Cee’s B & W Photo Challenge: Candid Photography (human or animal).

This is my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Candid Photography (human or animal).

I had a few human photo ideas for the challenge before thinking of some of the photos of Common Frogs taken in Cheshire in the 1980s. They got so used to me being around the garden pond that they would ignore me.

Common Frog in monochrome.

Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Magenta Rose.

This is my contribution to the Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Magenta Rose.

This photo dates back to the 1980s. I was experimenting with a grainy, high speed film and soft focus filters. The film was Scotch Chrome 1000, as the name suggests it was 1000 ASA.

I added more grain to this edit of the shot before adding a film type border with Snapseed.

Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Magenta Rose.

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Fall.

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

I had a few ideas for the challenge after photographing some early fall colour at the weekend. In the end I decided to go with a selection of photos of fall colour covering several decades and various locations.

Fall colour on Bickerton Hill, Cheshire, England in the early 1990s.

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Hill.

 

Fall colour in early snow, Bickerton Hill, Cheshire, England in the late 1980s.

Birch trees in early snow.

 

Fall colour behind a slough, Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada in the late 1990s.

Autumn colour and reflection.

 

Fall colour on the Niagara Escarpment, Ontario, Canada a few years ago.

A section of autumn colour on the Niagara Escarpment.

 

Fall colour in the mist, Hatherton, Cheshire, England in the late 1970s.

Autumn colour in mist.

 

A section of fallen tree trunk surrounded by fall colour on the South Bruce Peninsula last year.

Worn and Weathered autumn detail.

Leucistic juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire, England in the late 1980s.

This is a leucistic juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker. Leucism is a lack of dark pigmentation. A normal Great Spotted Woodpecker is mostly black and white with red patches. The feathers that would normally be black are pale brown on this bird. The red cap shows that the bird is a juvenile.

Throwback Thursday: Great Spotted Woodpecker.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Precious Pets.

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

First I must admit that I was considering not taking part in this particular challenge. It’s about 18 months since we lost Piglet, our dog and despite a couple of attempts to write a post about him I hadn’t until now.

This is Piglet, so named because his tail curled like a piglet when he was a puppy. He was a Collie/Beagle cross, not a particularly good mix. With the long hair of a Collie and the short legs of a Beagle he could be a mobile brush/mop/duster depending on the time of year and weather conditions.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Precious Pets.

 

This is Sally, a Welsh Collie I had as a child in Cheshire, England in the 1970s and the first Collie in my life. A Welsh Collie is a mix of Welsh Sheepdog and Border Collie. In some respects very similar to Piglet. They both hated getting wet and would detour around puddles to avoid getting their feet wet. This photo dates back to the mid 1970s. I suspect that it was taken with the Zenit E I used before getting an Olympus OM1 in mid 1976. The slide is in a terrible condition, faded, dirty and with a nasty colour cast. It took me some time to edit the slide copy to get this photo.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Precious Pets.