Month of Squares

Trees #3

July Squares: Trees

Trees on the loch side, a light beam on the hillside. Loch Arkaig, Scotland.

This is my day 3 contribution to Becky’s July Squares: Trees photo challenge.


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.

Silent Sunday

Silent Sunday: 26th July 2020


Silent Sunday: 26th July 2020



Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Autumn

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.


Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Chaos

Snow Geese on autumn migration taking off from a section of the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area in Saskatchewan, Canada.


A Photo a Week Challenge: Water

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.


A Photo a Week Challenge: Open Topic

Autumn Maple leaves on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.


Photo Challenges

A Photo a Week Challenge: Threes and Threes

This is my contribution to the A Photo a Week Challenge: Threes and Threes challenge.

Three photos of threes.


Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Summer Scenes

Three American White Pelicans on a section of Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area in Saskatchewan, Canada.


A Photo a Week Challenge: Water

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.


Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Isolation Cravings

Three birds silhouetted against the rising sun on Colpoy’s Bay, Ontario, Canada at sunrise.


Photo Challenges

Friendly Friday: Nostalgia

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. As an interesting aside, after writing the post I realised that all the images have been published in a book or magazine despite their faults.

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Number

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.

Weekly Prompts: Story

Nowadays I would build a LED panel into the top of the nestbox for more even, diffused light.

One Word Sunday: Drama

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.

Month of Squares

January Squares: Beam of Sunlight

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.

January Squares: Beam of Sunlight