Monday, 20 October 2014

This and that...

Thankfully we've had some decent weather for my friend Alan visiting. One nice day was spent largely out on Lunna Ness watching some otters and also popping up to Hunter's Monument while we were there, some where I've never got round to walking up to before. It's a folly that was also used to look out for fish being landed 'illegally' rather than being landed for the Laird.




I even got a few decent aerial shots of it from my kite...



We popped in to quite a few places over the week he was here, a few walks on Burra and up north, including a pop in to look at the falls at Catfirth...


Have a look for the face in this one to the right of the falls...


Spooky...


We spent a bit of time up north on Sunday with lovely Soups and Sweets at Eshaness Hall before mooching around the coast near Hamnavoe where we found a live star fish...


And collected some limpets and winkles for Beren to eat, and eat them he did after they'd been cooked and then sautéed in garlic butter!



Today the forecast was due to change, but we managed a day on Bressay before the wind and rain started to build. On a nice walk out on Aith Ness to the WW1  guns we even managed to see an otter in the voe.


What a lovely day...


Sadly that was that for Alan, as with gales forecast and the north boat threatening either delays or cancellation we changed his ferry to go a day early, though I don't think his crossing tonight will be any picnic!

Friday, 17 October 2014

Lovely weather for a bit of sun bathing...

I've got an old friend staying with me for a few days, the weather's being kind for his visit so far, so we've been out and about enjoying the sun.

These are some of the common seals that we spent a while watching at one of my favourite seal watching spots on Burra...






If I haven't killed him off and he get's out of bed on time we're off looking for otters today. I knew I shouldn't have let him go to the pub last night!

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Pano-drama at Hillswick


I just thought I'd post a few panoramic photos from the west side of Hillswick ness.

This first one is a monster of a photo from Sand Wick to Brae Wick, Eshaness. The original is a massive 25394 x 8425  and 118mb crop of a stitch of 37 (3 rows of 13 photos plus one extra) handheld 70mm photos. My PC nearly had a heart attack doing them in photoshop, but it was worth it! 

I've no idea what to do with such a monster, you'd need a big wall in a very big room for it,  but it's fun zooming in on the original to see all the detail that I didn't even know was there.


Here's another big panorama of The Drongs taken at 70mm with around 17 (3 rows again) photos stitched together, but this one is a tiny 65mb...


I think I prefer the black and white...


And finally 1 photo of The Drongs with my 10mm Samyang lens, very dramatic...


But I'm not sure the black and white treatment adds to this one...


Cheers for popping by and feel free to comment :)

Monday, 13 October 2014

John Boynes Burn

'Shetland on Camera', a Face Book group that share's photos of Shetland had a theme of 'Burns' this weekend, so a bit late in the day I decided to try to take a series of timelapse videos using slow exposures of the falls going up John Boynes Burn which is just off the Brig O Fitch.


It wasn't as easy as I'd thought though. What with wind, water spray and the soggy boggy ground that meant both my tripod settled as some of the sequences were taken and even though I stayed well away from the tripod my movement was translated over the ground.


I also ran foul of having enough battery, annoying as I had another 2 batteries at home.


Anyway back home and many hours of processing and rendering later I have this small series of timelapses. There were more series I had to ditch and some sections had to be shortened I've learnt plenty for if I decide to do a similar thing again, possibly not to bother!

Anyway turn your sound on, watch in HD and hopefully enjoy this short video and thanks for dropping by...



Saturday, 11 October 2014

A little otter spotting

Clare's away for the weekend with her work mates and Beren's away on his first Beaver camp, so I thought I'd go and see if I could see any otters for a few hours before high tide. I headed up along Lunna Ness and began a slow mooch along the banks...


It wasn't long before I saw one in the distance and watched and waited as he headed my way. I was trying to film the otters on my DLSR, but found it very hard to locate them by looking at the rear camera screen along with using a telephoto lens. It was harder still when they were close.

The one heading towards me turned towards the shore just behind a little spur of land in front of me. He looked like he might have food in his mouth and instead of just sitting and waiting for him to eventually come my way I tried to sneak over the bank to watch him. As I got to look over the bank he was just heading back in the water and then did a double take noticing me. Blown!


I sat back down and watched the bubble trails in the water as he came around to see what it was on the bank. Boo! He popped up and looked at me from only about 10ft away before disappearing again along the coast.


I did see some other otters, but always too distant for me to film and I watched a seal too. It was a lovely few hours spent outside before I called it a day and left at the tide was getting too high. If it's dry tomorrow I may go out again earlier to have more time with low water.

Here's a short video with some footage of the otter above in it...


Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Bonnie Evening...



After a lovely day, a lovely evening...


After the storm


After the storm of the last couple of days we've had a corker of a day, so I decided to make the most of it to make notes on a walk for an article and grab a couple of photos while I was at it amongst other things.

Here's a lovely standing stone at Clivocast on Unst...


And the nearby Muness Castle...


The coast near Mu Ness is supposed to be goo for otters, but the tide was in and I didn't have time to hang about, but I did come across this lovely old whale spine along the coast...


Unst is some where I'm only ever popping in to with little time to get intimate with it (well I am usually working); I need to get up here for a weekend some time and get to know the place properly.

Chance of a good sunset tonight too!