For 2020 the Weekly Prompts Photo and Word Challenges have been merged into one, the first being Something New.
The something new for me was a different camera last year. As a long time Olympus user I picked up a small, mirrorless Sony to continue my experimentation and testing of various lenses adapted to a mirrorless camera.
I’m rather enjoying the camera to the point that if it wasn’t for the bag full of very good Olympus lenses that won’t adapt I would be using it almost exclusively.
Part of the Wiarton Santa Claus parade with the Meike 25mm lens from my lightweight Olympus kit adapted to fit the Sony.
An ice covered bush on the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline at sunrise with the Neewer 35mm lens adapted to fit the camera.
A fisheye view of Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment at sunrise with the Rokinon 8mm fisheye lens adapted to fit the camera.
Some interesting background blur with a 35mm CCTV lens adapted to fit the camera.
Normally I restrict my Six Word Saturday posts to one or two six word sentences but this one is going to need an explanation.
Last Saturday evening it was the Wiarton Santa Claus parade on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada. Just up the street from me someone was doing a commentary using a public address system. When the people with the BDO banners passed the commentator I heard them say “and here’s the LBDO street walkers” at which point there was a brief pause before they added “I probably shouldn’t have phrased it like that” which was what I was thinking.
This is my contribution to the A Photo a Week Challenge: Communication.
I thought about how quickly the smartphone has taken over as a means of communication, not just phone calls but texting and email.
Then I spotted a payphone and thought about how they had almost disappeared.
Edited to give the photo the look of an old film shot.
This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Monochrome.
I hadn’t come up with an idea for this challenge when I headed down to Colpoy’s Bay for the sunrise on Sunday morning. With some interesting clouds over Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment I was hoping for some colour at sunrise. No colour ever developed so I started thinking about some monochrome conversions for the challenge.
I had taken my lightweight kit of a small mirrorless camera and three manual focus prime lenses. So I tried to make a set of three images, one with each lens.
A view of the bay with the wide angle lens.
A section of the shoreline and bay with the standard lens.
Isolating a section of clouds over the Niagara Escarpment with the telephoto lens.
This is my contribution to the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Secrets.
It’s not much of a secret but I first started blogging as The Grumpy Snapper. I still post occasionally to that blog but not very regularly these days.
I started this blog to document the 52 week photo project that I did in 2018. After a while this became my primary blog and The Grumpy Snapper was relegated to rambles about aspects of photography and the occasional rant.
The name came from my reputation for being grumpy and a derogatory term for a photographer. Some photographer’s get upset about being referred to as snappers but it’s not something that has ever bothered me.
Here’s a couple of snaps from the summer that I posted as The Grumpy Snapper but I didn’t post on this blog. Both shots were taken when I was testing the Meike 25mm lens I added to my lightweight, back to basics kit of three manual focus primes.
Some backlit Maple leaves on a local back road. Sometimes it’s just about the light.
Amethyst Aster flowers on a local back road. Testing how the lens renders the out of focus background.
This is my contribution to the Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Grin.
Now you may be wondering why a section of a mural featuring two grumpy looking men has to do with the grin challenge. I’ve always found the mural a bit grim, it could do with someone grinning.
The mural is on the side of the laundromat in Southampton, Ontario, Canada. I think it depicts some of the history of the town. Maybe the grumpy looking men were two of the founders of the town. But surely, if you’re going to produce a mural to highlight some of the history of the town you could have made the portraits smile or grin.
Oh, and the name of the laundromat with these grumpy images on, Sparkles Laundromat.