Hart’s Tongue Fern with hoarfrost.

Monochrome Monday could have been a Throwback Thursday as it’s a shot from way back in my archives. Taken in Cheshire, England in the early 1980s when I used to keep a camera loaded with black and white film in my bag.

The upper leaf of this Hart’s Tongue Fern is lying upside down. It’s showing the sori that produce the spores used for reproduction.

It’s known as Hart’s Tongue Fern because the shape of the leaves resembles the tongue of a Hart, a male Red Deer.

Hart's Tongue Fern with hoarfrost.

Bare branches.

Monochrome Monday travels back a day to a walk on Sunday morning. With a weekend of thick cloud and poor light I decided to shoot with the intention of converting certain shots to monochrome.

I had a telephoto lens on the camera when I set out. At the turn around point of the walk I swapped the telephoto for my fisheye lens. I kept checking overhead looking for some interesting patterns in the bare branches. I centred myself in this group of trees and because the camera is looking straight up there’s not a lot of fisheye distortion.

Autumn trees and branches.

Clouds and ripples in monochrome.

Monochrome Monday is going back to the weekend. I headed down to Colpoy’s Bay for the sunrise on Sunday morning. With heavy cloud covering the area I decided to shoot with the intention of converting the shots to monochrome.

This is a view of the bay and the Niagara Escarpment 17 minutes before sunrise. In the foreground is a row of old wood piles sticking out of the water.

Colpoy's Bay and the Niagara Escarpment.

Sunrise in monochrome.

Monochrome Monday is going back a week when I went down to Colpoy’s Bay for the sunrise. With some interesting clouds and not a lot of colour in the sky I took some shots with the intention of converting them to monochrome.

I kept the foreground dark as that was how I remembered it. The only bright part of the scene was a band over the Niagara Escarpment.

Colpoy's Bay in monochrome.

 

Thick cloud at dawn.

Monochrome Monday is going back a day. I went down to Colpoy’s Bay for the sunrise yesterday but there was thick cloud covering the area.

I was in a retro mood and had packed my smallest camera bag with with four manual focus prime lenses. As I was shooting the way I did in the 1970s and early 1980s I decided to shoot as if I was using black and white film with the intention of converting the digital files to monochrome.

Originally I was considering this as the pick for week 52. It’s a 50 second exposure taken about 25 minutes before sunrise using a 4 stop neutral density filter. The long exposure means that the water is mostly smoothed out and there’s some movement in the clouds.

The lens used for this shot was a Vivitar 35mm f/1.9 I picked up as a photography student in the late 1970s. The lens was used when I got it so it’s over 40 years old. I’m beginning to question why the Vivitar is in my retro set. If I’m using it on a tripod it’s invariably stopped down so the fast aperture is irrelevant. Also, the focusing is now so worn I get worried about the lens falling apart when I mount a filter holder and start sliding filters into the holder.

Thick cloud at sunrise.