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Yorkshire’s Jurassic Coast: Favourite stretch of magnificent scenery

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Leica X, and processed in Aurora HD

We are extremely fortunate in Great Britain when it comes to coastal wonders. From Land’s End to Cape Wrath, from John O’Groats to Beachy Head, there are thousands of miles (11,000-plus, in fact) of spectacular vistas, sprinkled with villages, churches, castles, stately homes and, of course, seaside resorts. And let’s not forget the many easily accessible islands. The coast offers ever-changing settings, with unique light, geology, tides and skies.

The Admiral von Tromp — Nikon Df, 50mm 1.8G
The Admiral von Tromp — Nikon Df, 50mm 1.8G

What more?

What more could any budding seascape photographer, inspired by the New Zealand Leica specialist Paul C Smith, wish for? Here’s a link to his channel. I hope if he looks in on this article in the future he gives my take on his inspirational work a thumbs up.

The images for this article come from my two current favourite cameras, the Leica X and the Nikon Df. I have also included a few impressions of the Df on the first anniversary of its arrival in my care.

Whitby Harbour Reflection - Leica X
Whitby Harbour Reflection – Leica X

For some of the images, I also employed a tripod and a series of neutral density (ND) filters. My best-buy Billingham Hadley Small (in Grey), was used for lugging all the equipment around. Oh, and a sprinkling of dark room magic in Lightroom, Luminar or Gimp just to polish the worthy ones.

Whitby Beach Sunset - Nikon Df
Whitby Beach Sunset – Nikon Df

Everyone needs a favourite

My favourite bit of coast — we all need a favourite — is the stretch between Sandsend and Ravenscar in North Yorkshire. It’s a fair chunk of rocky Jurassic coastline to watch, wait and capture. I recently walked from Ravenscar all the way to Whitby, just to follow the weather, the light and tides, seeking out those unique inspirational moments (See the Whitby beach sunset shots at the end of the day).

The light is magical around Whitby, from epic sunsets and sunrises (if you can be bothered to get up and take a peek) to deep and moody cloudfilled skies hanging above a raging sea, there can be emotions in your every shot.

Beach Ripples - Nikon Df
Beach Ripples – Nikon Df

A Whitby fact: The harbour entrance is north-facing, so you can get the opportunity to shoot both sunrises and sunsets using the same harbour entrance from different angles, as the light falls across it all day long. The entire section between Sandsend and Whitby has a more or less east-west axis, which means it is always covered in light; the sun rises, passes over and sets.

Depending on where you stay along West Cliff, and on which side of the building, will depend on whether you get mostly morning light, or evening light to play with. I tend to pick places with evening light, loving those long lingering sunsets on the best of evenings.

Processed Sunset - Nikon Df
Processed Sunset – Nikon Df

Paying attention

A word of caution to anyone planning to walk through this beautiful scenery: You must pay attention to your surroundings, and not just for photography purposes. Some sections of the coastline around Whitby are less forgiving than others, so learn where you are, know your tides. I use tide times and check and note before I leave. I also glance at the weather forecasts or weather apps. They can be wrong, of course, but at least you have a rough idea of what to expect.

The other thing is to be constantly aware of your surroundings. Learn the area if you can. The cliffs can be treacherous, and, sadly, rock falls are commonplace. I have witnessed numerous drops through the years, most thankfully small and uneventful. However a few years back my wife and I observed a fairly sizeable fall near Saltwick Nab and, fortunately, we were far enough away from the cliffs to see it and nothing more. Others have not been so lucky.

Angry Sky - shot from Sandsend towards Whitby - Nikon Df
Angry Sky – shot from Sandsend towards Whitby – Nikon Df

All weathers

To get the best shots you have to be out and about in all weathers — even the rain. When the rain breaks around Whitby, it can change quickly. Some of the images here were shot on a day that started with fog pressing in on our apartment windows on West Cliff. It soon turned into a heavy downpour, so I took to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. After tea in the early evening, the sun broke through the cloud. A quick check of the tides and the weather, and I took to my favourite walk which is outlined further on.

