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Organ, dinosaur, mist, cameras, crowd…

Quite a few surprises at the weekend.

Having been confined to barracks since December, I decided to take a chance and head for Kelvingrove’s Sunday afternoon organ recital – there comes a time when the head says ‘Go, or you’ll never go again’. At worst, I’d have to abort the trip, which I would have at the slightest flare up of my recent problem.

As it was, I got there fine, only to be greeted by a formerly unseen phenomenon – no bike parking spaces!

Eventually I spotted one of those weird NextBikes some idiot had just leant, unsecured, against one of the bike stands, so it got heaved and I got a parking space.

That was when I realised Kelvingrove was mobbed, and remembered I had forgotten all about Dippy the dinosaur, and how he’d attracted 24,000 visitors over the first weekend he was on show.

Inside was just as mobbed as outside!

Sadly, it seems the organist was under orders to keep the volume down, possibly to avoid upsetting those more interested in Dippy.

The recital was barely audible over the murmuring of the masses – but I think the organist got fed up, and the last item had a bit more volume. There had been a few who applauded the performance, but unlike ‘normal’ Sundays, as soon as he was finished, the organist just got up and left. Previously, the organist has acknowledged the audience with a bow, and encores demanded and supplied.

I took a random pic, and found a problem…

Misty Kelvingrove Organ Recital

Misty Kelvingrove Organ Recital

I’m used to this happening in the depth of winter on really cold days. There’s so much glass in a fancy dSLR lens it just gets frozen on the trip, and condensation is a problem at the destination.

In this case, however, I suspect the cause was the crowd, and the hot, damp, breath it was exhaling, which gather upstairs.

I grabbed the usual ‘banker’ shot when I arrived, just 10 minutes before the view seen above, taken AFTER I’d wandered along the upstairs balcony.

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Dippy the Dinosaur

Dippy the Dinosaur

Dippy’s a bit on the long side, and there’s no option to ‘Stand back a bit’, even with a reasonably wide lens.

But, we have the technology (and can stick multiple shots together).

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Dippy L to R

Dippy L to R

From the other side.

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Dippy R to L

Dippy R to L

I must be getting better at these wide stitched images. Usually they come with a lot of radial distortion (since the software I use doesn’t offer linear stitching), but these are pretty flat, until you get near the edges, so I framed the lot so the extremes could be cropped out.

I shot quite a lot of combinations, expecting most to be distorted and not so good, but in the end they nearly all came out so well I was spoilt for choice. Looks like my earlier experiment using only four or five wide shots paid off. I used to take a shedload of shots, assuming that more was better, but that seem not to be the case, for non-linear stitching at least.

Since I had really made the trip for the organ recital, and forgotten about Dippy, I should remember the organ, and let it make an appearance. The purple lighting has come up quite well in some areas, and to my eyes at least, is rendered much like it appears in the gallery.

Dippy Left Organ Right

Dippy Left Organ Right

Busy Foyer.

Dippy Organ

Dippy Organ

And again.

Dippy Right Organ Left

Dippy Right Organ Left

Did you think the star wasn’t going to get a close-up?

Dippy Head Left

Dippy Head Left

And.

Dippy Head Right

Dippy Head Right

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12/02/2019 - Posted by | Civilian, council, photography | , , ,

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