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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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Wednesday, 25 June 2014

BURGERS, BALLS AND WIND. (25/06/14)

Yesterday I posted a video time lapse and a series of stills from the old full manual lens. Almost full manual, it doesn’t have a leaf shutter like the Bronica lenses do.  The stills were awful. They looked as if they’d been shot with a LOMO camera. Worse than a Brownie. I put a brave face on my £75.00p investment; I didn’t want to look an idiot for going retrograde. Why looking stupid still bothers me I can’t explain. I should have got used to it by now.

Last night I realised what the problem was. The individual frames for the time lapse look fine. I’d taken a picture of Molly that was fine. We had venison burgers for lunch and there was one left over. I chopped it up for the dogs and wiped my fingers really carefully on the back of my jeans. I noticed I must have missed a bit of cooked deer as it transferred itself to the lens adaptor….still here and with me?…. I’ll get on with the saga. I polished the lens after giving it a quick squirt of lens cleaner and it must have got unscrewed a bit. I must have been too vigorous in my cleaning and polishing. Not something even I, knowing me, would have thought likely. I screwed it in again. We are now back to normal.

I got up in the middle of the night for some star trails. It barely got dark._V0G3987 This was shot at 0030h. The stars are there but no chance of picking them out.

_V0G3988 Never admit defeat. Wonderful stars. I just drew some. Not too many, just about right I think.

It’s blowing half a gale here but it is lovely and sunshiny. I stopped for a quick tiddle on our first walk, a hazardous business in half a gale. I see Wimbledon has kicked or served off. I hope it isn’t as windy down south. I would hate to think that Andy Murray’s balls were getting blown about.

It’s been a good day. I went on Amazon for a bit more reading matter. I order on the laptop and then just swap the downloads into the Kindle via the USB wire thingy that charges it up. Last time I tried there was no computer download option. It said Adrian’s Kindle 1 Adrian’s Kindle 2 or Cloud. I wrote them a very strong letter, signed Mr Angry of no fixed abode. I never got a reply but when I purchased some more serious reading this morning it said after CLOUD, ‘computer’  in little writing. Spot on Amazon. They are pretty good, if I’ve bought a book before then they tell me. Frightening in a way and probably not necessary as my memory isn’t what it was.

Back to snapping.

_V0G3989      Nothing wrong with this. It isn’t as sharp as the 24mm tilt/shift but it didn’t cost £1.4k and it’s a lot easier to control and carry which is a bonus.

I shot some more time lapse this time at 2s as the 1DSIII can’t load small Raw files at a 1s interval. This is just an experiment for folk that want to try it.

Time Lapse Test

It is time consuming but I think I have got rid of exposure flicker. I failed to notice the couple that settled out of the wind for a shelter. I bet that was an organ grinder. Be clean as a new pin they will be.

Have fun and don’t give up. Tomorrow looks to be much the same but we will wander over the hill to show you Smoo Cave. Bet you can’t wait?

20 comments:

  1. HI Adrian Hope you got my email today. the place when you are staying is really lovely,the beach looks great and I am sure the dogs love it also. Very interesting what you are doing with time lapse.

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  2. I got your e-mail Margaret. My filters deleted it. It was on recent inspection full of all sorts of rubbish. Not your content or input but lots of funny colours and things.
    Time lapse is very difficult. I am still trying but shooting several thousand RAW images and then working them into flicker free is hard. The old FD lens has stopped any flicker in the sky. Now all I have to do is stop flicker in the foreground. I know. Take stills or video. Easy peasy.

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  3. Were those your dogs, scampering in Chaplinesque manner across the beach? Not sure about all that flickering and fluttering, but I know it must be very clever. Love the still photos. More restful.

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    1. Frances, It has taken me ages to produce this much. I'm not very clever. Proper video editors can work live or a second or two behind. That is skill.
      Not my dogs but the couple shagging on the beach were German. Naughty people.

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  4. Brilliant video Adrian, and the picture took 0030hrs is lovely, juvly.

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    1. Bob. the video is working well for smooth. I was hoping for dark. 30mph wind here so the tripod and it's lashing down worked well.

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  5. Your night shots are very awesome Adrian. Doesn't matter if it didn't work out with the startrails. i like them a lot anyway.

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    1. Mersad, time lapse is a pain using EF lenses. Things like the sky have a flicker. I got an old FD manual lens and the constants in the image are smooth.
      It never goes dark here. I'll keep subjecting you to crap until I get it worked out hopefully in six weeks. When I'll give a dawn to dusk video.

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    1. Sorry Bas. I'll leave the time lapse alone for a while.

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  7. The time lapse made me chuckle in a good way... Though I thought the tide would have gone in or out a bit more then it did, is it not a very high tide line on the beach.

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    1. Douglas, I'm still experimenting. The tide takes six hours to come in and the sme to go out. This was only twenty minutes worth.

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  8. You live a very vigorous life ...being out in a gale, up before dawn, eating deer burgers! Man you even take photos. Challenges keep us in the game. You even survived google's big goof of not showing posts we follow.

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    1. Red, I have good days and bad. There is little wind today so I'll go out macroing.

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  9. The shot of the night sky is lovely. What happens in Smoo Cave?

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    1. Thanks Carol.
      Bugger all it's too dark. I will go but didn't go today. I woke up out of sorts.

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    2. Rest up and get better. The cave isn't going anywhere.

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    3. No worries. You have fun.

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  10. Great shots, can't believe the light at night .. northern light.

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    1. Jay, June is wonderful up here.

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