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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Wednesday, 4 June 2014

VICTOR. (04/06/14)

I don’t believe it….I just don’t believe it.

Yesterday tea time I got a commission to take some postcard shots. It’s a damn good job the light half played ball this morning. I am getting a few odd snapping jobs here. I suspect it’s because I’m the only snapper for fifty miles. In all honesty I’m not a very good snapper but I am getting a reputation as a fast editor….Like lightening I am.

Off we toddled the hairy snapper and his canine companions. They got bored and set a deer up. I suspect she had buried her fawns in the undergrowth. They don’t smell so the dogs can’t find them. She led them a merry dance. I thought bugger them. They know the area for miles around and I couldn’t be hanging about, I had to get something in the bag; it’s my last day here…..Seems a bit early for young deer but it was a Roe Deer. The dogs came back after a good hour; filthy, wet and tired but they looked as if they had enjoyed the game. They are sleeping now.

A few oatcakes from this morning.

_MG_2055   Loch Ness….The Postcard.

_MG_2065 River Foyers….The Postcard.

_MG_2071   Loch Ness Shores….The Postcard.

I then re-connected with the dogs and sent them for a swim. Whilst they were bathing I crept off birding.

_V0G3579 Oystercatchers.

_V0G3582 Pied Wagtail.

_V0G3591 Grey Wagtail.

That is almost it for today but before I go I’ve had a couple of confused people trying to be polite about the Planet Pictures. I suspect some people just can’t believe their own eyes or that they are straight out of camera. My camera is very posh.

This is for Frances, I was going to dedicate it to Graham but he has been tolerating me for years and has even got Photomatix and uses it. He uses it sparingly. It’s a start.

Wait for it……………………….don’t get impatient……Spot the Oystercatcher.

Droste#1 This is almost the Droste effect. Not quite, as it doesn’t start and finish at the same place. It is very curly and carries on to infinite. I’ll not bore you with the algorithms as I don’t understand them myself.

Tomorrow I’m away to Ullapool for a couple of days then heading north for the Gatherings. I should have internet so will be around to annoy and irritate.

Have fun

39 comments:

  1. Lovely postcards Adrian ~ look forward to receiving mine in the mail :)

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    1. Carol, they have yet to go to print. I'll see what I can do but snail mail I don't do maybe I will. It will be September sometime as the printers always want to adjust colour and sharpness. I used to have a lass that did it. She has gone AWOL.
      You did suggest I try postcards.

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    2. I did indeed suggest postcards, and very happy to read you got a commission.
      I am looking at your pics today thinking calendars now! Some of the calendars I see are pretty ordinary. Nothing ordinary about that first image.

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    3. No Carol shot into the light with an ND grad and a tilt lens and guess. Sharpish front to back but I bet the buggers don't pick it. I love it.

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  2. WTF is that, Adrian? I'm flattered that it's dedicated to me, but....well, it makes a very good abstract picture. Um...thank you.

    LOVE the postcards. Those I do understand. Much better than the usual ones.

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    1. Frances, it's an F'ing picture. I tried to explain to you about Planets in my comments on the last post.
      I know you are not dumb but having got to the bit in Dead Earnest where the vicar is about to give her one I think you should be more overflowing. Seriously, I'm just trying and you should write more. I know the books are a bit girly but they are good. If you wrote harder then I'd have less time for tomfoolery.
      I just hope that reading them hasn't turned me into 'One of Them'.

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    2. Adrian, I'd be more overflowing if I knew what it meant! But I'm glad you seem to be enjoying DE. It was my first, and if I were to write it now, I hope and believe it would be better.

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    3. I mean't overflowing. It's like subdued gushing. DE doesn't read as well as the falling down women one but it is streets ahead of YP's Headland and that was a good read.
      I like reading fellow and fellowesses bloggers books but I know I could never write one. It takes nerve and after the nerve courage, post courage a damn good editor. I will have to get serious. The pictures today are as serious as I get. Tripod, tilt lens, cable release, squint a bit, try for focus, whistle the dogs, mirror lock up, recompose, squint again and Click. Then I pray to the God Cannon. I get home and pray again that the God Adobe can make something out of them.

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  3. I loved the postcard series Adrian. Excellent.

    The birds are pretty good too.
    You're getting on top of this birding malarkey.

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    1. Keith, not bad for a rush job.
      At least I knew what the birds are. I like this lens Bertha was far too big. I was still carrying a ton of gear this morning though.
      I need a porteress.

