Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Shadows.

This is my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Shadows.

I decided to go with two images of shadows being cast by trees that are also very different.

Trees and their shadows, Bickerton Hill, Cheshire, England. A film shot from about 25 years ago. Taken with a long telephoto to isolate the trees and shadows as much as possible.

Monochrome trees and shadows.

 

A barcode on the snow. A low winter sun casting long shadows of tree trunks onto snow on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada taken about 18 months ago. This was almost a monochrome image and hardly changed when doing the monochrome conversion.

Tree trunk shadows on snow.

Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Bathrooms/Outhouses.

This is my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Bathrooms/Outhouses.

As is sometimes the case, I took a sideways look at the challenge and thought about bathrooms and outhouses in the natural world.

To a bird, any water is a bathroom, here a male House Sparrow is bathing in a garden pond in Nantwich, Cheshire, England. Bathing is an important part of feather maintenance.

Monochrome House Sparrow bathing.

An adult Great Tit removing a fecal sac from a youngster in Hatherton, Cheshire, England. The young produce fecal sacs to allow the adults to remove the droppings and keep the nest clean.

Great Tit removing fecal sac.

Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Lines and Angles.

This is my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Lines and Angles.

Continuing my testing of various lenses adapted to a mirrorless camera I went for a walk with a 25mm f/1.4 CCTV lens attached to the camera last Thursday and spotted this tree bark with all sorts of lines and angles.

The lens only just covers the camera sensor at maximum aperture. Stopping the lens down causes it to vignette badly so I kept it at maximum aperture for the walk. Because the lens only just covers the sensor the edges of the photo are swirled and blurred with some vignetting in the corners.

Lines and Angles in Tree Bark.

Some different tree bark photographed on a walk last winter using a normal camera lens.

Monochrome tree bark.

Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Lawn Ornaments.

I thought that I would take a light hearted approach to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Lawn Ornaments.

First, a common lawn ornament around here recently. After a long winter followed by a wet spring the Dandelions seem very late this year. Taken recently on one of my tests of a 35mm CCTV lens adapted to fit a mirrorless camera.

Dandelion seed head.

Now the most commonly seen lawn ornament in our yard last summer. I spent quite a lot of time lying behind this Olympus lawn ornament photographing birds and mammals.

Getting down to eye level.

Finally, a Clover flower in the lawn photographed with the Olympus lawn ornament last summer. Taken when the birds and mammals wouldn’t cooperate.

Clover flower in monochrome.

Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Open Topic.

This is my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Open Topic.

The open topic was rather well timed for me. I’m now getting out and about with a camera for the first time since my accident in late March but I’m having to use a cane (walking stick) and I have very restricted movement in the right shoulder.

This means using a small, light camera and lens. You can’t get much smaller and lighter than a CCTV lens adapted to to fit a small mirrorless camera. I went for a walk last Wednesday afternoon with a tiny 35mm f/1.7 CCTV lens attached to the camera. It was the first time I had used the lens and I was impressed enough to order a couple more CCTV lenses of different focal lengths and apertures. The lens produces some interesting out of focus areas in the backgrounds of some shots.

This Dandelion seed head was the second shot I took with the lens. I added some more blur to the background before adding a weak vignette, a frame and then did a monochrome conversion applying a digital blue filter to darken the background.

Dandelion seed head in monochrome.

 

A Dandelion growing on a boulder.

My contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Flower of Any Kind.

With Thursday afternoon warm and sunny I went for a short walk looking for an image for this challenge. With being on crutches and having limited mobility in the right shoulder I’m having trouble framing and composing as accurately as I would like.

I spotted this solitary Dandelion growing in a small patch of dirt trapped in a boulder. It was a mostly monochrome image apart from the Dandelion so I did a selective colour treatment to remove a little more of the colour.

Selective colour of a Dandelion.

Abandoned House.

My contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Any Kind of House.

An abandoned crofters cottage at Elgol on the Isle of Skye, Scotland. I was one of four photography students who spent a week on the Isle of Skye at Easter rather than revising for exams.

This shot was taken on the only morning we had rain. Shortly before taking this shot I had been standing in a stream with the art schools newest large format camera on a tripod in the stream with me.

Abandoned Cottage.