I live in a camper van with a couple of West Highland Terriers for company.
My passion is photography but it is a work in progress.
I am always willing to share what knowledge I have and can be contacted through the comments on this post or e-mail ADRIAN

Sunday, 15 May 2011

CONTRAST (15/05/11)

Yesterday was a busy day. The weather was much better but unfortunately I couldn’t take advantage of it. There is a cycle race passing Tan Hill today and I was pressed into helping fill baps…………five hundred of the blasted things! It will be a while before I can eat a sandwich.

Yesterday evening the light was quite magical………not as magical as these but I sat and admired it for an hour.




_5144187_88_89_90_91_tonemapped_edited-2   Then gave them a good whack in Photomatix.

I’m still looking for a good Curlew shot but I did manage a bad one this morning……..worse than Woodpeckers are Curlews.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA                     The Curlew………….

Have a grand Sunday. It’s raining here!


  1. You have a good Sunday too Adrian..! Nice images by the way- I could sit and stare at the views for ages..


  2. The clouds look so low ,very dramatic,Like whatever it was you did to them ,giving that soft golden glow.

    The curlew looks fine to me,not the most elegant of poses,but at least you snapped one,our curlews never came back this year.
    Enjoy your Sunday too.

  3. Beautiful view and nothing wrong with the bird photo either from what I can see, but then of course I have never seen the original! I had to look up the name again (in Swedish - 'spov'), I did that a couple of posts ago but then it slipped right out of my mind again. Next time you manage to catch it I might be saying again that I never heard of it (LOL)

  4. Well whatever you did was very effective! Great atmosphere.

    I like the Curlew photo too, it doesn't look bad to me at all but then I'm no expert at all.

    Enjoy the rest of your Sunday, I hope you haven't lost any more bits to Danger Hen! Were you filling the baps with chicken ;)

  5. Reading about those baps made me feel quite peckish; shame I'm not up there.

    Nothing wrong with the Curlew shot Adrian. I'd like to be that close to one.

  6. Trevor on a good day it's wonderful up here.

    Carolyn, Hdr, shadows/highlight adjustment and a swipe with the saturate sponge set to about 15%.
    The Curlew is a Curlew..........I'll keep trying for a better shot.

    Monica, they are very wary birds. There are lpenty of them but mostly a 100ms lower down the hill.

    Shysongbird, I've not seen the hen today but I doubt it's temper has improved. The landscape are just HDR........processed with restraint and then pushed in PS for contrast.

    Keith, I never want to see another sandwich.......five hours sandwiching is more than enough. It's not so much the shot but where it is right next to the road. On the moor it's worse because they are half hidden by grass and heather.

  7. I could sit there looking at that view for ages too. A bit of sea would help but wotthehellarchiewotthehell.

    I've seen far worse Curlew photos, Adrian. Come to think of it I've seen far worse Curlews.

  8. Graham, it is a place I'm glad I found.......I could live up here.
    Trouble with the curlew is it can see you coming for miles......long before I see it. Still were it a Mallard or a Swan there would be less satisfaction with even a mediocre shot....this one is brilliant.....you really don't want to see the others from this week.......difficult now anyway they are in the bin!

  9. Beautiful images, and you shouldn't keep on about the Curlew, it is brilliant. I haven't got one yet.

  10. Bob, thank god you haven't. When you do they will be as sharp as sharp can be and fill the frame. unlike mine............two days for a better one and a Skylark with it's crest.

  11. Gee, I guess I'm easily satisfied, but your image adds to my learning. I had no idea what a curlew looked like.
    We had a couple of dry days. Now it's cooler and raining.

  12. Norma they are an odd looking bird.........the weather is vile.

  13. Great lesson in how to take what looks like on the face of it an empty landscape.

  14. These are stunning! The first one is my favorite, I love the super dramatic lighting.

  15. wow. those are gorgeous! came over from hilary's spot to say hello! these are beautiful!

  16. Beautiful photos!! Oh my!!
    Just popping over to say, Congrats on your POTW

  17. Jay, Necessity, as always, is the mother of invention. Thanks.

    Gwendolyn, HDR, then pushed in photoshop. Glad you approve.

    Texwisgirl, thank you. It's not difficult to do.

  18. SueAnn, Thank you very much. I'm glad you enjoyed them.

  19. So beautiful! Congrats on your POTW!

  20. Beautiful images! Looks like you took those first few right at the Golden Hour. Amazing!

  21. Betty, Thank you.

    Belle, no it was getting that way but PS has to take the credit.

  22. These are amazing! Congrats on a well-deserved POTW.

  23. These are wonderful photos. Congratulations on being one of Hilary's POTWs!!

  24. I can see why you sit and admire these scenes for a while. Very pleasing. Congrats on POTW.

  25. Having no photography talents myself, I enjoy looking at the great images taken by others. It looks like a great place to sit and cloud watch.

    Congrats on your POTW from Hilary.

  26. What wonderful golden light!

  27. You are so right. That light is pure magic! I hope I see some of that tomorrow.

  28. Gorgeous landscape beautiful clouds, and you were there to catch it all! Great job!