Picos de Europa, Spain – Part II

There are so much more to Spain than just sun and beaches, as you can see in this and other posts we’ve made about this versatile country. Here are some more photos from hugely amazing place called the Peaks of Europe and you can see Part I HERE

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Picos de Europa, Spain – Part I

The Peaks of Europe are a mountain range in Spain, situated at the junction between Asturias, Cantabria and Castile and León, and are part of the larger Cantabrian Range stretching along northern part of the country from the Pyrenees in the east. If you happens to like mountainous landscape, you will be in heaven. Deep v-shaped valleys and steep mountainsides compete with each other for you attention. In between houses and villages appear, some abandoned many years or even centuries ago, in the most unexpected places.  Where there are some green patches you will see cows and sheep grassing, and if you look closer, you will see some goats in the steeper parts.

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Nikon Capture NX-D returns with “U-Point” technology

The “U-Point” technology was invented by Nik Software and via collaboration with Nikon, the technology was implemented in what at the time was called Nikon Capture NX and later NX2. Nik Software was then acquired by Google in 2012 and further by DXO in 2017. That meant the end of NX2 and brought the birth of NX-D without the U-point technology, until now. If it is the actual U-Point technology that is back, I can not confirm, but it looks and feels like the old one.

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Ringebu Stavkirke (Stave Church), Norway

Believed to be built in the first quarter of the 13th century, and is one of the largest of the remaining stave churches in Norway. The church was expanded in the 17th century into the cruciform shape it has today.

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Nikon Z6 and Z7 mirrorless cameras announced

There is no secret that this blog support Nikon and F-mount lenses, but as Nikon announced last Thursday their entry into mirrorless, I would like to give a brief coverage of the new Nikon Z cameras and their new Z-mount as well. In my Nikon prediction for 2018 post, I actually mentioned that Nikon would release a mirrorless camera towards the end of this year.

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The Roman Wall of Lugo, Spain

The only remaining roman wall that completely surrounds a city in the world is in Lugo, Galicia – Spain. Protected by UNESCO World Heritage Site, the wall is more than 2000 meters long, up to 15 meters tall, has more than 70 towers and ten gates. Constructed in the 3rd century, the wall nowadays is mostly a tourist attraction and a way for locals to get around the city on the wide walkway on top of the wall.

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A beginner’s buyer guide for Nikon DSLR

There are probably hundreds of similar guides out there, so why not one more? Here is my take on what should be considered when buying a beginners Nikon DSLR. The great thing about DSLR is that you can mix and match camera body with a massive number of lenses, not only Nikon’s own Nikkor lenses, but also Tokina, Sigma and Tamron among others.

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Statues and monuments in Porto/Gaia, Portugal

When we visited Porto and Gaia earlier this year, we noticed that there is a lot of statues and monuments across the cities. Instead of adding them into the same post, we decided to make a separate post about those work of art. Hope you enjoy them as much as we.

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Reinli Stavkirke (Stave Church), Norway

The only remaining stave church where the nave and choir is built with the same width. Dating of the church is debatable as the dating of the wood is older than the documented erection of the building, meaning the wood has been taken from older buildings and possible an older church. Erection is estimated to be between second half of 13th century and first half of 14th century. As with most older churches, this has also underwent big interior and exterior changes through the time. The building is very well preserved and does not have electric light or heating, so it’s only open on special occasions.

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Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 VC, checking focus with Reikan Focal 2

I’ve been hesitating a little bit if I should even post this or not, as it doesn’t add much in its own, but should be seen together with the other Tamron lens posts I’ve made. To be clear, this Tamron 15-30 f/2.8 VC is not compatible with the Tamron Tap-In Console, so no values can be altered or entered into the lens! But this doesn’t mean I can’t see how the focus behaves at different apertures, focal lengths and focus distances.

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Witch’s Cave of Zugarramurdi, Spain

In Northern Spain, not too far from the French border and just outside the village of Zugarramurdi, Navarre, there is a cavern that has been used for pagan rituals for centuries and rumored to be a meeting place for witches and witchcraft. The rumors led to the Spanish Inquisition to investigate the area in the 17th century and one of the largest witch trials in the world unfold with more than 7000 cases being looked into, implicating more than 5000 named people of all ages, known as the Basque Witch Trial.

The caves themselves are relatively flat with opening in both ends, with a small stream running through, and are still being used to celebrate summer solstice in a mid-summer festival.

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Filming With DSLR

Ever since Nikon launched the D90 back in 2008, people has wanted to use their DSLR for filming. I must admit I’m still a bit puzzled why so many would like to use, or even buy, a DSLR that has been fine-tuned over decades to be hold up to the eye, looking through the viewfinder and take stills, to handhold and look at the screen while filming. I mean, doesn’t a dedicated film camera do a better job as it has been specifically designed for that job in mind? Well, that doesn’t seem to keep people away from buying and using their DSLR to make a movie, so what do we need to keep in mind?

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