A red double decker bus crossing Westminster Bridge with the Houses of Parliament in the background. This is my contribution to the One Word Sunday prompt Bridge.
This week Ann-Christine gave us the prompt Surprise for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge.
I had no ideas for the challenge before going for a walk with the camera early on Sunday morning.
In the 1970s and 80s I could “see” in monochrome. There was times when I was shooting more black and white film than colour. By the late 1980s I had stopped shooting black and white film and some time later I realised that I had lost the ability to see a monochrome image.
However, as both of my modern mirrorless cameras have an electronic viewfinder they can be set to monochrome. As a result the image you’re seeing in the viewfinder is in monochrome.
So on my Sunday morning walk I set the camera to monochrome. Imagine my surprise when I discovered how useful it was to see the monochrome version of the subject in the viewfinder. After a while I was seeing in tones and light and shade before I put the viewfinder to my eye.
If it wasn’t such a silly idea I would pick up a second camera body and have one set to colour and one set to monochrome the way I carried two film cameras for a while.
Trees in the snow at Hatherton near Nantwich in southern Cheshire. An early monochrome photo taken with my Olympus OM1 in the mid 1970s.
In the early 1980s I was one of the field testers for Ilford XP1 prior to its release. The Houses of Parliament from the South Bank of the River Thames in London, England.
Backlit Maple leaves photographed on my Sunday morning walk with the camera set to monochrome.
Fungi, dead wood and new growth on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario. Another photo from my early morning walk on Sunday.
This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Old and New.
I thought it was an interesting prompt and had several ideas for a post. I had my first choice partly planned out in my head and then forgot about the plan and took the wrong lens when I went for a walk with the camera on Sunday morning.
Then on Sunday evening I set up a camera in the yard hoping for some colourful clouds at sunset. There wasn’t much colour at sunset but as I had the camera set up I started using the auto composite setting to record the clouds moving across the sky.
That’s when I started thinking about some of the old techniques for showing movement in a photograph. That led to me thinking about photographic techniques and how some are the same and how some have changed dramatically.
The late 1980s in Cheshire, England. A male Common Blackbird checking on the photographer lying in the grass.
30 years later I’m still lying in the grass and birds are still checking me out. A male Red-breasted Nuthatch on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.
The early 1980s and I’m on a roof in North London at dusk turning the lights of the city into streaks by zooming the lens during exposure.
Nearly 40 years later and the digital camera I am using has an auto composite setting. This photo was a base exposure of 1 second and a further 120 x 1 second exposures to show the movement of the clouds at dusk.
Edit: On Googling auto composite I discovered that Olympus call it live composite. Probably because you can watch the image building as the exposures continue.
Monochrome Monday travels back to the very early 1980s. I was one of the field testers of a new black and white film, Ilford XP1. It differed from conventional black and white film in that it could be processed in the same processing line as colour negative film.
I went for a walk around central London early one Sunday morning as part of my testing of the film. This is the Houses of Parliament from the South Bank of the River Thames with some light mist over the river.
When I read the prompt for Nancy’s A Photo a Week Challenge: Red I remembered digitizing some slides recently and thinking how good they would be for a Red prompt.
However I have completely forgotten what those photos were of. So I started thinking about the colour red and thought of British post boxes and double-decker buses in London.
A red post box in a sandstone wall at Bickerton Hill, Cheshire, England.
A red double-decker crosses Westminster Bridge, London, England.
This is my contribution to Cee’s On the Hunt for Joy Challenge: Count Chimneys.
Over Christmas I started making digital versions of the slides in my archives. I had previously digitised around 1,500 key slides but there are about 15,000 in my archives. I am currently about halfway through the process.
So a selection of English chimneys photographed in the 1980s from my archives.
An interesting old stone chimney on the corner of Eastgate Street and Bridge Street in the historic centre of Chester, Cheshire.
A soon to be demolished chimney on a former small pox hospital north of London.
Chimneys on some historic buildings on The Square, Nantwich, Cheshire.
Some chimneys in north London during a severe hailstorm. The “speckled” appearance of the storm clouds is falling hail.
This is my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Public transportation (bus, planes, trains, etc).
You may wonder why the title is Red Double-decker when it’s a black and white challenge. It’s because this photo of a red London double-decker bus on Westminster Bridge in front of the Houses of Parliament came to mind straight away. I decided to go with a monochrome conversion with the bus picked out in spot colour.