A few minutes before sunrise

Clouds over Colpoy’s Bay a few minutes before sunrise.

Colpoy's Bay a few minutes before sunrise

346 seconds at Dawn

A 346 second exposure of clouds moving across Colpoy’s Bay at dawn.

Taken using a 7 stop neutral density filter to get the length of exposure needed. I used the Live Time setting on an Olympus camera although I calculated the exposure rather than relying on the Live Time image in the viewfinder.

Clouds moving across Colpoy's Bay at dawn

Back to Basics

A rather long and rambling post about two visits to the local bay for the sunrise last weekend.

On Saturday morning I took a large camera bag with a trio of large, autofocus weather sealed zoom lenses. On Sunday morning I took a small camera bag with a trio of small, manual focus prime lenses.

The trio of small, manual focus prime lenses is the back to basics kit I put together after an accident last year left me with restricted movement in my right shoulder and a weaker right arm. My arm and shoulder is now as good as it’s going to get and most of the time I could be carrying and using the big, autofocus zoom lenses.

Except, on Sunday morning I realised that I preferred using my back to basics kit. I don’t miss the convenience of being able to zoom a lens to get the composition I want. I prefer the simplicity of manually focusing and setting the aperture on the lens.

Back to Basics discovery
Colpoy’s Bay at sunrise on Saturday with my autofocus zoom kit.
Colpoy's Bay at sunrise with my Back to Basics kit
Colpoy’s Bay at sunrise on Sunday with my manual focus prime kit.
One Word Sunday


This is my contribution to the One Word Sunday prompt Arch.

This is the Old Dee Bridge at Chester, Cheshire, England, the oldest bridge in the city.

The Romans built the first bridge at this site. It’s thought this bridge dates back to some time between 1357 and 1367. It’s built of local red sandstone and has seven arches, all of which are different dimensions.

One Word Sunday: Arch


A group of Coneflowers

Continuing my project photographing flowers and plants with various unusual lenses.

This group of Coneflowers (also known as Echinacea) was photographed with the Kamlan 50mm lens wide open at f/1.1.

Family portrait of some Coneflowers


A group of backlit Maple leaves

Some backlit Maple leaves and another of my tests using various lenses to photograph flowers and plants. This group of leaves were a regular test subject in the spring and summer.

In this case I was using the 7artisans 35mm f/1.2 lens wide open on an Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II.


Backlit Maple leaves with the 7artisans 35mm lens



Shortly After Sunrise

A photo of a local barn taken on my way home after going down to the local bay for the sunrise.


Early morning light on a barn