Whitby West Pier - Nikon Df
Whitby West Pier – Nikon Df

The easiest and safest walk to make from Whitby is down the ramp at West Pier onto the beach and then to walk up the coastline to Sandsend —provided the tide is out. This is a popular dog-walking spot, as there are around three miles of sand and rock pools, plus the sea which can be calm and gentle, or heavy with rolling waves and surfers.

There are rock pools beyond Sandsend, and also lines of rotting groynes that provide some nice imaginative photo opportunities. There is a cafe for those who need to refuel before walking back to Whitby.

Sandsend Groynes - Nikon Df
Sandsend Groynes – Nikon Df

This is often one of the better places for those wide seascapes with Whitby in the background, and the sky acting as your canvas. When the tide is in the last hour of its retreat, and just before it turns, you will find wonderful reflections in the damp sand; often they mirror the sky above. I often use Sandsend as a backdrop for sunsets while standing in Whitby since the sun drops over the back of the village on clear summer nights.

Sky Reflections from Sandsend - Nikon Df
Sky Reflections from Sandsend – Nikon Df

Saltwick Nab

My favourite walk out of Whitby is over the East Pier and then along the scar towards Saltwick Nab, a cluster of rocks that guards the entrance to Saltwick Bay. The series of bays up to Saltwick Nab is not the safest place to be. I tend to head out about an hour or so before low tide, and walk through, keeping away from the cliffs. The risk is worthwhile given the image returns.

On the right day you see amazing reflections, and access to two wrecks: The concrete ship, and a small section of the SS Rohilla, which is a well-documentary tragedy from World War I. Visit the RNLI museum in Whitby to read more about this tragedy. The rest of the wreck lies off the scar in about six metres of water and is often visited by local divers.

Saltwick Nab guardians of Saltwick Bay - Yorkshires Uluru - Leica X
Saltwick Nab guardians of Saltwick Bay – Yorkshires Uluru – Leica X

Once you pass by Saltwick Nab, you are in Saltwick Bay and are a little safer as there is a natural exit up some steep steps in the centre of the bay. It will return you to the caravan park above and you can walk along the cliff top back to Whitby Abbey.

Shipwrecked admiral

The bay is wide open and scoops round to Black Nab at the opposite end. I shot one of my pictures from this point with the Leica X a few summers back after a heavy rainstorm and with an angry looking sky. If you walk the entire bay to Black Nab, following the rock pools and beach, you will find a photographic treasure in the shape of the remains of the Admiral Von Tromp.

The view beyond Saltwick Nab - Leica X
The view beyond Saltwick Nab – Leica X

The Admiral Von Tromp (remember to use an O and not a U) at Saltwick Bay is a local trawler involved in a tragedy in 1977. It’s a testimony to the power of the North Sea, and the bravery of the Royal National Lifeboat Institute.

The ship became stuck initially in a pool beyond Black Nab and was unsalvageable. On the night of 30 October 1976, the members of the Royal National Lifeboat Institute courageously saved three of the five crew.

As a young man, I would stand beyond the Nab at the very low tides and touch the hull of the stricken trawler. Few images exist of those days. I found one shot on flickr of it stranded. The event was back in the film days, before the digital revolution and the advent of social media to sensationalise the predicament.

Remnants

However, the North Sea took less than a decade to reduce poor von Tromp to the remnants now adorning the internet in our images. If you get the right tide and the right sunset that dips just beyond Saltwick Nab — and you have the opportunity to be there — then I would suggest chancing it. You will see a scene like no other, and the images that naturally follow can be amazing. But remember the risks outlined above before going there at sunset The darkness, the tides and the nearby cliffs don’t mix well.

The Admiral von Tromp at Sunset - Leica X
The Admiral von Tromp at Sunset – Leica X

The two images here, using the wreck as a centrepiece, were shot on the same evening at sunset. The image showing the sunset with an oblique view of the wreck was taken with the Leica X, tripod mounted and using an ND10 filter. Aperture was set to f/16, and I used a manual shutter speed of two seconds with manual focus. I took a sequence and stayed in this spot until around low tide. I left another guy still shooting, but for me, the tide had turned, and I had no wish to try to avoid the incoming tides by getting under the cliff edge in the dark.

