This is a contribution to Jez Braithwaite’s Fan Of… #56 photo challenge and part two of my ramble about the Olympus OM Zuiko 350mm lens I have been using since 1996. If you missed part one it’s here.
Part 2 is about some of the unexpected photos taken with the lens.
The 350mm lens set up in the snow on the South Bruce Peninsula in 2009.
A rain drop in the rain. Taken while waiting for some birds to visit the yard in 2018.
Hoarfrost covered trees on snow covered farmland at sunrise near Punnichy, Saskatchewan in 1998. I was scouting a location to photograph a moonrise.
While waiting for the moon to rise over the snow covered farmland in the above photo I photographed a group of White-tailed Deer across a small valley at dusk.
A Prairie Lily, the provincial flower of Saskatchewan photographed near Punnichy, Saskatchewan in 1998.
A sun pillar behind Chantry Island, Lake Huron, Ontario in 2005. The biggest and brightest sun pillar I have ever seen made even bigger by using the 350mm.
A female Banded Demoselle egg laying while being watched by a male. Photographed in southern Cheshire in 1997. The insects were in the middle of a water inlet to a reservoir several metres from solid ground. So I used a long forgotten mix of extension tubes and teleconverters behind the lens to get the magnification and close focusing I needed.
Snow covered farmland, hoarfrost covered trees.
My contribution to Six Word Saturday.
Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire, England in the late 1980s. Back then England still had spells of winter weather.
One wintry spell saw me on a back road near the town of Audlem in southern Cheshire. When I saw this snow and hoarfrost covered Oak tree I had to find somewhere to park and get a photo. I have posted a similar shot before but this version has more of the branches of a second Oak tree in the top of the frame and slightly more road in the foreground.
The Tuesday Photo Challenge – Trees was one of those prompts that gave me so many ideas it was difficult coming up with a theme.
So I decided to go with a tour of the decades starting with a one of my earliest photos. So early in fact that the original negative got lost or damaged and I ended up photographing the scene again when we got snow a couple of years later.
Trees in the snow, Hatherton, Cheshire, England in the 1970s.
Snow dusted trees in the mist at sunrise, Hatherton, Cheshire, England in the 1980s.
Trees and their shadows, Bickerton Hill, Cheshire, England in the 1990s.
Hoarfrost covered trees on snow covered farmland at sunrise, Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada in the 1990s.
Trees in autumn on the Niagara Escarpment, South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada in the 2010s.
For day 12 of Becky’s January Squares: Light photo challenge I went with backlight.
A backlit branch covered in hoarfrost in Marbury Country Park, Northwich, Cheshire, England. Taken while on a winter field trip with the Nantwich Natural History Society.
This is my contribution for day 10 of Becky’s January Squares: Light photo challenge.
Snow and hoarfrost covered prairie near Punnichy, Saskatchewan at moonrise.
This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Nostalgic.
Here’s a small selection of places, species or things that I am nostalgic about.
Having moved to Canada in the late 1990s I still miss the European Robin. They were usually real characters. I had one that would land on the door mirror of the car as soon as I parked. It knew that there was a good chance of something to eat. Here’s one having a bath in Cheshire, England.
Motorcycles in fog from Snowdonia in North Wales in 1981. This makes me nostalgic for a couple of reasons. Firstly, in those days I would strap a camera bag on the back of a motorcycle and take off across the country or Europe. Secondly, the shot was taken with Ilford XP1, I was one of the field testers prior to its launch. In those days I shot as much black and white film as colour. I no longer have the ability to “see” in black and white the way I could in the days of shooting film.
In the late 1990s I was living in central Saskatchewan, Canada. Each autumn large numbers of Snow Geese would congregate on their way south for the winter. In this photo a flock is taking off from part of the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area. The sight and sound of the birds taking flight is something I hope I never forget.
A hoarfrost covered Oak tree in Cheshire, England in the early 1980s. This is nostalgia about the simplicity of photography in those days. A manual focus camera and a couple of lenses. A few years later I was carrying a backpack for the various cameras and lenses.