Double Rainbow, West Sussex

Rainbow in the Park, West Sussex – June 2020

People tend to think of landscape photography as a fairly leisurely persuit, but in my experience it is anything but. I took these two pictures within a few minutes of each other – and then the light went!

Two Shadows, West Sussex – June 2020

If you are curious, I took these on my phone, which I bring on my daily walk. Moments after I took the rainbow picture it rained quite heavily, which made me glad that my phone is water resistant. To my eye, these photos are quite close to how it looked, the Sun was very low in the sky, casting long, dark shadows.

Mountains in Yunnan

Dali, Yunnan, China 2015

This is another photo from my trip to Yunnan in 2015. Yes, I have this as my banner, but thought I would write about it.

The path the photo was taken from led to a large lake. In the foreground, you can see paddies which were in cultivation. In the background, you can the mountains which surround Dali, casting shadows, which when mixed with a little dust make interesting patterns of light.

This all came about because we could see the lake and naively believed “it couldn’t be that far away”. Well, it could. It could be a good 2 1/2 hour walk, with the sun slowly setting behind us as we arrived. I remember thinking, “It’s a bit cold now”. And then it was night…..

Technical info. This photo is a composite of 3 pictures from the X100. It looks like a fairly faithful rendering of the view from the road. Perhaps next year, my New Year’s Resolution will be to carry a studio tripod with me (like one of those people who say: My sharpest lens is a tripod). Might not make it to make the next lot of resolutions!

View from the Shinkansen, Japan

Mt Fuji, Japan 2018

This is just an a photograph of Mt. Fuji from the shinkansen going to Kyoto from Tokyo. On the train, you catch a glinpse of it quite early and the train takes you closer and closer – until – you have this view. If you fly into or out of Narita airport, you also get a good view (I might post that view at some point). Looking at photographs on line, you can see that Mt. Fuji has a little cloud for a hat. It is bigger than it looks and commands its landscape, silently challenging.

I believe it is possible to climb Mt. Fuji at certain times of the year – and right now – I would really like to go there and give it a try.

On The Bund, Shanghai

The Bund, Shanghai, China 2018

The title really should be “View from the Bund” because all the tall buildings you can see are on the other side of the Huangpu River. As you can see, there is a wide path for people to walk by the river, which is pleasant when there is a gentle breeze (perhaps with an ice cream in hand). On this day, although it was overcast and cloudy, you could feel yourself being burned by the UV!

View of Straits Quay, Penang

Straits Quay From The Eastern and Oriental Hotel, Penang 2015

I know this photo looks rather fake and “dramatised”, but really the scene did look rather like this.

Penang is a curious place. Despite being a small island off the Malaysian peninsula, the weather could vary widely, even if you were only a couple of miles away. Here you can see a tropical storm brewing, presumably about to descend on Straits Quay. Sudden storms, with very heavy rain are a feature of Penang life.

Across the Strait, Malaysia

View from Georgetown, Malaysia 2015

Another seascape!

Once upon a time, Penang was a hub beween the UK and Hong Kong. During the war, various battles were fought in the Straits of Malacca and later it was a submarine base for the Japanese. These days, the harbour mostly handles cruiseships and ferries carrying holidaymakers to Langkawi (which I will probably write about another time).

When I lived there, once a week, I would try to walk from my home to the ferry terrinal. Some days, it would be fiercely bright, making the sea look a light blue and on other occasions, thick clouds would appear and the sea would take on a greener hue (like here).

Dawn – Cedar Key, FL

Dawn, Cedar Key 2000

I can’t believe I took this almost 20 years ago!

The night before, I had driven down from Atlanta. The last few miles had been quite slow because deer kept jumping from the side of the road (might have made interesting pictures) in what was quite a rural area. Finally we pulled up at the motel and piled into our rooms.

The next moring, my mum was thumping on my door – to show me the sunrise. I think I walked about 5 feet from my door – and took this picture. Can’t say I deliberated long and hard. But I still like it.

Incidentally, Cedar Key is a nice place. Quite low-key. Must go back one day.

Technically, I took this with my first digital camera a Nikon Coolpix 950, which produced 2 megapixel images.

Holyrood Park, Edinburgh 2018

Holyrood Park, October 2018

Years ago Kodak used to promote their materials with amazing landscape photographs – all done with large format cameras – as huge banners in places Grand Central Station – I think they called them Coloramas. And I’ve always loved that sort of thing.

Anyway, took this picture last month month when I was in Edinburgh. I’d never been to the city before – and loved it. One of the things that strikes you as you walk around the city, is how close the hills look. So one day, when my wife was suggesting we have cake at the Himalaya Cafe (it is nice), I suggested we try walking to the park instead – and this was what it looked like. Worth the walk I think.