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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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Sunday, 20 April 2014

SHEEP. (20/04/14)

We are enjoying our third consecutive day of dawn till dusk sunshine. Brilliant it is and my sister is wandering around her garden muttering about needing rain. Daft bat.

Yesterdays supper was spot on and worth the effort._MG_3410 Shredded lamb with mint, pomegranate, feta cheese and olives all served warm on a bed of wild rocket. I had enough lamb left over for a couple of small shepherd’s pies and a Lancashire Hotpot.

_MG_3408  Lancashire Hotpot. This one is lamb, black pudding, lamb’s kidneys and in this case a couple of carrots I had lying around. The top is sliced potato with a bit of butter dotted on it.

Today I’ve been time lapsing. I was trying for one of the Swallows nest building. Those that know me will have already guessed that it was a total failure. The Swallows ignore the strobe but the horses don’t. I assumed the horses were out for the day but Carole brings one back and takes another out, then brings it back. It’s bloody Sunday hasn’t she heard of a day of rest? Apparently not. She is walking one with a swollen fetlock and another with a bruised inlock.

She still has to do Horse box loading with Brav. Horses that don’t like a drive out are a real pain. They have to be learned to walk into a truck and turn sideways. It’s a mind puzzling exercise for a horse. It’s good for a laugh. He takes really dainty steps up the ramp and then when his front feet hit the flat of the truck he backs off at a hundred miles an hour. The dogs think it is highly entertaining. Carole is good she does get airbourne but lands on her feet and goes back for another round. I then turned my attention to the lambs or as I prefer to think of them; next Easters dinner.

I made this from about 270 frames taken at 2s intervals. I think at last it’s about right for sheep. I went to get a thousand frames as I’ve sorted the workflow now. The sheep are all lying down sunbathing. Idle wee woolly beasts.

I’m currently shooting small Raw files but to get a minutes video I’m going to have to shoot JPEG, have a longer interval or tether the camera to the laptop. I only have a 16GB card. I do have a spare laptop with some letters missing where Alf jumped on it, he said: “It woz an aksidently.” Alf is prone to accidents with expensive things. I’ll try and sort it for the job as then I could bore folk to death and big time.

I like shooting RAW as it it easy to batch process and save to a folder on my desktop where I have an evens chance of finding it again when I need it for Photoshop. If anyone can help I’d be interested to know what dimensions work best. I’m using 720 pixels but could go much bigger I could go to 2784x1856 but then wouldn’t be able to pan and zoom which is the next thing I want to learn, swear at and muddle through.

Tomorrow I’ll have another go. Tuesday I’m having a day trip to Falkirk to see the Wheel and the hundred foot high Horses Heads. They are called The Kelties and look great in the pictures I’ve seen. Little Bertha should arrive on Wednesday. I haven’t planned further ahead than that. Big bertha is all packed away and ready for collection on Tuesday. I had a bit of a sniffle. She is a beauty of a lens but I told her she was just too big for me to handle.

Enjoy your holiday Monday.

26 comments:

  1. though a short video, it's quite nice! I always said to my family that if I had to kill rabbits, deer, or sheep for my dinner, I'd be a vegetarian. We too are blessed with sunshine today for our Easter gathering.

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    1. Norma, I used to kill to eat but wouldn't do it now as one has to be fast and accurate.
      Glad the weather is fine for you.

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  2. A nice video clip.
    I'm too much of a heathen to attempt all the fussing with a time lapse. I'll stick with video.

    Good luck with Little Bertha. I'm sure she'll live up to Big Bertha's reputation, and be much easier to handle. You'll soon tame her and have her doing just what you want.

    No sun here today; it's chucking it down now.

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    1. Keith, I have looked at good time lapse. One an hour over a week for tadpoles. One a minute for a butterfly being born. One every 5s for clouds. It's the interval that I have to pre-guess.
      I think little Bertha will suit me. The other was just too big. How Douglas swings his I don't know. I know it has very posh IS but just the effort or thinking of it gives me a bad back, shoulder, hip.
      Stunning up here but though sunny it's cool.

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  3. Nice video Adrian. Got to go out to the pub, cheers.

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  4. Those sheep look to be in a bit of a panic Adrian, maybe they've heard that you've got your eye on one of them for next Easter?

    Those meals look very appetising, if ever the photography gets too much you could always open the van up as a high class roadside snack bar!

    I'm sure Little Bertha, treated well, will perform perfectly for you, I'm looking forward to seeing the outcome of your getting to know each other!...[;o)

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    1. Trevor, I'll have to think of something else to time lapse. This does look a bit like the Keystone Cops.
      I enjoy cooking, It's a relaxing way to pass an afternoon.
      If I have trouble with Little Bertha I know who to ask.

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  5. Looks Like you had a wonderful meal for Easter Sunday. I'm thinking of Chicken for supper. We are supposed to have rain this afternoon and evening. To bad about Bertha having to go.

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    1. Horst, it's for the best. I'll get much more use out of a lighter lens.

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  6. Your Easter Lambs video was more engaging than Lord of the Rings. As for the shredded lamb dish, all I can say is that your culinary creativity appears to know no bounds!

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    1. YP, I got the idea from Nigella and managed to cook it without resorting to cocaine, The video is a bit short, ever cloud has a silver lining.

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  7. Your dinner looked pretty rich. You can do a lot with your food to make it interesting. Enjoy your nice weather while you've got it.

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    1. Red it is a bit rich but the sharpness of the mint and rocket save it. The weather is set to change on Tuesday.

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  8. They are called Kelpies with a P I think you will find Adrian ~ the mythical sea creatures (horses heads). Another friend shared photos a few months ago. I remember, because we have kelpies here in AUS too, but they are dogs.

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    1. Carol, many thanks. I couldn't remember what they were called but you are correct.

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  9. Loved the food!

    I shall be sad to see Bertha go having met her in Glencoe and found her most charming company.

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    1. Graham, so did we.
      Bertha will find a good home.

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  10. Happy Easter, Adrian ... me will be over for supper right away ... smiles ... Love, cat.

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    1. Cat, you would have been made very welcome. There was plenty to go round.

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  11. The time lapse worked well Adrian.

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    1. John, it could have done with being longer. I still haven't managed to work out what size to do them at. I'll have to Google the matter.

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  12. Buen menú....Espero que tuvieras una buena pascua!!!
    Me gusta el vídeo.
    Un abrazo

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    1. Pascua era muy bueno. Tengo una tarjeta CF grande viene para que yo pueda hacer Vídeos a intervalos de tiempo más largos.

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  13. wow the salad looks very very good!

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    1. Laura, not as healthy as your food but it was good. I'm going to try your pasta pie before I leave my sisters.

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