Kinda late so I’m just going to upload the photos I have and let them do the talking. Will update more later.
Today I went exploring with my friend Edmund to go along the Glenfarg Tunnels. I find this kind of exploring really exciting.
Parking the car here – http://goo.gl/maps/xIesG - and walking along the disused railway embankment we came across our first tunnel. This was the longest out of the two.
The first thing we could see was the size of the icicles and planned careful steps at the entrance. There are plenty signs of other people been there.. graffiti, used fire places and stacks of empty beer cans
The ice in the tunnels was amazing and you could feel the wind move through the tunnel. Some nice effects gained with the light.
After exiting the first tunnel the 2nd tunnel was a short distance away. This was a bit more interesting with a burnt out car at the other end and signs of the tunnel being blocked up by the authorities.
All in all, a very interesting day! Will be doing some more urban exploration in the future.
(Hi-Res Images are available upon request)
One of the videos that I have uploaded to the Youtube. The Go Pro is a great piece of kit and outputs 1080p video and time lapse footage. Hope to show the work with Premiere Pro and After Effects on my blog so hold tight for more!
Yeah some video work is being done. I will need to update this site, I mean its been like a year….
I don’t know how it has happened but I seem to have updated my sleeping kit for when I go camping.
The first major change was the procurement of a new sleeping bag. I ment this.
I had just a standard British Army Arctic sleeping bag as follows :-
Now this was due to the fact that I was too tall (some may say also too wide ) and when sleeping, my feet where always held at an angle, not really ideal and would wake with sore ankles. Also there was not much room to manoeuvre. So my main issue was it was too small. The other issue is that the bag is quite heavy and bulky and was easy to put away but hard to find an attachment point to my already laden Kifaru X-Ray pack.
Other than that, Its a great bag and has found a new use with my girlfriends sister who is currently doing her Duke of Edinburgh and was finding it cold sleeping at night. This bag will keep anyone warm as long as they are dry and able to generate some heat. My trick is to eat something sugary before you sleep if you can, then a good bag will keep the heat trapped in.
The replacement is the Ray Mears/Nanok Sleeping Bag – Osprey found here.
Its lighter, packs down smaller and above all, I fit in it with loads of space! I will have to post more about it when it is tested out!
Now today I got a new hammock. I currently use a Green Hornet but I have found that it is to bulky to carry when a fly net is not needed. I saw this in a local outdoors shop :-
Snugpak Tropical Hammock (Snugpak don’t seem to have it on their site) is only about 560grams and packs away in to the small pouch you see hanging off the side. It uses a dead simple way of attaching to tree/pole/frame. Carabiners are attached on either end of the hammock and for each end there is a doubled up length of paracord with knots evenly spaced though out. So wrap line round tree and clip the carabiner round the knotted paracord line in the correct place.
Cant wait to try the new kit, not only for the fact its lighter but also simplifies my sleeping system.
So just a little piece on not only my mate’s awesome Defender 110 but using my camera on my phone. My phone is the Samsung Galaxy SII (or s2) and comes with a 8.0 megapixel camera and does 1080p film recording. The built in 16GB storage with a micro sd slot for more storage.
For the video, it was all edited on the Macbook Pro with a i7 processer using iMovie. I took a few shots and added them to a album, none were edited unless I needed to remove a number plate from the image. I wanted to show what the phones camera outputs.
The video could have faired better if the auto focus was a bit faster, though this could be due to user error. Another thing I noticed that the footage had to be put though handbrake to convert it, as the the audio would be all distorted. After a quick conversion it was good to go to edit in iMovie.
Nomadr4anger sitting on the landie.
Kit ready to go.
Under the bonnet.
To my video that can only be described as amazing.
Really just a test post more..
More photos taken today when going dog walking. This is me using Adobe Elements to make minor tweeks to the photos. Im off tomorrow and I will play with Photoshop while reading a Photoshop mag I got yesterday.
Been out for a spot of geocahcing this afternoon and been playing with my D40 that I recently got a new battery for. Also got a wee play about with Adobe Elements. Tell me what you think.
Using a warming filter after tweeking the levels to make the trees darker.
Love this photo, made it so that it would show a “beam” of light come though as best I could.
Just made the darkness a bit darker to make the trees stick out more.
Just used a warming filter on this one. The the sun was down at this point.
Its been a long time since I have had my Nikon D40 working due to losing the battery and charger, this has now been changed as I now I have replacements! YAY! Now though I have photos to sort. Now I lost alot of photos due to reasons I wont go in to but I found some gems. Take a look see.
This is the only arty photo so far that I have messed around with as I’m learning about Photoshop, all the rest are as is. Hard days walkin’.
In the same spot these photos where taken when Kevin and I when camping.. The early morning displated some amazing effects and the water was that still.
After the camping, saw these stones arranged like this, could not resist!
In the garden just picked up the camera and well took a photo. I love this, no editing either.
After driving about just saw this bridge as the sun was escaping.
Tell me what you think! Should be more now as I get back in to it!