Weekly Photo Challenge

WWE #32: Crescent Moon at Dawn

This is my contribution to Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #32 Photo Challenge.

This is a photo of Colpoy’s Bay at dawn from June last year. If I was to set up a tripod and start taking photos this year I would be risking a hefty fine. It would be perfectly acceptable to walk along the shoreline, even in a group, but to stand still, completely alone is unacceptable according to the local council.


WWE #32: Crescent Moon at Dawn

A crescent moon hangs over Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment on the South Bruce Peninsula at dawn. An 8 second exposure has blurred the water and the leaves on the trees.


Weekly Photo Challenge

On the Hunt for Joy: Mix Play with Everyday

This is my contribution to Cee’s On the Hunt for Joy Challenge: Mix Play with Everyday and goes back to last Sunday evening.

With my sunrise and sunset locations still closed for health reasons due to Covid-19 I decided to set up in the yard hoping for some colourful clouds at sunset.

The clouds were a bit of a disappointment but as the camera was set up on a tripod I decided to wait for it to get darker so I could play with the live composite setting on the Olympus camera I was using.

Live composite is a modified form of multiple exposure mode which allows you to take a sequence of exposures to build up an image. It combines any moving bright areas from each exposure to create the image. It allows you to photograph, amongst other things, star trails or in my case the clouds moving across the sky.


On the Hunt for Joy Challenge: Mix Play with Everyday

Clouds at sunset through a gap in the trees on the South Bruce Peninsula.


On the Hunt for Joy Challenge: Mix Play with Everyday

A live composite image. This was a 1 second exposure for the ambient light followed by a further 120 x 1 second exposures recording the highlights (clouds) as they moved.


Lens-Artists Photo Challenge

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Old and New

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.


Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Old and New

The late 1980s in Cheshire, England. A male Common Blackbird checking on the photographer lying in the grass.


Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Old and New

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.


Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Old and New

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.


Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Old and New

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.


One Word Sunday


This is contribution to the One Word Sunday challenge Dream.

I found this photo on the camera memory card when I was downloading photos from one of my walks around the neighborhood.

The photo is of the bedroom window and curtain. I’m guessing I was changing a setting on the camera and tripped the shutter by accident. I thought it had a suitably dream like quality for the prompt.

One Word Sunday: Dream


Monthly Squares

On Top of a Sandstone Crag by Starlight

This a my day 30 contribution to Becky’s April Square Tops photo challenge and a follow-up of sorts to my day nine contribution.

A thank you to Becky for a fun month of squares. Given that our internet connection was flaky at the start of the month and I ended up in hospital a week ago I’m amazed that I only missed one day.

This is Beeston Castle on top of a sandstone crag in Cheshire. The lines across the sky ar star trails. If I recall correctly this is an 100 minute exposure taken in the middle of the night. I was one of the volunteers protecting a Peregrine nest site on the cliff face below the castle.

On Top of a Sandstone Crag by Starlight


Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday: 1st January 2020

Wordless Wednesday: 1st January 2020

Weekly Prompts

Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Clock the Time

I was considering a few ideas for the Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Clock the Time before thinking about using a timer app on a tablet to time long exposures.

My plan was to set up the shot when I was down at the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline for the sunrise. I would set the tablet on top of the camera bag as I usually do and take the shot at dawn.

The plan didn’t work out. I took my lightweight kit of three manual focus primes in a small bag so no lid to set the tablet on. Not that the choice of camera bags really mattered as I forgot the tablet. So I set up the shot at home in the afternoon.

This small tablet has a timer app allowing me to time long exposures at dawn and dusk. There’s also an app that shows sun rise and set and moon rise and set direction for any locations I’m not familiar with and an app that alerts me to the chance of a display of the northern lights.

Edit: It occurred to me after posting this that I hadn’t explained the reason why I need a timer app. Sometimes I use strong neutral density filters to given long exposure times. This allows me to blur moving water or clouds moving across the sky.

In fact there are apps that will calculate the exposure and time it for you. I have been doing the exposure calculations in my head so just use a timer app. Maybe I should investigate the calculator apps.

Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Clock the Time