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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Monday, 27 June 2016

HOPPING. (27/06/16)

It has been a good day with just one heavy shower. I mended the Canon 1Ds III, the shutter wouldn’t fire so I shorted the contacts on the side and it is now as good as new…..So Far.

I took it for a wander looking for insects but couldn’t capture anything out of the ordinary. I decided to investigate Froghopper nymphs, they were the normal green ones but then I found this but can’t find any photographs to identify it.

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These are what they usually look like. This is Philaenus spumarius.

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These will all enlarge with a click and Ctrl+ will enlarge them even further. Ctrl 0 will get them back to normal as will Home. Whilst trying to identify the first one I read that the eyes aren’t eyes but the undeveloped wing. Rubbish, I can clearly see it is a compound eye.

This afternoon I had a few hours fun rebuilding a Mule, they are like a big Quad bike or a small pickup. Unfortunately it has been used for spreading salt and hasn't been washed off so is quite badly corroded. There is still a fair bit of work to do so plenty more opportunity for me to hone the special words used whilst repairing such machines.

Have fun.

12 comments:

  1. Lol. I know someone who makes up unusual phrases under such circumstances too. It is a universal phenomenon maybe.

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    1. Marie, Presbyterian ministers are the exception I believe.

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  2. Good luck with repairing that mule. Sounds like a not so fun thing to do.

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    1. Lynda, it is work for idle hands. I'll let you know how it goes. Like most modern machinery working room is the headache.

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  3. I'm curious as to exactly what you did to your mk3. I've got the same issue that's left camera repair shops baffled. How did you short it and what with?

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    1. Douglas, the shutter is a relatively new one far less than a hundred thousand clicks so it should last at least twice that long. I used the remote release socket, took the battery out and the memory battery then whacked about three volts across the terminals it fired as you would expect it to do. I thought in for a penny as a replacement shutter is about £200.00p last time I got one fitted.

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  4. Super macros Adrian, I'm wondering...are the first shots showing the same 'bug' at an earlier stage of development...I found a couple of pics on the net that might suggest this! I agree about the eyes..you can clearly see the developing wings further back along the body....[;o)

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    1. Trevor I'm just back from this mornings walk and yes I think they are. I had a look at four cuckoo spits and the largest blob of it had one with the saddle in it and the others were green ones.

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    1. Margaret it is a marvellous lens, I suppose it ought to be at the best part of a grand.

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  6. As you say Adrian with that lens they should be good but then you still have to know how to use it to effect. Which, of course, you do and you have.

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    1. Graham, it is much easier used inside on a tripod. I use a prismatic focus screen and ten it is manageable outside.

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