This is my off the wall take on Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Pets, living to stuffed animals to pet rocks. I started thinking outside the box before flattening the box and putting it in the recycling.
It occurred to me that some photographer’s have a camera bag as a stuffed pet. It goes with them everywhere and sits waiting patiently in the snow while they take photos.
Or it sits on a rock on the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline looking out over the bay.
This is my contribution to the Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Size Matters.
My first thought was of some nature subjects that can vary in size. Then I thought about my recent need to make changes to some of the equipment I’m using.
Up until this spring I was typically carrying a large camera bag with a DSLR and three large zoom lenses. This is my Domke F-2 on the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline in the winter.
A shot from that visit to the shoreline. Waves forming icicles on the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline at sunrise. The tripod ended up frozen to the stones on the shoreline.
Then a few days into spring this year I fell off a ladder and fractured my left tibia and right humerus. As a result I have four screws in the tibia and restricted movement in the right shoulder.
I spent most of the spring in various hospitals and a rehab unit. On being discharged from the rehab unit I started making some changes to the equipment I carry when out and about shooting personal work.
A small mirrorless camera body and three manual focus prime lenses fit into a tiny Domke F-5XB. The bag is so small and light I can hang it on a tripod. After taking the photo I went for a walk around town with the bag on my injured shoulder with no negative impact on the shoulder.
A shot from my first outing with the bag. Soon after the photo was taken a tremendous thunderstorm with heavy rain rolled over the bay. The bag is made with what Domke call RuggedWear, a waxed cotton material. The rain beaded on the flap of the bag but didn’t come through the material.
This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Favourite Things.
So here is a hodgepodge of some of my favourite things.
My favourite Squirrel species, an American Red Squirrel on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.
One of my favourite sunrise locations, Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment, Ontario, Canada.
One of my favourite North American shorebirds, two American Avocets feeding on a slough in Saskatchewan, Canada.
My favourite North American Sparrow species, a diminutive Chipping Sparrow on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.
One of my favourite European birds, a European Robin given a selective colour treatment.
My favourite lens, the Olympus OM Zuiko 350mm. I purchased it used nearly a quarter of a century ago and it’s still my go to lens for birds and wildlife. The ground pod set up in the photo was used to photograph the American Red Squirrel at the start of this post. The lens has also been used for quite a few landscape, sunrise and sunset images over the years.
My favourite camera bag. The Domke F-2 RuggedWear, a waxed cotton canvas bag. I decided to try a canvas Domke F-6 bag a few years ago. I wanted a smaller, lighter shoulder bag for my retro kit of three (now four) manual focus prime lenses. I discovered that the soft canvas bag stayed on my hip without swinging and bouncing around and seemed easier on my shoulder. I needed a bigger bag than the F-6 for my regular kit of zoom lenses so I swapped the Tenba bag I had been using for decades for the Domke F-2.
The new Weekly Prompt Photo Challenge is Advertising.
I had a few ideas for the challenge including a variety of motorsports images featuring varying degrees of advertising.
Then I looked out of the patio doors and it was snowing again. Which made me think of this photo. Taken in mid December, a week before the start of winter I could repeat the shot today, nearly a week into spring. A couple of days ago the bag was sitting on the frozen surface of Colpoy’s Bay, Ontario at sunrise. A snow and rain resistant camera bag is a requirement for an outdoor photographer in Canada.
This is my Domke F-2 camera bag in what they call RuggedWear. Anyone familiar with the waxed cotton jackets made by Belstaff and Barbour in Britain will recognise the material the bag is made from. The bags come with a tin of wax to reproof the canvas.
With waxed cotton having a long history of being used for waterproof clothing and having had a Belstaff jacket in the 1970s and 1980s the idea of a camera bag made from similar material appealed. It’s ideal for the Canadian weather.