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.
(The boat was moving up and down with the swell and I grabbed this second shot with the H for 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.
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