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The Ordinary Maple Leaf

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: The Ordinary prompt.

I hadn’t given the prompt much thought when I went for a walk around the neighborhood last Sunday afternoon. I set out with a wide angle lens on the camera and a short telephoto in a pocket. I probably hadn’t walked 100 yards before deciding I had picked the wrong lens and swapped to the telephoto.

I should add that it’s very rare for me to take a second lens on one of my walks but I’m glad I did last Sunday. All the photos in this post are from that walk with the short telephoto on the camera.

Lens-Artists: The Ordinary

Looking up at backlit Maple leaves.

Lens-Artists: The Ordinary

A group of three.

Lens-Artists: The Ordinary

Hundreds of Maple leaves.

Lens-Artists: The Ordinary

Still a touch of green.

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Colours of Autumn

This is my contribution to Amy’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Colours of Autumn prompt.

A small selection of photos all taken on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario last Sunday.

Lens-Artists: Colours of Autumn

Patches of autumn colour on Maple trees with ICM.

Lens-Artists: Colours of Autumn

A fallen Maple leaf caught on an evergreen branch.

Lens-Artists: Colours of Autumn

Autumn colours on a Maple sapling.

Lens-Artists: Colours of Autumn

Autumn colour developing on scrubland shortly after sunrise.

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Going Wide

This is my contribution to Patti’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Going Wide prompt.

A great theme for me as I have been testing two wide angle lenses this summer, a 17mm lens and a 7.5mm fisheye lens. Both by TTArtisan and recent additions to my back to basics kit.

It’s also an ideal prompt for me to use recent photos as I’ve been trying to avoid my archives as much as possible recently.

A variety of clouds over Colpoy’s Bay on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario over the past few weeks.

Lens-Artists: Going Wide
Lens-Artists: Going Wide
Lens-Artists: Going Wide
Lens-Artists: Going Wide
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Looking Up/Down

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Looking Up/Down prompt.

I decided to go with a small selection of photos from the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario taken this year as I’ve been trying to avoid my archives as much as possible recently.

Lens-Artists: Looking Up/Down

Looking Up at storm clouds streaking up Colpoy’s at sunrise.

2021: Minimalism at Sunrise

Looking Down at old wooden piles sticking out of Colpoy’s Bay at sunrise.

2021: Spring Leaves on the Trees

Looking Up at spring tree tops with rotational camera movement during exposure.

Monochrome Monday: 12th July 2021

Looking Down on variegated Hosta leaves in monochrome.

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Walks On the South Bruce Peninsula

This week Amy has given us the theme Keep Walking for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge.

I thought the theme was ideal for a look back at some of the photos from my walks around parts of the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario this year.

2021: Orange Daylilies

Two Orange Daylilies in front of a large limestone boulder. I used a fast portrait lens to isolate the flowers and the limestone boulder to provide some negative space.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: In the Trees

I parked the car and walked along a back road when I saw the rising sun shining through mist over scrubland.

Lens-Artists: You Pick It!

One of my experiments with intentional camera movement on a walk around the neighborhood last spring.

2021: Displaying at Sunrise

A male Red-winged Blackbird displaying shortly after sunrise. Another walk along a back road on my way home from the sunrise at the local bay.

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“It’s All About The Light”

This week Tina gives us the theme It’s All About The Light for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge. It’s a phrase that I have used when commenting on photos many times.

A small selection of photos taken on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario over the past months or so.

Lens-Artists: Back Country Roads

The rising sun shining through mist and smoke shortly after sunrise. The smoke is from wildfires burning in western Canada.

CMMC: Coneflower in the shade

A Coneflower (Echinacea) in the shade with dappled sunlight on the background.

Lens-Artists: One Subject, Three Ways

The golden light of sunrise reflected in ripples on Colpoy’s Bay at sunrise.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Out In the Countryside

Backlit Maple leaves photographed on a recent walk around the neighborhood.

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My Inspirations

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Your Inspiration theme set by Patti.

I had a few ideas for the challenge before thinking of the back to basics inspiration I have been working with for some time.

A few of years ago I got tired of the auto everything aspect of modern camera equipment. I was inspired to put together a small kit of manual focus prime lenses. That kit allowed me to shoot digital the way I shot film as a photography student all those years ago.

Then, a little over two years ago I had an accident which left me with a damaged right humorous and limited movement in the right shoulder.

As a result I needed a smaller and lighter kit. That resulted in me getting a small mirrorless camera and three small manual focus prime lenses. That kit fits in a small Domke F-10 JD camera bag. By far the smallest camera bag I have used over the past 40 years.

That was my go to kit for a year and a half while I had physiotherapy and built up the strength and range of motion in my right arm and shoulder.

In the past six months I have added a couple more lenses to the kit. As a result my back to basics kit now requires a medium sized Domke F-6 camera bag. That bag is slightly smaller than the Tenba P595 Pro Pak I was using 40 years ago.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Negative Space

Portrait of a Coneflower also known as Echinacea. Part of an ongoing project photographing flowers and plants with various unusual lenses. In this case the Kamlan 50mm f/1.1, a fast portrait lens.

2021:Pastel colours in the clouds

Clouds moving across Colpoy’s Bay at sunrise. Two inspirations here. A three minute live composite exposure, a technique I started experimenting with a year or so ago. I used the new TTArtisan 7.5mm fisheye lens, the latest addition to my back to basics kit.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: In the Trees

Intentional camera movement of trees on the South Bruce Peninsula in early summer. A continuation of my experiments with intentional camera movement. Taken with the TTArtisan 17mm lens, a recent addition to my back to basics kit.

Travel Tuesday: Colpoy's Bay at night

Star trails and shooting stars over Colpoy’s Bay, White Cloud Island and the Niagara Escarpment on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario. An early experiment with the live composite feature of an Olympus camera. Taken with the Samyang 12mm lens, one of the original three lenses in my lightweight mirrorless kit.