One thing came to mind as soon as I read the Tuesday Photo Challenge – Yard prompt.
That was spending hours in our yard in 2018 when I was doing a 52 week photo project.
So I thought I would go with a small selection of photos taken in the yard during 2018.
A wet, bedraggled Raccoon that wandered into the yard and started eyeing up the bird feeders one Saturday afternoon.
Raindrops on a Cedar branch on the edge of the yard.
Tree trunks casting long shadows across the snow in the yard.
A Clover flower growing in the grass in the yard. Taken while lying in the grass waiting for the Squirrels and Chipmunks to put in an appearance.
A young Ruby-throated Hummingbird checking out the hummingbird feeder hanging in the yard.
My first thought on reading the Weekly Prompts: Aesthetically Appealing challenge was of some shots I had taken in the 1980s.
I used a high speed, very grainy film, Scotch Chrome 1000 and a variety of soft focus and diffusion filters.
The idea was to produce something different from the norm with the hope of getting calender and greetings card publisher’s interested.
A Fuchsia flower.
A Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly.
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.
Late March and Colpoy’s Bay is still frozen.
Early June and a male Purple Finch in the yard.
Mid July and an Orange Day-Lily photographed with a 25mm CCTV lens adapted to fit a mirrorless camera.
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.
The end of October saw the autumn colour mostly coming to the end while a few trees held on to their leaves.
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.
In December Santa Claus brings up the rear of the Wiarton Santa Claus parade.
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.
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.
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.
A Maple leaf on snow in February. Taken before my accident with a DSLR and zoom lens.
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.
A blurred Fuchsia flower taken using a soft focus filter and high speed film.
Motion blurred motorcycle racing during the night in the Le Mans 24 hour motorcycle race.
Motion blurred tree trunks created by vertically panning the camera during exposure.
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.
I set up in the yard to photograph birds in the rain. When the birds weren’t cooperating I photographed rain drops.
Raindrops on a Cedar branch.
Lying in the grass I photographed a Clover flower while waiting for a bird or mammal to appear.
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.
Amethyst Aster flowers on a local back road. Testing how the lens renders the out of focus background.