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My Photographic Journey

This is my contribution to Amy’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: My Photography Journey prompt.

I had quite a few ideas for the challenge, none of which I could build a theme around. In the end I decided to simply pick one favourite nature or landscape image from each decade I have been taking photos. Because landscapes and nature have been constant subjects during my photographic journey.

As a result it’s also partly a journey around some of the places I have lived over the years.

Lens-Artists: My Photographic Journey

1970s. Trees in snow covered farmland in Hatherton, Cheshire, England. I was still in secondary (high) school when this shot was taken. Taken a mile down the side road from my parents house at the time. It was part of the portfolio that got me a place at art school. Despite having been online for nearly a quarter of a century this is the first time I have posted the full frame, uncropped version. I have always cropped to a panoramic format in the past.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Water

1980s. Storm clouds and light beams over Loch Arkaig, Scotland. Memorable because I had spent three days shooting landscapes in almost constant rain. The rain stopped early evening of the third day and the sun started breaking through the storm clouds. This shot was published worldwide by Olympus Japan and won a national photo contest in the U.K.

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Connect

1990s. An American White Pelican on Last Mountain Lake. Probably the hardest decade to pick a favourite. I moved from the U.K. to Canada and was doing a lot of nature and landscape photography. One of the most memorable moments was sitting in the water at Last Mountain Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada while a flock of American White Pelicans swam and fished around me.

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Sense of Seeing

2000s. Osprey with a White Sucker over Lake Huron. This decade saw me living in Ontario, Canada. For the first 8 years I lived in Southampton on the Lake Huron shoreline. I would frequently head down to the lake shore for sunrise and sunset. If I was down there for the sunrise I would often hang around looking for birds. One morning I watched this Osprey catch the fish and immediately start getting harassed by a couple of Herring Gulls. The Osprey is looking at one of them while the water still drips off the bird and the fish. This was my second year shooting digital.

CMMC: Contains the letter U

2010s. A juvenile Ruby-throated Hummingbird in late summer. I was now living on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario and in 2018 did a 52 week photo project which is how this blog started. This shot didn’t make it as a weekly pick for the project but it was published in a bird calendar the following year.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Negative Space

2020s. A portrait of a Coneflower. One year into the 2020s and a surprisingly difficult pick. I had a few nice sunrises from the local bay and a nearby lake last summer and autumn. Which meant that I couldn’t pick a favourite because they were all too fresh in my mind. However, I spent part of the first Covid-19 lockdown photographing flowers and plants with various unusual lenses. For this Coneflower I used a fast portrait lens wide open. It’s been a favourite since I took it.

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The Quiraing

Travel Tuesday is traveling back to Easter of 1980 when a small group of photography students traveled to the Isle of Skye instead of revising for final exams.

This is a section of the Quiraing a landslip on the Isle of Skye, Scotland. The name Quiraing comes from Old Norse and means Round Fold.

 

Travel Tuesday: The Quiraing

 

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Monochrome Monday

Volcanic Skye landscape

Monochrome Monday travels back 40 years to Easter on the Isle of Skye in 1980 as I continue the exploration of my black and white negatives.

I have forgotten the name of this location, if I recall correctly it’s on the east coast of the island south of Staffin. There are lots of volcanic locations on Skye but a Google search didn’t come up with a name for this one.

 

Monochrome Monday: 25th May 2020

 

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Tuesday Photo Challenge – Steep

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

One of the hillsides at Bickerton Hill, Cheshire, England in the autumn. Bickerton Hill is part of a sandstone ridge sticking out of the Cheshire plain.

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Steep

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July Squares: Blue evening

A contribution to Becky’s July Squares: Blue challenge.

A section of the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area in Saskatchewan, Canada at sunset.

July Squares: Blue sunset.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Oh, the Place You’ll Go

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.

Night racing

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.

Sunset light beam.

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.

Almost ready to leave the nestbox.

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.

Male 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.

A gathering of Snow Geese.

Winters in Saskatchewan can be very cold but also very spectacular. A frozen section of marsh at sunset, Little Quill Lake, Saskatchewan at -40°.

Frozen marsh at dusk.

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Tuesday Photo Challenge – Vista

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.

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Vista