Puertito de los Molinos

puertito-de-los-molinos
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/
Shutter speed
1/125 sec
Focal length (as set)
50.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 200
Lens
K or M Lens

Puertito de los Molinos has huge, steep, beautiful walls of rock surrounding it; unfortunately it's more or less impossible to climb down on them. We planned to get here by sunset, but it was pitch black when we actually arrived, so instead before... Continue »

Road to Malpaís Grande

road-to-malpais-grande
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/9.0
Shutter speed
1/125 sec
Focal length (as set)
35.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 200
Lens
smc PENTAX-DA 35mm F2.4 AL

The road to and from Pozo Negro is quiet, but that doesn't mean there is nothing to look at: it comes all the way along the black fields of lava which started at Malpaís Grande and ended up at the sea at Pozo Negro.

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Pozo Negro

pozo-negro
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/11.0
Shutter speed
1/125 sec
Focal length (as set)
35.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 200
Lens
smc PENTAX-DA 35mm F2.4 AL

Pozo Negro got about 2 sentences in the guide book for Fuerteventura, and most of those 2 lines was that it has 2 pescados, fish restaurants. Well, it did, in fact had nice fish, and if you're there by sunset, like we were, it also offers beautiful... Continue »

Mountains of Fuerteventura

mountains-of-fuerteventura
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/11.0
Shutter speed
1/500 sec
Focal length (as set)
35.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 200
Lens
smc PENTAX-DA 35mm F2.4 AL

There is a rather empty road on Fuerteventura, the one that goes through Betancuria, in the mountains, to the south, FV-30. I can certainly recommend taking this route if you can: it's calm, outerworldly, with ravens visiting you at the miradors,... Continue »

Peñitas Dam

penitas-dam
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/11.0
Shutter speed
1/400 sec
Focal length (as set)
35.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 160
Lens
smc PENTAX-DA 35mm F2.4 AL

During the past centuries there were numerous attempts to make Fuerteventura greener again - one of them was the Peñitas Dam. Unfortunately the erosion of the surrounding mountains is too strong, pushing a lot of soil into the dam, making the water... Continue »

A desert of Fuerteventura

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PENTAX K-5 II s
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f/
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sec
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The image was taken from the top of Mirador De Morro Velosa, on our way to Betancuria.

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Panorama from Mirador De Morro Velosa

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PENTAX K-5 II s
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f/
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sec
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When visiting a mirador, one might expect a place to buy coffee next to a magnificent view, but Mirador De Morro Velosa offers a lot more. Besides the panoramic view, the building also functions as a museum about the islands and their origins - and... Continue »

Wine yard on Lanzarote

wine-yard-on-lanzarote
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/11.0
Shutter speed
1/320 sec
Focal length (as set)
85.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 200
Lens
HD PENTAX-DA 16-85mm F3.5-5.6 ED DC WR

On that black slope you can see small semi-circles of stones: those are humiditiy traps with vine in their middle. Wine from Lanzarote is sweet and very nice, and knowing it's growing on a martinan land makes it even more exciting.

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Panorama of Timanfaya National Park

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PENTAX K-5 II s
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f/
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sec
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The Timanfaya National Park is a vast wasteland of volcanic eruptions happened mostly around 1730. It is unique, beautiful, looks like an alien planet, and quite dangerous to walk on your own. The road on the left is the route the camels take when... Continue »

Layers of volcanic ash

layers-of-volcanic-ash
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/
Shutter speed
1/400 sec
Focal length (as set)
50.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 200
Lens
K or M Lens

Lanzarote has a unique lake: it's completely green, called El Lago Verde. The colour is due to the different volcanic ash falling into the small lake: all these magnificent slopes around it are contributing to creating that green water.

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The top of Timanfaya

top-of-timanfaya
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/16.0
Shutter speed
1/125 sec
Focal length (as set)
35.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 160
Lens
smc PENTAX-DA 35mm F2.4 AL

At the top of Timanfaya National Park on Lanzarote, there is a building, designed by César Manrique, called El Diablo: it uses completely natural hot air coming from the depths of the Earth to cook. This is the view in front of it.

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Stream with oak leaves

stream-with-oak-leaves
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/
Shutter speed
1/80 sec
Focal length (as set)
50.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 200
Lens
K or M Lens

Sometimes the simple, small things, are just as gorgeous: this was in the stream that as flowing down from a gigantic waterfall in Ireland.

