A Photo a Week Challenge: Up In The Air

This is my contribution to Nancy’s A Photo a Week Challenge: Up In The Air.

The prompt got me thinking about the times I have pointed the camera upwards to photograph clouds. Sometimes I leave a small strip of the landscape in to give the photo a sense of scale.

 

A Photo a Week Challenge: Up In The Air

A section of Last Mountain Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada at sunset in the autumn.

 

Silent Sunday: 16th February 2020

A frozen and partially snow covered Lake Huron at sunset with Chantry Island and its lighthouse on the horizon. Southampton, Ontario, Canada.

 

A Photo a Week Challenge: Traditions.

Canada Day fireworks in the town of Wiarton from across Colpoy’s Bay on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Chaos

Snow Geese on autumn migration flying to roost at sunset over Middle Quill Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada.

 

CFFC: Panoramic Views

This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Pick a Topic from this Photo where Cee posts a photo and participants pick something from the photo to make a post about.

As the photo Cee posted was a mural of a landscape in a panoramic format I decided to go with a small selection of panoramic landscapes.

 

trees in snow, Hatherton, Cheshire, England.

Trees in the snow. Hatherton, Cheshire, England.

 

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Panoramic Views

Trees and their shadows. Bickerton Hill, Cheshire, England.

 

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Panoramic Views

Clouds over the lake at sunset. A section of Last Mountain Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada.

 

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Panoramic Views

Ice on Lake Huron at sunset in the spring. Saugeen Shores, Ontario, Canada.

 

Fan Of… Uni-Loc tripods

This is a contribution to Jez Braithwaite’s Fan Of… #58 photo challenge.

Firstly I should say that I don’t know if Uni-Loc are still in business. I emailed them a couple of years ago and after an initial response never heard from them again.  Their Facebook page hasn’t been updated since 2012. I have been using the tripods since the early 1990s and used to know Ken Brett, the man behind the design.

Uni-Loc tripods are very different from most tripods. The system tripods can be disassembled and reassembled in a different configuration with an Allen key (wrench). The legs can be locked at almost any angle and all three lock with a single locking lever. The bottom leg sections are sealed meaning that they can be submerged up to the locking knob without taking on water. If you submerge the legs above the first section they can quickly be removed and drained with an Allen key (wrench).

They aren’t a tripod I would recommend to most photographers, they’re heavy and bulky when folded but in deep water, snow or mud they’re my first choice.

 

Fan Of... Uni-Loc tripods

In 1995 I spent the summer in Saskatchewan, Canada. I took my medium sized Uni-Loc tripod with me in case I needed to use a tripod in water or mud.

 

Fan Of... Uni-Loc tripods

A Willet photographed on a shallow slough near Punnichy, Saskatchewan with the tripod. Some of the sloughs in the area can be quite alkaline so the sealed legs were useful. I could rinse any mud off the legs when I got a chance to.

 

Wordless Wednesday: 5th February 2020

To get into position for this photo I waded through knee high snow and then pushed the tripod legs down into the snow for maximum stability.

 

Fan Of... Uni-Loc tripods

The tripod in use on the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline at sunrise. I was photographing the waves forming icicles. By the time I was ready to pack the tripod away two of the legs were frozen to the pebbles.

 

Wordless Wednesday: 18th December 2019

What I was photographing while the tripod was freezing to the pebbles.

 

Knot

On reading the prompt for One Word Sunday: Knot it was ìnevitable that I would go with a photo or two of Red Knot I photographed on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton early one autumn morning.

 

One Word Sunday: Knot

One of the juvenile Red Knot in golden light on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario. I had gone down to the shoreline for the sunrise but spent the time photographing the Red Knot instead.

 

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Letter K

After feeding, bathing and preening while I took photos this one settled down for a nap. At which point I headed home to get some breakfast.

 

Wave Versus Rock x 2

This is my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Words that end in “ock”

I had a few ideas for this challenge and actually went out and took some shots I thought may work for one of the ideas. Then I changed my plans for the post completely.

Living on a limestone peninsula where the bedrock is exposed in lots of locations I thought about rock. There are boulders all around the area and I thought about some of them in the water along the Lake Huron shoreline.

 

Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: Words that end in "ock"

A slow shutter speed allows the wave to blur as it hits the rock.

 

Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: Words that end in "ock"

A fast shutter speed freezes the water in mid air as a wave breaks over a rock.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Liquids

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: Liquids.

 

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Liquids

Liquid turning into solid at sunrise as waves form icicles on the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

 

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Liquids

A Common Swift feeding on insects over the surface of Hurleston Reservoir near Nantwich, Cheshire, England. This is a young bird by the brown body. It was one of around a dozen birds feeding over the water surface.

 

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Liquids

Half a cup of coffee. This is the third version of half a cup of coffee I have used in blog posts using two different cups of coffee and three different lenses. This version was photographed with the 7artisans 35mm f/1.2 lens.

 

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Liquids

A Ring-billed Gull feeding in the surf on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada. The Ring-billed Gulls will often feed in the surf, either standing on shoreline or patrolling up and down watching for anything edible that gets washed up.

 

Friendly Friday: Sea Creatures

When I read the prompt for the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Sea Creatures I was all at sea.

It’s over 20 years since I lived anywhere close to a sea and even then most of my visits to the coast were to photograph birds. Then I thought about gulls, most people call them seagulls, although some have probably never seen a sea.

So I thought a varied selection of photos of gulls was as close as I was going to get to sea creatures.

 

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Sea Creatures

A section of the winter gull roost on the move at Hurleston Reservoir near Nantwich, Cheshire, England. They’re mostly Black-headed Gulls in this photo.

 

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Sea Creatures

A calling Ring-billed Gull on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada.

 

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Sea Creatures

A section of the winter gull roost at sunset, Hurleston Reservoir, Cheshire, England.

 

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Sea Creatures

A juvenile Ring-billed Gull yawning on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada. Obviously bored with the photo session.