Robin Hood’s Bay from Ravenscar - Nikon Df
Robin Hood’s Bay from Ravenscar – Nikon Df

The second image (see top of article) was shot using the Df, and taken handheld across the wreck and using Black Nab as the centrepiece in the background. The wreck’s original resting place, mentioned above, was in a pool behind the Nab.

At really low tides you can still find rotting pieces of the keel in the pool. However, this is accessible only at certain times of the year when the tide drops lower than usual. I wouldn’t advise trying this. I love both images, one because it presents the whole bay of an area I love, and the other because of the unique light created by the setting sun that is off to the left of my camera.

The Balancing Rocks - Robin Hood’s Bay - Nikon Df
The Balancing Rocks – Robin Hood’s Bay – Nikon Df

On the Nikon Df

A year of using my Df has introduced me to the benefits of full-frame photography. It is my first. It can shoot handheld in ridiculously low light. Neither the Leica X nor my ageing DX beast, the D300s, can do that at will. In fact, the beautiful 16mp sensor housed in the Df shoots in serious low light situations as if it were daylight. This was something I had never experienced before in my photography and is now something I have grown genuinely to enjoy. It opens up a whole new world of ideas, exploration, and opportunity.

Double sun reflection of Whitby East Pier - Leica X
Double sun reflection of Whitby East Pier – Leica X

Although I value the amazing ISO capability of the Nikon Df, I still don’t fully understand why Nikon would marry their then top-of-the-range sensor with, potentially, the worst full-frame autofocus solution — the 39-point system taken from the D600/D610 which had hardly set the world alight. At the time Nikon had a 51-point autofocus module that is amazing in low light. Yet still, they chose to limit the camera with the D610 module.

I suspect this decision by Nikon was buried in the historic D700, which was so good that it cannibalised sales of the flagship professional D3. The D700 is still well-loved today, well over ten years after its release. Perhaps they didn’t want to take the risk with the Df versus the D4. As a result, to get the best out of the camera in some low light situations, it can be easier to manually focus the scene.

Heavy Sea near Whitby West Pier - Nikon Df
Heavy Sea near Whitby West Pier – Nikon Df

Ergonomics

I genuinely enjoy some of those special ergonomic features of the Df: That ability to change settings from a dial without menu diving and the unusual ISO bracketing function combining the ISO dial for the lower part of the bracket, with the higher value being preset in the menu. This gives excellent flexibility to adjusting your ISO on the fly, but still having a bracket to work with.

Image 17 - Line of Groynes at Sandsend - Nikon Df
Line of Groynes at Sandsend – Nikon Df

For anyone hankering after the Df, it’s worth knowing that the battery is amazing in comparison with every other digital camera I have owned. In my recent trip to Yorkshire, I ran 1,352 images and the battery dropped off its top bar only while I was shooting the sunset on my final night. My D300s did about 700 at best, and the X does around 400. I suspect I could wring nearly 1,600 images out of single Df battery at a push.

Groynes can be fun too - Nikon Df
Groynes can be fun too – Nikon Df

Sadly, Nikon appears recently to have pensioned off the Df. It is being discounted all over Nikon’s online stores. Online retailers such as Amazon have stopped selling it new and, while Nikon hasn’t openly said it is discontinued, this is the first sign that something is changing.

After all, I suppose, this camera is now five years old and that’s a lifetime in the digital age. The camera still divides opinion. Those who own and use it, love it. Those who speculate on specifications and the negative aspects, hate it.

One YouTube camera reviewer, Mattias Birling, takes an excellent and balanced review of the Df. He recently did his favourite image quality video, and assessed results from various cameras. The Df came top. That is some feat when you look at the cameras he put it up against.

Surfer Dudes at Sunset - Processed in Lightroom - Nikon Df
Surfer Dudes at Sunset – Processed in Lightroom – Nikon Df

Lens lust

What next? I am looking for a new lens for the Df. I have a rough idea of what I want — potentially a tossup between the 20mm 2.8D, and the 24 2.8D — and will make a final decision before buying in the New Year.

