Monochrome Monday: 10th February 2020

Monochrome Monday travels back a couple of days. Having gone for a walk around the neighborhood earlier in the week I had picked up a pocket full of Pine cones that I had left on a kitchen cupboard to dry out.

I noticed how different the appearance of a Pine cone was depending on its direction in relation to the light from the kitchen window. I used a small reflector to bounce some of the window light back onto the Pine cones to fill in the shadows a little.

Monochrome Monday: 10th February 2020

 

Cosmic Photo Challenge: From Above

When I read the Cosmic Photo Challenge: From Above prompt it was rather well timed.

I had recently been for a walk around the neighborhood with a camera and had picked up a pocket full of Pine cones from out of the snow. I had emptied my pocket onto the top of a kitchen cupboard to let the Pine cones dry out.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: From Above

 

While on the walk I had spotted this Maple leaf trapped in some tracks in the snow. By the size of the tracks and the stride length either a large dog or a Coyote made the tracks.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: From Above

 

To continue the From Above theme, while I had the camera set up above the kitchen cupboard I grabbed the nail brush from by the sink. The bristles make me think of bacteria through an electron microscope.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: From Above

 

Geometric Black and White

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

I had a few ideas for subjects involving extreme close-ups of everyday items even if it meant bending the definition of geometric shapes a little.

 

Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: Geometric Shapes

Knurling (the diamond pattern that provides a gripping surface) on a small aluminium torch (flashlight).

 

Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: Geometric Shapes

The weave of some of the polypropylene webbing I use for my home made camera straps. Looking at how much dust is trapped in it I’m thinking I should be washing the straps occasionally.

 

Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: Geometric Shapes

Now this one isn’t exactly an everyday item. In fact I would be very surprised if many people could identify this. It’s an anti slip silicone rubber material I used it to replace the leatherette on some of my Olympus camera bodies. It dramatically increases grip when wearing two pairs of gloves at -40°. It has lots of tiny “pimples” for texture covered with a very thin layer of something translucent and tacky that increases the grip still further.

 

Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: Geometric Shapes

Finally, not really a close-up but I couldn’t resist the graphic nature of this backlit fly swatter.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Creepy

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

The prompt got me thinking about creepy crawlies, a term for insects and other invertebrates used by people who dislike or are afraid of them.

A portrait of a Horsefly. I find its eyes interesting although I dislike getting bitten by one. I cropped the photo square and added a heavy vignette to focus attention on the eyes.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Creepy

 

A Zebra Spider. Another species some people find creepy. It’s a small jumping spider, the jumping ability can add to the creepiness of it. It’s a common species in the northern hemisphere, this one was photographed in Cheshire, England but I have seen plenty of them in this part of Ontario, Canada. Once again I cropped the photo square and added a heavy vignette to focus attention on the spider.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Creepy