Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Favourite Things

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Favourite Things.

So here is a hodgepodge of some of my favourite things.

My favourite Squirrel species, an American Red Squirrel on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

Sunlit Squirrel.

One of my favourite sunrise locations, Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment, Ontario, Canada.

Layers of cloud at sunrise.

One of my favourite North American shorebirds, two American Avocets feeding on a slough in Saskatchewan, Canada.

A pair of American Avocets.

My favourite North American Sparrow species, a diminutive Chipping Sparrow on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

Chipping Sparrow.

One of my favourite European birds, a European Robin given a selective colour treatment.

Robin on lens, Cheshire, England

My favourite lens, the Olympus OM Zuiko 350mm. I purchased it used nearly a quarter of a century ago and it’s still my go to lens for birds and wildlife. The ground pod set up in the photo was used to photograph the American Red Squirrel at the start of this post. The lens has also been used for quite a few landscape, sunrise and sunset images over the years.

Olympus E-410.

My favourite camera bag. The Domke F-2 RuggedWear, a waxed cotton canvas bag. I decided to try a canvas Domke F-6 bag a few years ago. I wanted a smaller, lighter shoulder bag for my retro kit of three (now four) manual focus prime lenses. I discovered that the soft canvas bag stayed on my hip without swinging and bouncing around and seemed easier on my shoulder. I needed a bigger bag than the F-6 for my regular kit of zoom lenses so I swapped the Tenba bag I had been using for decades for the Domke F-2.

Domke F-2 in brown RuggedWear.

18 replies on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Favourite Things”

That’s quite the lens, David. No wonder you get such amazing photos. I’m on a simpler level- just a Nikon with a zoom. Love your favourite sunrise. 🙂

Thanks Tina. Since my accident I’m having to reconsider my equipment options. Long gone are the days of a 30 lbs backpack. The 350mm goes in its own bag, I either carry the 350mm or my regular 3 zoom kit. I can’t carry it all at the moment and I don’t know if I’ll be able to carry it all in the future.

Thanks Amy. Since my accident I’m having to reconsider my equipment options as I have limited movement in the right shoulder at the moment.

Sorry to hear about your accident, David. I hope your full range of motion returns. As for your shots, they’re beautifully crisp and detailed. Superb quality. I can see why the Olympus is your favorite lens. I’m glad you included your gear bag too. I shifted to a smaller canvas bag last year for my Fuji and went with a Think Tank. I do love the Domke line though. 🙂

Thanks Patti. I don’t normally bother about the equipment but the lens deserved a mention so I thought the bag should also be included.

Beautiful photography as always – and I too envy you that lens. I cannot carry heavy equipment at all as I have a slipped disk in my neck. Hope you will recover soon. My favorite bird is the Robin, so, thank you for featuring him as well!

A Brit now living in Canada. As someone who deals with editors I always try to use the full English common name. It distinguishes between the American Red Squirrel and the Eurasian Red Squirrel which are different species. For submitting to editors I’d also includes the scientific name in the caption.

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