This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Autumn.
For the month of July the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge has the theme of seasons. I decided to go with the same theme for each season, one bird photo, one scenic photo and one flora and fauna photo.
And just to complicate things further, one photo from my time in Ontario, Canada, one photo from my time in Saskatchewan, Canada and one photo from my tims in the U.K.
Snow Geese on autumn migration taking off from a section of the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area in Saskatchewan, Canada.
Storm clouds and light beams at Loch Arkaig, Scotland. I was in Scotland to photograph autumn colour and autumn scenery. After three days of rain the clouds started breaking shortly before sunset.
Autumn Maple leaves on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.
This is my contribution to the A Photo a Week Challenge: Threes and Threes challenge.
Three photos of threes.
Three American White Pelicans on a section of Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area in Saskatchewan, Canada.
Storm clouds and light beams at Loch Arkaig, Scotland. Something of a rarity for me, a scenic photo sort of following the rule of thirds.
Three birds silhouetted against the rising sun on Colpoy’s Bay, Ontario, Canada at sunrise.
This is my contribution to the Friendly Friday Challenge: Nostalgia.
I’m going to take a sideways look at this challenge with a post partly about nostalgia and partly about camera equipment.
It’s now 40 years since I left art school after studying photography. In those 40 years there has been huge advances in equipment and techniques.
Sometimes I will look back at shots in my film archives and consider how much easier some of the shots would be to get today. Or I will be aware of how much better the quality of the images would be compared to the film stocks available when the shots were taken.
So this post is about looking back at some favourite photos and considering how some of my photos could be improved with modern equipment or techniques.
In the late 1970s and early 1980s I was photographing a variety of motorsports. In those days 200 ISO was the highest colour film speed a lot of editors would accept. One of my current mirrorless cameras has a base of 200 ISO. Also, lenses are faster with better anti-reflection coatings.
Nowadays I would build a LED panel into the top of the nestbox for more even, diffused light.
Nowadays there are techniques for dealing with high contrast lighting like this. I can take multiple exposures and combine them to keep detail in the highlights and open up the shadows.
For day 11 of Becky’s January Squares: Light photo challenge I went with sunlight.
A beam of sunlight breaking through storm clouds and illuminating a hillside at Loch Arkaig, Scotland.
This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Waiting.
I had a couple of ideas for the challenge before thinking of some of the photos I had taken waiting for various birds and mammals to make an appearance in front of the lens.
The following shots were taken in our yard in 2018 when I was doing my 52 week photo project.
I noticed the way a beam of light was illuminating a patch of Maple leaves.
I set up in the yard to photograph birds in the rain. When the birds weren’t cooperating I photographed rain drops.
Raindrops on a Cedar branch.
Lying in the grass I photographed a Clover flower while waiting for a bird or mammal to appear.
This is my contribution to the Tuesday Photo Challenge: Outdoors.
As someone who is primarily an outdoor photographer I had plenty of photos to pick from but I needed a theme to follow. So I decided to go with as wide a variety of subject matter as possible and to start in the 1970s and end this summer.
One of my earliest photos. The negative for the first version got lost or damaged so I reshot the scene next time there was snow. Trees in snow, Hatherton, Cheshire, England in the mid 1970s.
Entering the start/finish straight at around midnight at the Le Mans 24 hour motorcycle endurance race. Le Mans, France in April 1982.
Light beam on a hillside at Loch Arkaig, Scotland in the autumn of 1985.
A Red Fox in a hay field taken in Faddiley, Cheshire, England in the late 1980s.
A Borage flower bud photographed in Nantwich, Cheshire, England in the mid 1990s.
An American White Pelican at Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area, Saskatchewan, Canada in the late 1990s.
Waves and rocks at sunrise on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada in the early 2000s.
Canada Day fireworks from the dock at Colpoy’s Bay. The fireworks are in the town of Wiarton a couple of miles away across the bay. Taken on Canada Day last year.
Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment at sunrise this summer.