This will likely mean another visit to Grays of Westminster to see which one I prefer. With luck, this will bring something new to my images for 2020. I also stand by my decision to buy the muchmaligned Df. I wanted a similar image quality to that of the Leica M10 after I had played with that camera eighteen months ago. I think I have that, just concealed in a DSLR wrapped up in a vintage body. A wolf in sheep’s clothing it is indeed.

Whitby Reflection in bad weather - Nikon Df
Whitby Reflection in bad weather – Nikon Df
Sandsend Groynes view to Whitby - Nikon Df
Sandsend Groynes view to Whitby – Nikon Df
Another Whitby Sunset shot - Nikon Df
Another Whitby Sunset shot – Nikon Df
Leica X, and processed in Aurora HD
Leica X, and processed in Aurora HD

Aurora HD is currently free

Leica X, and processed in Aurora HD
Leica X, and processed in Aurora HD

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45 COMMENTS

  1. Beautiful!! Beach Ripples and Angry Sky on opposite walls your house would be my choice. Actually all your pics framed would be the ultimate house decorating trip. Must be fantastic having be able pack up the MRS. you folks take a break and go sight seeing like this, please keep your photos coming.You told me wait you had another article coming ,boy what an article!

    • I like your thinking, around decorating – it’s my least favourite thing at home, and I could use my images to conceal the decor beneath. Or course I am sure Liz would disagree with me.

      I am unsure what I will do for my next article now. Although I have something up my sleeve, as I am out and about this weekend, as usual, camera in hand.

  2. Just really beautiful shots, and obviously taken with care and a great deal of patience. Thank You! Your pictures make me homesick for Yorkshire and the East Riding in particular. Time to get my James Herriot book out again…

    • Thank you for your comments, and I am genuinely humbled that you enjoyed these shots. I love being in this part of the world, and feel that time slows down while I am here. Its like pressing pause between working sections of life.

      I sent a copy of the article to a very close friend, and fellow Yorkshireman – we both agree that seeing the images makes us homesick too. The only saving grace for me is that I will be back in Whitby in a few weeks, so at least can squeeze in one more round of fish and chips before Christmas.

  3. Lovely photos Dave. I really should have seen more of this area when my older daughter was in Hull University over 20 years ago. Maybe some day.

    William

    • Thank you William, I encourage everyone to visit the area, to take a camera, and see the wonderful changing vistas that are present. If you stand in some of these places for an hour or two, you can see all four seasons in one go.

      I hope you get the opportunity, but more importantly to me, if you do, please write about it and show us what you found.

  4. Hi Dave,
    a wonderful well documented article and magnificent images of the Yorshire coast. I really like the rendering of the Df. I really understand why you love the camera. The images look silky-smooth, maybe a tiny less crisper than the images of the X viewing them on my computer screen. I admire your being patient enough to shoot the X with nd filters. On the X2 I don’t like having to turn the wheel to adjust speed while trying to get the focus manually with the nd filter but maybe the camera is not meant to be used that way but rather as a street shooting camera. A friend of mine owns the 24mm Nikon and appreciates using it on his D750. As for the choice between the 20mm and 24mm it is a tough call. The 24 may be more versatile but the depth you get with either 20 or 21mm is amazing. Just buy a lottery ticket and hope you win to get the 2 lenses. I love the 2 surfers at sunset.
    Thanks for sharing
    Jean

    • Hi Jean,

      Thank you for your wonderfully kind word. I would suggest that you mount the X on a tripod, I do that with my X typ 113. I then push it in to manual focus, and use infinity for shots like these. For the ND filter, I stack a step converter to take me from 43mm to 52mm, and then add a 52mm 10 stop ND filter on. This ensure no fringing or vignette and allows full use of the lens as normal.

      Anyway took your advice and bought a Euromillions ticket on the way home tonight, who knows, I may get lucky and acquire a whole bunch of things to play with.

      Enjoy your Weekend.

