ThIs is my contribution to the Wits End Weekly Photo Challenge: Oh, the Place You’ll Go.
The challenge brought back memories of a question I posed on a photography forum some years ago. I asked what people would like to go back to photograph with modern equipment?
Having been a photographer since the late 1970s there’s quite a list of locations and situations that I would like to photograph again varying from motorsports to wildlife spectacles. I would have great fun re-shooting any of the selections below.
In the early 1980s I was living in London, England and traveling around Europe in the summer photographing motorcycle endurance racing. Team Bike at the Le Mans 24 hour motorcycle race, France in 1982.
In the mid 1980s I was visiting Scotland to photograph nature and landscapes for photo libraries. A light beam on a hillside, Loch Arkaig, Scotland near sunset in the autumn.
In the late 1980s I was documenting the nesting cycles of some European bird species. An adult Eurasian Blue Tit feeding young in a nestbox, Cheshire, England.
In the early 1990s I was living in Cheshire, England. I spent some time positioning a portable hide (blind) to allow me to sit within a couple of yards of a Common Kingfisher.
In the late 1990s I was living in Saskatchewan, Canada. In the autumn parts of Saskatchewan are a major stopover for some species of birds heading south for the winter. Huge numbers of Snow Geese and Sandhill Cranes gather together in various locations. Snow Geese taking flight at Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area, Saskatchewan.
Winters in Saskatchewan can be very cold but also very spectacular. A frozen section of marsh at sunset, Little Quill Lake, Saskatchewan at -40°.
My contribution to the Tuesday Photo Challenge – Vista.
Originally I was planning on using a small selection of shots from some of the locations I have lived in over the years. However, the challenge is vista, not vistas so I decided to go with a single image.
I thought it was was going to be hard picking a single image but in the end there was an obvious choice.
Storm clouds and light beams, Loch Arkaig, Lochaber, Scotland. Taken in the autumn of 1985 this shot was later published worldwide by Olympus Japan and won a national photo contest in the U.K.
The new Wits End Weekly Photo Challenge is Unexpected Beauty.
I had a few ideas for the challenge, at one point I was considering a portrait of a Horsefly that I had used for a different photo challenge earlier in the week.
In the end I went with a winter weather photo taken in early spring. A couple of weeks earlier there had been a covering of snow on the ice. After some thawing the snow had melted and the ice had started breaking up before it all froze over again.
Ice on Colpoy’s Bay at sunrise with the Niagara Escarpment on the horizon.
The new Lens-Artists Photo Challenge is Creativity.
This gave me the opportunity do varying degrees of editing to a selection of shots.
First a photo of an Orange Day-Lily photographed on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.
After that I did some work on a shot of the Lake Huron shoreline at sunrise with Chantry Island on the horizon. Taken from Dominion Lookout at the bottom of High Street, Southampton, Ontario, Canada.
Some moderate editing on a photo of a group of Coneflowers on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.
Finally, a heavily edited sunrise over Colpoy’s Bay with the Niagara Escarpment on the horizon.
Eighteen minutes before sunrise on the fourth day of spring. The first shot from my visit to Colpoy’s Bay last Sunday morning.
Technically it was eighteen minutes before sunrise although it takes another five minutes or so for the sun to clear the Niagara Escarpment.
I went down to the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline for the sunrise this morning. Between an ongoing health issue and limited access to the shoreline due to snow and ice it was the first chance I’ve had to get down there recently.
Not the most spectacular sunrise and it was bitterly cold down on the shoreline but it was still nice to be out with the camera. Ice on Colpoy’s Bay with snow on the shoreline and the Niagara Escarpment on the horizon.