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.
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.
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.
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.
As a former scientific photographer my first thought when I read the One Word Sunday prompt Culture was of things growing on agar in a Petri dish.
That was followed by the thought of the live probiotic cultures growing in some yoghurt. Some people don’t like yoghurt so now you can get your probiotics as a daily supplement.
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.
Knurling (the diamond pattern that provides a gripping surface) on a small aluminium torch (flashlight).
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.
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.
Finally, not really a close-up but I couldn’t resist the graphic nature of this backlit fly swatter.
I had put a pair of scissors down on the studio table with the studio lights still on and noticed the various curves and liked the orange handles against the black background so decided to take some shots.
This shot was taken with the 7artisans 35mm lens wide open at f/1.2 and is my contribution to the One Word Sunday challenge Curve.
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.
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.
Throwback Thursday travels back to Shropshire, England in the late 1980s.
This male Common Blue Butterfly was photographed at Brown Moss Nature Reserve near Whitchurch, Shropshire, England in the early morning. I suspect the butterfly had spent the night on the Thistle it’s resting on.