July Squares: Flying in front of Blue.

My last contribution to Becky’s July Squares: Blue photo challenge. Thank you Becky for a fun month of blue squares.

Day 31 and the last day of the challenge so I thought something flying off into the sunset was appropriate. So here’s a bird flying towards me shortly after sunrise and the blue is water rather than sky.

An Osprey carries a recently caught White Sucker over Lake Huron. Taken from Dominion Lookout on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada.

July Squares: Flying in front of Blue.

 

July Squares: Holly Blue Butterfly.

A contribution to Becky’s July Squares: Blue photo challenge, day 30 of the 31 days of July.

With only two days left I decided to ignore the various blue birds, flowers and landscapes to go with another blue insect.

This is a Holly Blue Butterfly photographed on Holly in Hatherton, Cheshire, England.

July Squares: Holly Blue Butterfly.

Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Bloom

This is my contribution to the Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Bloom.

I had a few ideas for this challenge. Recently I have been photographing a selection of blooms as part of my testing various lenses adapted to a mirrorless camera. Just recently the Orange Day-Lilies started blooming so they were added to the subjects used for testing the adapted lenses.

I then realised that it wasn’t the first time that I had photographed the Day-Lilies with adapted lenses.

Taken a couple of years ago with a 35mm Vivitar lens from the 1970s adapted to fit a DSLR.

Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Bloom.

 

Taken recently with the 7Artisans 35mm f/1.2 lens on a mirrorless camera.

Not really an adapted lens but?

 

Also taken recently with a 25mm CCTV lens adapted to fit a mirrorless camera.

Orange Day-Lily with a swirly background.

 

Taken with a 35mm Vivitar lens from the 1970s adapted to fit a DSLR two years ago.

Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Bloom.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Seascapes and/or Lakeshore

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Seascapes and/or Lakeshore.

Having been living close to various lakes since settling in Canada in the late 1990s I had rather a lot of lakeshore options for this challenge.

So I decided to go with a selection of shots of the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada. I lived a few blocks from the lakeshore for a few years in the 2000s which means that the photos are a mix of film and digital.

Storm clouds over Lake Huron at sunset. Chantry Island and its lighthouse is on the horizon. Taken from close to Dominion Lookout on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Lakeshore.

 

Canada Geese and Canadian flag at sunrise from The Long Dock in Southampton. The flag is 50 x 25 feet and the flagpole is 135 feet high to celebrate the town’s 135 anniversary.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Lakeshore.

 

The range light at the mouth of the Saugeen River at sunrise. Taken from close to Dominion Lookout looking north.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Lakeshore.

 

A section of the shoreline at dawn. Looking north from The Long Dock.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Lakeshore.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Living in the Light

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: Living in the Light.

As a photographer I pay attention to the light and had several ideas for the challenge. In the end I decided to make light the theme of my contribution. Here’s a few photos where the quality of light is a major part of the image.

A male Rose-breasted Grosbeak in the shade with sunlight illuminating the background. Last year I spent some time experimenting with different lighting conditions and had set up in the yard so that any birds landing on the branch in the shade would have sunlight illuminating the background.

Archaic bird photography of a Rose-breasted Grosbeak.

 

Two backlit Sandhill Cranes soon after sunrise. I was heading home after going down to Colpoy’s Bay for the sunrise when I spotted the birds feeding in a hay field with the light behind them.

Sandhill Cranes at sunrise.

 

An American Red Squirrel in dappled sunlight. I deliberately set up in the yard where the birds and mammals would be moving in and out of the patches of sunlight.

Sunlit Squirrel.