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Now and Then

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Now and Then prompt.

It took me a while to come up with an idea for a post in response to the prompt and it doesn’t really show a difference between now and pre Covid-19 days.

I thought about some of the photos taken on my walks around the neighborhood since Ontario went into lockdown in the spring. Particularly the photos of plants and flowers taken with various unusual lenses.

That’s when I realised that I have been using unusual lenses or techniques for an awfully long time.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Negative Space

Portrait of a Coneflower growing on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario. Taken with a fast portrait lens a few months ago and a favourite from the summer.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: One Single Flower

Portrait of a Prairie Lily taken in Saskatchewan, Canada in the late 1990s. I used a long telephoto lens to isolate the flower from the rest of the vegetation growing in the ditch.

Weekly Prompts: Aesthetically Appealing

Portrait of a Fuchsia flower using high speed film and a soft focus filter. Taken in the mid 1980s when I was trying to get calender and greeting card publishers interested in these types of images.

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Found in the Neighborhood

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Found in the Neighborhood prompt.

I decided to keep it simple and go with a selection of photos taken on my walks around the neighborhood starting shortly after Ontario had gone into lockdown in the spring.

I then decided to select one photo from the spring, one from the summer and one from autumn.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: From an Unusual Angle

Paper Birch trees against a blue sky. Taken in the spring after a lot of the world had gone into lockdown. I noticed that the sky seemed bluer, possibly due to the lack of aircraft flying at the time.

A Fern frond with the 7artisans 55mm lens.

I spent part of the summer experimenting with photographing flowers and plants with various unusual lenses when out for my walks around the neighborhood. This fern frond was taken using a fast portrait lens.

2020: Red Maple Leaf

A small, red Maple leaf amongst Ivy leaves taken on one of my walks around the neighborhood this autumn.

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The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow prompt.

I had a few ideas for the challenge before considering the word tomorrow in the prompt. I decided to head down to the dock at Colpoy’s Bay for the sunrise the day after the prompt was posted and see what I came up with.

Lens-Artists: The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow

The dock in the village of Colpoy’s Bay shortly before the sun came out.

Lens-Artists: The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow

A Common Loon amongst ripples on Colpoy’s Bay shortly after the sun came out.

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Focus on the Subject

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Focus on the Subject prompt.

The prompt started me thinking about some of the times I haven’t focused on what would normally be the subject of focus.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Focus on the Subject

I focused on the Closed to Fishing sign rather than the Great Blue Heron that’s finding the sign so amusing.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Focus on the Subject

This Raccoon wandered into the yard one Saturday afternoon when I was sitting on the deck with a camera. The camera had a fast portrait lens on it, not normally a lens used for wildlife. After taking some conventional portraits of the Raccoon I focused on the front paw trying to make it look wild and ready to attack.

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: The Long and Winding Road

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: The Long and Winding Road.

I decided to go with a small selection of favourite photos featuring roads, even is some aren’t very long or very winding.

 

Throwback Thursday: 30th January 2020

A back road in southern Cheshire, England in the winter.

 

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Vanishing Point or Leading Lines

A winding road in Badenoch, Scotland in the autumn.

 

A Photo a Week Challenge: Light the Night

Berford Street, Wiarton, Ontario, Canada at twilight with Christmas lights.

 

Monochrome Monday: 16th March 2020

Motorcycles in fog on their way to the Dragon Motorcycle Rally in Snowdonia, Wales.

 

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Old and New

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Old and New.

I thought it was an interesting prompt and had several ideas for a post. I had my first choice partly planned out in my head and then forgot about the plan and took the wrong lens when I went for a walk with the camera on Sunday morning.

Then on Sunday evening I set up a camera in the yard hoping for some colourful clouds at sunset. There wasn’t much colour at sunset but as I had the camera set up I started using the auto composite setting to record the clouds moving across the sky.

That’s when I started thinking about some of the old techniques for showing movement in a photograph. That led to me thinking about photographic techniques and how some are the same and how some have changed dramatically.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Old and New

The late 1980s in Cheshire, England. A male Common Blackbird checking on the photographer lying in the grass.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Old and New

30 years later I’m still lying in the grass and birds are still checking me out. A male Red-breasted Nuthatch on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Old and New

The early 1980s and I’m on a roof in North London at dusk turning the lights of the city into streaks by zooming the lens during exposure.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Old and New

Nearly 40 years later and the digital camera I am using has an auto composite setting. This photo was a base exposure of 1 second and a further 120 x 1 second exposures to show the movement of the clouds at dusk.

Edit: On Googling auto composite I discovered that Olympus call it live composite. Probably because you can watch the image building as the exposures continue.

 

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Pastimes

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

Once again I am cheating a little with my response to the prompt. Over Christmas I started the fairy major project of digitising my colour slide and black and white negative archives.

When Ontario went into lockdown it gave me lots of time to continue the project. I currently have 8,000 slides digitised plus dozens of key black and white negatives.

This has allowed me to rediscover some personal favourites and discover some overlooked photos that have become favourites.

 

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Sea Creatures

A section of the winter gull roost on Hurleston Reservoir near Nantwich in southern Cheshire in the 1990s. An overlooked photo that has since become a favourite.

 

Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: Decayed or Rusty

An abandoned crofters cottage on the Isle of Skye, Scotland with the mist shrouded Cuillin mountains across the bay behind. A favourite that I didn’t have a good digital copy of until a couple of weeks ago.

 

One Word Sunday: Ice

A frozen and partially snow covered slough at sunrise with weak sun pillar. I discovered a set of sunrise photos from Punnichy, Saskatchewan with a weak sun pillar in the sky.

 

Monochrome Monday: 4th May 2020

Hoarfrost on Privet leaves in a Hatherton, Cheshire garden. The vertical version of this photo has long been a favourite but I didn’t remember taking a horizontal version until I started digitising some of my black and white negatives.