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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.

 

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Cropping the Shot

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Cropping the Shot although I must admit that I ignored the instructions in the prompt and went my own way.

That’s because I very rarely crop. I was taught in art school to get it right in camera and it’s still something I practice today. Having spent decades shooting colour transparency film for clients and editors there was no option to crop, what ever was in the shot stayed in the shot.

However, modern digital equipment does have one huge advantage for me. Zoom lenses are finally good enough to use. I never found a zoom good enough to use alongside my prime lenses in the film era which resulted in me carrying between six and eight primes.

Using zoom lenses allows me to crop precisely in camera and shoot multiple versions of a scene. So here’s some in camera crops of Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment at sunrise one morning.

I will start off with a wide view before cropping sections of the view using my zoom lenses.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Cropping the Shot

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Cropping the Shot

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Cropping the Shot

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Cropping the Shot

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Cropping the Shot

 

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: All Wet

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

My first thought on reading the prompt was birds bathing. I have quite a variety in my archives but I decided that was to easy. So here’s a mix of wet things.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: All Wet

A young male Rose-breasted Grosbeak in the rain on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: All Wet

A swimming Muskrat near Punnichy, Saskatchewan.

 

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Action

An immature House Sparrow bathing in a bird bath in Hatherton, Cheshire.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: All Wet

Dew on grass photographed from a portable canvas hide (blind) while photographing European Rabbits at Brown Moss, Shropshire.

 

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Letter K

An immature Red Knot bathing on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: All Wet

Dew on a Rose leaf in a Hatherton, Cheshire garden.

 

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: At Home

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

As I had been in hospital for two days when the challenge was posted I decided to go with a small selection of photos from my walks around the neighborhood in the past few months.

 

Wordless Wednesday: 12th February 2020

Ivy leaves and snow on a tree trunk.

 

Six Word Saturday: A Solitary Brown Leaf in Winter

A solitary autumn leaf.

 

Six Word Saturday: A Pine Cone in the Snow

A Pine cone in the snow.

 

April Squares: Tree Tops

Paper Birch trees against a blue sky.

 

Monochrome Monday: 24th February 2020

Old tracks one way, fresh tracks the other way.

 

Wordless Wednesday: 15th April 2020

Detail of a Pine cone picked up on a walk.

 

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Morning

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

I am a morning person and often have the alarm set to allow me to get to a location half an hour before sunrise. So here’s a small selection of photos taken around sunrise but not necessarily what I would call a photo of a sunrise.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Morning

Waves and rocks on the Lake Huron shoreline soon after sunrise.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Morning

A female Eurasian Blue Tit egg laying early in the morning.

 

One Word Sunday: Knot

A juvenile Red Knot on the Lake Huron shoreline at sunrise.

 

Friendly Friday: Art Unexpected

Waves and ripples on Lake Huron at sunrise.

 

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Trees

Snow and hoarfrost covered farmland at sunrise.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Treasure Hunt

A Eurasian Blue Tit silhouetted against the rising sun.