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Water Water Everywhere

WWE #30: Golden Reflections

This is my contribution to Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #30 Photo Challenge.

These are two summer plumage Horned Grebe on a farm pool in Saskatchewan, Canada. The golden reflections on the water aren’t from a sunset, the photo was taken in the afternoon.

Behind the pool is a weathered wooden corral fence and a large stack of weathered straw bales. Because I was lying in the mud at the edge of the water getting down to eye level with the birds the fence and bales are being reflected in the water.

I should also explain that the Horned Grebe of North America is a subspecies of the bird known as the Slavonian Grebe in the U.K.

 

Water Water Everywhere #30: Golden Reflections

 

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Old and New

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Old and New.

I thought it was an interesting prompt and had several ideas for a post. I had my first choice partly planned out in my head and then forgot about the plan and took the wrong lens when I went for a walk with the camera on Sunday morning.

Then on Sunday evening I set up a camera in the yard hoping for some colourful clouds at sunset. There wasn’t much colour at sunset but as I had the camera set up I started using the auto composite setting to record the clouds moving across the sky.

That’s when I started thinking about some of the old techniques for showing movement in a photograph. That led to me thinking about photographic techniques and how some are the same and how some have changed dramatically.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Old and New

The late 1980s in Cheshire, England. A male Common Blackbird checking on the photographer lying in the grass.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Old and New

30 years later I’m still lying in the grass and birds are still checking me out. A male Red-breasted Nuthatch on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Old and New

The early 1980s and I’m on a roof in North London at dusk turning the lights of the city into streaks by zooming the lens during exposure.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Old and New

Nearly 40 years later and the digital camera I am using has an auto composite setting. This photo was a base exposure of 1 second and a further 120 x 1 second exposures to show the movement of the clouds at dusk.

Edit: On Googling auto composite I discovered that Olympus call it live composite. Probably because you can watch the image building as the exposures continue.

 

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Cee's B & W Photo Challenge

Monochrome Birds

This is my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: It’s All About Nature.

I started thinking about some of the black and/or white species I have photographed over the years. Then, because I’ve been on a bit of a selective colour kick recently I considered monochrome species that have a splash of colour.

So here’s two different species in the spring, one in the U.K. and one in Canada.

 

Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: It's All About Nature

Portrait of a male Common Blackbird photographed in Faddiley, Cheshire, England. I was photographing a plant in a ditch when I noticed the bird checking out what I was doing.

 

Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: It's All About Nature

A male Rose-breasted Grosbeak on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada in the spring.

 

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Weekly Prompts

Weekend Challenge: Story

This is my contribution to the Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge: Story.

I thought of the story of a pair of Eurasian Blue Tits nesting in a nestbox in Cheshire. In 1987 I documented the complete nesting cycle of a pair of Eurasian Blue Tits using a specially constructed nestbox built into a garden shed in a Hatherton garden.

Having digitised all the nestbox slides last winter I had lots of photos to pick from so I decided to limit myself to four photos illustrating key points of the nesting cycle.

 

Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge: Story

One of the adults lining the nest with a feather prior to the start of egg laying.

 

One Word Sunday: Company

The male feeding the female during incubation.

 

Weekly Prompts: Story

An adult feeding one of the young.

 

Weekly Prompts: Story

Close to leaving, one of the young at the entrance hole exercising its wings.

 

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Pastimes

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

Once again I am cheating a little with my response to the prompt. Over Christmas I started the fairy major project of digitising my colour slide and black and white negative archives.

When Ontario went into lockdown it gave me lots of time to continue the project. I currently have 8,000 slides digitised plus dozens of key black and white negatives.

This has allowed me to rediscover some personal favourites and discover some overlooked photos that have become favourites.

 

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Sea Creatures

A section of the winter gull roost on Hurleston Reservoir near Nantwich in southern Cheshire in the 1990s. An overlooked photo that has since become a favourite.

 

Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: Decayed or Rusty

An abandoned crofters cottage on the Isle of Skye, Scotland with the mist shrouded Cuillin mountains across the bay behind. A favourite that I didn’t have a good digital copy of until a couple of weeks ago.

 

One Word Sunday: Ice

A frozen and partially snow covered slough at sunrise with weak sun pillar. I discovered a set of sunrise photos from Punnichy, Saskatchewan with a weak sun pillar in the sky.

 

Monochrome Monday: 4th May 2020

Hoarfrost on Privet leaves in a Hatherton, Cheshire garden. The vertical version of this photo has long been a favourite but I didn’t remember taking a horizontal version until I started digitising some of my black and white negatives.

 

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Water Water Everywhere

WWE #27: Shower Time

This is my contribution to Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #27 Photo Challenge.

Two North American race Herring Gulls taking a shower while stood on a rock on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario. I’m calling them American race Herring Gulls because different authorities class them either as a subspecies of the European Herring Gull or as a separate species.

Water Water Everywhere #27

 

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A Photo a Week Challenge

A Photo a Week Challenge: Fleeting

I had a few ideas for the A Photo a Week Challenge: Fleeting but none of them really worked for me until I started thinking about some of the “grab shots” I remember taking over the years.

I remembered sitting in a garden shed I was using as a hide (blind) waiting for the resident European Robin to land on the telephoto lens I had set up. While waiting for the bird I noticed a pair of House Sparrows mating in the hedge. I swung the lens around and managed to get three photos before it was all over.

 

Cosmic Photo Challenge: The Birds and the Bees

House Sparrows mating in a garden hedge.

 

Some time later one of the shots of the mating House Sparrows was published in BBC Wildlife magazine. None of the photos of the European Robin on the lens have been published but I have been using a version as my avatar for years.

 

A Photo a Week Challenge: Fleeting

The European Robin on a telephoto lens in a Cheshire garden.