Rigs, Boots, Robins and Tense Legs

I do like a wee trip up the Black Isle.  Any-time of the year is good – it’s a very photogenic place !!  First weekend of the year took myself and the dontblog family on a sojourn to Cromarty and Fortrose.  Fresh (very cold) air for us all and a chance for me to find out a bit more of what the D7100 is capable of.

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Before I plaster your screen with Sundays photos I’ll fire a couple up from 2009, February to be exact, of my mate Al’s rig when it was in for a bit of a refurb.  The Glomar Arctic II is of the Friede & Goldman L-907 design and was built in Sweden in 1982 so by 2009 it was probably needing a good spring clean – bit whiffy.  We went up to wave to the poor alcohol-denied buggers on there before going for a bar lunch but I, of course, had the D40 in tow – it was only months old at the time.  Posted some pics on flickr and thought no more of it until a Texan company contacted me and offered to pay me for the use of one of my images on a safety related site.  Naeeeeeeeeeee bother Tex, I says and stupidly charged them a pittance for the privilege !!  Dammit !!  Heres the image……….if you look closely there are thirsty Macduffers to be seen.

It’s still online too HERE – I’m from Iverness apparently, I do like a typo !!  Here are another couple from back in 2009 taken with Nikon D40 and the solid 18 – 55mm kit lens.

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And now onto last weekends shots with the D7100.  I packed my Sigma 28 – 135mm and Nikon 50mm but, as has been the way so far since buying the new kit, I used only the Nikon 18 – 140mm it came with.  It just seems to work so well with the D7100.  So much so I’ve barely experimented with my other glass – I think the 50mm needs to be played with on the new body for sure.  Its time will come !!

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My favourite from the day has to be the robin on the boots – see above –  but I also love to look at the colossal legs in the bay (ooh matron), remnants of the Hutton TLP installation.  Funnily enough my only attempt to get myself offshore was when I was about 16 or 17 and I boldly called someone at, I think, Dan Smedvig and said Id heard they were ‘crewing up the Hutton TLP‘ and Id be interested in a job……..’.  The guy asked me what TLP stood for and I hadn’t a clue.  To this day I have never been offshore – oh well.  Here are all the details I should have had at hand back then.  And here are some photos of those legs, those boots and other Black Isle stuff from last week !! We finished off with a brief and unsuccessful dolphin hunt at Chanonry before my bellys growls were bothering Fort Georges foundations.  Henjoy 🙂

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Loads more of this kind of thing over on the flickr site in a set called imaginatively Scotland (North)

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