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Cosmic Photo Challenge

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Colour My World

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: Colour My World.

After abandoning the first couple of ideas for the challenge I decided that I would go with a photo from each season. I then decided to try to use only shots close to home taken on my various walks with a camera over the past year.

Autumn leaves amongst the Ivy leaves at the end of November. Taken with a 50mm CCTV lens adapted to fit a small mirrorless camera.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Colour My World

 

A group of Coneflowers in the middle of August. Taken with a 12mm lens on a small mirrorless camera. I was testing it to be the wide angle lens in the lightweight kit of three manual focus primes I was putting together.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Colour My World

 

Colourful Lichen and Moss on a limestone boulder in early June. Taken with a small mirrorless camera and plastic kit lens it came with. I had only been discharged from the rehab unit for about a week and was still on crutches at that point.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Colour My World

 

A Maple leaf on snow in February. Taken before my accident with a DSLR and zoom lens.

Casting a shadow on the snow.

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Monochrome Monday

Monochrome Seed Head

Monochrome Monday travels back a couple of days to a recent walk around the neighborhood.

I think that this is the seed head of an ornamental grass growing wild on the side of the road.

Monochrome Monday: 1st December 2019

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Six Word Saturday

Autumn Leaves amongst the Ivy Leaves

My contribution to Six Word Saturday.

Six Word Saturday: Autumn Leaves amongst the Ivy Leaves

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Friendly Friday Photo Challenge

Friendly Friday: Future

This is my contribution to the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Future.

This challenge got me thinking about the changes I have made to the camera equipment I use recently. Having had a accident early in the spring that left me with restricted movement in the right shoulder and a weaker right arm I started looking at smaller and lighter equipment when I got out of rehab.

For a lot of my personal work over the past six months I have been using a small mirrorless camera body and three manual focus primes. I recently added a different mirrorless camera, also small and light. All my manual focus prime lenses will adapt to either camera.

My photo equipment future is smaller and lighter mirrorless cameras and manual focus prime lenses.

A giant yellow butterfly garden ornament. The background was almost monochromatic so a selective colour treatment was an obvious editing choice. Taken with a 50mm CCTV lens adapted to fit a Sony a6000 camera.

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Future

 

A late summer sunrise over Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment. Taken with an Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II and Samyang 12mm lens.

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Future

 

Ivy leaves and Lichen on a tree trunk. Taken with a Sony a6000 and 7artisans 55mm lens.

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Future

 

Some autumn Maple leaves. Taken with an Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II and 7artisans 55mm lens.

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Future

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Monochrome Monday

Monochrome Monday: Seed Pods.

Monochrome Monday is a conversion of a photo taken on one of my recent walks testing lenses adapted to a mirrorless camera.

This shot of old seed pods and new leaves was taken on my first outing with a 50mm f/1.4 CCTV lens. I photographed these seed pods last winter and used them in a Monochrome Monday post at the time. Back then I thought they were seed heads rather than pods. I’m now calling them pods because they appear to have split open to disperse seeds.

Old seed pods and new leaves.

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2019

A walk with a 50mm CCTV lens.

A morning walk with the camera, this time testing a 50mm f/1.4 CCTV lens adapted to fit a mirrorless camera.

So far this lens seems optically the best of the three CCTV lenses I am testing. But one of the main reasons for experimenting with these lenses is their strange optical behaviour around the edges of the frame and in the backgrounds of images so this lens is a bit of a disappointment so far. I wasn’t expecting a $41 CAD (including shipping and the adapter) lens to be this good.

A Periwinkle flower after some overnight rain with the lens wide open at f/1.4. The flower seems to be fairly sharp considering it’s close to the edge of the frame and the lens was wide open.

Blue flower photographed with a CCTV lens.

Old seed pods and new leaves. I had photographed these seed pods last winter and was surprised to find that they were still on the plant months later surrounded by new leaves. Again, the seed pod seems fairly sharp even though it’s away from the center of the frame.

Fresh growth and seed pods.

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Cosmic Photo Challenge

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Independent Lenses in Various States.

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: A State of Independence.

My first thought was a selection of juvenile birds that were independent of the adults when the photos were taken. That idea was quickly followed by the fact that this is the Canada Day long weekend so I considered a Canada Day post.

Then I thought about an ongoing project, testing a variety of lenses on a modern mirrorless camera. Most of the lenses I have tested so far are (or were) made by independent lens makers. Companies that make lenses to fit other makers cameras.

Some of the lenses are in a bit of a state through heavy use or being designed to be almost disposable. Which is why I titled the post “Independent Lenses in Various States” as a rewording of the challenge.

To the lenses.

A Periwinkle flower photographed with a 35mm f/1.7 CCTV lens adapted to fit an Olympus mirrorless camera. Shot with the lens wide open at f/1.7.

This was the first CCTV lens I purchased and I found it interesting enough to purchase a couple more. They’re also known as C-mount lenses having a screw mount for attaching to CCTV cameras with the appropriate mount.

Some of these CCTV lens are very cheap. I wonder if they’re designed to be almost disposable, used where or when a lens could get damaged somehow. The lens was $38 CAD including shipping, the adapter to fit it to the camera and two extension tubes to go between the lens and the camera to allow it to focus on closer subjects.

A Single Blue Flower.

Ivy growing up a tree trunk with a 25mm f/1.4 CCTV lens. This is one of the lenses I ordered after experimenting with the 35mm CCTV lens used for the Periwinkle flower above.

Stopping the lens down from maximum aperture causes severe vignetting so this was shot with the lens wide open at f/1.4. Wide open the lens still vignettes a bit and as the image circle produced by the lens barely covers the sensor there’s some interesting swirling around the edges of the photo.

I have already had to repair the focusing mechanism on the lens after it first jammed and then stopped focussing on distant subjects. That probably explains why the lens cost $36 CAD including shipping and the adapter to fit it to the camera.

Swirling around the edges.

Last years seed pods and new leaves with a 50mm f/1.4 CCTV lens. Shot wide open at f/1.4. This was the other CCTV lens I ordered after experimenting with the 35mm CCTV lens.

Surprisingly good performance for $41 CAD including shipping and the adapter to fit it to the camera. So I’m finding it a bit disappointing so far.

Fresh growth and seed pods.

A Bracken frond taken with a Vivitar 35mm f/1.9 lens I purchased used in the 1970s. Shot wide open at f/1.9. At the time Vivitar were a U.S. brand who designed lenses that were then manufactured by various Japanese lens makers.

The same design was built with a variety of camera mounts allowing the lens to fit a wide range of camera bodies.

I have given this lens a hard life over the years and it now feels like it could fall apart each time I use it.

Bracken frond with an adapted lens from the 1970s.

Dandelion clocks (seed heads) with a “silvernose” Olympus OM Zuiko 50mm f/1.8 lens I purchased in 1976. As with the other shots this was taken with the lens wide open, in this case f/1.8.

I don’t know if it can be classed as an independent lens. It wasn’t designed for the camera being used and requires an adapter but both the lens and camera were made by Olympus.

The silvernose refers to a polished aluminium ring on the front of the lens and signifies that it is one of the early Olympus OM Zuiko lenses. This is another lens that has had a hard life. It has been dropped a few times and was once bounced along the gutter of Charing Cross Road while attached to my Olympus OM1 when it slipped from my shoulder as I ran for the last tube train of the night. A few years later it was being dried out in an oven after being submerged in Georgian Bay.

Dandelion seed heads.