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.

Fog on the Niagara Escarpment.

Monochrome Monday is going back a week when I went down to Colpoy’s Bay for the sunrise. There was layers of fog on the Niagara Escarpment across the bay which caught my eye.

It was monochromatic when I took the photo so it was planned as as a possible post for Monochrome Monday. Another shot from when I was in a retro mood and was using a selection of manual focus primes.

Layers of fog.

Low cloud and fog.

Saturday morning saw me down at Colpoy’s Bay for the sunrise. Before the sun came up low cloud covered the bay and what colour had been in the sky was gone.

As the sky was now grey and with fog on the Niagara Escarpment across the bay I started shooting images for Monochrome Monday.

Low cloud over Colpoy’s Bay and fog on the Niagara Escarpment.

Fog and low cloud.

Raindrop in the rain.

Monochrome Monday goes all the way back to yesterday. I had set up a camera in the yard to photograph the birds and it started raining soon after I set up. The bird’s weren’t cooperating so I started shooting raindrops.

I spotted the lone raindrop on the end of a branch with rain falling around it and took a variety of shots with the plan of a monochrome conversion.

A solitary raindrop.