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A piece of Powerscourt Waterfall

a-piece-of-powerscourt-waterfall
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/20.0
Shutter speed
1/6 sec
Focal length (as set)
48.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 160
Lens
HD PENTAX-DA 16-85mm F3.5-5.6 ED DC WR

Only a small portion of the huge Powerscourt Waterfall in Ireland. The place is beautiful, however, it can get very crowded, so taking images of the whole waterfall is very tricky.

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Powerscourt Waterfall Forest - browns

powerscourt-waterfall-forest-browns
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/
Shutter speed
1/20 sec
Focal length (as set)
45.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 800
Lens
K or M Lens

Occasionally it's worth getting off the usual tracks and paths; you end up in abandoned, unmaintained parts of the forest, leading into dark rows of pines all around you.

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Powerscourt Waterfall Forest - greens

powerscourt-waterfall-forest-greens
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/
Shutter speed
1/200 sec
Focal length (as set)
45.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 200
Lens
K or M Lens

Irish forests are beautiful, and all the greens collide before autumn sits in.

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Sunset at Kilchurn Castle

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Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/8.0
Shutter speed
1/60 sec
Focal length (as set)
60.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 200
Lens
HD PENTAX-DA 16-85mm F3.5-5.6 ED DC WR

At the end of a wonderful organised day tour we visited Loch Awe and Kilchurn Castle. We a decent weather all the day - given it was winter in Scotland, I was very glad for it, but the sunset was certainly magnificent.

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Sunset at Loch Awe

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Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/11.0
Shutter speed
1/125 sec
Focal length (as set)
85.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 200
Lens
HD PENTAX-DA 16-85mm F3.5-5.6 ED DC WR

Sunsets can be magnificent all around the UK, but they seem to be astonishing in Scotland - if you're lucky enough to see the sun. We were, thank fully.

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Island on Loch Awe

sunset-island-on-loch-awe
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/8.0
Shutter speed
1/60 sec
Focal length (as set)
68.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 400
Lens
HD PENTAX-DA 16-85mm F3.5-5.6 ED DC WR

Sunsets have been photographed so many times that when you see one that's truly outstanding you end up finding yourself looking for excuses why you took the picture. It's simple: it was, in fact, beautiful.

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Trees burning in the sunset

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Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/7.1
Shutter speed
1/60 sec
Focal length (as set)
60.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 800
Lens
HD PENTAX-DA 16-85mm F3.5-5.6 ED DC WR

We passed this tiny island on our way to Kilchurn Castle and back. Going there, they were simple, grey trees, but when the sun was setting, it was lighting up the branches just like it was the colour of the leaves or the trees themselves. You need... Continue »

Mountains around Glencoe

mountains-around-glencoe
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/9.0
Shutter speed
1/60 sec
Focal length (as set)
48.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 200
Lens
HD PENTAX-DA 16-85mm F3.5-5.6 ED DC WR

There is a large parking lot in Glencoe where everybody stoppes to take pictures. While the view on the opposite is indeed magnificent, if you turn around, you can see just as interesting and just as beautiful landscapes as well.

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Glencoe, Scotland

glencoe-scotland
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/8.0
Shutter speed
1/60 sec
Focal length (as set)
16.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 200
Lens
HD PENTAX-DA 16-85mm F3.5-5.6 ED DC WR

Clencoe in Scotland is a manificent place, but it feels incredibly distant from what I'm usually used to. Vast, flowing clouds, close enough that sometimes they are just above your head, snow capped, steep (although not too large) mountains all around.

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Lizard at La Palma

lizard-at-la-palma
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/6.3
Shutter speed
1/640 sec
Focal length (as set)
300.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 200
Lens
HD PENTAX-DA 55-300mm F4-5.8 ED WR

La Palma is full of these little fellows, curious, fast, beautiful. If you give them some pressed fruit bars, they come very close.

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La Palma - stones on the shore

la-palma-stones-on-the-shore
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/25.0
Shutter speed
6 sec
Focal length (as set)
35.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 200
Lens
HD PENTAX-DA 16-85mm F3.5-5.6 ED DC WR

On the first day we arrived to La Palma we only started to look around and arrived into one of the larger towns rather late. This, however, is never a problem for photographers: we walked down to the part of the shore where only one people was... Continue »

La Palma - Tazacorte

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GT-I9505
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f/
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sec
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Tazacorte is not a particularly interesting city - although the various, colourful houses are nice -, but the view is exceptional. All those green trees are banana trees; the air is crisp and the sea is magnificent.

