Today’s picture is another from Bruce’s cruise. He tells me that they were enjoying a drink while taking in this view of the caldera at Santorini, the site of a massive collapse in the Minoan era which caused a tsunami that may have been responsible for the story of Atlantis, the drowned city. It looks deceptively peaceful now.
We had nothing to look at in Langholm this morning except pelting rain and the day was so gloomy that you could hardly even see the rain. You could certainly hear both it and the heavy beating of the gusts of wind that came with it….not to mention the drips coming through our end wall.
I did wrap up well at one point and step out to see what the state of the river was. It was well up but it wasn’t as exciting photographically as I had secretly hoped.
The rain kept going and this being the situation, I made the best of it by using my time to put a couple of weeks of the newspaper index into the database and practising some of the skills that the judge at the camera club had been talking about last night.
I even went to the lengths of shooting some of the birds at our feeder using the camera raw format, though whether using the raw format when the ISO is set to 4000 is a sensible thing is another question.
The other point is that I put my pictures on the blog at 800px so the raw format provides me with far more information than I can possibly display and it will really come into its own for prints. Still, it does leave me to do my own processing instead of relying on the camera’s own program and this provides me with a lot of interest.
People often say, “Oh I never do any of that fiddling about on my computer with my pictures,” as though there was something a bit naughty about using a photo editor but of course every digital camera that produces jpegs does any amount of fiddling about on behalf of the user. If they use different settings on their cameras, they are editing the photos whether they know it or not.
Here is another one which I took today where the camera did the decision making before I got to play with it….
They may look exactly the same to you but they are subtly different, especially as far as the background goes. Of course the camera processed shot might still be better than my effort because the processing program in the camera was written by very clever people.
We were visited by Mike Tinker in the afternoon. He has come back from a holiday on the west coast of Scotland where the weather was uniformly awful for the whole week but he was very cheery all the same.
We became quite cheerful ourselves when we were also visited by our builder who told us that he really is making preparations to sort the famous end wall.
In the evening, the day cleared up remarkably and we even had a brief sunset.
The down side of the this was a big drop in temperatures and by the time that Susan came to pick me up to go to Carlisle to play recorders, the temperature had fallen by 10°C since the morning and by the time we came home, it was bumping along at just a degree or two above freezing. This meant that Susan had to drive in some quite foggy conditions and I was very pleased to be in her car which has good fog lights (and a keen eyed driver).
The recorder playing was most enjoyable, with another fine selection of music, much of it unfamiliar, produced by our librarian Roy from his seemingly inexhaustible supply.
We are promised a sunny day with light winds tomorrow so I am hoping that I won’t wake up to icy roads, as I need to get out on the bike.
Here is another flying chaffinch in the rain to end the post.