Orange and Pink.

The latest Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge is Orange and Pink.

Having spent some time trying to think of a bird species with orange and pink plumage I decided to go with the more obvious idea of a sunrise or sunset.

In the end I went with a colourful dawn over Colpoy’s Bay, Ontario, Canada with a conveniently parked sailboat.

Sailboat at dawn.

Week 47. Snow covered shoreline at dawn.

Saturday morning of week 47 saw me down at Colpoy’s Bay for the sunrise. I wasn’t planning on being down there as the weather forecast was for rain starting before sunrise. I checked the local weather when the alarm went off which was reporting mostly cloudy but dry so I decided to head out.

I get the current weather conditions from the nearest Environment Canada Weather Station which is at Wiarton Airport. The airport is across Colpoy’s Bay on top of the Niagara Escarpment. In this shot the airport is to the left of the right hand tree.

The band of clear sky over the Niagara Escarpment didn’t last long before it was full cloud cover. The dark specks on the foreground snow are seeds from one of the trees on the shoreline.

Snow covered shoreline at dawn.

Week 41. 29 minutes before sunrise.

Sunday morning of week 41 saw me down at Colpoy’s Bay for the sunrise. I was hoping for some sun and blue skies after the sunrise to get some shots of the autumn colour. It clouded over more after this shot was taken. I didn’t realise that the sun had risen until I checked the time.

This shot was taken 29 minutes before sunrise and is a 60 second exposure to soften the water. I used a neutral density filter to lengthen the exposure and a graduated neutral density filter to balance the exposure for the sky and water.

Colpoy's Bay and the Niagara Escarpment at dawn.

Week 39. Clouds over the mouth of the bay.

Saturday morning of week 39 saw me down at Colpoy’s Bay well before sunrise. This shot of layers of cloud over the mouth of Colpoy’s Bay was taken 27 minutes before sunrise.

This is looking north north east so the sun is due to come up quite a way to the east. It shows the Niagara Escarpment on both sides of the bay with White Cloud Island on the horizon right of centre. I used a short exposure as I didn’t want to blur the clouds.

Clouds over Colpoy's Bay and the Niagara Escarpment.

Early on Sunday morning of week 38.

I was up early on Sunday morning to drive around to the opposite side of Colpoy’s Bay for the sunrise. In part because it provides different views and in part because one of my regular locations has no access while the dock is being repaired.

Luckily I remembered to take a torch (flashlight) to follow the path down to the shoreline as I got there 35 minutes before sunrise. I then managed to drop one of my neutral density filters on the shoreline and needed it again to find the filter in the dark.

The photo is looking north-east out of the mouth of Colpoy’s Bay where there are three islands. In the photo part of White Cloud Island is on the left side of the frame with part of Griffith Island behind in the center of the frame.

Dawn on Colpoy's Bay.

Dawn light on Lake Huron.

It’s Throwback Thursday and this week is a follow-up of sorts to last week.

Last week I posted one of the last images I shot on film. This week I’m posting an early digital image taken soon after the film image from last week.

I had been shooting film along side digital for about a while but went totally digital 11 years ago this month. The photo below is the eleventh shot taken with the Olympus E-410 I had just purchased.

After posting the photo on a photo forum I was approached by a camera magazine who wanted to use it. When I asked about their usage rates I was informed that they don’t pay for photos. Hard to comprehend that a magazine aimed at photographers expected them to give their work away. Needless to say, they didn’t get to use the photo.

So to the photo. It shows the Range Light at the mouth of the Saugeen River on the Lake Huron shoreline at Southampton, Ontario about 15 minutes before sunrise.

Range light at dawn.