From the bottom of my street

Posted on 17 October 2010, 19:50

Because the forecast looked vaguely promising – for a little while at least – I decided that today would be a good day to spend a little time with my local Eiders ducks.

As I’ve mentioned before, I have a little spot on the River Blyth, not far from the town centre, where I can get low to the river’s surface. In good light, it’s possible to get eyeball-to-eyeball images that really “pop”; and if there’s a ship across the river at the Alcan bauxite silos, the colour of the vessel (and the silos themselves) get picked up in the reflection, making for some interesting and unusual colours for the ducks to swim around in.

So that was the plan – some colourful Eider images.

I also wanted some high dynamic range images (an Eider drake in bright sunshine is certainly that!) to give a good test to the latest incarnation of the brilliant (and getting better all the time) Raw Therapee.

Development is coming on apace since it went Open Source and some of the new demosaicing algorithms and new – unique – functions its developers have created recently have brought it right back to the top of my list of favourite converters.

So, with the contents of a large white sliced loaf I bought on the way to the river in hand – you’ve got to give ‘em a reason to pose! – I started shooting. I was so busy, I got through the loaf in less than thirty minutes, and then they were gone: but in that brief time I got what I wanted, and coincidentally the Sun went in a few minutes later, where it remained for the rest of the day.


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Not a bad return for half an hour’s shooting and a £1.29 loaf of bread..!



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