Come for a walk where I live

Phoneography Challenge: My Neighborhood

To kick this off, grab your phone and head out the door. That’s right — get on your feet and go outside to explore — and document — where you live

OK. I have to take my DSLR. I was planning on using a pocket cam but it’s broken. To keep in the spirit of the thing, I shall stick to point and shoot mode. I shall crop, to keep the page load time under some kind of control. I will not “improve” the images in Lightroom or Photoshop, but I may do a little filtering as I might have done, if I were a phone and Instagram user.

That’s fair, yes?

Looking down Kettletoft Bay towards the harbour
Looking down Kettletoft Bay towards the harbour

This is the view shot from my gateway. On my island there are two small villages. We are going to amble down to one of them, Kettletoft, this morning and we are heading for the harbour. You can see the pier buildings in this shot, right of centre, in the distance. It’s a glorious morning, sunny and one of those rare calm days that come along from time to time.  It’s a bit nippy, though, so wrap up warm. I’ll just set the bread to rise while you are finding your  coat.

Ready?

The tide is pretty much in, so we shall likely not see any seals today
The tide is pretty much in, so we shall likely not see any seals today

Notes are in the captions, so do mouse-over the gallery images to see where we are and what we are seeing.

Turning right,

A slight uphill, fields on both sides
A slight uphill, fields on both sides

there  is a short incline to the top of the road.

Scene on the way:

Soon we reach the junction, with a view over Bea Loch. With a better lens we might be able to spot the wild swans.

At the junction, we turn left
At the junction, we turn left

Turning left, towards Kettletoft, we continue with a slight incline as far as How, then it is a straight downhill to the village and the sea.

Up to How
Up to How

Scene on the way:

In the village:

Our remaining hostelry
Our remaining hostelry
The Post Office
The Post Office
The old weighbridge, and a  real old-fashioned British Telephone Kiosk
The old weighbridge, and a real old-fashioned British Telephone Kiosk

The harbour is around to the left. Some scenes by the harbour:

Time to head for home?

Scene on the way back:

Back at the junction, we turn right and take the coastal road that goes to the other village, Lady.

Turn right
Turn right

Back downhill to sea level

The Windswept Acre is in sight
The Windswept Acre is in sight

As we reach home, the morning plane comes in.

Islander plane - morning service from Kirkwall
Islander plane – morning service from Kirkwall

It is still early – we have only been gone an hour. 116 frames shot and about 50 inflicted on you. I hope you enjoyed the trip.

Home
Home

Now, the bread dough has risen and I must get it into the oven, if you will excuse me.

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7 Comments

  1. […] using 3 tablespoons of sesame oil in place of the usual fat content. I set the bread to rise while I took my camera for a walk. When I came back, it was well-risen. Perhaps too  much so, but it was a good walk and I enjoyed […]

  2. March 11, 2013
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    greetings to the friendly cat (if you are not a bird) on the wall …

  3. March 12, 2013
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    […] many shots taken yesterday, point-and-shoot style for the Daily Post’s Phoneography Challenge. I took a walk down to the harbour and back. I found myself itching to get my hands on my new camera. Can’t wait for it to arrive! Mr L […]

  4. […] …as they appear to be similarly lax in the Photography area. That is set to change. I have a new camera in the post. It is my birthday present. It’s a bit swankier than a simple pocket camera, but less posh than my DSLR. It is not so expensive that it can’t go out on the beach with me and is small enough to be ever-present. I am really looking forward to it with great excitement – and even more so since I took on the Daily Post’s “Neighbourhood” photography challenge earlier this week. I went for a walk down to the harbour and back again, taking 116 shots. Something over 50 of them made it into a blog post. If you want to see a little more of the place where Gill and I live, the post is here. […]

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