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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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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

I’VE BEEN THINKING. (19/08/14)

Always dangerous the way my mind works.

Are I-pads waterproof? They ought to be the money they charge for them and do they have USB 2 or 3 ports. I was contemplating using one as a big video monitor. I don’t want it to be submersible I just want it to be able to withstand a heavy shower. I have tried the damn things and I was impressed until I had to fiddle my fingers this way and that. I can get the screen large enough to read but then I’m not reading what I wanted to read. It then goes small while I find what I wanted then I can’t see what it is I wanted. I suspect a small monitor is what I want for the camera. I’ll leave the decision for a while.

_MG_3385     My last view of Sango Sands for this year. I could live here. The folk are spot on but it is a four hour round trip for anything. Tesco are doing a click and collect service twice a week so though not cheap it is better quality and much the same price as the Spar shop. The fresh fish man comes from Scrabster on a Wednesday, he usually has live prawns on. Nasty nipping things but they hit then spot in an omelette.

I did another video in the rain yesterday. I’m sorry for inflicting this on you but I am trying…..Very Trying .

I am wandering south. I have got as far as the metropolis of Ullapool. There is nothing wrong with it, it has a little Tesco, a good pet shop where I can get Skinners working dog food. The lady in the shop did say the working dog food makes them fat if they are not working. She gave them a feel and felt every rib on them so decided working dog food was for them…..Nice shop, better still as she comes after work and drops 40kg of dog food off at the van. A pity she didn’t feel my ribs and give me a lift back down. I think she had sussed that I only get a quarter of the exercise the dogs do. I settle, set up a tripod, set up a filter or two and all the while the dogs are chasing this, that and the other.

_V0G4510      The view west from Ullapool, the little islands are the Summer Isles. It is starting to feel like the beginning of winter here.

Not to worry, it wouldn’t do if every year was predictable.

26 comments:

  1. "Dull and Dismal"? Christ Almighty - I thought it was going to be a joint party political broadcast by Clegg and Cameron. What a relief to find it was another episode of "Ade in the Highlands". If Ringo Starr resigns I think your seasoned voice would be great for narrating "Thomas the Tank Engine".

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    1. Thanks YP. It is very strange listening to myself. I run the recording through a bit of free software called Audacity. It's aptly named.

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  2. For a scary moment, I thought you were going to take your iPad under water. Have you googled the problem?

    The video is quite spooky. Did you take it at night?

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    1. Frances, I don't own an iPad...so, that's how you spell it. I have had a Google and decided they are silly money for something so irritating.
      No it was shot around three in the afternoon. It wasn't quite as dark as this but not far off. I'm still exploring this video malarkey. August has been a pretty dismal month.

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  3. I love the moody video. The sea really draws you in. Hope your dogs will enjoy the food!

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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    1. Mersad, I used one of the filters in'Colour Look Up'. It gives the job a washed out look. I timed the dog food to perfection they have about three days left in the old sack.

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  4. Great video, but the wind was drowning you out at times. You have a great voice lets hear less wind more voice. :-)

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    1. Horst, I had about ten minutes of footage to play with. I wish I could keep track of it all I have to write it on a bit of paper it's only too easy to delete the bit I intended keeping.
      I have not really mastered any of this business but the audio could do with another look.

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  5. I look forward to these films of the places your staying at.........keep it up.Your voice is as good as John Craven any day.


    peter

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    1. Peter, it sounds more like William Hague to me. I was hoping to do one from Ullapool but I suspect it will be too wet today.

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  6. No me canso de ver el mar Adrian.Me gusta el video!!
    Tienes una voz de cine))
    Un abrazo.

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    1. Laura, me encanta el mar agitado. Voy a ver si puedo hacer algo de conversación en español en la siguiente.

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  7. Hi Adrian! Your voice please! It's Great! And i love the pics as ever, as in a dream

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    1. Laura, I like this filter on the video. It leaves just a little colour. I'm glad you can tolerate my voice.

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  8. Had four days recently watching waves break along the Great Ocean Road here in Victoria, and had been missing it. So this was wonderful! Jean

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    1. Jean, I think sitting and having the sea to watch is my favourite place to be.

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  9. That's how I like to see the ocean all angry and dramatic. I also did see someone use a skateboard for panning shots once too, not sure what the end result was.
    As for I pad not sure they are waterproof think they're "weather proof" but how weather proof, not sure

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    1. Douglas, I love really big waves. I have felt the ground shake when they land.
      This panning is a pain. I suspect it is just a case of practise and more practise. The skate board idea is like rails it is more for tracking. I saw the rigs they used for the Olympics. Big robotic arms and allsorts.
      I can pan and zoom in editing as the video files are several times the 720px that I export the video in.
      I've knocked the iPad idea on the head. If I decide I need one I'll get a big live monitor for the camera.

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  10. You have visited these areas to know them well. And they know you well. so you get good service.

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    1. Red, I have to get dog food in big sacks as there is no tax on it. I'll maybe only need one bag so can carry that back. The shop isn't far away.

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  11. "The metropolis of Ullapool". It's a town that doesn't seem to have changed a great deal in character since I was 16 although the number of houses on the outskirts and along Loch Broom has certainly increased and they are larger and display a greater wealth in the area. I had to spend an evening there last Friday when I got the ferry at 1am on Saturday. At least the tourist shops, including the bookshop, were open until 9 and 10pm. In Stornoway you are lucky if anything is open after 5 pm except the Supermarkets. You can get petrol here on the Sabbath now though.

    The sea in the bay below my house has been flat calm because the gales have been coming from the North West and thus the bay is completely sheltered.

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  12. Graham, it will be nice when the new ferry is up and running and the harbour is open again. I am slowly getting to accept the place.
    It's a good job the new ferry is late as the dock looks a long way from being finished.

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  13. Adriaan you're a boffert to z, to be on beautiful field and then also cut supplies to get your order by a lovely young lady that does not work everyone.

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  14. Bas, it hasn't worked for me. The shop has closed down.

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  15. "Dull and Dismal" is my new favorite movie. But it is misnamed. It ought to be called "Pensive and Powerful"... utterly charming. Also, I thought Richard Burton was dead. How did you get him to narrate your lovely film?

    Good to hear your voice at last too. A great resonant bass. From the sound of it, your testicles must weigh a pound apiece.

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    1. Bob, you are far too kind. It is the Brit accent that covers a multitude of sins, it doesn't work in Britain.
      I hate listening to myself, I sang the 'Eve of Destruction.' the other night and a couple of young folk recorded me on their phones. They had never heard the song before and thought I had written it.....I was honest and told them it was written before I was born.
      I put my voice over through an audio editor and boosted the treble a bit. I am just starting out with this medium and it is labour intensive.
      Nothing wrong with my bollocks, they are roughly walnut sized nuts.

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