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12 months ago

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: Christmas is coming prompt.

The prompt started me thinking about how much has changed since Christmas was coming a year ago. That got me thinking about the Santa Claus parade in the local town.

There was no parade this year, instead you could make an appointment to walk past Santa last Saturday evening.

Normally the parade involves travelling two blocks along the highway through town. This year the highway is ripped up for the replacement of water mains and sewers.

Between Covid-19 and construction work there wasn’t a chance of a parade this year. So here’s a couple of photos from last year.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Christmas is coming
Cosmic Photo Challenge: Christmas is coming
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The First Breath of Winter

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: The First Breath of Winter prompt.

The first breath of winter this year was last Monday morning when I had to scrape frozen wet snow off the car windows. I didn’t get any photos of that so decided to go back to 2019 and 2018.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: The First Breath of Winter

Autumn leaves in early snow on the 9th November 2019

Cosmic Photo Challenge: The First Breath of Winter

An autumn leaf trapped in early snow on the 10th November 2018.

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As Summer Fades

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: As summer fades prompt.

I had a couple of ideas for the challenge before thinking of some of the photos I have taken on a walks around the neighborhood recently.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: As summer fades
Early autumn colour.
Cosmic Photo Challenge: As summer fades
Fading Coneflowers.
Cosmic Photo Challenge: As summer fades
Early autumn colour.
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Looking to the sky

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: Look to the skies prompt.

I had a couple of ideas for the challenge before going in a different direction.

Rather than the camera looking to the sky I decided to go with a small selection of birds and mammals looking to the sky.

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A Red-breasted Nuthatch.
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A male Yellow-headed Blackbird.
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A Raccoon.
Cosmic Photo Challenge: Look Up
A male American Goldfinch.

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Cosmic Photo Challenge: Independent Lenses in Various States.

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: A State of Independence.

My first thought was a selection of juvenile birds that were independent of the adults when the photos were taken. That idea was quickly followed by the fact that this is the Canada Day long weekend so I considered a Canada Day post.

Then I thought about an ongoing project, testing a variety of lenses on a modern mirrorless camera. Most of the lenses I have tested so far are (or were) made by independent lens makers. Companies that make lenses to fit other makers cameras.

Some of the lenses are in a bit of a state through heavy use or being designed to be almost disposable. Which is why I titled the post “Independent Lenses in Various States” as a rewording of the challenge.

To the lenses.

A Periwinkle flower photographed with a 35mm f/1.7 CCTV lens adapted to fit an Olympus mirrorless camera. Shot with the lens wide open at f/1.7.

This was the first CCTV lens I purchased and I found it interesting enough to purchase a couple more. They’re also known as C-mount lenses having a screw mount for attaching to CCTV cameras with the appropriate mount.

Some of these CCTV lens are very cheap. I wonder if they’re designed to be almost disposable, used where or when a lens could get damaged somehow. The lens was $38 CAD including shipping, the adapter to fit it to the camera and two extension tubes to go between the lens and the camera to allow it to focus on closer subjects.

A Single Blue Flower.

Ivy growing up a tree trunk with a 25mm f/1.4 CCTV lens. This is one of the lenses I ordered after experimenting with the 35mm CCTV lens used for the Periwinkle flower above.

Stopping the lens down from maximum aperture causes severe vignetting so this was shot with the lens wide open at f/1.4. Wide open the lens still vignettes a bit and as the image circle produced by the lens barely covers the sensor there’s some interesting swirling around the edges of the photo.

I have already had to repair the focusing mechanism on the lens after it first jammed and then stopped focussing on distant subjects. That probably explains why the lens cost $36 CAD including shipping and the adapter to fit it to the camera.

Swirling around the edges.

Last years seed pods and new leaves with a 50mm f/1.4 CCTV lens. Shot wide open at f/1.4. This was the other CCTV lens I ordered after experimenting with the 35mm CCTV lens.

Surprisingly good performance for $41 CAD including shipping and the adapter to fit it to the camera. So I’m finding it a bit disappointing so far.

Fresh growth and seed pods.

A Bracken frond taken with a Vivitar 35mm f/1.9 lens I purchased used in the 1970s. Shot wide open at f/1.9. At the time Vivitar were a U.S. brand who designed lenses that were then manufactured by various Japanese lens makers.

The same design was built with a variety of camera mounts allowing the lens to fit a wide range of camera bodies.

I have given this lens a hard life over the years and it now feels like it could fall apart each time I use it.

Bracken frond with an adapted lens from the 1970s.

Dandelion clocks (seed heads) with a “silvernose” Olympus OM Zuiko 50mm f/1.8 lens I purchased in 1976. As with the other shots this was taken with the lens wide open, in this case f/1.8.

I don’t know if it can be classed as an independent lens. It wasn’t designed for the camera being used and requires an adapter but both the lens and camera were made by Olympus.

The silvernose refers to a polished aluminium ring on the front of the lens and signifies that it is one of the early Olympus OM Zuiko lenses. This is another lens that has had a hard life. It has been dropped a few times and was once bounced along the gutter of Charing Cross Road while attached to my Olympus OM1 when it slipped from my shoulder as I ran for the last tube train of the night. A few years later it was being dried out in an oven after being submerged in Georgian Bay.

Dandelion seed heads.

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Cosmic Photo Challenge: An Interesting Barn.

An old barn on a local back road on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario photographed in a variety of interesting lighting conditions and at different times of the day and year.

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: Interesting Buildings.

The barn with a rainbow and storm clouds in the autumn.

A different view with a second rainbow behind the barn.

The barn in mist at sunrise in late summer.

Old barn in mist at sunrise.

The barn at sunrise in late spring.

The barn at sunset in early autumn.

The barn in mist at sunrise in mid summer.

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Cosmic Photo Challenge: An Anime-Ted Life!

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: An Anime-Ted Life!

My first thought was animated wildlife, that is wildlife doing something. The first couple of photos I picked for the challenge were bird species from Saskatchewan so I decided to restrict my selection to birds photographed in Saskatchewan.

A male Ruddy Duck displays to a female.

Male Ruddy Duck bubbling at female.

A preening Marbled Godwit.

Preening Marbled Godwit.

A Killdeer having a good stretch.

Stretching Killdeer.

A singing male Red-winged Blackbird.

Male Red-winged Blackbird.

A Black Tern feeding over a roadside marsh.

Feeding Black Tern.