In Highgate Cemetary West you can visit the Terrace Catacombs, which are underhill but nowhere near as deep or creepy as the Paris or Rome catacombs. Still, it’s quite atmospheric, and this little iron gate overlooking the outside world spoke to me…
I had to do a bit of illegal trespassing to get to the Makapu’u Lighthouse although unlike others I didn’t risk my life scaling the cliff to get there. The sight was well worth it though, perched as it is in the rocky shores of Eastern Oahu. I felt like a wide shot was a good way to do it justice, and in any case my digital camera had run out of battery!
*Angels & Crosses*
Whenever my travels for work give me an opportunity to get away from it all, I try to grab it, as a compensation for the hours of flight and discomfort. I recently heard about Highgate Cemetary in London and I wanted to walk around there. I was lucky that on the day I went there, a few hours before my flight home, it had snowed and some of the snow remained. Anyway, the angel statues and the derelict state of the cemetary both appealed to me.
After what I felt to be a dissapointing sunset in Hawaii, I didn’t pack my x100f for the next evening but had my XPAN with me with a roll of Redbird which I hoped to use for « street » on the beach that morning. Of course the sunset turned out to be spectacular, so I shot with what I had. Most of that Redbird roll turned out to be way too grainy, probably because despite rating at 400 ISO it doesn’t deal with low light all that well. There’s only one shot that’s not too grainy, but thankfully it’s pretty spectacular, and it’s the one above.
The minutes before dawn can be bland, or they can be fantastic. When there are clouds and the sun is just about to peek above the horizon, you often get marvelous colours, as it was that morning in Hawaii. I decided to try this very sparse composition with lots of featureless sea due to the long exposure, and I find it very soothing.
*Sunlight through the brambles*
There’s nothing more beautiful than a sunrise over sea. Also, there’s nothing more graphically boring unless you find some good foreground. I have recently started experimenting shooting sunrises or sunsets through vegetation. It backlights said vegetation and gives it a graphical abstract feel I quite like.
*Quiet Waihi Stream*
I walked the Manoa Falls trail on my first morning in Hawaii (I was there for work, but nothing says you can’t take advantage of waking up at an ungodly hour in the morning thanks to jetlag not to discover the country outside of working hours…) The falls themselves were a bit underwhelming (I felt), but the Waihi stream flowing from the falls was real pretty and I kept stopping by the side of the trail to capture photos. I had brought my platypod with me (a really functional flat ‘tripod’), which turned out to be real handy.