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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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Sunday, 15 May 2016

REFRACTION. (15/05/16)

I'm sorry I meant retraction. Yesterday I cast aspersions on the honesty of Returning Officers. Returning Officers can be found, finded even fined five thousand pounds if caught fiddling the vote count. Some MPs fiddle that a month and the Returning Officer must surely insure against such a loss when dealing with such immoral folk. It's a win win take the money and insure against getting caught. I'm sure, as you must be, Returning Officers never do it but I'd be tempted.  I will stand corrected and post a retraction; I'll post it in the time honoured way on page eight at the bottom in tiny writing under a picture of Uma Thurman with her kit off. Hang on. I don't have a page eight not even a page two nor do I have a snap of Uma in her birthday suite.
 This will have to do.

To all Returning Officers past and present that do their best to ensure a fair result whilst blindfold and accepting billfold in the UK, Outer Hebrides, Stornoway and other unpronounceable/unspellable places. I here retract my slur or any inference thereof and apologise for any distress caused. 

Yesterday I broke the rules and shot a couple of hours of time lapse with the Canon 5D II on auto aperture and manual focus. I have always been told to set everything to manual. This way works fine, wish I'd ignored the experts years ago. I did it to try Panolapse again but panoed in Blender eventually as Panolapse wouldn't work with 64bit Windows. I went to their website and got..Not known at this address..I downloaded a new version from a web site. One of those that gives you a browser and search engine you don't want and have never heard of. Took me a good half hour to sort that malarkey out of the system I have to seek out the down load date and delete all the crap. I must look and see if I can organise Downloads in time order.  Little tinkers they are. Then when I'd isolated Panolapse it wanted Adobe Air, fair enough I thought but hang on; I have Air. I updated it and popped it on the same drive I pop all non essentials on. Panolapse wouldn't work. Bless my soul, that's me to the end of my Grandma's alley. Words to that effect. 
I really don't like cross fades so at the end of this short clip I used a blur out. I must watch some pro work and try and see what they do. The music is by Strauss, its's the opening bars to Blue Danube and available free from YouTube here. FREE MUSIC.
Have a good week. 

14 comments:

  1. Great retraction and I know now my eyesight is pretty good. Love the music and the video!

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    1. Marie, yet another playtime. I am going to start insect hunting today.

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  2. I don't know how vote counting works there, but we have all sorts of scrutineers from all parties here when the count is on.

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    1. John, it appears to be getting in a mess here with spending limits ignored and ballot boxes going missing. There is also a problem with postal votes but I'm not sure what it is.

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  3. I am impressed with the video clip. Well done.

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    1. Margaret, more title than video I'm afraid. It's just one long play time here.

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  4. http://www.panolapse360.com/ seems to be available OK.
    You always have to be very observant and cautious when installing from certain download sites.

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    1. Thanks John, I have a version that works now. Yes thos third party sites are little devils.

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  5. I really enjoyed that clip, Adrian. Have bookmarked Panolapse website for future reference - not tried time-lapse before, and had to look at the camera manual to see if it was available (it is)!

    Best wishes - - - Richard

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    1. Richard, I find it easier to pan and zoom in a video editor. I did have a play with Panolapse yesterday. If you have problems then let me know. You don't need it for timelapse and LRTimelapse is better but costs money.

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  6. Ballot boxes going missing in the count for several hours in the way that two did recently is just sheer utter incompetence. However there are more 'amusing' tales such as boxes lost overboard when being ferried in a small boat (fortunately the papers were still countable in their wet state). The alleged problem with some postal votes was what is called personation (voting for someone else) in some areas but the introduction of relatively sophisticated safeguards in the system should have helped eliminate the problem. I know you didn't want to know all that and had I written this last night I might have attempted a witty response but I'm always more serious in the mornings.

    Impressive stuff with the videos.

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    1. Graham, I am studying voting and corruption. There is far too much legislation and it is to blame for 50% of the ills in the world. The EU is just a large trough for has been unelectable administrators and we must get out. Westminster needs decimating along with all the quangos and civil servants. Switzerland is not utopia but it is democratic. Our MPs, Peers and Royality are unaccountable parasites. MEPs ten times worse. It's time to scrap the system and start afresh.
      I am always interested in the opinion of someone who has worked the system. Correction worked in the system.
      I ought to leave the videos a day and come back to them as there are too many mistakes. Either that or let Claire cast an eye over them first as she does complicated things with video professionally. I stress the with, she doesn't work on them.

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    2. Good luck in trying to find a system to replace the existing one. There are about 65 million people in the UK and that probably means (allowing for under 10s not having an opinion) that there are 50 million different views on what the replacement system should be. Democracy? Most families can't come to democratic decisions so what hope does a country have? Me? Pull up the drawbridge. Only 5 million in Scotland (that gets rid of 60 million alternative views). Then home rule for Lewis (generously funded by Scotland of course). Actually come to think of it most of the townships here can't agree amongst themselves over anything so we may have to rely on a god: atheism will be banned.

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    3. Graham, guess you are right. It would be satisfying to see just fifty folk in the House of Commons , no British MEPs at all and if we find a royal family essential then we could whittle them down a bit with an IQ test before they are eligible for state handouts. I would like to ban them from gurning but Andrews children don't do it on purpose and William can't help it either.

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