One Word Sunday


Jelly beans are my Treat for One Word Sunday.

One Word Sunday: Treat

A is for Abstract

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: An Alphabet Challenge – Subjects That Begin with the Letter A prompt.

I enjoy these sort of challenges as it allows me to come up with a theme. Sometimes I take a sideways look at the prompt and head off in a direction that only has a tenuous connection to the challenge.

I had a couple of ideas for the challenge before thinking of abstract images. Possibly because I had photographed a few abstract images of ripples on the local bay this past summer and autumn.

I briefly considered a post exclusively of ripples but decided that would be more appropriate if the prompt was the letter R.

In the end I decided to go with a small selection of photos taken over the past 35 years.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: A

Lichen on a tree trunk with a cheap CCTV lens on the camera.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: A

Foxtail Barley. Detail of the seed heads, it was more about the colour than the plant.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: A

A motion blurred female Ruby-throated Hummingbird.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: A

Ripples on Georgian Bay. Photographed in 1985 and possibly my earliest photo of ripples.


Curvy Webbing

This is my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Circles and Curves prompt. It is also a continuation of my recent post about my home made sling style camera strap.

Part two gives detail of the webbing loop that forms the strap. This should allow anyone who’s interested to make one for themselves.

This is also my contribution to the Weekly Prompts Wednesday Challenge: Sharing as I’m sharing the design with anyone who wants to make one.

CBWC: Circles and Curves

A complete strap in tan cotton webbing. The end of the webbing has been doubled over, sewn and frayed so it can’t pull through the slide adjuster used to adjust the length of the strap.

CBWC: Circles and Curves

A complete strap in black polypropylene webbing. This shows the locking S biner which is used to attach and detach the strap from the camera. The S biner is unlocked.

CBWC: Circles and Curves

Detail of the threading through the slide adjuster on the black polypropylene strap. Rather than double over and sew the end I doubled the webbing back through the slide adjuster. The photo shows the webbing loose so it’s easier to follow. When pulled tight the slide adjuster cannot slide.

Photo Challenges

A Unique Camera Strap

This is my contribution to the Friendly Friday: Unique prompt.

I was struggling to come up with a post for this challenge until going for a walk on Saturday morning.

I used the latest version of my home made sling type camera strap. Anyone who followed me here from my earlier blog may remember the issues I had with camera straps.

A bit of background. In the mid 1990s I designed and prototyped a variety of straps and carrying systems for a company making and selling camera accessories for outdoor photographers.

As a result I wasn’t happy with any of the commercially available straps I tried in the digital era. So I decided to design my own sling type camera strap.

The strap itself is just an adjustable loop worn bandolier (or cross body) style. I made it adjustable to allow for wearing the strap over a thin shirt in the summer and a thick coat in the winter.

Edit: I added a second post detailing the webbing loop.

Friendly Friday: Unique

This is the strap attached to a small mirrorless camera. I replaced the triangular split ring with an oversized circular split ring. The split ring is attached to the strap using a locking S biner. The S biner is attached to a 1 1/2 inch hard plastic O ring. The oversized O ring allows the camera to slide up and down the strap without binding.

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Unique

This is the strap attached to a DSLR. The slotted camera strap lugs are fitted with Op/Tech Adapt-its which convert the slotted attachment to an eyelet. The lockable S biner takes a second or two to attach and lock but is very secure when locked.


Paper Birch Bark and Snow

This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: White or cream colours.

We got up to an inch or so of snow yesterday morning so I had my white. When I went for a walk I noticed the snow stuck to the trunk of a Paper Birch tree. That was my, sort of, cream.

CFFC: White and cream colours
Squares Challenge

A Few Of A Kind

A bowl of Gummy Bears.

This is my day 8 contribution to Becky’s October Squares challenge on the theme of Kind.

October Squares: Lots of a Kind
One Word Sunday


This is my contribution to the One Word Sunday: Spiral prompt.

I had a few ideas for the prompt but wasn’t really happy with any of them. Then I thought about the Pine cones I had photographed earlier this year.

If you have never noticed the scales of some cones are in spirals. I don’t know if all species of cone producing trees are the same.

One Word Sunday: Spiral
Spiral scales on a Pine cone.