ABOUT ME

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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Tuesday, 19 February 2013

A QUIET DAY. (19/02/13)

It’s a cool but beautiful day. I have had a couple of walks the dogs have had three. They have a new friend. They prefer him to me……he lets them please themselves.

_V0G5172_edited-1      I hope that when he grows up he will be a more accomplished dog trainer than I am.

_V0G5168_edited-1        I have a Robin that hopefully will emulate Keith's. It won’t take seed from my hand but it is getting close. It flies above my hand then departs. I’ll get there. I seem to have more success with Pheasants. I have one visiting every morning for his breakfast…..He taps on the van step for food.

_V0G5090_edited-1       Another snap from yesterday………….It is amazing how long the Tree Creeper’s rear toe is. it has been about today but not on a tree near enough.

Fed-Ex have been today. I have swapped the Manfrotto macro plate for a posher version.

_V0G5175_edited-1      A much better piece of kit.

_V0G5174_edited-1      Not a cheap bit of kit but it is super smooth and feels very rigid…….I’ll get going with it and start focus stacking again. It is missing any scales but will move in minute steps…..I’ll have to guess.

That’s all for today. Tomorrow I’m going to lug Bertha down to the estuary……it looks as if it may be a cool job.

 

18 comments:

  1. -) very nice! I will continue time to time to follow you! I wrote you a mail

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  2. Laura, got the e-mail and have replied. Thank you, not often I get e-mails from accomplished artists and it is the first from one who has beauty as well. Even at my age you can brighten my day or make me sad. Wish I were twenty years younger.

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  3. The dogs look very pleased to have a new friend Adrian. I guess they'll miss him when he goes back to school.
    I'm sure you'll have the Robin eating from your hand soon. It's a great feeling when they do.

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  4. Keith, the dogs escaped yesterday when Shaun arrived. He was a wee bit frightened. After he had had a good mugging he came round and now wants a dog.
    He is less sure of the Pheasant. It had a peck at his trousers. I gave him some seed but at the first peck he threw the seed away. He is nine for heavens sake! I'll not try teaching him to feed horses or swans.
    Robins are brave birds.....I'll get there but a Chaffinch is thinking it might be fun.

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  5. That new kit looks the dog do..da's that will keep it still.That half inch on my Mandarin duck is down to tory cut backs............I found maggots held the hand would make a Robin feed from the hand its down to them wriggling.




    peter

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    1. I'll have to find a fisherman Peter. I'll have a proper go with the macro plate on the next rainy day.

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  6. Adrian, really great shots!!! The Robin and Tree Creeper closeups are fantastic! Love the kids face with the pups:) I also enjoy that you have a bit of sun in your photos:)

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    1. Chris this is the third sunny day.....it is freezing cold still.

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  7. wow, what a fine new camera kit!
    your dogs are so cute, nice that there is someone young and energetic walking them the extra times.
    your robin is a softer and prettier color than the USA one. if you're able to get it to eat from your hand, I hope you'll be somebody to record it. I would really enjoy seeing that!

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    1. Norma, I think it will come for seed. They are brave little birds.

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  8. Now all you have to do is keep the subject still enough.

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    1. I'll start with inanimate things. This lens is the very devil to use but shoots macro from 1x to 5x life size. Focul distance is from 4" to about 1.5" so not much room to play with.

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  9. Hi Adrian...Cute kid and doggy sitter...dogs love kids!! I'm liking that little Tree Creeper!! Keep holding you hand out for the Robin..he will either eat from it or ++++on it ; )
    Grace


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    1. Grace they potter around after him for half an hour or until he gets bored.

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  10. Training dogs! Training birds! You have lots to do . And then there's the camera? The robin reminds me of the American robin which isn't a robin but a thrush.

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    1. Red, I hope I am better at training Robins than I am at training dogs.

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  11. Adrian, I hope you're paying that young lad well for his dog training duties?

    Super images of the Robin and Treecreeper, I can see that, if I'm not going to be left out, I'm going to have to get myself a Robin to train, where can I buy one?

    Now we're talking business, with that new piece of kit it won't be long before we can admire a stunning collection of super macro shots, can't wait!...[;o)

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    1. Trevor, I have not had any success with the Robin today. I suspect there are two. Todays wasn't in the least interested.
      I had a go with it on a pine cone....It works but a dirty old pine cone is not a very edifying spectacle.

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