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Sun, sea and creatures lurking

Here’s a few photos from a recent trip to Gran Canaria.  I finally did some scuba diving which I’ve wanted to do for ages.  I had the fortune to see an octopus propelling himself away from me as quickly as he could, and also a type of ray going around his daily business sweeping gracefully through the diving group and disappearing into the vast ocean beyond.  Even the scuba instructors were impressed. Beautiful.

Rocks again

Clearly a natural creation of perfectly square rocks

Crab

I now realise crabs have incredible perception to danger.  The slightest movement and they scuttle into the nearest crevice waiting for another chance to come out and forage for food.  This pic took quite a bit of patience sitting still and getting sore legs just waiting for him to creep out from under the rocks.  Respect to any wildlife photographers out there.

Clownfish

A clownfish at the Palmitos Park aquarium

Sea view

Some more strange cubes

Rocks

This was an experiment trying out a different type of photography – High Dynamic Range (HDR).  It involves taking shots at different exposures and then blending them together so that you can see everything in the photo.  I know its not the greatest scene, but this is definitely a technique I’ll be trying out again.

Night view

The view from our hotel balcony (HDR photo again).

There is plenty of fish in the sea. I didn’t dip my Lumix in the big blue for this one.  I have (or had because its sold now) a cheapo underwater “action” cam.  It was good fun for a bit but you couldn’t really see what you were taking photos of so it was a bit of random point and shoot!

Hopefully a few piano pieces will be recorded soon to keep the blog slithering along.

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Lake District (Keswick)

I’ve just had a great week in Keswick.  Amazingly for England it has been roasting hot all week.  Of course I had the camera snapping away.  Landscape photography is a whole other skill to try and learn…..  Some long-exposure shots would have been good to try out but as I don’t own a tripod, all but impossible.  Here’s just a few snaps taken during the week.

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Derwent Water at sunset

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Just a window you say? What’s that hanging in one of the panes? A spooky run down shed somewhere around the lake.

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Two stumps.  And a lake.

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Rowing boats (I took the easy option and went out on a motor boat instead!)

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Action Dog (probably glad of the cool water)

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Castlerigg Stone Circle (mainly uploaded so there is one without water in it!)

 

 

Wetwork (A prelude)

I decided to see what I could write, play, record, mix and post in an afternoon, and here it is.  Most of my recent pieces have been veering along a dance/electronic path, so I tried to stick with more traditional instruments here.  The name? The main rhythm is something I used for the song “Wetwork” in the metal band “…and fate was foolish”.  The song was about… er…. murder, so this is the soundtrack before those horrific events occurred.

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Wetwork (a prelude)