
0.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 200
Lens
0mm f/0 MF

Conceptional shoot to touch the feelings of the 40s. Concept: Boglar Olah, http://peruzzi.hu/ Model: Nora Hamucska

Ilford pan 100 - Nóra Hamucska

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We decided to have a special photo excursion with some friends by all of us bringing an analogue camera beside the digital ones. I brought a Contax RTS1 with Ilford Pan 1002 film; I was very pleased and quite surprised how exceptionally good this film is.


  1. http://camera-wiki.org/wiki/Contax_RTS

  2. http://www.theimagingwarehouse.com/ProductGrp/Ilford-Pan-100

Runaway - Wanderer

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Camera
NIKON D80
Aperture
f/4.0
Shutter speed
1/50 sec
Focal length (as set)
190.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 1600
Lens
70-210mm f/4 AF

Part of a fantasy set based on the feeling of “runaway” at Hungarian National Graveyard, Budapest, Hungary.

Model: Nora Hamucska

Runaway - Stampede

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Camera
NIKON D80
Aperture
f/2.8
Shutter speed
1/50 sec
Focal length (as set)
70.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 1000
Lens
35-70mm f/2.8 D

Part of a fantasy set based on the feeling of “runaway” at Hungarian National Graveyard, Budapest, Hungary.

Model: Nora Hamucska

Runaway - Huntress

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Camera
NIKON D80
Aperture
f/
Shutter speed
1/60 sec
Focal length (as set)
0.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 800
Lens
0mm f/0 MF

Part of a fantasy set based on the feeling of “runaway” at Hungarian National Graveyard, Budapest, Hungary.

Model: Nora Hamucska

Slovenský raj - Road in the mountains

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Camera
NIKON D80
Aperture
f/6.3
Shutter speed
1/60 sec
Focal length (as set)
70.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 200
Lens
70-210mm f/4 AF

Still in the Slovak Paradise we decided to have a bit more relaxed day ( most of our clothing needed to dry anyway ) and take a look at a small town’s architecture. For that, we needed to cross the mountains on a very, very winding very small road, which turned into one mass of fog during the night, when we were coming back.

Slovenský raj - Forest view

slovensky-raj-slovak-paradise-forest-view
Camera
NIKON D80
Aperture
f/11.0
Shutter speed
0.6 sec
Focal length (as set)
38.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 100
Lens
18-70mm f/3.5-4.5 G

This scenery is in the way from Stratená to Dobšiná, the Ice Cave, and this was the exact location where we found some bear footprints on the ground. I was pretty scared to stop taking pictures, but the view was just too majestic to leave it behind without at least trying capturing it.

Slovenský raj - Waterfall

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Camera
NIKON D80
Aperture
f/11.0
Shutter speed
2 sec
Focal length (as set)
50.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 100
Lens
18-70mm f/3.5-4.5 G

Whenever I have the chance to visit a “proper” pine woodland I try to find the small streams, hidden in the depth of the forest. It usually involves getting off the trails ( although finding the trails in the Slovak Paradise might be a problem in itself ), so take a compass and a map with you ( preferably an army or a satellite map as well ) if you plan to go deep.

Slovenský raj - Mist after rain

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Camera
NIKON D80
Aperture
f/4.0
Shutter speed
1/640 sec
Focal length (as set)
70.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 800
Lens
70-210mm f/4 AF

After we’ve experienced one of the heaviest rains I’ve ever seen the firs slowly started to appear from the mist.

I had to ask Nora to hold my rain poncho over the camera and the tripod while I took the picture, since the rain was still falling and the D80 is, unfortunately, no weather sealed enough for this.

Slovenský raj - Dedinky Lake

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Camera
NIKON D80
Aperture
f/9.0
Shutter speed
1/40 sec
Focal length (as set)
24.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 800
Lens
18-70mm f/3.5-4.5 G

The Slovak Paradise is a mountain area in Slovakia, Central Europe. We visited it in the summer ( I know, the pictures look like it’s autumn ) and had some wonderful trip around.

We even found some bear footprints which is pretty frightening when the two of you are alone on the woods, so be careful with hiking here :)