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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.
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Friday, 4 July 2014

THE WALL. (04/07/14)

I have decided to stop at Dunnet Bay till Sunday. The weather isn’t terrible but it is very windy and there is not much joy in driving into the teeth of a gale. There isn’t anything to do here but walk on miles of deserted beach. It suits me. I was going to Altnaharra but will save that till early August. They were full.

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_MG_2677     The Wriggly Wall. If I’d seen this ten years ago I would have been septic; sorry, sceptical I still know the children’s drawings are computer polished and done on a CAM router. Now I look and wonder if the twenty year olds ever come back to look at what Miss made them draw. I think time makes them better. They show both the wonderful naivety of children and their acute observation. There are several dedicated panels with just a hand print. I think these must be from what is now called Special Needs Children. It would be interesting to research the wall and find out what has become of the handprint ones. I guess most are fine and suspect several just had better things to do.

I’ll have to say that as a section of society they terrify me. I’m not a Rolf Harris but neither am I a Myra Hindley or a Christian Brother. I just wish they would get on with what amuses them and do it quietly. My dogs think they are brilliant. Not too surprising when they have to put up with Mr Grumpy for the six months of the year kids aren’t in school.

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dunharris Dunnet Bay shot through a Harris filter. No. The effect was created using Channels in Photoshop. I used to be able to do these in minutes in PS Elements. It took me an hour in CS6.

I’m busy; I’m making a little indoor studio out of an old cardboard box, a front surfaced mirror or two, some black cloth a piece of fertilizer bag and sticky backed plastic. I noticed Tesco are selling some cheap desk lamps with LEDs that I can shine in through the top. There is a Tesco just down the road in Thurso.

It needs further experimentation I would like to get the subject with a top and front view  but also with a back and underneath view all perfect. I was messing for ages yesterday and all I got were images spoiled by the camera intruding. Mirrors are little devils for reflecting things. I think if I popped a piece of plane glass at forty five degrees to the camera I might solve the problem by using the Peppers Ghost thingy. I’ll try that later.

I’m off to read an easy Peter Robinson Inspector Banks book.

Have a great weekend.

21 comments:

  1. HI Adrian that wall is fabulous, amazing workmanship. I love your beaches as I am sure the dogs do as well. Hope you enjoy your book and have a great weekend.

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    1. Margaret, I like the wall and the beach. Just as well there isn't much else around.

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  2. Great, the walls and the beaches, different!

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    1. Bob, the scenery isn't as dramatic as the west side but it is big.

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  3. That wall is a credit to the person that built it and you have filmed it well, great work.

    peter

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    1. Peter, nothing like a herbal cigarette to make a wall interesting.

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  4. very interesting Adrian. I like a lot the landscape too

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    1. Laura, it can be very bleak here. It is good in summer.

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  5. Curiosa pared... Al menos los niños se lo pasaron bien decorándola.
    Que tengas buena lectura y buen finde semana;))
    Un abrazo.

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    1. Es curioso. Los niños tenían un poco de ayuda, creo.

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  6. Christian Brother was one of my all time favourite entertainers. He didn't just use a Harris filter - he used a Rolf Harris filter which made the world look topsy turvy. I wonder what the other prisoners will say to Rolf in Wandsworth Prison. G'day mate? Or "The writer of the song called "The Court of King Caractacus" was just passing blood.."

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    1. YP, I always thought Jimmy Saville was creepy but I feel a bit sad to find out that Rolf was of the same bent.

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  7. I assume the fence is not old and something built in this age for something other than keeping the bad guys out. It's a fascinating piece of work.

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    1. Red, it was built to mark the year 2000. It's just a piece of sculpture.

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    2. Well, it's an awesome piece of sculpture. I thought it had tp be something other than a wall to keep the sheep in.

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  8. I thought I left a comment ~ obviously not?

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    1. Carol, I have posted this dyke before but without the children's artwork.

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  9. There are some terrific artworks around the traps thanks to the year 2,000. But this one takes the cake!

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    1. Pauline I enjoy the simplicity of it but unless I get some dramatic weather it hasn't got much competition round here.

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  10. I like the idea of using children's drawings on the stones. If it helped make them aware of nature then all well and good.

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    1. John, yes it appealed to me. They often use children's poetry but the drawings work better. They look a bit polished but we could all do with a bit of editing.

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