Today has been another day of intermittent rain. It’s not been as heavy as of late and the forecast snow failed to materialize………….Now that was a surprise! I’m not going to go into a diatribe about the shortcomings of the Met. Office. That would make for an epistle the length of War and Peace, however if I type my location into a box on the Met. site I tend to assume that I will get a projection of the weather in Keswick and not that expected for Cardiff. Not that I have a clue what climatic conditions Cardiff experienced, I have doubts they do…….even after the event! I’ve mentioned this before UGrib gives wind and precipitation and for a worldwide service, computer generated, is generally accurate. You have to decide whether the weather will be snowy, sleety, haily or rainy. We obviously have to do that anyway.
I couldn’t, for some reason, get the the rugby on I Player nor could I finish the crossword. You can tell it’s been another slow news day. A very slow news day, the highlight was feeding a Swan, a Mute Swan. Cheeky devil was tapping at the van step for more food and when I relented and opened the door to deliver a scoop of seed he hissed at me. Ungrateful Grumpy Bird!
They are a beautiful bird. These are almost tame and will take food from your hand. They are a bit naughty and have serrations inside their bills so if they get rough push towards them till they let go, if you pull away they can cause lacerations to ones digit…………. not nice!
I treated the last one to a storm cloud textured backdrop…………………
Next time I will add a drop shadow…………be perfect then. Well it would be if the original were sharper. The more I look the worse this is, I could have desaturated the background as well. It looks a touch surreal with green where the sky should be……….I don’t do surreal…………..well a few times a week maybe!
Harris shutter effect…………………..I like doing these, they are a fair bit of work. Mount the camera on a sturdy tripod. Everything to manual and take three shots over the time it takes to make a cup of coffee. Then separate the three into seperate RGB channels, blend back together using lighten mode. It can be done in PS Elements as by necessity these are but if one has colour channels its easier. No faster. It works better with water and clouds than it does with the geese I posted the other day………….they didn’t look right!
The view up Derwentwater at half past four. It’s near dusk and dusk is ninety minutes early. It’s not just weather forecasters who are going to pot, the Royal Astronomical Society have decided to get in on the act.
Whilst looking for the rugby. I got distracted HAVE I GOT NEWS FOR YOU. It was the highlight of the day after the swan.
Have fun tomorrow is purported to be hot and sunny here.