Saturday, January 13, 2018

More than a Glimpse of Groynes with Lashings of Splashing (and a Passed On Porpoise)


  No stars today, and probably none for several days (or weeks) to come, due to the lingering murk.  Still, it didn't stop me popping out for some fresh air.
  As usual, I found myself on the beach wandering east towards the End-of-the-Line.  And for one poor coastal denizen, it really was the end of the line...


"slippery, wet, white foam spraying all over the place" - thank you, Eros.

Someone left a bit of groyne in this gaping orifice...

Thursday, January 11, 2018

The Stars Are Coming Out Tonight*


  I said I was "going to map out the constellations and try to get Camera to take longer exposure photographs", and I did!  Well, I managed to do half of it.  Kind of...
  While I couldn't find any way to take a longer-than-30-seconds exposure photo, I did start mapping out the constellations.  And bugger me it's difficult!  I had to brighten the photos even more (and mess around with the contrast, which left the stars surrounded by rectangular pixellated halos), and pore through books, star charts, and the interwebs to make sure I'd got the right stars in the right place.  And even now I'm not sure that I have.  
  Oh, and I also found out that the two non-Orion photos in the previous post are upside down (depending on where you stand and which way you're facing...).

  Anyway, the following are photos I took on 6th January - the last clear night here (it's been overcast, misty, and down right murky ever since).   

The photo on the left is the original,  unadulterated 30 sec exposure shot; the one on the right is after I'd buggered around with the brightness and contrast sliders on Computron.

  Here's Orion over the scary house on the cliff again.  The glow isn't from the scary house though, no, it's from a bloody Nightship stop!  Somehow, I was unaware that Overstrand was serviced by the Nightship.  I didn't think the village entertained enough of the usual sort who'd use such a method of transportation?  Although, it would explain some of the raucousness that goes on outside my bedroom window some nights...

Monday, January 08, 2018

There's A Firey Star Hidden Out There Somewhere*


  Guess what?!  I found the "starry night" setting on Camera!
Prepare yourselves to be inundated with night sky photos in 2018!
Don't panic though, there'll still be beach walk photos.
  The following three photos are the best of my first, rather wobbly, attempts.  They're not exactly as taken, though.  Once I'd trapped then in Computron, I moved the brightness slider thingy up to max to make the constellations really pop!  Those are the actual stars' colours, though - I didn't mess around with them.


This is the constellation Cassiopeia, just right of centre (the W on its side). Left of centre is part of Andromeda, and I believe that's the Pleiades cluster on the far centre left.
It was taken with a 15 second exposure.

A drunken Orion leaning in the east.  The glow is coming from the scary old house on the cliff, and that appears to be the silhouette of a slumbering Triffid in front of it...

Cassiopeia and Andromeda again, this time taken with a 30 second exposure
(as was Orion, above)



* Post title from "Star", Erasure's 1990 single from their 1989 album Wild!


Saturday, January 06, 2018

It's A Faaaake! Not The Art Of Star Trek - Unfinished Business


My current TREK BBS avatar
(not Svjolweir)
  Despite The Very Mistress's "Suggestions for 2018: Less Star Trek" (from the comments of The Year of the Lunatic Coven Awards), this, only my third post of 2018, is, in fact, Star Trek related.
  Yes, it's the first of this year's Not The Art Of Star Trek posts which are just dumping grounds for my monthly art challenge "efforts" over at THE TREK BBS.  And this challenge - December 2017's - was set by me because my Original Character, Svjolweir Ti Meerdoy, won the November challenge!


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As my only idea for an Art Challenge - "Design a mentioned but not seen Star Trek alien" - was kind of covered with the entries from November's challenge (including my own), I set to scrabbling through the various art threads here, the themes of the previous challenges, and my note/sketchbook for inspiration. And I found it!

The December Challenge is: Complete a Star Trek themed piece of art work that you've started but not finished.


My note/sketchbook is full of unrealised designs, and I know some of you will have unfinished work from previous challenges judging by some of the comments. Or, if you are one of those people that always finish what you start (your self discipline and time management make me sick!), perhaps you had some other ideas that you abandoned in favour of your finished art?
This is the ideal opportunity to finish something that's been tickling the back of your mind, or full on bugging you, before the end of the year. You can enter 2018 with a clear head - fresh for new challenges!


Conditions: You can only finish something that you have not worked on for a month or more. So, if you had an idea for November's challenge, but didn't get around to finishing it, you can't complete it for this challenge. But, any previous months/years are fair game.
And your final entry should include the original piece of work as it appeared when it was abandoned, languishing in unfinished purgatory, lost amongst the pressing weight of ideas new...


As always, you have until the end of the month - 31st December - to complete your Unfinished Business! Good luck!

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

2017's Last Gasp


  Because I didn't have time to post these before the New Year...

Boxing Day:

You should all know the Vos Gorgeous by now...

... but the Highland Knight is a relative newcomer.

Monday, January 01, 2018

2018: Starting As We Mean To Go On


 Firstly: Happy New Year everyone!

