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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Monday, 9 June 2014

SHADES OF BLUE. (09/06/14)

I was up drinking coffee and sorting gear out at just gone one this morning. By quarter to two I was down at the Salmon Bothy. Why such frantic activity? I wanted a shot of the moon setting. image As you can see the moon sets today at 0238h UT. and it sets over South Harris which for me here at my elevation means over the sea. Great, it would have been if it hadn’t clouded over; not that it was ever looking too promising.

_MG_2164This is me and my two assistants sitting patiently waiting. There is also a car. Cars are rare in the daytime and very unusual at night. I hope the driver was sober as it is a very narrow twisty road with some serious drops to catch and kill the unwary.

I decided to do some flashing.

_MG_2158 This drew the attention of the hound of the Baskervilles. It was really a Chocolate Labrador. It came bounding up from I know not where barking and growling fit to wake the dead. My assistants had to join in. Eventually I restored order and got them all to sit.

_MG_2159   Back to flashing, I flashed the bothy and the sticks and then noticed the trawler had switched her deck lights on. It would clone out but I thought sod it, it adds interest and shows that life rarely goes to plan.

If it’s clear tomorrow night I will have another go. After that the sun will have risen before the moon sets.

I’m going to grab an early siesta now.

As requested the Trawler is cloned away.

_MG_2159clone  Yes Trevor it does look better.

26 comments:

  1. Very freaky self portrait Adrian, very freaky.

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    1. Carol, it's a good job you can't see me in the daylight. I even frighten myself. I think a new avatar is in order.

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  2. Yes very freaky portrait, your smoking will get you one of these days. I'm amazed that the dogs sat so still for the portrait. How long was the exposure to get all the cigarette trails?

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    1. Horst it will.
      Bulb exposure of 117s pushed 2.4 stops in post processing.
      I've not found a way of copying EXIF and META data. Photoshop seem to want to keep it to themselves.

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  3. What strange things are afoot in the dead of night? A shadowy figure with a neon face and two little ghost dogs with fading edges!....oooer?.....Scary!

    Ten out of ten for effort Adrian. Cracking shots, it's just a pity it clouded over.
    Yep!..I reckon those trawler lights should go?

    If you have another go tonight maybe you could quickly run down for a spot of flashing on the split rocks?...[;o)

    p.s. A little bit of advice...the next time you do a self portrait ( I think they're called 'selfies' now?) a little bit of talc applied to the top of the head will help dull down the shine!!

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    1. I usually attract attention when flashing in the dark. I don't know whose dog it was but it was on it's own.
      Fishing boat has gone, you were right.
      The Split rock is a devil to get to, I'd probably break my neck or at the least bang my knee.
      I could go for the comb over but I'd need some Brylcream to stick it down.
      The dogs are now reminding me it's first walk time.

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  4. It's very interesting, and the place where you are right now must be so wonderful and amazing...

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    1. Laura, it is strange. Come over but bring oil paints acrylic will wash away.

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  5. Ah, freaky is the word, yuk. The scenery is absolutely fantastic, I love it.

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    1. Bob, don't be rude. I'm me. No worries, even Uma Thurman wouldn't look good shot over two minutes with a smoke burning.

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  6. I thought the selfie was freaky but then ... in the last shot, after the trawler has disappeared I see a ghost figure (headless, oh struth!!) to the right of the right hand stick. What the hell is that??

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    1. Pauline, I deserve this comment, I cloned Adrian's ghost out but forgot to clone it all out. If I'd got the image I was going for then you would have seen several ghost Adrians. I'd have spent two days cloning for print and posted the crap one as movie makers at Cannes do. It's a problem juggling exposure to keep noise down and not appearing in the shot as a goat.......Is the horizon level?....No good asking you. Have fun.

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  7. Yup, Pauline is right.. there's someone's lower half in last image and another one less noticeable just left of it. Cool.. you have ghosts about.
    And I love your selfie!

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    1. Laura, blame Trevor I had to re-process the image and the dogs were naging for their second walk. If they weren't such low resolution JPEGS I'd combine the best of both.
      I thank you, you are the first person for ages not to flinch when I show up.

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  8. I hate to say this, Adrian, but that photo of you(??) looks like a tramp setting fire to his head. I'm sure it doesn't do you justice.

    Love he other photos, though.

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    1. Frances, you invited me for a beer. I very much doubt I would be allowed in a southern pub. I am a traveller not a tramp. There is little but a subtle difference. Thank you for liking the others. Nit picky lot are folk today. Nice to hear from someone normal.

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  9. I prefer the image with the trawler lights on..It is in my mind old ways/new ways

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    1. Douglas, I wasn't thinking that I was just being lazy.

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  10. Yes the lights of the trawler makes thinks more interesting. You have some interesting flash photos...things you don't see very often.

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    1. Red it's ages since I've done this sort of thing. I must remember to do them now and again as they are fun.

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  11. One of the problems about being a day late and bringing up the rear is that there's nothing original left to say. Not that originality is my forté anyway.

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    1. Graham, you are not late. These pictures were less than twenty four hours old when you wrote this comment.

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  12. This is actually kind of freaky.

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    1. Maria, yes it is but it's a bit of fun.

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  13. Yeah, life (photography if you like as well) doesn't go according to plan, you've just got to make the best of what you've got ... & it has to be said you overcame adversity well here. The clouds can either play havoc or provide atmosphere and there is sufficient interest from them to assist the image.

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    1. Jay, I try not to have a plan then things don't disappoint too much.

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