Daily Archives: May 3, 2014

Back on the Dipper river

I had an hour down on the river at Llandulas this morning. I’ve visited there many times in search of a Dipper. Occasionally I’ve had a fleeting glimpse as one flew past with wings whirring. Today was better. One bird was feeding constantly, visiting the stretch I was on and then flying off upstream with a beak full of food for its young. The only problem was that every time it appeared it settled in a different spot. I walked miles up and down trying to get a decent view. I did manage a few half-decent photos in the end. Notable other birds included Grey Wagtail (always to be seen at Llandulas) and a Common Sandpiper which took me by surprise as it flickered upstream at one point, sadly not to return while I was there.

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These shots took ten years in the making….

Catch-up from 8th March.

Once upon a time, a long long time ago, I took a photo of the sunset over Snowdonia from the B5113 above Betws-y-Coed with a 1.3 megapixel Olympus 920 – my first digital camera. For years now I have wanted to repeat the shot with a better camera.
All this winter I have been waiting for a sunset without the mountains being capped with cloud. Tonight it was a case of right place and right time!

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A black cat in a coal cellar would have been easier!

Another catch-up post. This time from 1st March.

A friend of mine operates a disco. Using the word “disco” is like describing an Aston Martin as just “a car”. He calls it “The Kev Day Rodashow” and one of his catchlines is “anything else is just a disco”. So true.

He asked me if I could take a few promotional shots for him. Now it turns out that taking photos IN a disco is one thing, taking photos OF  a disco is a much bigger challenge! Getting the exposure right when shooting through smoke and lasers is tricky, but I just about pulled it off, after a fair bit of trial and error.

“Anything else is just a disco!”



One off the Bucket List – The Aurora Borealis – Feb 2014

Another catch-up post. Most people would name seeing the Northern Lights as one thing they would like to do before they die. Me included, not that means that I’m ready to die just yet!
On the evening of Feb 27th I was aimlessly browsing Facebook when I noticed that an FB “Friend” had posted that he had just seen the Aurora, FROM NORTH WALES! 5 mins later I was in the car heading for the nearest place with a clear view to the North, with no light pollution, the Great Orme, Llandudno. On arrival I was dissappointed. There was a faint glow, low on the northern horizon, “surely that can’t be IT”. After 5 minutes we gave up. BUT, as we drove off I cast one last glance to the North. WOW! A beam of red light was striking up into the sky. I screeched the car to a halt. Camera out, 8 second exposures, and a very, very happy Adrian!