Monthly Squares

April Squares: Looking up at the Autumn Tops

This is my day six contribution to Becky’s April Squares: Top photo challenge.

Looking up at the autumn leaves on the South Bruce Peninsula. Taken with a fisheye lens although that’s not obvious because there’s very little of the distortion visible with the lens pointing almost straight up.

April Squares: Looking up at the Tops


Water Water Everywhere

WWE #21: An Extreme View

This is my contribution to Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #21 photo challenge.

This is Colpoy’s Bay on the South Bruce Peninsula at sunrise. It is formed by a large loop in the Niagara Escarpment which runs up the eastern side of the Bruce Peninsula.

The reason I say it’s an extreme view is because it was taken with a fisheye lens although that’s not obvious because I kept the horizon running across the center of the frame. This avoids the curvature very often associated with fisheye lenses.

The horizontal angle of view through the center of the frame is 130 degrees, more than the human eye can comfortably take in without turning the head. This is shown by the mouth of bay being visible on the left side of the frame which is to the north east. On the right side of the frame is the remains of a row of wood piles sticking out of the water which are to the south east from where the photo was taken.


Water Water Everywhere #21

Colpoy’s Bay at sunrise in the autumn.


Cee's Fun Foto Challenge

CFFC: Point Your Camera Upwards

One set of photos came to mind straight away when I read the prompt for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Point Your Camera Upwards.

A few years ago we had some moderately good autumn colour and the leaves were staying on the trees. So I spent some time with a fisheye lens attached to the camera pointed up at the autumn leaves.

I decided to re-edit some of them with a square crop as I thought cropping them square would suit the subject.


Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Point Your Camera Upwards


Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Point Your Camera Upwards


Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Point Your Camera Upwards


Cosmic Photo Challenge

Cosmic Photo Challenge: What Dreams May Come

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: What Dreams May Come.

I started thinking about dreams and how reality is distorted in them. That got me thinking about distorting the world around us in photographs.

A recent sunrise over Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment. Taken with a fisheye lens the horizontal field of view is approximately 130 degrees, much wider than the human eye can take in. Yes that is snow and ice on the distorted shoreline in the foreground.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: What Dreams May Come


An even more distorted image. Trees in winter distorted by the fisheye lens and by motion blur created by vertically panning the camera during exposure.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: What Dreams May Come


Now for an opposite approach, isolating sections of the landscape with a long telephoto. This is a combination of two photos of the same group of trees taken less than 24 hours apart. The trees were first photographed at sunrise while I was scouting for a location for the the full moon rising that evening. The moon rise is over laid on the sunrise.

Cosmic Photo Challenge


Cee's B & W Photo Challenge

Vanishing Point

The new Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge is Vanishing Point.

I had a few ideas for the challenge before thinking of some shots from last autumn. I had gone down to the dock at Colpoy’s Bay for the sunrise but it was thick cloud with no colour in the sky so I shot with the intention of converting the shots to monochrome.

It was my first chance to visit the dock after it had been closed for repairs. I was in a retro mood and grabbed my small camera bag with with four manual focus prime lenses. This shot was taken with my fisheye lens, a fairly recent addition to my retro kit. The kit was originally three lenses, a wide angle, a standard lens and a telephoto. Similar to the kit I used as a photography student in the late 1970s.

Colpoy's Bay dock.


An impression of trees, part three.

After experimenting with deliberate camera movement during exposure 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.

Monochrome Monday

Bare branches.

Monochrome Monday travels back a day to a walk on Sunday morning. With a weekend of thick cloud and poor light I decided to shoot with the intention of converting certain shots to monochrome.

I had a telephoto lens on the camera when I set out. At the turn around point of the walk I swapped the telephoto for my fisheye lens. I kept checking overhead looking for some interesting patterns in the bare branches. I centred myself in this group of trees and because the camera is looking straight up there’s not a lot of fisheye distortion.

Autumn trees and branches.