A Photo a Week Challenge: Ice, Ice Baby

The new A Photo a Week Challenge is Ice, Ice Baby, a prompt that I have rather a lot of options for.

I decided to go with two photos, the earliest photo of ice in my archives and the most recent.

Ice on the water in a wheel rut in a field gateway. Taken in the mid 1970s the lines in the ice caught my eye and made me think of contour lines on a map. Photographed a few hundred yards from my childhood home. I suspect that it was taken with the first serious camera I brought, a Russian made Zenit E.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Ice, Ice Baby


An ice sculpture formed by waves splashing on the branches of a bush on the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline. Taken a few weeks ago when I was down at the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline for the sunrise. Taken with my most recent camera, the small and light Sony a6000 with one of my DSLR lenses adapted to fit it.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Ice, Ice Baby

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Mist

This is my contribution to the Tuesday Photo Challenge – Mist.

I decided to go with two photos taken approximately 40 years apart.

This shot was taken some time in the 1970s. I’m not sure exactly when, the location is Hatherton, near Nantwich, Cheshire, England. It’s close to where I grew up and would have been taken before I moved to London in 1980.

Autumn colour in mist.


A shot of Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment at sunrise from this summer.

Silent Sunday: 28th July 2019


Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Precious Pets.

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

First I must admit that I was considering not taking part in this particular challenge. It’s about 18 months since we lost Piglet, our dog and despite a couple of attempts to write a post about him I hadn’t until now.

This is Piglet, so named because his tail curled like a piglet when he was a puppy. He was a Collie/Beagle cross, not a particularly good mix. With the long hair of a Collie and the short legs of a Beagle he could be a mobile brush/mop/duster depending on the time of year and weather conditions.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Precious Pets.


This is Sally, a Welsh Collie I had as a child in Cheshire, England in the 1970s and the first Collie in my life. A Welsh Collie is a mix of Welsh Sheepdog and Border Collie. In some respects very similar to Piglet. They both hated getting wet and would detour around puddles to avoid getting their feet wet. This photo dates back to the mid 1970s. I suspect that it was taken with the Zenit E I used before getting an Olympus OM1 in mid 1976. The slide is in a terrible condition, faded, dirty and with a nasty colour cast. It took me some time to edit the slide copy to get this photo.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Precious Pets.


A Photo a Week Challenge: Grandparents

This is my contribution to the A Photo a Week Challenge: Grandparents.

I talked about my maternal grandfather a little in a previous post. He was a lenghtsman, responsible for maintaining a length of road for the local council.

This is Freddy, my maternal grandfather photographed in the 1970s. Everyone called him Freddy, I can’t remember his given name but don’t think it was Frederick. He was one of nine brothers and sisters, none of whom went by their given names if I recall correctly.

He had retired when this photo was taken but was out with his brush sweeping the snow and ice from the path. The tobacco pipe was a regular feature and the hearing aid was from an accident when training with the Home Guard during the Second World War.

My maternal grandfather.

View From the Side

The new Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge is View From the Side.

I had a few ideas for the challenge including some of the motorsports I have photographed. Then I remembered this shot from the late 1970s. Originally shot in monochrome as I was shooting scrambling (now called Moto X) for the local newspaper.

View From the Side.

Autumn leaves in the mist.

Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire, England sometime in the 1970s. This shot sat in my slide files overlooked until I started copying some of the slides a couple of winters ago. Since making a digital copy the shot has grown on me.

Probably taken when I was a photography student in the late 1970s. I recognise the location as close to my parents house at the time. If I was taken when I was studying photography it would have been taken with an Olympus OM1, which I still have. If it was taken before I was at art school it could have been taken with a Zenit E, my first serious camera.

Autumn colour in mist.

Scrambling or Moto X?

It’s Throwback Thursday and as the photo was taken in the late 1970s is was called Scrambling, not Moto X in those days.

It’s also a throwback in other ways. Note the protective gear the rider is wearing, boots, gloves, helmet, goggles and face guard. Compare that to all the body armour worn by Moto X competitors these days.

Another throwback is the camera technology. Film of course but in those days manual focus and manual exposure. A rare colour image as I shot mostly black and white for the local newspaper.

Moto X