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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
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Thursday, 17 January 2013

EXHAUSTED. (17/01/13)

Yesterday I drove the twenty odd miles south to Edinburgh. Unfortunately the front pipe on the exhaust split. It’s the only bit of the exhaust system that isn’t new or newish. So much for entering the capital of Scotland quietly. I did say . “Well bless my soul! Naughty, naughty Pipe! ”

This morning I took the dogs for a wander along the south bank of the Firth of Forth. The Bridges are miles away so I didn’t walk that far. It was a nasty dark and cool morning but surprisingly clear.IMG_0003_edited-1 Looking East.

IMG_0005_edited-1 Looking West.

IMG_0004_edited-1Looking at the Magi’s Star……It’s really an aeroplane heading for Edinburgh airport from somewhere else…..I didn’t dare to sharpen these as they were shot at 2000 ISO. They are remarkably noise free but I still lost my nerve. I also forgot to straighten the horizon on the last one……I blame PAULINE. Her horizons are always creative. I blame her having to stand upside down.

I then found a minibus heading into town and the driver was a real star. I suspected that finding an exhaust centre that could lift the van would be problematical. I asked him if he knew of any stainless fabricators. Not only did he know of one he dropped me off at the door. Very helpful they were. We found a foot of thin wall tube of almost the right diameter to slide onto my exhausted pipe. They then band sawed the ends so I could clamp them up to the old pipe. I have a tube of bath sealant or RTV as it’s called when used for sealing racing car exhausts….I have no idea what RTV stands for. It is Really Terrible Value when compared to shower goo and smells just the same.

I caught a bus into town so I could find the minibus for the trip home. Whilst there I took a snap or two of Edinburgh but I wasn’t in the mood for wandering the city. I don’t like big towns at the best of times.

P1174851_2_3_4_5_tonemappedRose Street. I do like these narrow streets that run parallel with Princes Street or as I call it ‘The Ole Main Drag’.

P1174846_47_48_49_50_tonemapped_edited-1   Castle Street and a bit of the castle.

P1174856_57_58_59_60_tonemapped_edited-1 The Castle…..The sun was out but I was exhausted. The last three are HDR so if I’ve missed bits of ghosting then I apologise.

Tomorrow they are forecasting snow. It won’t bother me as I’ll be crawling about under the camper. I’ll be saying. “Good little truck for keeping me dry.”

I am starving so will get some tea on and post again tomorrow on my bodging.

22 comments:

  1. Room Temperature Volcanizing Adrian, good luck with the bod..er!...repair! Just talk to it nicely and it will be a doddle.

    Like the shot of the 'Magi's Star', very effective, it's a shame all the sea is draining away in the corner!...sorry!!

    Looking forward to seeing lots of images of Edingburgh (in the snow?)...[;o)

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    1. Thanks Trevor. I only use nice words.
      I suspect it will not snow here.
      I was going too fast editing these. I could have gone back when I noticed it but then thought Sod It!

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  2. I used to go out with a Scottish bird. Complete nutter; but we had some great times in Scotland, especially Edinburgh. A lively place.
    I like the pictures, brought back a few 'nice' memories.
    Hope you get your pipe sorted.

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    1. Cheers Keith. There were one or two yesterday I would have enjoyed escorting out. Makes concentrating on snapping all the more challenging when one has leggy girls zipping past.

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  3. I'm sorry that you had a farting exhaust, and to go into Edinburgh, say no more. But, it means you can together with a camera, absolutely priceless.

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    1. Yes Bob....not the entrance I anticipated making. Today should be fun crawling about under the van in the ice.

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  4. Oh the joys of emergency repairs under the vehicle. The reason you have so few artifacts from the grain is that you have twice the neg size and twice the megapixels. That's why I loved medium and large format photography.

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    1. Horst i was amazed at the quality of these. I'll have to win the lottery and get a Phase one back.

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  5. Best of luck fitting that exhaust in the morning Apart from a socket set you will need a large mug of tea to wrap the fingers around to keep them warm. I have found your photoshop blog very helpful too.

    peter

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    1. Peter. I'll put an extra layer on. My hands are used to the cold so it should be okay. I don't do much on there anymore as there are so many tutorials out in webland. If you want to know anything specific then just e-mail and I'll do my best to assist.

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  6. Lovely images and hopefully the snow won't be too out of control. Keep warm with the repairs. Cross your fingers it won't cost too much!

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    1. Chris, thanks. It will cost next to nothing except time. I'm not expecting much snow here.

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  7. my favorites are looking west over the water and the one looking toward the castle with the bit of red of Friday's, a pub I'd guess. well done, indeed, Adrian, in spite of muffler problems.

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    1. Norma, T J Friday sell burgers I think. They are like Macdonalds but edible.

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  8. I lived the wander through town... great street perspectives. The castle makes me want to explore.

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  9. A bit of the old, can't think of the word, nostalgia, that's it. I've spent a lot of time there and had a love of the City since I dropped into Henderson's Cafe and wine bar in 1969.

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  10. Graham, I would love to wander it on a bright summers morning at the crack of dawn.

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    1. I'm sure that you'll get the opportunity eventually Adrian. Mind you you'll have to compete with the commercial wheelie bins!

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