Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Taking A Break

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Taking A Break.

I don’t really take breaks, I almost always have a camera with me and my routine is pretty much the same as when I’m at home. I get up early for the sunrises, I’m scanning for birds and wildlife and watching for photo opportunities when out and about.

Which got me thinking about some of the sunrises I’ve seen this summer. We live in an area popular with tourists. It’s fairly common for me to get to one of my local sunrise locations to find people camping despite the parking areas being signposted no overnight camping.

Do you know the really sad part? I’m guessing that these people are camping there simply to save paying for a camp site. I don’t recall ever seeing any of them appear to watch the sunrise.

Here’s four sunrises from this summer. All taken from the dock at Colpoy’s Bay, Ontario, Canada.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Taking A Break.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Taking A Break.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Taking A Break.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Taking A Break.

CFFC: Water

This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Water.

Living close to Lake Huron and Georgian Bay in Ontario, Canada and having lived close to the Quill Lakes and Last Mountain Lake in Saskatchewan in the late 1990s I have rather a lot of photos featuring water to pick from.

So I had a ponder about the challenge and thought about the various states of water. So here is water in various states at different times of the year. All the shots are of Colpoy’s Bay, a bay on the much larger Georgian Bay and taken around sunrise.

Snow covering the ice on Colpoy’s Bay at sunrise.

A frozen Colpoy's Bay at sunrise.


A summer dawn over Colpoy’s Bay.

A sunrise over Colpoy's Bay.


A winter sunrise over ice on a frozen Colpoy’s Bay.

Ice at sunrise.


The sun rising above a fog bank in Colpoy’s Bay.

Colpoy's Bay at sunrise.

Foggy Dam

The new Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge is Chutes and Ladders.

Having fallen off a ladder a little over six weeks ago and still in rehab not being allowed to put any weight on the left leg or the right shoulder I wasn’t considering a ladder.

So I thought about chutes. I’m not sure if this part of a dam is called a chute but it’s as close as I could get.

This is Lawers Dam in Scotland shrouded in fog. The original was shot on Kodachrome 64 although it was an almost monochrome image. There’s not a lot of difference between the original and this monochrome conversion.

Foggy Dam.

Motorcycles in fog.

Throwback Thursday travels back to North Wales in 1981.

It was taken using Ilford XP1, at the time a new type of film announced by Ilford the previous autumn. It was a very early chromogenic film where the silver halide image is replaced by a dye image during processing. This allowed the film to be processed in a regular C-41 colour negative processing line.

The film had either just gone on sale or was soon to be available. I was one of the field testers for it. At the time I was running the photo department of a research institute and was testing the film for use in scientific photography. However I also tested a few rolls for general use.

The Dragon Rally is an annual motorcycle rally held on a mountain in Snowdonia, North Wales in the winter. I was on my way to photograph the event when I stopped to grab this shot of some of the participants emerging from the fog part way up the mountain.

I should add that I intensified the film grain in the photo when editing it as I think it adds to the atmosphere.

Motorcycles emerging from fog.