It’s done, finished

Rally Estonia 2015 has come to an end.

An epic weekend, full of traveling, dust, gravel and great weather. As I said in the last year: “That was awesome – a great rally!”

You can see the whole collection here:
(https://www.flickr.com/photos/andrespildistab/sets/72157653822973834)

And those are my favorites:

Before the start
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Improvise for a good spot
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Detailed madness
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http://aclickatatime.wordpress.com @ work
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Rally selfie
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Helicopter.jpg
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Check out these links for more images:
https://aclickatatime.wordpress.com/ (a click at a time’s photoblog)
https://www.flickr.com/photos/andrespildistab/sets/72157653822973834 (my flicker album)
https://www.flickr.com/photos/31947974@N00/sets/72157656027611456 (a click at a time’s flicker album)

Take care!
Hope you all had a nice weekend!

Preparations

Remember, I talked about the upcoming rally in my last post?
Here is what’s going on at the moment:

Her ride
Her ride
Historic grid
Historic grid
Kinder Surprise
Kinder Surprise
ERC gate
ERC gate

An afternon of outdoor adventures

First off – there’s a rally coming up (http://rallyestonia.com/) – so as always we drove through all of the stages, looking for perfect spots for taking pictures. Unfortunately due to the recent sad events in the Estonian Rally World most of the “good” spots are marked as “prohibited area”, as the organizers can’t guarantee the safety of the spectators outside of the marked areas. Of course there are other reasons as well (crops, private land etc.).
I wish I could sit on that spot all the weekend, but it’s located in the deepest, darkest zone of the “prohibited area”. I hope that all the co-drivers will mark these turns as “slow” or “dangerous”.

With this picture I wish you all a nice weekend, enjoy spectating the rally, driving and get back home safe!

THE Loch Ness of South-Estonia
THE Loch Ness of South-Estonia

After some dusty gravel roads we parked our car and went orienteering. As a fluffy person I decided to pick a shorter track (4km) – I managed to run/walk 4.88km in 1h 1min 40sec. After finishing I realized that my sporty wife took a longer track and wouldn’t be back soon – so I took the camera out yet again. These were the results:

One man's shed is another's castle
One man’s shed is another one’s castle
Infrared field plant (no idea what's it called)
Infrared field plant (no idea what’s it called)
The world of water droplets
The world of water droplets
Infrared of an abandoned house. I instantly remembered a song called:
Infrared of an abandoned house. I instantly remembered a song called: “Kerli – Creepshow”

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FiE00ftfSY)

Anyways as I have a lot of followers and I can’t check all of your blogs and homepages – why don’t you leave me a comment on how are you and what are your plans for the weekend?
Take care!

Baby Steps

Here we go.
As my wife had a dentist appointment, I had some time to go trigger happy with my camera.
Few hours with Darktable and here are the results:

untouched
untouched

I even managed to use the IR filter.

Elva is a 'shroom town
Elva is a ‘shroom town

All my trusty followers – Thanks!

Changes

Hey!

Long time no see.

I remember that in my last post I promised a new picture or a post every week. Seems like I couldn’t keep up to my promises. Actually I haven’t even taken any pictures recently. Why?
Well there are many  reasons.
1) Last minute wedding planning, (I’m married now – Yipeeeee).

2) Changed my xPeria Arcs to Sonim XP3300 (Battery life up to ~3weeks battery life, but no wifi or 3G – that means I won’t be posting on Twitter).

Xperia Arc S

Sonim XP3300 force

3) Changed Windows 7 to Linux Ubuntu (System is a lot of faster and more reliable).


4) Since Linux doesn’t support Lightroom nor Photoshop, I have to use Darktable and Gimp (Takes some time to get used to them).

Darktable vs Lightroom

Hopefully I can post some new pictures soon.
Stay tuned!

Pew Pew Pew!!

DSC_1593_102410 shots, distance 25m. A small sport pistol, the name of which I forgot to ask.

Suspicious Substance

IMG_1448_1024I think this bird is carrying poop. Do they do that, bring poop out of their nests like that? I should probably contact somebody who knows something about birds and ask, it would also be interesting to know which member of the tit family are they. They are far too small to be great tits, but the markings seem different than those of marsh or willow tits. A coal tit perhaps?

Is it raining, love?

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While the man is slaving away in the pouring rain, the woman sits in her comfortable warm car. At least he is happy 🙂

To be fair – I was also busy doing garden work, it’s just that I was closer to the car when the rainfall hit.

An update of sorts

Sorry for abandoning you for such a lengthy time, again! Life has been hectic as always and the camera has been left in it’s camera bag for far too long.

Recently I had the crazy idea of trying to re-establish a flower garden at my grandfather’s house. This meme is more than accurate when it comes to me and gardening:

But I am very enthusiastic, so expect to see many pictures of half dug up plots and dead plants as I try to figure it out as I go along.

We even took the cat with us today, she enjoyed it immensely (and is sound asleep at home right now, with any luck our wake-up call will be later than 8 a.m. tomorrow). Or at least I hope she did.

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I hope you are all enjoying Spring as much as I am (I even wrecked my knee while orienteering a few days ago – a clear sign that better weather is to come)!

Forgotten

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When the farm was built, the river was probably the fastest and easiest connection route to the nearest city (Tartu). Nowadays, the place is nearly deserted. No-one wants to live in the middle of nowhere, no matter how beautiful the sights are.

P.s. Notice how people back then were clever enough to build their houses higher up, so that they wouldn’t be affected by flood waters?