Monday, 23 July 2018

Monday Montage

I nearly fooled everyone with last week's WidsMob Montage picture:

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Well done to Ragged Robin who correctly said it was a:


photograph of a moth.

I wonder whether this one will be easier to identify:

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My thanks to those who had a go last week. If you would like to have try this week please leave your guess in the comments. They will be revealed, along with the original photo, next Monday.

Friday, 20 July 2018

A Video Title Test

Been having a play in HitFilm Express (recently updated to v9)
Edit: Starter pack purchased and installed (<£9)
Set up a new composite project at 1080p
Corn jpg imported
Clouds effect applied and coloured, maybe not the best choice of colour yet.
Cartoon effect applied to corn.

midmarsh..... text on a new layer
Heat distortion and emboss effects applied.
(The first time I've experimented using key frames to change effects with time)
Followed by Neon Glow, Diffuse and Light Flare effects.

Most of the effects have many different adjustments which can be made.
Lots of experimenting needed to see what each did.

Result saved as a video file.

Temporary title made in ArtText 3 on a green background.
Saved as a jpg.

Both imported in iMovie.
Blended using green screen.
Title text made to move using Ken Burns effect panning from a blank space to the text.
Saved as a video file (no sound)

With this set up it is easy to make a new title in ArtText 3 and replace the temporary one.
As yet I haven't managed to eliminate the small green dot.

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Timelapse - Clouds

Nice fleecy clouds and some restful music.

Canon 350D, 1477 photos taken 1 every 5 seconds.

Once again the title was made using HitFilm2 Express.
I have now installed the latest version.  HitFilm Express v8.1
This is a free app / program available for Mac and Windows.
Of course they hope you will eventually buy their Pro version.

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Lincolnshire Wolds Railway


Although I have lived less than twenty miles away for many years this is the first time I have been to explore the Lincolnshire Wolds Railway Sundays are usually running days where you can get a ride on a train, look round their museum and enjoy a cream tea. Tuesdays and Saturdays are often working days where rolling stock and track maintenance are conducted. Visitors can have a look round the station and sidings but all the extra facilities are closed.



As I had chosen a Saturday I was not expecting to see anything working but hoped fewer visitors would give me the chance for some quiet exploration. As it happened I only saw one other visitor.

When I arrived I was delighted to see a loco making steam as it stood near one of the platforms.


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It looked as though it was about to move some coal and wood to the other end of the line.
As luck would have it it started to move so time for a hurried video.
I was also able to catch the same loco later in my visit:

Oh, how the sound of a real locomotive chuffing its way down the track brings back memories of travelling by rail in my youth before the Beeching axe closed so many branch lines.

Next was a walk across the road to the main platform and have a look round.





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View from the end of the platform.


No visitors allowed past here but on my way back along the platform I spied a gap between two buildings where there was a notice giving some details of the locos and rolling stock they have.


Walking past that led to a path which visitors are allowed to follow.
This runs next to sidings where some of the rolling stock, old and refurbished, can be seen.








Then back to the platform, heading for the car park.
First a look at the station clock.



and a last look at 'Spitfire'



The amount of work put in by the volunteers is mind boggling. From rebuilding the signal box and station, restoring carriages and laying track (BR removed all rails, sleepers and ballast when they closed the line) to the ten years it took to restore 'Spitfire'. Not to mention the money that has to be raised to pay for materials. To date the trains run on an approximate 1.5 mile (2.4km) track between Ludborough and North Thoresby.

There is a link to the LWR site near the beginning if you are interested.
There  is also some information on Wikipedia.

It was a hot, Sunny, very enjoyable afternoon exploring.
I was grateful that the air conditioning in the car now works at full strength.
All photos and video were taken with the Nikon Coolpix S9050

Monday, 16 July 2018

Monday Montage

Well done to Adrian.The Weaver of Grass and Ragged Robin.
They worked out that

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was a WidsMob Montage version of


a Magpie.

The next one for identification

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What type of creature is this. No specific identification needed.

If you would like to hazard a guess please leave it in the comments.
They will be revealed, along with the original photo, next Monday.

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Riley 1935 1.5L TT Special

As I said yesterday I was parked next to this little beauty.
All the info I have is what I was able to photograph as the owner was elsewhere.

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Lincolnshire Wolds Railway on Tuesday.

Saturday, 14 July 2018


Went out for a couple of hours this afternoon.

Visited here:


Ended up parked next to:

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Lots of photos to sort out on both subjects plus a few bits of video.
Watch this space .......
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