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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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Friday, 2 August 2013

FIRST IMPRESSIONS. (02/08/13)

I left Ullapool this morning and had a good run to Poolewe. It looks a grand place. The journey via Loch Broom and Little Loch Broom was well worth the fuel with beautiful and varied scenery. I’m here for a week as there are White Tailed Eagles, Otters, seals and I hope I saw a Shoveller Duck on our wander into the village. Of the more mundane attractions there are the remains of an old iron reduction works and tropical gardens at Inverewe. I hope to be kept busy and do the area justice._MG_1055_6_7_fused  Poolewe.

_MG_1052_3_4_fused  The River Ewe.

_MG_1049_50_51_fused  Loch Ewe.

Despite the lack of imagination displayed in the naming of towns, gardens, rivers and Lochs. It looks a grand place so I can forgive the focus on female sheep.

Have a great weekend. The weather is looking a little stormy here but there is a bird hide. I’ll sit in it, warm and dry with sandwiches and coffee.

32 comments:

  1. Hi Adrian... Ya ..sure looks nice from here , seems you have come across a great spot with plenty to explore!!
    Enjoy
    Gracde

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    1. Grace, it isn't dramatic but it is peaceful. Next Wednesday there is a ceilidh....I'll take the camera and you never know I might pull!

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  2. That is a terrific shot of the river. Amazing how clear the water is! I like the look of those buildings a lot. What is the siding (for lack of a better word) made of. It looks kind of like a smooth stucco but I'm guessing using that would be impossible there because of the moisture.

    With the look of the place and all the animals, I would hang out there at least a week too. Maybe you'll get some animal shots.

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    1. David it's HDR. I'll have a wander again and shoot without messing and use a polariser. Be clear as glass then.
      I'm here for a week and another week probably would be worthwhile.

      The buildings are pebble dashed or as they say here harled. They trowel on wet cement or preferably a lime mortar throw little stones at it then paint it. If the little stones are expensive like calcined flint or marble they don't use paint or only the philistines do. It keeps most of the damp out.

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    1. Rhymeswithplague, it stands for High Dynamic Range. I shoot any number...in this case three...off images. The first is two stops under exposed to capture highlights, the second is correctly exposed and the third is overexposed to record shadow detail.
      These were processed using Photomatix Software but ideally they would be blended in Photoshop using luminosity masks.
      I shoot and post the same day so cheat and use Photomatix. It takes five minutes an image. Using masks takes an hour to edit an image.
      It's just a pastime...nothing to get excited about.

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    2. Oh....I thought you were telling David that the siding on those buildings was made of HDR. Shows how much I know.

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    3. RWP, my fault. The reply to David lacks clarity as does the water in the river.

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  4. Looks a great place I really hope you manage to catch up with the otters and W.T.Eagles, I watched a beautiful bit about the Hebrides the other night and was drooling....again

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    1. Douglas, it's about time I got a shot of something spectacular. It's worth the run north but it can be very wet.

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  5. Je hebt wel weer een prachtig gebied Adriaan het ziet er veelbelovend uit.

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  6. I like this scenery! You got great clouds and colours.

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    1. Maria, I hope it produces something worthwhile.

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  7. Beautiful scenic sort of day, I love it.

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  8. Hi Adrian Three very different scenes and each one special in its own way. The first one would make a lovely postcard. wonderful cloud formation is all 3 of them. This looks a fantastic place to spend some time as there seems to be plenty for you to see. Have a great weekend

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    1. Margaret, It isn't dramatic but it is picturesque. You have a good weekend too.

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  9. You are going to Inverewe Gardens? Lucky you. Please stick some pictures on your blog for me. I was last there about 20 years ago. Must have changed in that time - don't you think? It was really beautiful then - very warm and humid - beautiful plants and flowers BUT beware of the midges - they love that climate.





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    1. Spesh, I hope it's good it's £9.00p to get in. I'll give it a whirl.

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    2. £9.00p?!!! Good Heavens! I got in for free. Just goes to show, it's not what you know but who you know. Remember me to the midges.

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    3. I just had a wander down and it's gone up £10.00p now and dogs are banned. Apparently visitor numbers are falling and they are having trouble maintaining the place.

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  10. Now you could fire a cannon down this street as there are no cars or people...not even anybody standing by their house. Some these remote places have lots to offer. It's quiet and stuff is right there.

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    1. Red, there are plenty of cars behind me and quite a few in the distance on the left. I waited whilst the man moved.

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  11. Grand neck of the woods to spend a while. It's a long time since I was round the gardens at Inverewe too and, like Spesh, I remember the dreaded midges with anything but fondness. Choose a windy day.

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    1. Graham, Wi-Fi is a problem but I'll work round that. I'll have a look it'll make for a busy day as I'll probably have to leave the dogs. NTS are not noted for their tolerance.

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  12. Looking forward to seeing photos of the gardens at Inverewe which my family and I visited in the summer of 1964 - almost fifty years ago. By the way your focus on female sheep isn't entirely healthy. I'm just saying.

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    1. YP, I'll give them a seeing to as they appear to bring back memories.
      I'll have you know I don't focus on all sheep....Just the pretty ones.

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  13. The first shot looks even better when enlarged, still couldn't see any people though. I imagine only very proper folk would live in those houses - and then wonder why I think that. Enjoy your stay!

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    1. Pauline, I suspect most are second homes. They are far from proper are second home owners.

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  14. It is also a good menu, sandwiches and coffee ... seeing these good pictures :))
    A hug.

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  15. It is a good place. Vespa country.

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