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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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Wednesday, 3 July 2013

IN THE STYLE OF. (03/07/13)

We had an enjoyable but unproductive walk this morning. It was misting rain first thing but it looked as if it was clearing so at around seven o’clock we set off for the Faraid Peninsular. It’s a grand place. On the way there’s a ruined church and an old mill at Bainakeil. Well worth another look so I’ll have a wander back that way. It started raining again so no real pictures today.

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_MG_0837     Burragaig Bay in the rain. I stopped in yesterday and it’s depressing, I prefer to go out and get wet. It’s rarely that unpleasant if I make the effort to dress up and stroll.

The other day Trevor at THREE COUNTIES HERALD posted some beautifully presented images of the Common Spotted Orchid.

_MG_0850       They look a bit like this but this is in the style of the Master. This is also the Really Common Spotted Orchid, there are hundreds of them. Some are a bit tatty. I took a pair of tweezers to this one but still missed a scruffy bit. They are about four to six inches tall with an inch to two inches of boring bit holding them up of the ground.

_MG_0849          I thought this was a Dwarf Lady’s Bedstraw. but I have my doubts. It’s under six inches tall and is growing in one small area on the edge of the cliffs. It was also subject to a hefty breeze so not as sharp as it could be.

I found the Frog Orchid again. It is fine, I was just looking in the wrong place….one bit of cliff is much like another….I’ll apologise to the children who I wrongly suspected of vandalism.

_MG_0847       Frog Orchid. It is the only one and a half one I’ve found but they are only three inches tall and easily missed.

_MG_0839       The highlight of the morning was seeing what I think was a Stoat. It had a black tip to it’s tail and was foraging in the rock pools, it looked a bit big, almost twice as big as Stoats I’ve seen before. I don’t know what it was or what it was after but it was a long way down and amongst the rocks about a third of the way into this picture. Just round this headland are the Puffin burrows.

No way Jose! It’s a rope job to get far enough away to not frighten them and to get Bertha into position. One day I too will get a snap of a puffin with a beak full of wriggling Sand Eels but it it is not going to happen here. Little buggers, like most birds, have no fear of heights and these can only just fly. They can swim though.

I’ll see, so will you, if the weather perks up tomorrow I’ll be out snapping away.

I like this place. The children are a noisy breed but it’s a long time since I had a child as a friend so I’m prejudiced.

Have fun.

28 comments:

  1. You got so many flowers, and lovely ones to boot, and the Puffins, well, you're in the wrong place mate.

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  2. Cheers Bob, I like it here but there is little chance of getting a good shot of Puffin. There is an Arctic tern flitting about over the van with a beak full of fish so maybe I have half a chance.
    I'm in the right place. I've seen them and even if I saw them better I'd most likely foul up.

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  3. Margaret Adamson has left a new comment on your post "IN THE STYLE OF. (03/07/13)":

    HI Adrian Thanks for finding yesterday's comment and adding it. It is a ppity it is raining up there for you but perhapstomorrow it wil be better adn you and get out adn take some photos.. Nevertheless,, the place looks lovely and peaceful. Now I wonder wheree this comment will go!!!! Margaret

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    1. Margaret, I like blogger, you are on Google anyhow whatever plus. I don't like it I suspect Google are playing about. I'll try to stop you being banned but I don't Twitter or Face book so will have to find a work round. All snaps were taken this morning and processed today. I bet you can tell by the quality.

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  4. "In the style of" works well with blooms. I like the middle one - it looks as though part of the plant is being reflected back from the magnifying side of a shaving mirror - effective.

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  5. wat een gebied dat is daar toch super genieten .dat beetje regen kost niets extra.

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    1. Er zijn meer Nederlanders en Duitsers dan Scotts en Engels hier. Lig je in een vreemd land. Ik vind het leuk.

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  6. John, Trevor's idea sparked a cord. Shoot a plant and then shoot it's bits in real macro. Pop them in about it and one has all the information a photo can give. These are just pulled from the original image and as always I was just playing. If this blasted wind dies I'll try and set up properly.
    I love PS and adobe. I'm falling out with Adobe a bit cos it was my last chance to buy full PS and it doesn't support Pixel Blender. More filters than you could shake a stick at had Pixel Blender. If you find any programme that can do Droiste Effect let me know.

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  7. For Unreal pictures they look good to me ;)

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    1. Monica, all shot and processed today. they are real.

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    2. Just teasing you Adrian. It was you who said "no real pictures today" ....

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    4. I was only half concentrating as I'm still trying to work out 3D graphics. No worries.

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  8. Nice to see that Frog Orchid again Adrian, maybe I'll, one day, be lucky enough to find one of my own to photograph!! So you managed to sift through my 'easy to follow' instructions and were able to make some sense of them to produce some effective images?

    Good luck with the Puffins, another one that I've never seen! Looking forward to seeing some great images!...[;o)

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    1. Trevor, I've sent you an e-mail thanking you. I didn't follow the instructions to the letter but it is a spot on way of showing flora. A leaf in one corner, a close up flower head in the other, a real macro or two of their naughty bits and the jobs a good un.
      No chance of Puffin here. I'll go again to watch them but to get close would be too close for them.

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  9. Very clever I think all flower shots should be presented this way, very cool.

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    1. Douglas, I liked it when Trevor first did it and then I asked him for destructions.

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  10. Hi Adrian...Nothing like a good old pair of tweezers to spruce up the photo ; )!
    I love being able to see this part of the country through your photo's so interesting these places!!
    Love those fancy wildflower shot's fit for the pages of a wildflower ID book!!
    Hope these photo's are real ...am I seen things???
    Grace

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    1. Grace in my macro bag I have scissors and tweezers. It saves having blurry bits in front of the subject.
      The flowers are tiny but are real and you are seeing things. Macro is frustrating but wonderful. Micro is better still. These are 1:1 I can go 5X life size but lighting is a real headache. To be honest I'm just starting out and am rubbish.

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    2. PS. Grace I usually shoot macro from a macro focus plate but when it's breezy it's a waste of time. I now just set the camera to A1 Servo, (bird mode), centre weighted metering and clatter a few frames off. Seems to work a treat.

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  11. Considering that you got ‘no real pictures’ today you did very well.
    But that’s a proper photographer for you, no snapping away and being satisfied. Like us lesser mortals.

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    1. Friko, I did see lots of places that could look good in the right light so it was a good day.

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  12. Adrian, I really like YOUR presentation of this one. It is an Idea for these big racemes that hold such little flowers. The inserted circled close-up really helps with understanding what the individual flower looks like. Usually, what I do with such racemes is I end up switching lenses or adding the extension tube, to get the individual flower.

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    1. I also saw Trevor's site and like his a lot too.

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    2. Maria, it was Trevor's idea. Yes it does need a lens change for the detail shots. They are promising a dry spell next week so I'll have the opportunity to laze around with the camera.

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  13. I really like the rugged rocks and gray skies of the first photo.

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    1. Red, it's usually worth a snap or two round here.

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