Another Coquet Sunrise
28th February 2016
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15th March 2016

New Computer

I’ve just built a new computer. My old laptop fell to bits and I wanted something better. I decided it was time to move to having a desktop. I looked at pre-made machines and the cost of something powerful enough to do what I wanted was beyond my budget, so I decided to make one and very pleased I am with it too. By building the computer myself I have a machine that cost me £500 less than if I had bought a pre-made model with a similar specification. I was able to save a bit by both using the hard-drive from my laptop and a second drive I had salvaged from my son’s laptop that had died a little while ago. Building a machine myself also allows me to upgrade it over time if that becomes necessary, something that is not so easy with a laptop.

The speed of the new computer has made a huge difference. Images load instantly. The new monitor is also so much clearer than the laptop screen too. I was always happy with the sharpness of the laptop, but now realise that a larger, better quality screen has so much more to offer.

I always take my camera with me when I walk around the harbour and stopped to natter with Tim Mason who takes some superb wildlife shots.  (Take a look at his excellent Falkland Islands album.) We were both shooting away at this Herring Gull against the red hull of a fishing boat. A lot of folk consider gulls to be mundane subjects but I like photographing them and the white feathers are a challenge to get the exposure right. Gulls also make fantastic shapes when in flight.

Herring Gull

Herring Gull

(The boat was moving up and down with the swell and I grabbed this second shot with the H for Herring Gull!)

Herring Gull

Herring Gull

Walking home afterwards I spotted a youngster perched on a mast of a fishing boat. The bird seemed to be as interested in me as I was in him.







  1. jackscrap says:

    Congrats on being able to build a new computer, a handy skill to have. Meanwhile your gull pics are fabulous, nothing like a red background to get one’s attention, and not a chip in sight!

    • Ivor says:

      There is a chippy very close to the harbour but I make my own chips too! (My own recipe involving olive oil, butter, garlic, rosemary and semolina flour.)

  2. Tammy says:

    My husband always builds my computers…it is nice because he caters to my photography and processing programs (and he always makes it FAST)! 🙂 You are going to love your new toy. I especially love the gulls against that brilliant red background…not a shot you see every day! Awesome work (on the computer and the images)!

    • Ivor says:

      Now I have it up and running as I want I am really pleased with it. There was a Windows 10 glitch (kept freezing) but solved that with a driver update. The motherboard and processor were designed for gaming and so do a super job on the graphics in Lightroom.

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