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La Palma - panorama

la-palma
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
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f/
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sec
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ISO
Lens

I barely ever had any GPS reception on La Palma so it's a little hard to tell where exactly the pictures were taken - pictures indeed, because this is a panorama stitched together from 3 handheld images from a DSLR by Hugin Continue »

La Palma - Teneguía

la-palma-teneguia-volcano
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/9.0
Shutter speed
1/60 sec
Focal length (as set)
39.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 200
Lens
HD PENTAX-DA 16-85mm F3.5-5.6 ED DC WR

The South-West area of La Palma is the youngest in terms of volcanic activity; there was a huge erosion in the '70s, which formed the land the way it is today.

Originally we didn't plan to visit this area for too long, thinking it's not as... Continue »

La Palma - Teneguía sky

la-palma-teneguia-sky
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/11.0
Shutter speed
1/100 sec
Focal length (as set)
16.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 200
Lens
HD PENTAX-DA 16-85mm F3.5-5.6 ED DC WR

I've seen magnificent skies, but the non-earthy, black volcanic ground, combined with deep blue sky and beautiful clouds is certainly on the list of the outerworld-ish experiences.

I did use a polarizer, but I was only trying to capture what... Continue »

La Palma - volcano route next to Enríque

la-palma-volcano-route-enrique
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/16.0
Shutter speed
1/125 sec
Focal length (as set)
16.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 200
Lens
HD PENTAX-DA 16-85mm F3.5-5.6 ED DC WR

Note: always stay 2 additional days at a location than you were originally planning and don't plan anything for that 2 days. So whatever you were unaware of, but about learn during your stay, you can check out on that 2 days.

Unfortunately... Continue »

La Palma - view on the volcano route

la-palma-volcano-route-view
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/16.0
Shutter speed
1/125 sec
Focal length (as set)
60.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 200
Lens
HD PENTAX-DA 16-85mm F3.5-5.6 ED DC WR

There is a footpath on La Palma which takes you through the moon-like landscape of volcanos - the only problem with it is that with all the black rocks, it can get very hot there. This is a view from the South towards North.

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The dock of La Palma

la-palma-dock
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/8.0
Shutter speed
1/250 sec
Focal length (as set)
60.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 200
Lens
HD PENTAX-DA 16-85mm F3.5-5.6 ED DC WR

The best excursions and holidays are the ones where apart from the planned, you allocate time for the unplanned, our you're willing to adapt.

We were certainly not planning to go out for whale and dolphin watching, but when we stopped at a... Continue »

Cambridge night lamps

cambridge-night-lamps
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/
Shutter speed
1/30 sec
Focal length (as set)
50.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 1600
Lens
K or M Lens

Sometimes, when you live in a beautiful city, you take it for granted, and overlook all the marvels around you. Unfortunately I barely ever wonder in the center of Cambridge during night, but at one day it all felt so perfect, still, quiet, and... Continue »

Beddgelert

beddgelert
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/8.0
Shutter speed
1/320 sec
Focal length (as set)
48.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 160
Lens
HD PENTAX-DA 16-85mm F3.5-5.6 ED DC WR

Our third visit to Wales was in autumn, and though I've not yet been there during winter, I can safely state it's always beautiful. Beddgelert is a small community; the name of the place originates from a sad story of a heroic dog. It can offer you... Continue »

Fairy Glen

fairy-glen
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/32.0
Shutter speed
6 sec
Focal length (as set)
85.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 160
Lens
HD PENTAX-DA 16-85mm F3.5-5.6 ED DC WR

The surroundings of Betws-y-Coed can offer numerous attractions, from peaks to abandoned mines, but there is a certain little creek which looks like a place out of myths and fairytales: the Fairy Glen. The whole area is a light trip, but it makes a... Continue »

Tihany

tihany
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/8.0
Shutter speed
1/640 sec
Focal length (as set)
300.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 200
Lens
HD PENTAX-DA 55-300mm F4-5.8 ED WR

It is always hard to take pictures of places you know well: when you've seen places countless times none of the scenery look extraordinary enough to fossilise it for eternity.

Thankfully, there are exceptions. This was taken in Tihany, at a... Continue »

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