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.
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.
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.