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2018

Black and white branches

You may think that this is a late Monochrome Monday post but it’s actually an almost monochrome Tuesday post.

This isn’t a monochrome conversion, it’s the full colour version taken on a walk last Wednesday afternoon. I was struck by the amount of snow on the thin branches.

Black and white branches.

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52 week photo project in 2018

Week 48: A spot of colour in the snow

Wednesday afternoon of week 48 saw me going for a walk looking for details in the snow.

About halfway along the walk I spotted this leaf clinging on to the snow covered branch. I took a few variations of the leaf and snow covered branches but as is often the case it was the first version I picked.

I did a selective colour treatment of it as there was just enough colour in the background to be distracting.

A leaf clings on.

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2018

An impression of trees, part three

After experimenting with intentional camera movement earlier in the year I had another experiment on a Sunday morning walk.

This experiment was different in a couple of ways. Firstly, the leaves are now off the trees so there is less colour but the trees are more graphical shapes with the bare branches.

Secondly, for my earlier experiments I had been using short telephoto lenses. For this shot I went in the opposite direction and used my fisheye lens. A fisheye lens has an ultra wide angle of view with strong visual distortion towards the edges of the photos.

I find it interesting that the tops of the trees are curved inwards due to the distortion of the fisheye lens but that the branches streak outwards due to the camera movement. It was an exposure of 1/3 of a second while panning the camera vertically.

An impression of trees with a fisheye lens.

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An autumn Pine Siskin

One from the archives, taken in Saskatchewan, Canada in the 1990s. The Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus) looks fluffed up against the cold but it will get a lot colder in the winter.

Pine Siskins can survive very low temperatures. Their metabolic rate is 40% higher than typical for songbirds of their size. In extreme cold they can increase their metabolic rate up to five times normal.

This is my favourite Pine Siskin shot from Saskatchewan although I can’t explain why. The bird isn’t doing anything and is partially obscured by a branch. Maybe it’s the colour combination of the bird and the autumn leaves.

An autumn Pine Siskin.

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2018

Grumpy looking Blue Jay

A shot from Sunday afternoon of week 43. It was alternating between light rain and wet snow. I had set the camera up because there had been two Fox Sparrows in the yard earlier.

The Fox Sparrows didn’t reappear but I got shots of various species including this Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata). I think it’s just the angle of the birds head that’s making it look grumpy.

Grumpy looking Blue Jay.

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2018

Green in the autumn

Saturday afternoon of week 41 saw me going for a walk. It’s strange, I went out looking for autumn colour and my pick of the shots from the walk is some green and yellow leaves.

The green leaves looked very bright amongst the autumn colours and in the overcast light almost seemed fluorescent.

Green and yellow amongst autumn colour.

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Light beam on hillside

A telephoto landscape from the archives. Taken in the autumn of 1985 which makes me realise just how long I have been using long telephoto lenses to isolate sections of the landscape.

I was photographing storm clouds over Loch Arkaig, Lochaber, Scotland in the evening. I noticed that a light beam from the low sun was illuminating a section of a hillside and quickly swapped to my 300mm for this shot.

Sunset light beam.