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  4. I make some postcards as well, allas, mine don't sell, damn it. Good for you, yours are more exciting. And the Oystercatcher, well done, it is a beautiful design.

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    1. Bob few do, I'm hoping for 1p a piece as royalty. I get paid for the job. It's hard work. That tilt/shift lens is £1.5K. daft thing is it needs a camera and software to work it. It has to be a hobby but don't under charge.

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  5. Great pictures Adrian, congratulations on the postcards!

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    1. Gillian, I don't work often but when I do I work and work to a deadline. I'm also very expensive. these are out takes but as befits my readers they are the best of them.

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  6. Superb set of postcards Adrian...your client should be well chuffed with them.
    Lovely shots of the birds, you'll be a bird photographer yet!
    Now, the last image?...forget the postcards, I reckon this (and similar) would make good posters or a coffee table book with images of every day items given this treatment.

    Have a safe journey tomorrow...[;o)

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    1. Trevor there used to be a Mathmap plugin for Photoshop. I couldn't get it to plugin. Story of my life when I come to think.
      This is available free here at Dr Orste
      It's a good bit of software....I'm so old.....It's an APP or Pear.....It's a big programme that is semi controllable. I don't know why Adobe stopped supporting it.
      Digital is fun. So is film I have just entered a medium format race...competition... whatever. I shot last weeks flowers medium format. Just got the contacts back. two out of thirty six. I'll have to concentrate harder.

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    2. PS. Trevor I spent two days looking for Droste algorithms. I got a stand alone one but I think I gave you a bum link. I'll find out what I found and e-mail it.

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  7. Neat pics ... me just back from Europe ... ya ... jetlag and all ... summer is finally here in this god forsaken country ... so I put my garden in ... 3 months of growing time ... smiles ... o, well, better than nothing ... happy travels, friend ... Love, c.

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  8. I love the postcards, especially the first one. I'd be very happy to get that in my mailbox! (I wonder what the chances are that a random UK postcrosser will buy it and send it my way...)

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    1. It wasn't first choice at the publishers. I have told them they guessed wrong. If it goes to print I'll send you one but it will be months yet. I guess I'll have to buy it but at least it will be a penny cheaper.

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  9. Adriaan anzichtkaarten you are great.

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    1. Bas, I am not great. I am fat but tiny. I just like playing.

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  10. I'm impressed with your postcard photos! I didn't find the oyster catcher and you didn't provide an answer for the handicapped!

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    1. Red, the image is all Oystercatcher. I'll provide the answer on the next post.

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  11. Hi Adrian....The photo's for the postcards a lovely !!! Nice to be asked to do the postcard's guess it will not be a big money maker though ; }

    You know I think you are very intelligent man, truly!! You seem to be always planning , plotting, configuring !!
    I love that last what you call it, it is just fascinating, and yes I see the little buggers!!

    Grace

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    1. Grace, I shouldn't think it will make much at all.
      It's true I do spend a lot of time pondering things.
      It's just a bit of fun.

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  12. Wonderful postcards, especially of Loch Ness. And your last image is downright sensational... love it.
    Happy travels. Always look forward to your posts.

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    1. Thanks Laura.
      I'll no doubt have another go at Droste effect images. Much depends on how long the whacky baccy lasts.

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  13. I am not surprised you got a commission to do some postcards I don't wish to get cringey but some of your landscapes are spectacular....especially those with the big reflections in them.

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    1. Douglas, it's horses for courses. I like setting up for a good landscape, I even know to use filters. I have stopped using UV ones but do use polarisers and grads.
      My bird pictures are crap and yours are good. I don't know why mine are bad. Perhaps because by the time I've watched them they are being frightened of the dogs or me.
      These pictures are taken from a difficult to get at location. The Loch was low so i waded out to the grave spit. Thigh deep it was and cold.

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  14. I'm happy Laura. Happy but they could be better. I do like shooting to order and not for pleasure. I enjoy criticism but I do tend to think I am right and the critics are wrong.

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  15. Almost Droste. You need a Persil packet though, not an Oystercatcher.
    I like the PCs. Something different.

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    1. Graham will a Weetabix box do?
      I expect them to sell in their thousands but I'm not holding my breath.

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  16. Oh mine, all of these are gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks Maria, it was a relatively painless process. It just meant getting up early before the breeze kicked in, it also meant getting very wet.

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  17. Liking the use of the stones in the postcard series particularly in the third one, break the mould and gives it depth.

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    1. Jay, the Loch was very low so it was possible to get a different view of the area,

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