Pup Goes Snorkelling
I promise you that post title is not a lead on …
I think excitement has upped and left – today was even less thrilling than each of the last two days! Never mind we have a visitor next week so it will get more exciting and hopefully we will do a bud journey day with both the dogs … but let us stop wishing our lives away and live in the moment.
You know the drill – dog walk, dog breakfast, my breakfast, dog nap, dog lunch, my lunch, dog nap (had to be crated today!) and so on intermingled with lots of job searching. I have had a few rejections this week but I have more application in the pipeline so I will just keep on going. I had another chat with the Enterprise Allowance people who are narrowing down my prospective mentors …
I also wanted to find out how to use HDR processing in the GIMP on my photographs. I have to start by saying I am not a huge fan of the garish HDR developed photographs often seen but I wanted to be able to understand the process so I could apply a small touch when appropriate. I eventually had to settle for a script that fakes it but it is helping me t follow the process at least and I have found a couple of photos where like the effect – especially the drips that I have been photographing- it gives them an extra clarity and shine.
And here I used it to warm up the sunrise:
It will not make a bad photograph good but it extends my skills which is one of the things I said I wanted to do at the start of the year. The moon is temporarily indisposed (being a new moon) so I haven’t been able to keep up with her but I have used Macro most day and I have worked at those drops. Now I need to go out with the tripod and my camera and get a set of bracketed exposures to have a go at making an HDR painstakingly by hand in the GIMP.
I have not put many dog pictures in this week so here are a couple so you can compare Pup’s growth to Dog:
I said I would show you where the hedge has been grubbed out and the fence put in against the lane I used yesterday; this first one is the shot across the field where they are making preparation to put the first industrial unit:
And in this one you can see the fence going away down the lane – that used to be mature hedge and trees!
Okay enough procrastinating – you really want to know about Pup’s new found skill don’t you? No I haven’t had him at the beach and I haven’t sent him swimming in a nearby lake – Pup went snorkelling in his water bowl! He trotted off with a piece of cardboard in his mouth and got to the water bowl, hesitated and then deliberately dropped the card in the water. Had his drink and I expected him to walk away and leave me to clear up his papiere mache … not a bit of it! I had laughed and said I didn’t thin he would win Brain of Britain now when he stuck his nose into the water and snorkelled until he got the card – I heard the bubbles!
So not only is the wee mannie a natural retriever he is not going to be a wuss about water retrieves – he just keeps on getting better and better. I will have to get myself shaped up so I don’t let him down – I seem to have me a good gundog and so I will do the training with him even if he never uses it to work. I need to sit down and work out a training plan for him … better find my gundog training book.