      Dave

      • Thanks for the tip Dave. For slow speed images I’d rather use my GR adjusting the snap focus mode with a tripod. I find the 16 M pixels cameras a sweet spot for definition
        Have a nice weekend
        Jean

        • Anytime Jean, I didn’t get lucky, so looks like I am back at work on Monday.

          I agree – the 16MP sensor is fine for all of my need, it has great dynamic range, and the file sizes are not SSD/HD killers.

          Dave

  5. Dave,

    I think I bought two Nikon 14-24mm lenses (..not at the same time, but about a year apart!..) though I won’t be sure till I’m back home next week.

    But if I do have two of them, you’re welcome to one. Then you don’t have to choose either/or a 20mm 2.8D, or 24 2.8D ..you can just zoom between 20mm and 24mm as you wish. (Mind you, the 14-24mm is a bit big and bulky, so that’s something more to consider.)

    It’s a perfect complement to the (almost) perfect Df. (..The Df’s just a little noisy – the camera, not the lens – compared to the quieter-shutter Sonys, or the M10-P ..but still, it’s definitely quieter than the earlier – and also great – D700.)

    So I’ll let you know next week if I’m just imagining it – I think not – or if I have a spare 14-24mm f2.8.

    (I’m not really a ‘travelogue-ish’ person, but I do like those ‘Beach Ripples’. I don’t know if you added the blue(?) of ‘Surfer Dudes at Sunset’, but AFTER sunset ..when the sky’s just gone what looks like absolutely black, then for the next ten minutes, if you switch the white balance to Tungsten, that gives you really deep blue skies and surroundings ..a blue that, when you look around you then and there, is completely invisible to human eyes.)

    • Thank you ever so much David, I love the Df, yes its a little noisy, and nothing like the M cameras, or the silent Sony A7Riii, but the images it makes are wonderful.

      I achieved the unique look by adjusting the tint value in Lightroom more towards magenta than green. I hadn’t considered adjusting the white balance to tungsten – and while sitting here for anyone reading this, I can confirm it works a treat so excellent advice.

      I must confess, I have never considered a 14 – 24 mm lens, I last used one on a Canon about eight or nine years ago, but used it for a single image at a wedding, so hardly a test worthy of note. I am curious as to the images it would produce. So thank you, and enjoy the rest of your holiday.

      • Yes indeed, Dave ..I do have two Nikon 14-24mm f2.8 lenses (..a silly mistake; I bought one in Hanover, and then – a year later – saw one in Aperture in London, and forgot I’d already bought one!..) so I’m happy to send you one so that you can see whether you prefer 20mm or 24mm ..or just prefer the (rather large) versatile 14-24mm zoom.

        If you ask Mike to email me your address, I can put it in the post to you tomorrow. Use it as much as you wish ..or just hold onto it if it suits you!

        Yours, David.

        • Hi David,

          I am genuinely humbled by the this one – I am happy to try it out and see how it performs.

          Mike can you do the honours – naturally I will email my home address.

          Cheers

          Dave

          • You’re welcome. All posted ..I’ve asked Mike to email you the Post Office tracking number.

            Hope you enjoy it,

            – David.

  6. Spectacular photos Dave. You really are getting the most out of your cameras, especially the Df. From the bold colour of the “Surfer Dudes” to the subtle tones of the first shot they are all excellent. You’ve also made the most of what many of us whingeing photographers call poor light in “Beach Ripples” and “Whitby Reflection”. I am very impressed. Well done.

    • Hi Richard,
      Thank you – I love the Surfer Dudes image, and images – I have a couple of them, but used one for the article. I will push one to my Flickr in the coming weeks, as I sat on them while I waited for this to go live – I liked the idea of giving a surprise to the Macfilos community.

      I don’t mind working in low light, or poor light – the Df can accommodate it. The issue for most is that some camera’s struggle with it, my X would have found the ripples image a challenge, which is why I pulled the Df out for it.

      Enjoy your weekend.

      Dave

  7. Lovely photos Dave, thanks. The sunsets are beautiful and, to be honest, not something I’ve ever associated with the east coast. So I’ve learnt something new today. My wife wants to explore this coast so, as with your previous article on the Tees, this will provide some useful guidance.

