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On the Hunt for Joy: Mix Play with Everyday

This is my contribution to Cee’s On the Hunt for Joy Challenge: Mix Play with Everyday and goes back to last Sunday evening.

With my sunrise and sunset locations still closed for health reasons due to Covid-19 I decided to set up in the yard hoping for some colourful clouds at sunset.

The clouds were a bit of a disappointment but as the camera was set up on a tripod I decided to wait for it to get darker so I could play with the live composite setting on the Olympus camera I was using.

Live composite is a modified form of multiple exposure mode which allows you to take a sequence of exposures to build up an image. It combines any moving bright areas from each exposure to create the image. It allows you to photograph, amongst other things, star trails or in my case the clouds moving across the sky.

 

On the Hunt for Joy Challenge: Mix Play with Everyday

Clouds at sunset through a gap in the trees on the South Bruce Peninsula.

 

On the Hunt for Joy Challenge: Mix Play with Everyday

A live composite image. This was a 1 second exposure for the ambient light followed by a further 120 x 1 second exposures recording the highlights (clouds) as they moved.

 

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On the Hunt for Joy: Knoll Your Desk

This is my contribution to Cee’s On the Hunt for Joy Challenge: Knoll Your Desk.

I was sitting at the kitchen table I use for a computer desk editing photos when I was thinking about the prompt. I noticed a couple of things on the table that were a possibility for the challenge.

I used a fast lens for shallow depth of field and then did some heavy editing using Snapseed on this tablet.

Knoll Your Desk

The small Samsung SSD on the left is my primary backup drive for all my photos. The two USB cables next to it are for two more external hard drives used to backup all my photos. Those two drives are rotated with one being kept off site. 

My pen and pencil holder is an old plastic drinking glass, it holds everything but pens and pencils. The closest items to pens and pencils are two red Sharpes. The hex driver is for my camera and lens mounts, the old toothbrush is for cleaning in nooks and crannies and there’s also two small flashlights in it.

I must add that I have been using the new Block Editor for a couple of days but I have become so frustrated with it I went back to the classic editor to finish this post.

 

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On the Hunt for Joy: Plant Sunflowers

This is my contribution to Cee’s On the Hunt for Joy Challenge: Plant Sunflowers.

A few years ago we planted some Sunflower seeds and had some growing naturally in the yard from the wild bird seed.

On the Hunt for Joy Challenge: Plant Sunflowers

 

On the Hunt for Joy Challenge: Plant Sunflowers

 

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On the Hunt for Joy: Make Your Own Rainbow

This is my contribution to Cee’s On the Hunt for Joy Challenge: Make Your Own Rainbow.

I had a couple of ideas for the challenge, neither of which worked out.

Then I remembered photographing a section of sidewalk some bored child had coloured in with chalk. I had photographed it last summer where the local town held a weekly farmers market. I assumed that the bored child of one of the stallholders had coloured the sidewalk in.

So I decided to do some heavy editing using Photoshop and then Snapseed to get a couple of different versions of the coloured sidewalk.

 

On the Hunt for Joy Challenge: Make Your Own Rainbow

 

On the Hunt for Joy Challenge: Make Your Own Rainbow

 

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On the Hunt for Joy: Change Your Lightbulbs

This is my contribution to Cee’s On the Hunt for Joy Challenge: Week 15 – Change Your Lightbulbs.

I seem to have photographed a variety of electronic light sources over the past few months so here’s a small selection.

 

January Squares: Town Lights

A variety of lightbulbs illuminating Berford Street, Wiarton on the South Bruce Peninsula shortly before Christmas.

 

On the Hunt for Joy: Change Your Lightbulbs

A desk lamp bulb and reflector with Photoshop filters applied to the photo.

 

January Squares: Flashlight

A small flashlight clipped to the shoulder strap of a camera bag.

 

On the Hunt for Joy: Change Your Lightbulbs

A ceiling light and fan.

 

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On the Hunt for Joy: Switch It Up

This is my contribution to Cee’s On the Hunt for Joy Challenge: Week 14 – Switch It Up.

The first thing that came to mind when I read the prompt was camera bags. Or rather the interiors of various camera bags as I have changed the way they are divided up. As a result one of the bags is a Frankenstein’s monster of a camera bag nicknamed Domkenstein.

 

On the Hunt for Joy Challenge: Switch It Up

My Tenba P595 in the snow in Hatherton, Cheshire, England in 1982. The dividers in the bag will reappear later.

 

On the Hunt for Joy Challenge: Switch It Up

35 years later my Domke F-6 sitting in the autumn leaves on the South Bruce Peninsula. The bag has a Ciesta padded insert divided up with the Ciesta dividers.

 

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A month or so later and my F-6 still has the Ciesta padded insert inside but it’s now divided up with the dividers from my Tenba P595. There’s also a third party memory foam shoulder pad and as a result the bag is now known as Domkenstein.

 

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On the Hunt for Joy: Create abundance out of ordinary things.

This is my contribution to Cee’s On the Hunt for Joy Challenge: Week 12 – Create abundance out of ordinary things.

 

Create abundance out of ordinary things

An abundance of hex head screws. The thread on these screws is a common one found in various items around the home. The thread is almost identical to the thread found on the bottom of many cameras for attaching them to a tripod. All these screws are stainless steel, I use them on various camera mounts and brackets. The blue tint in the photo comes from them being in a translucent blue plastic container. The gold comes from me using a gold reflector to bounce some of the light back into the container.

 

Create abundance out of ordinary things

An abundance of hex keys and a couple of drivers. Pretty much every time I buy a camera or lens quick release plate it comes with at least one hex key, sometimes two if the plate has removable safety stops. As a result I have quite a collection of hex keys, these are just the ones kept in the container with the screws in. I very rarely use any of them preferring either of the two drivers in the photo.