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Friendly Friday: Nostalgia

This is my contribution to the Friendly Friday Challenge: Nostalgia.

I’m going to take a sideways look at this challenge with a post partly about nostalgia and partly about camera equipment.

It’s now 40 years since I left art school after studying photography. In those 40 years there has been huge advances in equipment and techniques.

Sometimes I will look back at shots in my film archives and consider how much easier some of the shots would be to get today. Or I will be aware of how much better the quality of the images would be compared to the film stocks available when the shots were taken.

So this post is about looking back at some favourite photos and considering how some of my photos could be improved with modern equipment or techniques.

 

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Number

 

In the late 1970s and early 1980s I was photographing a variety of motorsports. In those days 200 ISO was the highest colour film speed a lot of editors would accept. One of my current mirrorless cameras has a base of 200 ISO. Also, lenses are faster with better anti-reflection coatings.

 

 

Weekly Prompts: Story

 

Nowadays I would build a LED panel into the top of the nestbox for more even, diffused light.

 

One Word Sunday: Drama

Nowadays there are techniques for dealing with high contrast lighting like this. I can take multiple exposures and combine them to keep detail in the highlights and open up the shadows.

 

 

 

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Friendly Friday: Summer Traditions

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

I had a couple of ideas for the challenge before thinking of the traditional Canada Day fireworks. I don’t know where or if there will be fireworks on Canada Day this year so here’s a look back at some from previous years.

As the 1st July fell within the week of this challenge I delayed posting until Canada Day.

 

Friendly Friday: Summer Traditions

Canada Day fireworks in Bluewater Park on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario.

 

Weekly Prompts: Celebration

Canada Day fireworks on Monument Hill in the village of Punnichy, Saskatchewan.

 

Friendly Friday: Summer Traditions

Canada Day fireworks on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario.

 

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An Unusual Caterpillar

This is my first post for Macro Monday which will probably become a weekly feature. After two years of Monochrome Monday posts I thought it was time for a change.

This is also my contribution to the Friendly Friday Challenge: Unusual.

This is a rare colour variation of the Grey Dagger Moth caterpillar photographed in Hatherton, Cheshire, England in the early 1990s.

The very pale bluish stripe down the centre of the back of the caterpillar is normally a bright yellow. When I found and photographed this specimen I had to do some research. I could find no reference to this colour variation in any of my books so I went to see an entomologist friend to see what we could find in his reference books. In the end we found a reference to the colour variation in a 19th century reference book.

 

Friendly Friday Challenge: Unusual

 

 

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Friendly Friday: In Transit

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

Once again I am playing fast and loose with the prompt with photos before or after some form of travel.

 

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: In Transit

No longer in transit. There was no warning signs saying that the road was impassable. Photographed near Raymore, Saskatchewan, Canada.

 

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: In Transit

About to be in transit. One of the campsites at the Le Mans race circuit in France after the end of a 24 hour motorcycle endurance race.

 

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: In Transit

In transit to Flowerpot Island off the tip of the Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada. Taking a glass bottomed boat tour to view some of the underwater wrecks before visiting Flowerpot Island.

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Friendly Friday: The Colour Pink

This is my contribution to the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: The Colour Pink.

When I read the prompt some of my photos from mid 1980s came to mind. Taken on high speed film for the film grain and using soft focus filters I was trying to get a greeting card publisher interested in the photos.

 

Weekly Prompts: Aesthetically Appealing

A Fuchsia flower.

 

Weekly Prompts: Aesthetically Appealing

A Rose.

 

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Friendly Friday: Comfort Food

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

When thinking about the prompt the closest I could get to a comfort food for myself was British style Fish and Chips. I should explain that British style Fish and Chips bear little resemblance to what is sold as fish and chips in Canada.

So I decided to go with some colourful snacks. They are probably comfort food for some people but I photographed them for the colour.

 

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Comfort Food

Colourful Gummy Bears in a bowl.

 

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Comfort Food

Colourful sprinkles on a glazed donut.

 

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Friendly Friday: Surprise

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

Something different from me for a surprise, a post about being surprised by some of the photos I have discovered while digitising my film archives.

When I was digitising some of my black and white negatives I discovered a photo of a camera bag in snow taken in the early 1980s. Shortly after that I was backing up photos on an old tablet and discovered another photo of a camera bag in snow. At that point I realised I had quite a few photos of various camera bags in snow taken over the decades.

I don’t know why I took them unless it was simply a record of the conditions. So a thought a selection of the photos would be a surprising contribution to the challenge.

 

On the Hunt for Joy Challenge: Switch It Up

My Tenba P595 in the snow in Hatherton, Cheshire in the early 1980s. Tenba bags were newly imported into the U.K. back then.

 

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Surprise

My Tenba P895 in the snow on the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline at sunrise. By the time the photo was taken this bag was around 30 years old.

 

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Surprise

My Domke F-6 sitting in the snow on the South Bruce Peninsula. A smaller bag I got for my DSLR and kit of manual focus prime lenses.

 

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Surprise

My Domke F-2 sitting in the snow on the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline. My bag for a DSLR and fast zoom lenses.