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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Thursday, 24 July 2014

THE EVE. (24/07/14)

I wasn’t going to post today as I have been polishing cameras and lenses and trying to remove a midge from the sensor on the 5D. The 1Ds is worse there are a flock of them in there. They won’t blow and they won't brush so I’ll have to invest in a wet cleaning system or wait and let Simon at Harrison Cameras give them a scrub.

Tomorrow it’s the Highland Games here in Durness. I really hope I’m in the mood to be jovial, entertaining and get lots of nice pictures of folk being serious and silly. I’m also hoping that I can leave the dogs in the van. I’ll leave the aircon on but I haven’t told them yet. I still haven’t decided; Alf had so much fun last year barking at shot putters and caber tossers, both dogs wanted to join the running races. One naughty little girl did she slipped her collar. Seems a pity to leave them for the sake of a picture or two. I could compromise and take them for the first hour.

The stepping rings and the small ten stop filter came today so I can do long exposures on any of my lenses barring the macros. I like SRB Griturn. The filters don’t colour cast badly and certainly not unpleasantly. The Lady on the phone says they do if you stack them so I didn’t order another one to stack. It’s good to deal with a company that has sales staff who know what they are talking about and remember who they are talking to.

I have taken pictures today but I was after a tiny, day flying, moth. there are hundreds about but they will not stop still and being only a quarter of an inch long are the very devil to frame. I failed.bedstraw  Yesterday I cut a big “V” out of a bit of tan coloured card and Gaffer Taped a couple of kebab skewers to it. I now plonk it behind the flower and it gives an uncluttered background. This is uncropped at between two and three times life size.

eyebright  This is the same. Not at all sure about the bevel. I’ll think about going back to a plain matt.

I went looking for the tiny succulent with blue flowers but couldn’t find it.

selfheal    I did find this and I rarely see it with flowers on. I once lived with a lass that made tea out of it. Disgusting it was. She also made cookies with hemp. They tasted horrid but I could live with them. Put a positive cast on the day they did.

I’ll try and post tomorrow but it could be that I don’t have time. All the Caber Tossing could work up a thirst that will require a few pints of beer to quench.

If I miss tomorrow have a great weekend.

17 comments:

  1. :-) I hope to see a post of your tomorrow if not wish you too a nice weekend :-)

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    1. Laura, its a man and beer thing. I'll try and be good.

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  2. Have a good day tomorrow Adrian...looking forward to seeing pictures of all those tossers..er?...I mean competitors.

    Enjoy the after party!! (and the weekend headache)...[;o)

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    1. Trevor, it looks as if it will be a grand day. the weather is set fair.
      After trudging around in the heat it will most likely end with my reading a book.

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  3. Laughing at Trevors comment... have a great day tomorrow.

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  5. Nice images Adrian, I hope you have a great time tomorrow. One better solution the leaving the air -con on would be take the dogs with you but have a pole/spiked stick place it into the ground and teather your dog's to it every time you wish to photograph something I have heard many horror stories of dogs leaving a air-con vehicle and get heart attacks from the heat

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    1. Douglas, I'll end up taking them. They will stop on their own but it is already 23C.

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  6. One of these days one of the tiny little critters will fly through at the right time exposure and all and when you look at your photo you will be surprised. Surely one of these days one of the little critters has to cooperate. Have a good day at the games.

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    1. Red, I'm not sure how they get in. One was flying about in there for a day or two.

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  7. Lotsa luck with those sensors ... and the dogs.

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    1. Sorry AC, missed this but thank you. Don't tell Canon but I breathed a bit of Whiskey breath on a cotton bud. A magnifying glass to my eye a quick dab and the midge was away.

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  8. Brilliant idea of the card and skewers.

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    1. Graham, I tried it with with white 100gm paper but it didn't work at all so I had some a bit thicker in a cream colour and was pleased with the result. White is always bad cos it is 256-256-256 as far as the computer knows Black is better cos that is Zero- zero zero. You can turn black into anything you like.

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  9. Beautiful, I love the "Self Heal". And you're right, the bevel does steal part of the image.

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  10. Maria, yes it does I have reduced it by 70% and will maybe reduce it to nothing. I guess you have Selfheal. It is only tiny here but in Texas it grows to eight feet tall.....I think.

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