This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Magical.
I was thinking about the challenge and had this post mostly written in my head on Sunday evening. On Monday I started considering a completely different selection of photos before deciding to combine my ideas.
My original ideas was to detail some of the magical experiences photographing nature subjects. Then I started thinking about some of the magical landscapes and skies I have photographed.
In the end I went with a mix of nature encounters and landscapes.
Storm clouds and light beams over Loch Arkaig, Scotland.
Pond Skaters, not only can they walk on water, they also mate on the water. Taken on a garden pond in Hatherton, Cheshire, England.
An Osprey with a White Sucker on the Lake Huron shoreline, Ontario, Canada. Not only can the bird spot and catch a fish in rough water but it can then carry the fish in the most aerodynamic position.
Snow Geese on autumn migration. Taking off from a section of the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area, Saskatchewan, Canada. This is a small part of one of the flocks in the area.
A young male Rose-breasted Grosbeak in the rain on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada last year and September in a 2019 birds calender.
Trees and their shadows, Bickerton Hill, Cheshire, England.
As this is the first anniversary of the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge the subject has been left to the contributors this week with the prompt: Your Choice.
After having a few thoughts for the challenge I came up with the idea of photos taken during the blue or golden hour, one for each decade starting with the 1970s.
1970s. Moonrise through an Oak tree, Hatherton, Cheshire, England.
1980s. Storm clouds and light beams over Loch Arkaig, Scotland close to sunset.
1990s. A frozen section of Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area, Saskatchewan, Canada at sunset.
2000s. The range light at the mouth of the Saugeen River at dawn on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada.
2010s. Two birds on Colpoy’s Bay, Ontario, Canada at sunrise.
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.
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.
A telephoto landscape from the archives. Taken in the autumn of 1985 which makes me realise just how long I have been using long telephoto lenses to isolate sections of the landscape.
I was photographing storm clouds over Loch Arkaig, Lochaber, Scotland in the evening. I noticed that a light beam from the low sun was illuminating a section of a hillside and quickly swapped to my 300mm for this shot.
The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge is Liquid.
Storm clouds and light beams over Loch Arkaig in the autumn. The storm clouds are about to add more water to the Loch.