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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Sunday, 24 April 2016

STILL TRYING. (24/04/16)

On Friday I decided to take the patient approach to birding. Around coffee o'clock, half tenish, I wandered into the forest and settled down with the dogs on a fallen tree. It worked a treat as a long range birding tactic, it did until a lass wandered past with a Boxer, Labrador and a Heinz. That put paid to the birding but I didn't really mind as I had a couple of shots in the bag and she was far more attractive and chatty than the birds.
Greater Spotted Woodpecker, male, a long way away but posing in the open for a change.
Tree Creeper. This system may not make for very good pictures but it does show the birds in their habitat.....Admittedly there is more habitat than bird but it's difficult to get both.
The Wood Sorrel is appearing as is the Wild Garlic. I'll get some chicken as the two go well with braised chicken. Sorrel gives a lemon flavour and I'll leave you to guess what wild garlic tastes of.
It's been a busy week what with one thing and another. I didn't have a beacon to light for the Queens birthday so I lit the incinerator, it's just an old oil drum with air holes in but it put on quite a show. It's the thought that counts.
I have been playing in blender and have now modified the title so that it is nearer to the effect I was trying to achieve on the Rolling video. Whilst playing I found a feature that I didn't know existed in Blender. When I pick a font I have to either know what it looks like, preview the fonts in Word or keep guessing and changing them. I found that I can display thumbnails. Years I've been swapping fonts and cursing. 
This is what I used to tolerate.
Then I found the tiny thumbnail icon.
That's better, no more guessing, I bet it has always been there I just never thought to look.
Here is the revised title, I'm not sure I like it now but at least it is something more like the vision I had.
 I don't know where the lines crossing the extruded text came from but I suspect I may have left the freestyle lines on. I'll have a look and see. The daft thing is that I don't need outlines. It's a baffling job.
Have a great week.

22 comments:

  1. You've given me the second reminder today, Adrian, that there's a lot to be said for images that show wildlife surrounded by its environment. Lately I've tended to err towards close-up portraits, and I've now been reminded that there's an important element missing from these.

    Much better titles on that video clip, and 'AIVID' - clever, I love it!!

    Best wishes - - - Richard

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    1. Richard, it's much easier to take shos from afar. Harder to identify the birds though.
      I like doing titles and I will get better. it may take some time though.

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  2. I confess that it took me awhile to find the Creeper.
    I liked the Sorel shot.

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    1. John, I see them often but they usually creep round the wrong side of the tree.

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  3. The AIVID is clever. I agree with Richard.

    Enjoy your chicken dinner.

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  4. Good that you spotted the Treecreeper, I took a while to find it!!!

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    1. Margaret there are plenty of them around but unless they move they are hard to spot.

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  5. Dunno what a creeper looks like, so I couldn't spot him. Loved the woodpecker, though.

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    1. Bill it's a small bird with big feet and a long curved beak. It's halfway up the tree on the left hand side of the trunk.

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  6. For me the title is perfect, looks like reflected light on a metallic surface.
    I like the 'spot the bird' photos - would make a great competition.

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    1. John, I'll probably end up reverting to simple titles. The surface is just a glossy one with a touch of roughness and an image mapped on to it. I will play with the system a bit more. Probably make it worse but I like playing.
      I'll do a hard one like 'Spot The Wren.'

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  7. Wood sorrel grew in the wood behind our house back in my childhood and I learned early on that it was edible. I can't recall mum ever picking it to take home but we did taste it when we went for walks in the wood.

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    1. Monica it makes a refreshing lemon tea but don't have a lot as it's full of something that rots bones and also give one the runs. It seems fine mixed with gin.

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  8. I was peering at that tree trying to see a creeper. I thought it was a plant! Nice tree bark though.

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    1. Pauline they are the devil to spot and when you do they scoot round to the blind side of the tree.

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  9. det er ihvertfall fine bilder :-)

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  10. what a hectic life Adrian ! but the best is to walk in a forest and
    photograph woodpeckers, so beautiful birds ! they are not easy to find !!!
    happy new week

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    1. Marty, they are easy to spot if they are flying or tapping but impossible if they are still.

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  11. I think that the only picture I may ever have taken of a Tree Creeper was in Delamere Forest.

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    1. Graham, I have a few but haven't a clue where they are.

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