No quota photo

Yes, I have had a lovely weekend. Thank you for asking.

France, the UK, the Isle of Man – they were all amazing. But I can’t tell you how happy I was to get back to the cottage in Agulhas and just… be there.

The weather was ridiculously good and there was nothing pending, which meant late mornings, chilled days and plenty (or more) Castle Milk Stout.

Perfection.

There was also time for a bit of photography, and I’ve got a couple of nice ones. I’ve been playing with my new variable ND filter today – with mixed results, it’s a learning curve, ok? – but I don’t really want to mess up the holiday photos on Flickr, so I’m determined to get those sorted before sharing anything for the weekend.

So tonight is words rather than pictures. On the blog at least.
In “real life”, it’s more Milk Stout and an early night: the kids are back to school tomorrow and I’ve just seen what time the alarm is set for.

Eish.

Dun fishin’

The chances are that we will be doing some fishing when we get over to the Isle of Man. But although we are currently living and traveling on a canal/river (depending on how the journey North has been going) (pre-written post, see?), I’m not too keen to chuck a line over the side here.

Yeah. That talk of fishing was merely an excuse for an arty quota photo of a puffer fish which we found washed ashore on the beach at Suiderstrand. Its remarkable appearance, coupled with some early morning light and the addition of a subtle muted preset or two on Lightroom gave a striking, minimalist image.

Lots of dead stuff washes up on the beach in Agulhas. I don’t think that’s a bad thing, I think it’s just a natural thing. Nothing lasts forever, and when it doesn’t last forever somewhere out at sea, it’s likely that it’s going to end up washed up onto a beach somewhere. When it is washed up on a beach near us, we find it, because we’re observant like that.

Examples of this at Suiderstrand include birds, seals, puffer fish (see above) and – importantly, not seagulls or turtles.

Mrs sorted

Off to Agulhas next weekend?

Us too. But I don’t think we’ll get Mrs 6000 much further than this.

I knew that there was something going on when I found that we were timing our trip to arrive at precisely 10:59am on Saturday morning.

Of course, gin is all the rage these days, so I’m sure that this World Gin Day will be the biggest that SA has ever seen.

Personally, I’m not a big fan of of the stuff to be honest, but they also sell brandy, and I’m a very big fan of that, so I’m sure we’ll be fine.

Late crossword

I’m going to be in trouble.
This was supposed to be posted over the weekend, but I did other stuff instead.

Here’s a summary of the exciting stuff that I did instead:

Some taxidermy.
Some standing in the South Atlantic Ocean at 9 o’clock at night.

Please click those links. I need the traffic.
The weekend was great fun, but it wasn’t posting this month’s crossword.

(here’s the link if you can’t see that crossword puzzle above).

Good luck. Even I managed to do ok on this one. 🙂

Maybe no-one will notice that it’s a couple of days late.

Expedition with Experimentation

Some time ago, I said that I would get around to doing some steel wool (wire wool) shots.

Ja. It was 2012. So what? I still did some.

Eventually.

8:30pm on a quiet April night in Suiderstrand. Not much wind, low tide, warm. Time for an expedition with the kids. A quick glance at a couple of posts on the internet to decide on the best settings for this experiment, and off we trot.

An hour later, tired, a bit chilly (one of us fell in the sea) (it was me), we returned. With these.

You need to see it on black though. The reflections made these shots a whole lot more dramatic than they would have been, but I was surprised at just how easy it was to shoot them.

The kids had a great time, helping out with focussing and lighting, looking after the equipment while dad waded out into the shallows and whirled his thingy around. (Careful now.)

I would highly recommend wire wool ‘togging for keeping the kids interested and engaged, and for pretty easy, but effective shots. We might try some more advanced stuff like silhouettes and the like next time.
But for now, I’m pretty happy that just 5½ years after I said I’d do this, I did it.