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Getting Back to Basics

Moving Clouds and Stars

Getting Back to Basics: Moving Clouds and Stars

A four minute live composite exposure of clouds and stars moving across Colpoy’s Bay at dawn.

I wasn’t aware that the camera was recording the stars until uploading the photos to my desktop computer for editing. The red lights above the Niagara Escarpment are warning lights on radio masts at the local airport.

An outing with my back to basics kit of a small mirrorless camera and a set of small manual focus prime lenses.

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Postcards From Colpoy’s Bay

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

Having started selecting photos from different locations I changed my plan. I decided to concentrate on one location, Colpoy’s Bay on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario.

A small selection of photos from the past year. All taken with small, manual focus prime lenses in what I call my back to basics kit.

One Word Sunday: Whatchamacallit

The Government Dock in the village of Colpoy’s Bay at dawn in mid autumn. Taken with the Rokinon 8mm fisheye lens.

Six Word Saturday: Fishing in the Mist at Sunrise

Fishing in the mist at sunrise in late summer. Taken with the 7artisans 55mm lens.

Lens-Artists: Postcards

Storm clouds over the bay at sunrise last Saturday. I was down at the Government Dock testing the new TTArtisan 7.5mm fisheye lens.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Reflections

Dawn on the summer solstice this year. A minimalist image taken with the TTArtisan 35mm lens.

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A Back Country Road

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Along Back Country Roads prompt.

A small selection of photos from one particular back road on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario. All the photos are from the past couple of months and were taken when returning from the local bay after sunrise.

Lens-Artists: Back Country Roads

The rising sun shines through a mix of mist and smoke. The smoke is from wildfires burning in western Canada.

Wordless Wednesday: 16th June 2021

An old barn shortly after sunrise.

Six Word Saturday: A Group of Trees at Sunrise

A group of trees illuminated by the rising sun.

One Word Sunday: Rural

An old barn in mist shortly after sunrise.

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Black and White

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Black and White prompt.

Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: Decayed or Rusty

An abandoned crofters cottage at Elgol on the Isle of Skye, Scotland. Easter 1980.

Monochrome Monday: 22nd March 2021

Intentional camera movement of trees in snow on the South Bruce Peninsula last winter.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: A River Runs Through It

The Houses of Parliament in London, England from the South Bank of the River Thames. In the very early 1980s I was one of the field testers for a new type of black and white film, Ilford XP1.

Monochrome Monday: 28th December 2020

The Government Dock in the village of Colpoy’s Bay on the South Bruce Peninsula at sunrise last autumn.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Light and Dark

Team Bike entering the start/finish straight shortly before midnight during the Le Mans 24 hour motorcycle endurance race in April 1982.

Lens-Artists: My Photographic Journey

Trees on snow covered farmland in Hatherton near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England. One of my earliest photos dating back to the mid 1970s.

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Reflections On the Water

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: On the Water prompt.

Some recent reflections on Colpoy’s Bay on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario.

Lens-Artists: On the Water

Colpoy’s Bay at dawn on the summer solstice.

2021: Ripples on Colpoy's Bay at Sunrise

Colpoy’s Bay at sunrise on the last full day of spring.

Lens-Artists: On the Water

Colpoy’s Bay at sunrise last Saturday.

Lens-Artists: On the Water

Colpoy’s Bay at dawn last Sunday.

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One Subject Three (or Four) Ways

This week Tina gives us the prompt One Photo Two Ways for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge.

As is sometimes the case I had a few ideas for the challenge, none of which I was really happy with.

Then I thought about my current grab bag, the camera bag I grab most often when heading out to do personal work.

For various reasons I put together a small, lightweight kit a couple of years ago. It consists of a small mirrorless camera and three small, manual focus prime lenses, a wide angle, a standard and a telephoto.

This has become my go to kit, partly because it’s a way of getting back to basics. It’s the way I shot film as a student at art school all those years ago.

Lens-Artists: One Subject, Three Ways

On arriving at the Government Dock in the village of Colpoy’s Bay on the South Bruce Peninsula I put the wide angle lens on the camera for a view of the bay at dawn.

Six Word Saturday: Blue Above and Below the Orange

After a while I swapped the wide angle for the standard lens for a tighter view of the mouth of the bay and White Cloud Island on the horizon. I walked out to the end of the dock for a slightly different perspective.

2021: Ripples on Colpoy's Bay at Sunrise

Before the sun appeared on the horizon I swapped the standard lens for the telephoto for an even tighter view of the mouth of the bay. The narrower field of view allowed me to emphasise the foreground ripples.

Lens-Artists: One Subject, Three Ways

Once the sun was above the horizon I used the telephoto lens to isolate interesting groups of ripples.