  Right.  Now that that's out of the way, secondly: For 2018 we were going to completely change this blog - new content for a fresh start.  Out with the old, and in with the new!
 However, coming up with new ideas, new themes, new everything just felt like far too much effort, so we switched on the autopilot and let it churn out the same old stuff as always.  As the following photos demonstrate.
Besides, some of you seem to like it judging by the comments in the previous post.
And if you don't and were just being polite, ha!  Another year of the same old beach photos and ropey old Star Trek art work is already in the pipeline!
  Here we go:

With sunrise scheduled for 08:08, we got up relatively early and meandered along the High Street to the Coast Road slipway in the hopes of getting a few snaps

As we were a little early, and the sun was rising over the land rather than the sea, we made our way to Tower Lane in Sidestrand for the best view.  Here's the End-of-the-Line as seen from space the cliff top

Ah.  The first glimpse of daybreak over Trimingham

Thursday, December 28, 2017

The Year of the Lunatic Coven Awards



"The Year of the Lunatic"...?  What on earth are you going on about?!
Well, I thought that would have been obvious?!
Clearly not.
Not even with that ruddy great moon up there?  And all the other moon shots scattered around?
I think someone has been doing too many sherry shots, never mind moon shots...
 Shush!  We've started!
Cripes!  Witchface is on the ball this year.
  Let's get on with it, shall we?
 Yes.  Every year devolves into some sort of squabbling before things get going.
"Every year"?  Ha!  What about all those years we couldn't be arsed?
 QUIET!!!

...

  That's better.  Shall we?
 Yes.  Let's.
  Hello, and thank you for joining us for the 2017 - AKA The Year of the Lunatic - Coven Awards.
 The fact is, we've got a packed show for you this evening.
  Or, morning or afternoon, depending on your time zone.
 Yes.  No.  Exactly.  Yes.  Um...  What was I saying?
  Packed show.
 Yes.
  So, let's begin with a quick recap of the first quarter of the year before moving on to the first of the awards.
 Yes.  No.  Exactly.
  As usual, I'll present the awards, and Witchface will recap the year.  Are you ready?
 Yes.  Exactly.  Yes.
Christ!  Who let Anna Rampton in?  

Monday, December 25, 2017

It might be a load of old groynes, but it ends with the Gorgeous!


  A few photos of Overstrand beach from the 23rd:




Oof!  Focus. Focus!

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Panto


 In lieu of a Christmas post (I don't know why I'm worrying, as I haven't done one in years), for anyone who's interested (and lucky enough to have a few minutes of spare time this close to Christmas), here's a look back on the seasonal goings on here ten years ago:


 Unless some of you were lurkers back then (or have scoured my dusty crypts), I think it will only be The Very Mistress and ErosWings who remember the above tales from over the Cusp.

 One day soon - time willing - I will drag you all over the Cusp for an adventure or two, like we used to have.  I mean, it's been nearly three and a half years since our last foray:



 I tell a lie, it's been nearly three years, as we endured that James Bond related nincompoopery back in early 2015, didn't we:


Arrrgh!!!  I've got glitter in my eyes!!! (via)

 Do you have a favourite seasonal post of your own?  Or just a favourite themed post - one you're proud of or pleased with?

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Have a Wonderful Winterval one and all,
and see you before the New Year at the Coven Awards!



Thursday, December 21, 2017

Bent Groynes and Salty Spray


  I know we haven't been around Blogland much this past week or so, and we've missed several of your recent posts, but we do have a good reason:  When not tasked with entertaining nieces and nephew (on my days off, no less!), you may be pleased to hear that we've been working on this year's Coven Awards.
 As usual, things have been left until the last minute, but we're determined that the 2017 Coven Awards will take place on schedule*, and not be the unmitigated disaster that 2016's turned out to be (or didn't turn out, as the case may be).  Having said that, we cannot promise that the 2017 Awards will be a success, just that they will be.

  Anyway, the purpose of this post was not to harp on about what we are or are not doing, rather it is a dumping ground for some photos taken at the weekend while babysitting.  In an effort to get The Nephew to sleep, he was bundled up in many layers, strapped into his buggy, and pushed off to the cliff top:


Saturday, December 16, 2017

Aljaž's Strictly Straplines



  Continuing from last month's Strictly Aljaž post, here are Strictly: It Takes Two's remaining straplines from adorable Aljaž Skorjanec's (and his down-to-Earth celebrity dance partner, Gemma Atkinson's) appearances on the show:

(On the right, Aljaž attempts his best catalogue pose)

For the non-Brits, a Mancunian is someone from the English city of Manchester
(Gemma is from Bury in  Greater Manchester)

He did remarkably well at the accent, but couldn't keep it up (how disappointing), so resorted to posing instead

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Not The Usual Suspects: White Horses Edition


 While I was sorting out the Moon photos for the previous post, I came across some photos I'd taken last month and neglected to do anything with. So, to remedy that, here's another post consisting of birds (à la Mistress Maddie's Usual Suspects posts), and white horses.

 First up, a promenade perambulation on 19th November provided waders and white horses:

A foraging Turnstone (Arenaria interpres)

"Anything good to eat over there, Mabel?"

"Yikes! Watch out for that wave!"