Monday, 10 June 2019

An interesting aspect of the River Dove

Towards the bottom of Farndale, the Dove flows into Douthwaitedale and on to Keldholme and Ryedale. There's an obstacle in the way though in the form of the considerable limestone escarpment which is  feature of the south side of the moors from Sutton Bank to Scarborough.

Limestone is often rather porous and naturally fissured, if water can get in these fissures it tends to make them wider by erosion and chemical process such as dissolving the calcium way.
This has happened between Ravenswick and HalfWay House and the Dove often runs completely underground when it is not in spate.

Just to the east Hutton Beck also goes below the surface and is thought to join with the Dove underground before they emerge rather spectacularly alongside Bog Hall.
It's relatively easy to access this area as described by York caving club here.
https://yorkcavingclub.org.uk/projects/bogghallcave/index.php

Apparently there is a narrow opening above the obvious outflow through which (with ropes) you can descend into an airspace and if brave enough exit with the water.
It's not possible to go much further upstream but at Hutton Beck they have made a way into the underground passage and were able to follow it some way downstream.
https://yorkcavingclub.org.uk/projects/excalibur/index.php

At the bottom of their web page see the link to youtube where there is video from inside these interesting locations.

I found the dark water surging out felt rather sinister and had no desire to go inside!

Thursday, 24 January 2019

First 2019 dronage

It was so lovely with no wind at sunrise yesterday, just went up to 399 feet 11 inches and turned slowly.

Saturday, 29 December 2018

Moors Vlog

So many others are doing this kind of thing better than me, however I have the tools and thought I'd try a Vlog style video using several cameras.

Doing a quick edit was not as difficult as anticipated - making it more polished is another matter.

Monday, 17 December 2018

Hunters Sty long exposure

It's mid-December and light level is dire practically all day as a rule, but this actually suits long exposure.
This was with the Sony RX100 and inbuilt ND turned on.
The camera was literally at water level on a flat stone, which made adjacent stones look like dramatic boulders.
Quite pleased to get a different take on this much photographed bridge.





Monday, 19 November 2018

Bransdale and another new camera

The move to Sony is complete with GoPro updated to Sony FDR-X3000
I think the Ghost 4K is better on the helmet at this stage but will likely try it on there at some point.
The GoPro adds insult to injury with unexplained and hard to detect crashes, and abysmal battery life. After persevering for a couple of years I simply don't like it, but might use it as dashcam for a while yet.

The Sony has a rock solid combined remote and monitor, it also has pretty good optical stabilisation which almost matches the new Hero7. Sound is very good too with inbuilt mic and there's a standard mic input with none of the idiotic £50 adapter you need for GoPro.

This is mostly from Drift 4K which I'm trying with (digital) stabiliser on again, the camera angle was a little too low with that on, as the FOV is reduced.
However light was nice and enjoyed the ride out.

I changed the name of my bike camera channel and am already seeing some positive effect from the branding idea.
Not that I'm bothered, I mainly like to watch these videos myself especially on smart TV.
But it's nice if others are watching and enjoying them too.

When youtube used to pay small channels however modestly there was more incentive to build your channel following, realistically the great majority can't now monetise.
If I had kept all my channels in a rather confusing single account it would have easily been monetisable - but there are at least four different ones with varying popularity.

Whitby Goth-ness


This was at the end of October, I went down with the pickup and walked along East Side which was so crowded it was hard to take many photos or video.
Last year I walked along West Side which was busy but not packed even on Sunday.