Weekly Prompts: Sepia Ivy Leaves.

This is another contribution to the Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Sepia which is running throughout August.

Ivy growing up a tree trunk. With the swirling around the edges of the frame you could think that this is an old photo but it was taken this summer with a 25mm CCTV lens adapted to fit a mirrorless camera.

Weekly Prompts: Sepia Ivy Leaves.

Monochrome Monday: 22nd July 2019

Monochrome Monday travels back a couple of weeks to one of my walks testing lenses adapted to a mirrorless camera. In this case a 25mm f/1.4 CCTV lens.

The variegated Hosta leaves have been a regular test subject for the various adapted lenses but one variegated plant is growing next to a plant with plain leaves. The colour version didn’t really work for me so I tried a monochrome conversion and played with the contrast.

Hosta leaves in monochrome.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Detail.

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

I thought about some of the photos of details and it occurred to me that two of the first ones I considered were taken about 40 years apart but with the same lens.

So here’s a selection of shots from my Olympus OM Zuiko 50mm f/1.8 silvernose I purchased in 1976. It’s called a silvernose because it has a polished aluminium ring on the front of the lens. This means that it’s one of the early OM system lenses and that it could be single coated rather than multi coated like modern lenses.

Backlit hoarfrost on a branch taken on a field trip with the Nantwich Natural History Society in the 1990s.

Backlit branch in winter

 

Ivy leaves on a tree trunk given a selective colour treatment. Taken on a walk a few years ago with the lens adapted to a DSLR.

A selective colour treatment of some

 

Candle, taken with the lens in the 1970s during a power outage.

Candle flame.

 

Hosta leaves taken with the lens adapted to a mirrorless camera a few weeks ago.

Details of some Hosta leaves.

 

Detail of traction engine wheel taken at a steam rally in the 1980s.

Wheel detail.

Another test of the 25mm CCTV lens.

Having fixed the focusing mechanism of the 25mm CCTV lens I was experimenting with I went for another walk with it. The first test/walk is here.

It turned out that while the focusing mechanism now works the lens now focusses well past infinity and no longer focusses as close at it had when the focusing mechanism wasn’t working properly. I haven’t decided if I’m going to dismantle the focusing mechanism again or just leave it as it is.

Old seed pods and new leaves. It seems strange for the old seed pods to be on the plant this time of year. The swirling around the edges of the frame is very obvious in this shot.

Old seed pods and new leaves.

Some interesting variegated leaves. The swirling around the edges and vignetting in the corners is less obvious in this shot.

25mm CCTV lens adapted to fit a mirrorless camera.

Monochrome Monday: Seed Pods.

Monochrome Monday is a conversion of a photo taken on one of my recent walks testing lenses adapted to a mirrorless camera.

This shot of old seed pods and new leaves was taken on my first outing with a 50mm f/1.4 CCTV lens. I photographed these seed pods last winter and used them in a Monochrome Monday post at the time. Back then I thought they were seed heads rather than pods. I’m now calling them pods because they appear to have split open to disperse seeds.

Old seed pods and new leaves.