American White Pelicans.

Throwback Thursday travels back to Saskatchewan in the summer of 1999.

I spent most of the day in the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area. I found a flock of American White Pelicans feeding in a channel where a marsh drains into a section of the lake.

It was a hot day and I wanted to get as close to eye level with the birds as possible. That meant either lying on the bank in the sun or setting up a tripod in the water and sitting behind it in the water.

I had a Uni-Loc tripod with me so it set it up in the water. The Uni-Loc tripods are different from most tripods with the legs in effect reversed. Which means that they can be submerged in water up to the bottom of leg lock. There’s no need to strip the legs down to drain the water and dry the locking mechanisms out unless you go above the leg lock.

The birds were feeding by drifting down the channel letting the water carry them along. These three Pelicans are swimming back up the channel to start again.

Trio of Pelicans.

Friendly Friday: Sunrise.

A contribution to the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Sunrise.

I have rather a lot of sunrises to choose from, some more memorable than others. Do I include one taken at -40° in Saskatchewan? Or how about one with unexpected wildlife showing up?

In the end I went with just two, one from England and one from Canada. But that’s not how I chose them. I picked one of the earliest that I have on film and the earliest that I have on digital.

Sunrise over farmland, Hatherton, Cheshire, England in the mid 1970s. Taken behind my parents house when I still in school. I don’t know what film stock it was. It’s entirely possible that I processed the slides myself in my parents bathroom.

Friendly Friday: Sunrise.

 

Approximately 30 years later a sunrise on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada. The fourth shot taken with an Olympus E-410 and the plastic kit zoom lens that came with it. Really just a test of the camera and lens. A few months later the shot was used in a local tourism guide.

Friendly Friday: Sunrise.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Street Photography.

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: Street Photography.

Having copied around two thousand slides over the past couple of years I went through my film archives for some street photography. I picked these shots taken at a period fair on the town square in Nantwich, Cheshire, England in the 1980s.

A South Cheshire Pipe Band drummer at the fair.

Pipe Band drummer.

Emptying the post box on the town square during the fair.

Emptying the postbox.

A couple of the stalls at the fair.

Some fair stalls.

Proving that the underwear matches the period costume at the fair.

Nostalgia at the fair.

Raising steam.

Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire, England in the 1980s. I visited the Crewe Steam Fair early on Sunday morning before there was many people about. The exhibitors with machinery were busy firing up the boilers or giving the brass work a final polish.

This traction engine has just had the firebox lit judging by the smoke coming out of the smokestack.

Raising steam.

 

Yellow Flag in the rain.

Also known as Yellow Iris and Water Flag.

One from the archives, taken in Cheshire in the mid 1980s. I was playing around with a high speed transparency film, Scotchchrome 1000. I picked it for its pronounced grain and pastel colours, at times adding soft focus or diffusion filters.

I was trying to get an editor or publisher interested in the work. No one was interested at the time although some of the photos have proved popular over the years.

Also known as Yellow Iris and Water Flag.

More Canada Day fireworks.

As this is the first Throwback Thursday after Canada Day I thought this selection was rather appropriate.

Not as old a photo as some of my Throwback Thursday posts but there is a reason why I picked this shot. Taken 11 years ago, it was one of the last images I shot on film. I suspect it was on the last roll of film I exposed.

Taken on the Lake Huron shoreline, it’s the Canada Day firework display in Southampton, Ontario. I set up some distance down the lakeshore and photographed the fireworks with a long telephoto lens. The photo also show the Range Light at the mouth of the Saugeen River. The spit on the shoreline that the fireworks are being set off from in now under water as the level has risen since the photo was taken.

Canada Day fireworks, Southampton.