I had a couple of ideas for the Cosmic Photo Challenge: Set in Stone.
Then on Sunday morning I was down at the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline for the sunrise and forgot the ideas I had been considering. I discovered that some of the boulders along the shoreline were heavily encrusted in ice from the waves breaking over them.
So rather than Set in Stone these are Stones Set in Ice.
I didn’t notice the two black eyes and little button nose until I was editing the photo.
No sign of anything watching me in this photo.
When considering the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Simple Joys prompt I remembered going down to the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline for the sunrise and the joy of being entertained by a Belted Kingfisher pretending to be a Barn Swallow by sitting on a power line along the road.
That made me wonder what the sunrise had been like and what else I had photographed that day. That then got me thinking about coming home from another sunrise and spotting two Sandhill Cranes in a hay field in nice early morning light.
That was on the 4th August 2018 so here’s a selection of simple joys from that day.
The simple joy of a section of the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline to myself for a 50 second exposure at dawn.
The simple joy of a black and white photo of the mist and low cloud over the Niagara Escarpment across the bay.
The simple joy of spotting these two Sandhill Cranes in a hay field coming home from the sunrise.
The simple joy of setting up a camera in the yard to photograph this male American Goldfinch in its smart summer plumage.
This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: Nature as Art prompt.
As soon as I read the prompt I had several ideas for the challenge. I decided that any effects in photos I selected had to be done in camera, no heavy editing to get an effect. I also decided that all the photos had to be square, although I can’t really explain that decision.
The centre of a Coneflower. A mix of subject and camera movement coupled with very thin depth of field from the high magnification macro lens.
Autumn tree trunks. Subject isolation with a telephoto lens turns the tree trunks into a pattern.
Isolating a small section of a sunrise with a telephoto lens turns it into a graphic image.
Motion blurred tree trunks. An experiment with moving the camera vertically during exposure.
Shadows of tree trunks across the snow. A straight forward shot with the fallen branch close to following the rule of thirds.
Cloud movement over Colpoy’s Bay. A 60 second exposure at dawn allows the clouds to move across the sky and makes the water appear calm.
Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment.
Winter on the South Bruce Peninsula.
My contribution to Six Word Saturday.
I had a couple of ideas for the A Photo a Week Challenge: Three Angles before thinking of the old wooden piles sticking out of the water on Colpoy’s Bay at one of my sunrise locations.
A colourful sunrise reflected in the water around them.
Only the tips visible at dawn when the water level was high.
With their reflections on calm water.
This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Leading Lines.
The prompt gave me a bit of a challenge, while I know about leading lines I rarely seem to use them. Going back through my archives it appears I have never used them regularly.
Clouds zigzag, leading the eyes to the rising sun on Colpoy’s Bay, Ontario.
A tree trunk leading the eyes to the autumn colour.
A section of the Lake Huron shoreline leads the eyes towards the sunrise.
A row of trees disappear, leading the eyes towards the sun shining through the fog.