Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Favourite Photos of 2019

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Favourite Photos of 2019.

I considered a few themes for the challenge but in the end decided to just go with a selection of my favourites for the year.

A January thaw saw this Ivy appear as the snow melted.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Favourite Photos of 2019

 

Late March and Colpoy’s Bay is still frozen.

Ice at sunrise.

 

Early June and a male Purple Finch in the yard.

Purple Finch in the yard.

 

Mid July and an Orange Day-Lily photographed with a 25mm CCTV lens adapted to fit a mirrorless camera.

Orange Day-Lily with a swirly background.

 

Early September saw me down on the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline 45 minutes before sunrise so I could do some long exposures. This is a 60 second exposure to allow the clouds to move across the sky.

Six Word Saturday, a sixty second exposure at dawn.

 

The end of October saw the autumn colour mostly coming to the end while a few trees held on to their leaves.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Open Topic

 

Mid November saw me down on the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline at sunrise where breaking waves had splashed over a bush to form this ice sculpture.

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Fantasy

 

In December Santa Claus brings up the rear of the Wiarton Santa Claus parade.

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Vibrant Colours

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Colour My World

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: Colour My World.

After abandoning the first couple of ideas for the challenge I decided that I would go with a photo from each season. I then decided to try to use only shots close to home taken on my various walks with a camera over the past year.

Autumn leaves amongst the Ivy leaves at the end of November. Taken with a 50mm CCTV lens adapted to fit a small mirrorless camera.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Colour My World

 

A group of Coneflowers in the middle of August. Taken with a 12mm lens on a small mirrorless camera. I was testing it to be the wide angle lens in the lightweight kit of three manual focus primes I was putting together.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Colour My World

 

Colourful Lichen and Moss on a limestone boulder in early June. Taken with a small mirrorless camera and plastic kit lens it came with. I had only been discharged from the rehab unit for about a week and was still on crutches at that point.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Colour My World

 

A Maple leaf on snow in February. Taken before my accident with a DSLR and zoom lens.

Casting a shadow on the snow.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Blurred

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: Blurred.

A selection of blurred images covering over 30 years.

Motion blurred clouds over Colpoy’s Bay due to a sixty second exposure at dawn.

Six Word Saturday, a sixty second exposure at dawn.

 

A blurred Fuchsia flower taken using a soft focus filter and high speed film.

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Fuzzy.

 

Motion blurred motorcycle racing during the night in the Le Mans 24 hour motorcycle race.

Motion at night.

 

Motion blurred tree trunks created by vertically panning the camera during exposure.

Abstract tree trunks.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Waiting

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Waiting.

I had a couple of ideas for the challenge before thinking of some of the photos I had taken waiting for various birds and mammals to make an appearance in front of the lens.

The following shots were taken in our yard in 2018 when I was doing my 52 week photo project.

I noticed the way a beam of light was illuminating a patch of Maple leaves.

Backlit Maple branch.

 

I set up in the yard to photograph birds in the rain. When the birds weren’t cooperating I photographed rain drops.

Simplicity.

 

Raindrops on a Cedar branch.

Raindrops on a Cedar tree.

 

Lying in the grass I photographed a Clover flower while waiting for a bird or mammal to appear.

Clover flower in grass

Friendly Friday: Secrets

This is my contribution to the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Secrets.

It’s not much of a secret but I first started blogging as The Grumpy Snapper. I still post occasionally to that blog but not very regularly these days.

I started this blog to document the 52 week photo project that I did in 2018. After a while this became my primary blog and The Grumpy Snapper was relegated to rambles about aspects of photography and the occasional rant.

The name came from my reputation for being grumpy and a derogatory term for a photographer. Some photographer’s get upset about being referred to as snappers but it’s not something that has ever bothered me.

Here’s a couple of snaps from the summer that I posted as The Grumpy Snapper but I didn’t post on this blog. Both shots were taken when I was testing the Meike 25mm lens I added to my lightweight, back to basics kit of three manual focus primes.

Some backlit Maple leaves on a local back road. Sometimes it’s just about the light.

Friendly Friday: Secrets

 

Amethyst Aster flowers on a local back road. Testing how the lens renders the out of focus background.

Friendly Friday: Secrets

 

 

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Fuzzy.

This is my contribution to the Tuesday Photo Challenge – Fuzzy.

This challenge made me think of some experiments I did in the 1980s. I was using a high speed film, Scotch Chrome 1000 with various soft focus and diffusion filters.

A Fuschia flower.

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Fuzzy.

 

A Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly.

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Fuzzy.

 

Pyrethrum flowers.

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Fuzzy.