    • Thank you for your kind words.

      I have been sitting here waiting to see what you shot during your recent Teesdale visit, so I hope you are working your magic ala your past Croatia visits. Or hoping the X-Vario had been round the upper Tees to the parts I didnt reach.

      I am glad this is helping you to find a new exploration area. You would both love this area, it is worth taking the time to visit places like Ravenscar, Robin Hoods Bay, Saltwick Bay and Whitby.

      • Humm. That’s a thought. I hadn’t approached our visit to High Force with the idea of an article but I might put something together.

        • I will look forward to seeing where you take this, and would enjoy seeing another photographers vision the best series of waterfalls I enjoy.

  8. Thank you for giving me such a marvelous walk down memory lane ! I can’t claim to have seen all the places outside Whitby which you have captured, but your photos resonate with the whole atmosphere of that coastline and almost bring back the smells of childhood. (Now there’s a thought for future camera development – the first “smellies”!) You just offer so much to notice – really seen and felt.

    • Thank you for your wonderful and warm words. I can only hope that we see a day where the sounds and smells can be captured together. One of my favourite sensations on my first day back in Whitby every visit, is that change in smell, you can taste, smell and almost feel the heavy salt in the air. I also sleep better than I do in at home in Kent.

      If technology ever does achieve image, sound and smell together, I want to buy the first Smellivision first, so I can smell the world while I watch.

  9. Very fine images, Dave. I think they are all impressive but I particularly like the moody and indeed “angry” mono ones. All your images and your fascinating text together convey how much you love this beautiful coast.
    Thank you for a great article.

    • Thank you David, I am glad you enjoyed this one, as much as I enjoyed writing and spending the time to capture the images. I love shooting under a challenging sky, as I view the sky as a key component in all of my shots. I do hate flat monotone skies, unless its fog and it works with the composition of the shot.

      Enjoy your weekend.

  10. Dear Dave (if I may) Your pics of the Whitby coast make me so nostalgic for a landscape that I visited often as a child but as an ex-pat hardly have returned to… The Nikon Df is a revelation – having just invested in the twice as heavy Z7 with its equally heavy pixel count, and a couple of Mulvis lenses, I wonder how they would do on the native mount of the df – they would also be much lighter as a package. Thanks for these images — they match Caspar David Friedrich in their I intimations of what the nineteenth century called – and reveled in – the sublime.

    • Hi Tony, I hadn’t realised the Z7 was so heavy, I thought it was in a similar range to the Df, but to be honest I haven’t studied the Z camera’s too closely. I took the view, that I would look at Nikon’s mirrorless offerings in the future, only because I felt that would allow Nikon a few generations to get them ironed out. In a similar way that Sony are doing now two or three generations on. Also having used a Sony A7Riii I didn’t want a hefty megapixel sensor to chew up my Hard Drives and my Mac’s SSD. I love the 16MP Df sensor, files are just right, and the quality and dynamic range is excellent.

      I hope you have an excellent weekend.

  11. Thanks David. The subtlety of the lighting is gorgeous and engages the imagination immediately. Daylight here at 33.7 degrees South has been brutal these last few weeks.
    Keep Well, Frederick Hepworth

    • Thank you Frederick for your comments. I love challenging light, it brings about the best shadows and adds so much to our images.

      Enjoy your weekend.

      Dave

    • Hi Paul, thank you for your youtube channel, it made me look at the world I have walked in most of my life, a slightly different way. In fact it has made me look at my photography in a new way. This brilliant in my view.

      Keep doing what you do, and I will look forward to dropping by and enjoying your videos.

      Dave

  12. Lovely work!!

    There’s a peacefulness in the scenes and colours, and a suitable moodiness as well.

    And I too keep an eye on Paul’s YouTube channel.

    Great job. I’d like to visit Whitby one day.

    • Thank you for your kind words, I am glad you enjoyed the images.

      If the opportunity presents itself, then take a visit if you can, it is worth it. Even if you only manage a few days, and get to walk from the town to Sandsend and back. You will see and feel the charm of the place.

