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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.
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Saturday, 23 March 2013

DULL PICTURES. (23/03/13)

What a night……its great. Ice blowing from the trees, clattering on the van roof. This morning I put on as many layers as I thought appropriate and headed out into a near blizzard. The snow has stopped falling but it is blowing the fallen snow everywhere. It was difficult to stand in the gusts, hard work wading through the drifts. The dogs were struggling but excited by the wind and snow. A wonderful though tiring walk. Untitled_Panorama1    Not a day for photographs.

IMG_9796_edited-1  Things are looking up with a patch of blue sky.

IMG_9794_edited-1The path through the woods.

IMG_9802_edited-1      The dogs on the beach. Alf sticking his tongue out at the camera.

IMG_9808_edited-1    We walked back through the village…….it kept us out of the worst of the wind.

IMG_9809_edited-1    No trains today…..and the road is blocked so no newspapers I really don’t know how I’ll manage without news and pictures of the doings of Katie Kambridge. I hope she is not snowed in, the country will grind to a halt without her wandering around grinning at folk or is she laughing?

IMG_9788_edited-1  The view from the van……back home for breakfast.

Keep warm.

 

32 comments:

  1. All this snow is getting tiresome now isn't it.
    Certainly makes for some lovely shots, but a bugger trying to get anywhere.
    I think I've beaten you with the ammount of snow :-)

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    1. Keith I like new snow....I'll not be as happy when it turns to ice and frozen slush. I'm was surprised we got this much at sea level.

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  2. I see that winter does not want to leave you .. We have also very much snow..I'm so tired.. .. what beautiful dogs .. they seem to like snow ..

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    1. Michelle, the dogs love the snow. It is late in the season for this weather.

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  3. Looks very similar here Adrian. Some is melting but will probably freeze solid tonight.

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    1. John, its snowy again now. I suspect that this weather is here for a while.

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  4. Snowed in, well, sort of. Nice pictures Adrian.

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  5. Hehheh..wow!worse than Norway !Glad to see this and know its soon spring!
    Happy easter:-)

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    1. Anita, you can laugh.....Yes it is spring. Difficult to believe.
      Happy Easter to you.

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  6. Sorry I have been away for so long but better late than never as my old gran used to say.
    I think these photos are lovely,all of them,I have difficulty setting the camera for snow and dull light,what setting did you use for these,I have a canon EOS 7D.
    Hope you will pop over to my new blog,there is a link to it on my old blog.
    Carolyn.

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  7. Carolyn, Its made my day seeing you back. I hope life has been good to you.
    I have now switched to Canon gear. The last image was taken in P mode with flash to freeze the snow.
    The others were shot in Av mode.
    Camera EXIF Data.
    Canon 5D Mk II
    ISO 640
    Exp. 1/500s
    Ap. f/11
    lens Prime 135mm
    Metering centre weighted.
    I usually spot meter but for snow I Ctr. weight. There is a way with Canon to spot meter on several areas and average them but I can't remember how.
    I would have dropped the ISO but it was so windy and my hands were frozen. Had a beer last night so they weren't as steady as they could have been so I fancied a shutter speed on the high side of safety.

    I shoot RAW with auto white balance and push colour temp till things warm up about 7000k/7500k. Balance up for clipping and push vibrance a bit...sometimes a lot. The Elements RAW converter isn't the poshest available but It does the job. Capture One which I'm trialling is much better but the work flow is alien to me. It's also bloody expensive.
    Then I colour saturate either locally with the sponge tool in Elements or globally with the saturation adjuster.
    Then a levels adjustment to avoid clipping shadows or highlights. Hold down ALT whilst moving the shadows or black slider and the highlights white slider and you get warnings showing. You can do this twice for added contrast but watch the histogram for spikies. You are losing information then.

    * Not sure what spikies are really called but instead of the histogram being normal it has spiky line jumping out of it.

    If you have trouble then e-mail.

    Sorry about the nerdy reply grand to see you back.

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    1. Can't find the new blog.....Send me a link please.

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  8. Not quite what one likes to associate with "a day on the beach"... I like the village street picture - it sort of tells a story. (The day everyone chose to stay inside, except that crazy photographer who took the picture...)

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  9. Monica, this estuary has a bit of everything, firm sand, soft sand, mud, pebbles and now snow and ice.
    It was half seven to quarter past eight. I didn't check the time as it would have meant exposing chill to winds from your direction.....most unpleasant are your winds. The road out was blocked both ways just up the hill so no one was in any rush to move.

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  10. That path through the woods looks so inviting.

    No trains - wrong kind of snow on the line, I presume. The Post Office wouldn't send their postmen out our way yesterday or today. Health and Safety issues, I presume. Do you recall the photos of postmen struggling through four foot drifts in the early '60s. Ah, those were the days.

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  11. This winter seems unending here as well. Lovely pics, regardless. Your dogs always make me smile.

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    1. Hilary, Alf is a bit of a wimp. He covers his nose to stop snow blowing up. I'm a bigger sissy I cover all my bits. Not because I'm nesh....my mum said it is polite to do so and so did the police after I had fled the nest.

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  12. John, I think that the drifting probably closed the line for the first train of the day. They run nuclear fuel flasks at night and on Sundays. It is a very safe line is Sellafield to Barrow in Furness.
    The Posty came at about noon and the papers soon after. Katie Kambridge was on the front page dressed as a boy scout. She was cooking on page three. Bloody marvellous! She really is a plonker and will suit the royals to a tee. Looks like we have got her a new jacket for her official duties. They are an anachronism and an irrelevance in this day and age.
    The Duke of Devonshire is the exception...he does a great job with his estates.
    The weather is turning damp here.

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  13. I've seen a video - when I was involved in emergency planning - in which they crashed one of those flask trains. Very spectacular but the flask survived. Very reassuring!
    Oops - I've probably just broken the Official Secrets Act. Ah well - free food in prison!

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  14. You got some very unpleasant weather. We had three trains stuck here this week. We also had 100 vehicles in one major crash. Nobody killed 22 injured.

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    1. Red, you have proper winters though. Sounds lucky no one was killed.

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  15. We got 3 feet of snow in the last week, I think your weather is still not that bad. Take care and stay warm. Red lives in the same province as myself just a little farther south.

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    1. Horst, no it is not as bad as yours. Only a few inches here.

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  16. Well, that's probably one of the last snows! You still take nice landscapes.

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    1. Thanks Maria. It should be the end of it now.

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  17. Hi Adrian...Man is it normal weather for this time of year?? Now here we can expect anything wintery until the beginning of May !!
    Last year it was very warm,this year snow, wind and cold!!
    I really like the path with the fence and your little buddies are so cute, like snow balls!!
    Spring on the calendar, but not looking it !!
    What's that bird to the left in your last photo??
    Grace

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    1. It's a Pheasant. It hangs about the bird feeders most of the day.
      Not normal at sea level but on the fells it is.

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  18. All your bad weather is enough to take my mind off our drought. I think I'd rather be here. Does make for beautiful pictures, though.

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    1. Pauline it will soon be gone. I thought you had had some rain. Not enough obviously.

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  19. Last year it rained everyday and now this year it's snowy everyday. How does one endure this?

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