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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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Friday, 24 January 2014

DIPPED. (24/01/14)

It was cold last night. I took the dogs out at dawn and they had a roll in what amounted to a sprinkle of snow.

_MG_2782   Through the woods we wandered. It was chilly.

_MG_2783   The beach was almost white over. Cairngorm was covered in low cloud. A sunset here would be great on a clear evening with the mountains reflecting the light. I let the dogs off for a good run as they showed no sign of being in deer mode. Fortunately I guessed correctly. Back we went for breakfast without mishap. It’s blowing half a gale and the temperature is –6oC. A few months ago I lost the (o) Symbol in LiveWriter. It used to be in Insert and involved typing in a load of letters and numbers now it’s in the home tool bar it has it’s own little symbol that looks like this X2 . Brilliant. I must learn to read instructions. They also have an X2 . I’ll have a look what that does.

I then set the 5DII to video mode. I think I’ve sorted the chopping I used to get. I set shutter to 1/50s and drop contrast to zero in normal shoot mode. Then I juggle aperture and ISO in live view till it looks something like. Focusing is still a major issue but I’ll have to live with it. It will auto focus if I press (AF ON) before starting to shoot. I have settled on manual focus and just chop out the bits that are blurry. I have to remember not to talk on the blurry bits as I can’t seem to select the audio track from the camera footage and edit it separately.

I found a short cut to the Stream with the Dippers so the trip with Bertha, the dogs, a tripod and a bag full of bits of this and that wasn’t too arduous.

I saw the little darlings but they wouldn’t settle for long enough for me to get a shot. Bertha, an extender and tripod is not point and shoot. It can take twenty of thirty seconds to get good footage of a tree. I’ll have to try harder and more often.

I have two minutes and a bit of video but it will take six hours to upload it to YouTube. I’ll let it run overnight. I may be rendering at the wrong settings or it may just be that bandwidth is very low here.

_MG_2785   Despite my Muppetry with the dipping Dippers I’ve decided that this is home for another ten days. Rain is forecast for this afternoon and then days of snow. The feeders are doing little business so I suspect the wind may be to blame……It can’t be all my fault after five years of digital…….I hope.

Have a great weekend.

30 comments:

  1. Love the dawn shots.
    I don't have easy access to ° from the keyboard but a little program called Character Map lets me have access to virtually all characters with copy and paste..

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    1. John, there are thousands of symbols in MS Word. But I haven't bothered loading it on this machine. Live Writer is fine now I have found out where it went.

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  2. Is this your first visit here?

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    1. Maria, my first visit for forty years.

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  3. Lovely sunrise shots Adrian.
    I reckon you'll have to start building up some of those arm muscles and then you'll be able to throw Bertha around like a pro!
    To get the little ° hold down Alt and type 0176 (it works in live writer too)
    Looking forward to seeing those snow filled scenes, have a good weekend and stay safe...[;o)

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    1. Trevor, Throw Bertha around?.....I wish. I have gone off these pavement pizza type sunrises. This one was impressive though. I'd like to see the aurora whilst I'm here.

      (°) I see, That's what I used to do.

      Heavy rain for Saturday then the snow arrives.

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  4. I love the two morning shots especially the one from the beach with the light trying it's best to break through.

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    1. Douglas, I was expecting it to be very noisy but amazingly the noise was acceptable.

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  5. Hola, Adrian.Vayaaa, también tienes frio :(( Que color más bonito tiene el cielo. Me encanta tu autocaravana. Cuando venga la primavera, empezarems a enganchar nuestra caravana y salir con ella;)

    La foto que has visto de hace 20 años, está hecha con unaRicok KR-10 Super manual. de las que había que revelar los carretes, está guardada. Pero tenenos montones se fotos de ella.
    Que tengas buen viernes.
    Un abrazo.

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    1. Hello, Adrian.Vayaaa, have also cold. ((What a nice color you have the sky I love your motorhome When spring comes, empezarems to engage our caravan and go with it;)..

      The photo you saw 20 years ago, is made with KR-10 Super unaRicok manual. of which was to reveal the reels is filed. Tenenos thousands of pictures of her.
      Have a good Friday.
      a hug

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    2. Laura, Rikok, hizo algunas cámaras maravillosas. Estoy sorprendido de que todavía tiene las imágenes sin embargo.

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  6. Really really nice daybreak, the lighting is fabulous Adrian. Shame about the Dippers.

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    1. Bob, the Dippers are around I saw plenty of them fighting over territory but non were settled. I will get some pictures.

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  7. I'll echo what others have said about the dawn pictures. That second one looks like fire in the sky. Hope the video uploads okay. I'm looking forward to seeing it.

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    1. David, the video has uploaded but the quality is awful. I'll post it later and ask for help.

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  8. It was cold, but I think you have beautiful pictures, s I am very curious about your movie.

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    1. Bas, I will post it later. It is going to rain all day today.

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  9. Very impressive sunrise-shots. ° is [ALT]+248, I learned that in my early days of using a computer when working as a medical secretary and it has stuck in my memory. :)

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    1. Monica, not in my comments it doesn't it closes the reply box down. I'm using the number pad. It obviously worked for you.

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    2. I'm using the number pad too. I think alt+248 for ° has worked for me on every computer and word processing program since I first learned it ~1990 or so. Maybe I've just been lucky! I suppose you must have some different coding that overtakes it (or whatever that's called in computer language)

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  10. You're in a beautiful area! That first shot is lovely. Hope you're having a good weekend. I've dipped on dippers. Must be a thing:)

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    1. Chris they do stay still but not for long. I'll get a shot.

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  11. How I have had lost this post! I think too that you are in a beautiful place...

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    1. Laura, it took a couple of goes for it to appear on my reading list. I amm here for another two weeks...........It is beautiful.

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  12. Gorgeous sunrise! What colours. Looking forward to see what else transpires over the next 10 days...sounds like you'll be bundling up!

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    1. Glo, if the weather is reasonable it should be very good here.

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  13. That sunrise looks pretty good Adrian.
    Best time of the year for them I think.
    Looking forward to the video.

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    1. Keith, it is when we see the sun.

      I failed to record the dippers but will post the footage as something is not right.

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  14. When you do get a good sunset it's usually spectacular in the Highlands. The problem is getting one in the first place: one thing is that there are usually too many mountains in the way!

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  15. Graham, I'm waiting for a sunset here I've plenty of sky to the west.

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