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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Thursday, 26 September 2013

THE MEETING. (25/09/13)

I arrived at a farm about midway between Llanwrst and Betws-y-Coed yesterday. It is a grand spot but has no walks out. It was a wonderful late summer day. I texted Keith and settled in.Then tackled a job I have been dreading. I successfully installed  the new split focus screen in the Canon 1Ds. It is brilliant. It may seem a little strange but focusing DSLRs is not as easy as the system was designed to make it. I now have a view finder that shows bits blurry and when I twist the focus ring on the lens no bits look blurry. It will still focus on auto, Canon say exposure can be out a bit with this screen. I can’t say I’ve noticed. I’m very pleased with the result. I tend to use manual focus and this bit of customisation is the right way for me. Mad as a sack of spiders am I, converting an SLR to a Rangefinder.

Keith arrived about half nineish. And off we set.

_MG_1695 We drove up to Pen y Pas and had a stroll up the miners track that leads to the summit of Snowden. Needless to say we didn’t walk that far. It was a bit damp and misty but the rain held off.

_MG_1696It was then time for lunch. This is the town clock in Llanwrst.

After a pie and a pint we retired to the van and spent the afternoon gossiping, drinking coffee and talking to a flock of hens. Very relaxing birds are hens and these were unusual. It doesn’t take much to keep Keith and me amused.

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_V0G7610  This was by far and away the star of the day. I have never seen such a scruffy and comical bird.

I have moved to Waun Fawr for a couple of days to admire the Garret  locomotives on the Welsh Highland Railway.

I’ll have a bit of catching up to do as I’ve been without internet so far this week.

That’s all for this post it’s not been photograph weather this week.

24 comments:

  1. The sea looks fierce, the sky only slightly less so and it looks damp all around. But the sun is pecking around in places. Maybe it is forecasting your afternoon.

    The second photograph looks like I could reach out and touch that clock...well, if I were tall enough.

    Not sure which hen picture I like best. I guess I would just have to get to know the hens and choose the one with best personality. Number 2 is the front runner.

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    1. David, it does look like sea but we are above the clouds on a mountain.
      The clock looked new. Probably built for the millennium.
      I was hand feeding the first hen. It get pecking my fingers for more. The second punk hen is just great.

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  2. Good to meet up again Adrian. Had a great time, and an enjoyable lunch.
    The punk, funky chicken was a real star.
    Enjoy the trains.

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    1. Keith it's always good to see you. The hen made my day as well. I suspect there may be something wrong with us.

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  3. Like that town clock with the weather wane on the top.

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  4. Great images. I really like the image of Pen y Pas with the low cloud below you.

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    1. Douglas, Pen y Pas is a good place to go the car does the work.

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  5. There's no excuses now Adrian, all pin sharp images from now on!

    I hope you didn't wear Keith out by making him walk up that hill? I guess a full recovery was soon made once he had that pie and pint surrounded?

    That's one smart chicken...[;o)

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    1. Trevor, I'm going to try the focus on Earnest.....sorry in earnest today.
      We drove all but the last half mile or so. Snowden is a good mountain for cheats.
      The hen was the star.

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  6. HI Adrian glad you hocked up with Keith and had a good natter, pie and pint. Now that hen is priceless. One funkly looking bird adn with attitude!

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    1. Margaret, we try and meet every now and again.
      The hen is fantastic.

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  7. Mooi Adrian die eerste foto met die lage wolken geweldig en wat een kip is dat .

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    1. Dank u. Ik ahave geen idee wat voor soort kip is.

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  8. Well, you're sure a good chicken picture taker! Terrific view on your walk. I'm going to have to go back to the map and see where you are.

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    1. Red, they are domestic hens so are tame. It makes life easier.
      Just Google Snowden and that will give you an idea of the area.

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  9. I like the clock tower ... and hens :))
    A hug.

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    1. Laura, thank you. It is a good area to visit if a bit wet.

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  10. When I was a youth I wanted nothing more than to be wandering around and live in North Wales and then I discovered the mountains of the English Lake District. Now both of them are covered in tourists and second homes and I have become a very occasional tourist. I love 'remote' and they no longer are.

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    1. Graham, there are still remote areas in both but I haven't the energy to walk and find them.

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  11. I think it's great that you two could get together like that.

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    1. Hilary, I try and track Keith down about once a year. It's always worth it.

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  12. Always fancied stopping in Llanrwst but always seems so busy with the tight road bend in the town centre. what is it with Mid Wales clock towers ... this one seems very different, Nice work though.

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  13. Jay, it took me twenty minutes to negotiate with the camper. I got tangled up with a Petrol tanker.

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