Had a great trip out to the Isle of Mousa today; famous for it's well preserved Broch, but also it's bird life. There was a mild swell on as we went out on the ferry from Aithsvoe near Voxter, but the sun was shining and the birds were feeding.
There were also the usual gulls and fulmars, but on a rolling pitching boat I was doing my best to get these birds. There was also a little lens envy going on too, the size of some of them LOL!
Here's the Broch
complete with a poor squashed thing on the top step
And a nearby 'cool house'? I'm guessing not a mill, as there's no flow to speak of in the little burn. There's something else in that picture too that we'll see later. Can you spot it?
Here's the north-east side of the island
For me the birds were the best bit though...
Great Skua or Bonxie
But topping the lot for me are the Arctic Terns, so graceful and beautiful yet deadly
All finished of with a yummy chinese at Baroc, Lerwick.
I was reminded today of a mystery occurance back 'sooth' from near where I live.
And the cuplrits...
What brought it to mind was a colleague mentioning that in either Northway, Greenland or some where else 'north' (I can't remember!)people would often leave very tall tapered cairns on the beaches where they's stopped off in a boat for a break. Cairns that tapered very delicately right to smallest stone right at their highest point. Gave me a nice cosy feeling.
Do I know the mystery culprits, mmm... I think I might. May they appear up here one day, I hope they do...
I thought I'd take some of the photos I took on my mobile phone while out on the kayak today and have a fiddle with them.
Photomatix Pro 3 uses an under exposed, over exposed and correctly exposed image to give some interesting effects, you'd normally take these with a camera set to do it. I figured I might be able to do a similar thing with an existing photo by just altering the brightness, one dark and one light plus the orignal shot. I just used windows picture manager to do this. Then I uploaded them to photomatix (you can use photoshop too, may be some other programmes too). It obviously realised I hadn't correctly changed the exposure settings so asked me what I wanted them to be, I sent them at 1.5 + and -
Here's the results original first, then smooth skies setting, then painterly setting. There are other pre-set settings plus the option to change all the variables, but I just stuck with these two pre-sets for comparison's sake. Remember the originals were just taken with an old mobile, at sea, on a drizzly day...