Saturday, 24 February 2018

New Member of the Family (almost)

Meet Eskriver Uigeadail, known to her friends as Isla, who will be joining the family in just under a fortnight's time.  It's felt like an interminable wait since Amber died at the end of October; but, finally, the end is in sight, and we visited our new pup for the first time this morning.  Needless to say she is absolutely adorable, and we cannot wait to get her home.  In the meantime, here are a few pictures from today.





Isla has been bred by Waterside Gundogs, who have been absolutely brilliant at providing all the essential health checks and keeping us up-to-date with progress (and, more recently, photos).  There are currently litters of both labradors and cocker spaniels, and two beds had been provided for them.  Needless to say, one of the beds was totally empty and every single pup was piled into the other.


Isla's mother, Ivy, has the most amazing eyes of any labrador I've ever met.


Courtesy of Issy, a final picture of me and my new best mate.


In case anyone is wondering, Isla is named after the whisky island, which is a place we love, but we have dropped the "y" to stop the uninitiated from calling her "Iz-Lay".  As for her kennel club name, Eskriver is Waterside's Kennel Club affix, and Uigeadail (pronounced "Oo-ge-dahl") is my favourite dram, produced by the Ardbeg distillery (on Islay, naturally).

Roll on March 9th...

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Bath & Wells Show in Infra-Red

Frances, Christopher and I decided to have a Grand Day Out to the Royal Bath & Wells Show, which is held every year at a purpose-build showground near Shepton Mallet.  The weather forecast for the day was mixed; but, since the morning was sunny, I took the Infra-Red camera out again.





I fell in love with the alpacas, and it's clear that judging them is a very serious business.





Country shows are a great place for people watching, and the X-E2 is sufficiently discreet that I was able to wander around without attracting any attention.










The end of a very hard day...


Friday, 30 June 2017

Stowe Gardens in Infra-Red

On the way to an RPS meeting in Bath earlier in the month, I decided to take a day off work and visit Stowe Gardens near Buckingham.  Given the weather (intermittent sunshine and fluffy white clouds) I decided to leave the colour camera in the car and shoot entirely in Infra Red.  It was half term, so there were lots of families walking around and having picnics in the grounds.  Despite the number of people there, however, the gardens didn't feel in the slightest bit crowded.  A lovely place, and I'm sure I'll visit again while en route to either Bath or Bristol.  Any excuse for a day off work...

All pictures taken on an IR-converted Fuji X-E2 with 23/1.4 and 50-140/2.8 lenses, processed in Lightroom.












Sunday, 11 June 2017

Anglesey Abbey Interiors

It's a very long time since I went inside the house at Anglesey Abbey, and certainly before the National Trust allowed photography in their properties.  Having played with the Infra Red camera outside, this seemed like a good time to shoot colour.  All pictures are taken with a Fuji X-T2 with 10-24/4 lens, hand held, with the ISO ranging from 1250 to 3200.  The image stabilisation on this particular lens is astonishing, and a couple of these images were shot as low as 1/7s.







The grand rooms are all very well, but I've always been more interested in life "below stairs".  Many of these rooms have been opened up since I visited before, and I had great fun exploring the wardrobe, bathroom, kitchen and butler's pantry.


Now, that's what I call a proper radio!







Good old "Vim" - and with 4d off too.  What a bargain.




The red tray, bottom right in the picture below, brought back waves of nostalgia, as we used to have exactly the same item in the house where I grew up.