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2021

As Summer Fades

2021: Fading Summer Flowers

Coneflowers on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario in late summer.

Taken on a recent walk around the neighborhood using a fast portrait lens to photograph flowers and plants.

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Lens-Artists

“It’s All About The Light”

This week Tina gives us the theme It’s All About The Light for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge. It’s a phrase that I have used when commenting on photos many times.

A small selection of photos taken on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario over the past months or so.

Lens-Artists: Back Country Roads

The rising sun shining through mist and smoke shortly after sunrise. The smoke is from wildfires burning in western Canada.

CMMC: Coneflower in the shade

A Coneflower (Echinacea) in the shade with dappled sunlight on the background.

Lens-Artists: One Subject, Three Ways

The golden light of sunrise reflected in ripples on Colpoy’s Bay at sunrise.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Out In the Countryside

Backlit Maple leaves photographed on a recent walk around the neighborhood.

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Lens-Artists

My Inspirations

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Your Inspiration theme set by Patti.

I had a few ideas for the challenge before thinking of the back to basics inspiration I have been working with for some time.

A few of years ago I got tired of the auto everything aspect of modern camera equipment. I was inspired to put together a small kit of manual focus prime lenses. That kit allowed me to shoot digital the way I shot film as a photography student all those years ago.

Then, a little over two years ago I had an accident which left me with a damaged right humorous and limited movement in the right shoulder.

As a result I needed a smaller and lighter kit. That resulted in me getting a small mirrorless camera and three small manual focus prime lenses. That kit fits in a small Domke F-10 JD camera bag. By far the smallest camera bag I have used over the past 40 years.

That was my go to kit for a year and a half while I had physiotherapy and built up the strength and range of motion in my right arm and shoulder.

In the past six months I have added a couple more lenses to the kit. As a result my back to basics kit now requires a medium sized Domke F-6 camera bag. That bag is slightly smaller than the Tenba P595 Pro Pak I was using 40 years ago.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Negative Space

Portrait of a Coneflower also known as Echinacea. Part of an ongoing project photographing flowers and plants with various unusual lenses. In this case the Kamlan 50mm f/1.1, a fast portrait lens.

2021:Pastel colours in the clouds

Clouds moving across Colpoy’s Bay at sunrise. Two inspirations here. A three minute live composite exposure, a technique I started experimenting with a year or so ago. I used the new TTArtisan 7.5mm fisheye lens, the latest addition to my back to basics kit.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: In the Trees

Intentional camera movement of trees on the South Bruce Peninsula in early summer. A continuation of my experiments with intentional camera movement. Taken with the TTArtisan 17mm lens, a recent addition to my back to basics kit.

Travel Tuesday: Colpoy's Bay at night

Star trails and shooting stars over Colpoy’s Bay, White Cloud Island and the Niagara Escarpment on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario. An early experiment with the live composite feature of an Olympus camera. Taken with the Samyang 12mm lens, one of the original three lenses in my lightweight mirrorless kit.

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2021

Spot the White Crab Spider

2021: Spot the Spider

Spot the White Crab Spider waiting to ambush any unsuspecting insect that lands on the Coneflower (Echinacea).

Taken on a recent walk testing the TTArtisan 50mm lens at f/1.2 for photographing flowers and plants.

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Photo Challenges

Coneflower in the Shade

CMMC: Coneflower in the shade

A Coneflower (or Echinacea) in shade with dappled sunlight on the background.

Taken on a recent walk around the neighborhood with the TTArtisan 50mm f/1.2 lens on the camera. Another outing using a fast portrait lens to photograph flowers and plants.

This is my contribution to Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge: August Close Up or Macro prompt.

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CFFC

Flowers

A brief look back at 40 years of flower photography for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Flowers prompt.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Negative Space

A Coneflower photographed with a fast portrait lens last summer. I spent part of the Covid-19 lockdown photographing flowers and plants with a variety of unusual lenses.

Flora and Fauna Friday: Foxgloves

Foxgloves photographed with a long telephoto lens to isolate them from the background. A technique that I used quite often in the 1990s.

2021: Intentional camera movement of Daffodils

Daffodils with intentional camera movement. I started experimenting with ICM again in the winter and have continued this spring.

Flora and Fauna Friday: Snowdrops

Snowdrops. A photo in a series showing the growth of the flowers. Published in a school textbook in the late 1980s.

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Weekly Prompts

Purplish

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

A small selection of purplish subjects including a bird that’s raspberry red but called a Purple Finch.

July Squares: Portrait of a Coneflower
A Coneflower.
Weekly Prompts: Razzmatazz
A male Purple Finch.
April Squares: Colourful plastic Tops
A purple water bottle.
Cosmic Photo Challenge: From Close Up
A purple wax crayon.