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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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Sunday, 19 May 2013

FUNNEL VISION. (19/05/13)

It’s been a warm and misty day. We were out at five this morning, we came back after almost two hours of wandering with nothing seen or snapped…..Went back to bed to recover.  Got up and played with CS6. I was concentrating on selection tools and the new refine edge is, if not perfect, very good.

Cooked a big curry for Sunday supper and whilst it was resting noticed things were looking brighter. Off we toddled again._V0G6450_1_2_tonemapped copy  This is the view from next door to the van. I should have shot this as a before and after.

2   Instead I found a load of filters in PS, this is misty morning. I could have done better by breathing on the lens…..Anyway on with the wander.

_V0G6471_2_3_tonemapped copy  Fern Funnel Vision……….that's the title seen to.

I only took a 50mm lens with me this afternoon. Silly me there were dozens of butterflies. Small White and Orange Tips. Here is my best effort.

_V0G6493 copy   Orange tip coming into land on something that is not Lady’s Smock cos it only has four petals and not five.

_V0G6496 copy     Here it is parked up….the Orange Tip butterfly. Have you ever seen a better one shot at 50mm?

On we strolled. The advantage of walking later is other ramblers have displaced the deer so I can let the dogs run free.

_V0G6459_60_61_tonemapped copy  They can run about , drink and paddle as it suites them.

_V0G6483_4_5_tonemapped copyEvery hundred yards or so there are little burns getting rid of all the rain and snow. I’ll have another look at this with wellies on. I was anyhow this afternoon. No lenses and dressed in trainers.

_V0G6468_69_70_tonemapped copyThis is all that is left of the Glencoe Massacre. Thirty eight MacDonalds were killed in 1642. By really bad Campbells. Nine died here but one escaped. He lived to run a pub up the glen so a good job he survived. The country needs landlords.

Enjoy the week to come.

24 comments:

  1. I just finished watching seven seasons of Monarch of the Glen on DVD... (MacDonalds on fictional estate of Glenbogle.) I speak Scottish now...

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    1. It's not a hard language Monica. Just shout louder in your native tongue.

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  2. You'll have to move in with your next door neighbors Adrian, they've got a cracking view!

    Love the action shot of the Orange Tip coming in to land on the Lady's Smock/Cuckooflower (it only has four petals..sorry!)

    I know the Scots have a reputation for being a bit feisty but was that old pile of rocks really worth killing each other for?

    Enjoy the curry!...[;o)

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    1. Sorry, of course I meant....neighbours!!...[;o)

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    2. Trevor they have...they are a nice couple of geriatric Hells Angels.
      The Scots are not too revolting at the moment.
      The weather is set fair for a while. Misty starts but sunny later so things are looking up.

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  3. That seventh shot says fairy glen to me. Maybe it's the wine talking, but it's a cracking shot.
    The things people fight about.

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    1. Keith, thanks. I'll keep an eye out for the little people and if I see any I'll give up the drink.

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  4. I love your little dogs, being allowed to run about, freedom. And, the last two pictures, awesome.

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    1. Bob, they are committed deer hunters so I generally keep them on a lead round here.

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  5. Adrian, the place is beautiful and the stream looks very nice. Your dogs are really cute too. The lens I often use now is the 100-400mm, precisely because of the blooms and butterflies I may encounter. I can zoom in on the butterflies and they don't fly away. The problem of course is the weight. But recently I've been training myself to start using a Manfrotto monopod I had stored away thinking I would never use it. To my surprise, after more than ten years after I bought it, I found I could also purchase a set of legs that you can store inside of the monopod for more stability. I ordered the legs and they fit perfectly inside of the monopod; so I'm retraining myself to use it with this monster zoom I own. It helps me with keeping the ISO at 160 so I don't get noisy exposures; but of course, the wind can change all that. If it's windy; I have to raise the ISO no matter what. But it's a tad easier to carry around than the regular tripod and less cumbersome to set up. The additional legs I ordered are for exposures longer than 1/25, for example, and when there's no wind.

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    1. Part of the reason I'm forcing myself to use the monopod is to reduce the periods I'm having to hand-hold the 100-400mm lens. Since the Canon 100-400mm is still at 3.0 lbs, I kept on hand-holding it. Now I've had enough of it, so I'm putting it on the monopod to reduce the hand and shoulder strain.

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    2. Maria, I should have gone for the 100mm-400mm zoom. It is at least half the weight of the prime 400mm f1:2.8. I use a monopod regularly...excellent they are.
      I am not finding noise to be a problem. I regularly use ISO 400 and often double that.
      I have seen the little legs for monopods but never thought to get any.
      I also have a shoulder harness that spreads the load.

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    3. That lens is a jewel (the 400mm prime). I also think you shoot with a full frame Canon, so noise should be a lot better for a full frame camera than for a crop factor like mine.

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    4. Maria, noise really isn't an issue on either the 5D Mark II or the 1Ds mark III. both purchased second hand so far from new.
      The 400mm is a good lens but not really practical for an old man.

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  6. Those dogs look happy, what a great place to be let out to roam...i looks a great place for the camera too.Have a graet week too.


    peter

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    1. Peter, it is a great place. The dogs are a happy pair.

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  7. Wonderful and informative shots, Adrian. I love your fern funnel vision. I'm glad it wasn't a tornado as I first feared by the post title. Your pooches are as adorable as ever.

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    1. Hilary, tornadoes are very rare here. Nothing that exciting happens round here.

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  8. I do like your mountain and fog. Then you show the bottom of the mountain with the streams from melting snow. we know this well as water comes out of the Rockies.

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    1. Red, I was struggling with bad light yesterday. I don't know how the dogs can stand the streams...the water is freezing.

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  9. Well if the Orange Tip was flying it must have been over 12 deg so you've obviously been sweltering in the Highland heat.

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    1. Graham, it has been very warm for a change....I hate to say it but almost too hot.

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