This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Distance prompt.
As a nature and landscape photographer I have been social distancing for decades. I started thinking about some of the locations in Saskatchewan where there wasn’t another human being for miles. Especially in winter when some farmers move into town, just because there’s a farm 5 miles away doesn’t mean there’s anyone living there. For some of these photos I was miles from the nearest road.
A frozen section of Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area at sunset in winter.
Whitetail Deer at dusk near Punnichy.
A frozen section of marsh at sunset, Little Quill Lake.
A Striped Skunk in the spring between Little Quill Lake and Middle Quill Lake.
Sunrise reflected in a frozen slough near Punnichy.
This is my haphazard contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: A River Runs Through It.
I say haphazard because while I have a variety of photos of various rivers I couldn’t come up with a theme so this is a random selection of photos of four different rivers.
This is the range light at the mouth of the Saugeen River where it flows into Lake Huron in Southampton, Ontario.
The River Thames, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben from the south bank, London, England.
The Sydenham River flows over the Niagara Escarpment at Inglis Falls in Grey County, Ontario.
The River Dee flowing under the Old Dee Bridge at Chester, Cheshire. Originally the site of a Roman bridge this bridge dates back to a major rebuild in 1387.
This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Chaos.
I had a couple of ideas for the challenge before thinking of some of the large flocks of birds I have photographed.
Gulls, mostly Black-headed Gulls, in seemingly random flight over Hurleston Reservoir near Nantwich in southern Cheshire. In this case I suspect that one of the local Peregrine Falcons has spooked them into flight as there’shardly two birds flying in the same direction.
Snow Geese on autumn migration take off from a section of the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area in Saskatchewan. I was watching the birds from an observation tower when something, possibly a Coyote on the lake shore, spooked them into flight.
Gulls, mostly Black-headed Gulls, on the move at Hurleston Reservoir near Nantwich in southern Cheshire. In this case something has spooked some of the birds on one side of the roost and they’re flying to the other side.
Lines of Snow Geese flying to roost at sunset in the autumn. These birds are over Middle Quill Lake, Saskatchewan.
This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Reflections.
I was considering my post early on Sunday morning when I was down at the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline for the sunrise photographing the colour reflected in the bay. The first two reflections that came to mind were both from Saskatchewan in the late 1990s so I decided to add a third photo from around the village of Punnichy.
A sunrise partially reflected in the ice on a frozen slough near Punnichy.
A Horned Grebe amongst reflections of weathered straw bales near Punnichy.
Autumn colour partially reflected in a slough near Punnichy.
This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Change Your Perspective prompt.
Patti set the challenge by inviting us to “break the habit of shooting photos at eye-level and change your perspective.”
I had a couple of ideas for the challenge. The first was a selection of photos taken at eye level to the subject which can be vastly different to the photographer’s eye-level. The second idea was a selection of photos where the camera is anything but level, pointing up or down.
I had started selecting photos for my second idea before deciding to combine the two.
Look Up. And don’t be afraid to experiment. Motion blurred tree trunks created by vertically panning the camera during exposure. The extra distortion around the edges of the photo are from using a fisheye lens. Taken last winter on one of my walks around the neighborhood.
Look Down. In this case into a tree filled valley after overnight snow. Bickerton Hill, Cheshire, England.
Look Up. And don’t be afraid to experiment again. This photo was made by zooming the lens during exposure. Taken this winter very close to where I took the first Look Up photo the previous winter.
Eye Level. In this case being at eye level with this American Red Squirrel meant lying in the yard with the lens an inch or two above the grass.
Eye Level. In this case I got to eye level with the Redwing by photographing it from a bedroom window.
Tina has challenged everyone to a Treasure Hunt for this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge.
It all got a little confusing for me due to various issues unconnected with this blog. In the end I copied and pasted the list of treasure hunt items to a memo as a reminder.
Just to make things even more complicated I also made myself some rules. A set of four photos with two horizontal compositions and two vertical compositions. Also as wide a variety of techniques and subject matter as possible.
A frozen marsh at sunset, Little Quill Lake, Saskatchewan. This covers the sunset and the cold items of the treasure hunt. I’m assuming -40 degrees is cold enough.
A yellow bicycle in the snow. This covers bicycle and cold on the list of treasure hunt items. Actually, it’s the shadow of a tree on the shed that makes the shot for me.
Sewing a camera strap. This is for sewing in the list of bonus items.
A Blue Tit silhouetted against the rising sun. This covers the sunrise and bird items of the treasure hunt.
This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Narrow.
On reading the prompt my first thought was of canal narrowboats but I had used canals and narrowboats in a couple of posts recently so I decided to go with a different take on the challenge.
I started thinking about some of the narrow streets in some of the remaining medieval portions on some towns and cities. Which got me thinking about the city of Chester with its narrow streets and the city walls that are a mixture of Roman and Medieval construction.
Eastgate Street looking towards Eastgate with the Eastgate Clock on top.
This is the walkway across Eastgate and under the Eastgate Clock.
Walk under the clock and along the wall you come to the Phoenix Tower, it stands on the northeast corner of the city walls.