  13. Some excellent landscapes Dave, you have reminded me of something really important.

    In order to make pictures one needs to leave the house. I have got myself into a rut and spend far too much time looking at my monitor, I really must get out of the chair and into “the zone”.

    Thanks also for reminding me of Paul Smith, I had enjoyed one or two of his videos and then promptly forgot his name, he definitely has a photographer’s eye.

    Many thanks.

    • I would encourage all of us who own a camera to be out and about as often as possible.

      Thank you for your warm words Stephen, I am glad people are enjoying seeing this collection, as much as I enjoyed taking them.

      Paul – he is an exceptional photographer, and his videos are great to watch and take in.

      Enjoy your weekend.

      Dave

  14. Dave, I truly enjoyed your narrative and commentary along with the excellent images. While I am primarily a Leica shooter (except for the Panasonic S1), I reflect that nearly every current camera offering, no matter what the origin, is capable of stunning images. It is in the nuances that one can see some differences; but for most viewing (not blown up to large sizes), it takes an eagle eye to differentiate. Your images, regardless of which camera you used, are very nicely done, and well illustrate your narrative – thanks for posting.

    • Hi Craig, In the current climate, almost any camera of the last decade can pull a decent image in the right hands, regardless of brand. I know D700 shooters who are still producing decent work. Probably no different to the Leica M9 shooters who produce work we often see on Macfilos, and they are around the same age.

      I am glad you enjoyed the article.

      Dave

  15. Hi Dave, I really enjoyed your article and the images are stunning. The colour images have gorgeous natural colours and the black and white images have a wonderful atmosphere to them.
    If I had to choose between a 20mm and a 24mm there would be no hesitation on the 24mm. It is an extremely versatile wide angle lens. It is still relatively easy to use compared to a 20mm to achieve natural looking images. At 24mm and below, each mm difference in focal length creates a dramatic difference in the look of the image and makes it more difficult to manage the content of the image and to avoid distortions in the shape of objects. It is also a lot harder to see keeping vertical edges straight when looking through the tiny view finder and then they can really be visibly off when on your monitor.
    I use ultra wide angles but only when I need to or want to and then very carefully. Ultra wide angles are the most challenging glass to use for a number of reasons. This is just my personal point of view for choosing focal lengths but I consider the 24mm a must have lens for landscapes, indoors, and street photography, and a lot more.

    • I forgot to clarify in the comment above that 21mm and down are considered ultra wide angles. 24mm and 28mm are wide angle glass. 35mm is a mild wide angle and very easy to use.

      • Hi Brian,

        Thank you for the comprehensive overview of the difference between Ultra Wide and Wide, this as something I hadn’t began to think about the difference until David B above had mentioned having a 14-24 lens spare, I have been trying fathom out how that would be on my Df, as I have only used one once, and that was on a DX Canon camera, not an FX camera. So your kindly advice, leaves me more informed.

        I love 35mm, as I have that on the D300s as a prime, and the X is technically a 35mm. I use a 50mm on the Df, and it feels restrictive at times. it is brilliant on portraits and street stuff. But sometimes I like a little more, and the 20 vs 24 is solely for wide angle landscapes, or sea scapes – I wanted to capture the Admiral in the article at sunset on a wide image, and with the right tides, and weather in the future I no doubt will – and probably share the results on here.

        Dave

  16. Hi Dave,

    Thank you for sharing your adventure and lovely images! I like the Sunset, Sufer and Heavy Sea images. Sometimes I really wish I live in England, one of the most photogenic countries in the world; from moody seascape to historical architecture to beautiful ancient volcanic landscape. As a former Df owner, I am glad you are enjoying your Df. It is an unique camera that contains a soul and I miss mine very much. Well, I am still researching for my serious landscape camera, maybe I will get another Df! Looking forward to your next destination and images, take care.

    Yours Truly,
    Patrick

    • Hi Patrick,
      Thank you for your warm words. I would urge you to buy another Df if you find a decent one, after all the dynamic range and IQ is amazing.
      I am already working on the next destination, just don’t tell Mike and the gang i have something up my sleeve.
      Best Wishes
      Dave

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