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.
A recent dawn and another outing for my lightweight, back to basics camera kit.
Since I last wrote about it I have made a small change to the kit. I have swapped the 7artisans 35mm lens for a Meike 25mm f/1.8 lens. I was finding the jump from 12mm to 35mm a little large and the jump from 35mm to 55mm a little small. The 25mm sits more centrally between the 12mm and 55mm.
The reason I went with a 35mm lens rather than 25mm was because I found a 35mm a nice focal length for the way I “see” when out and about shooting personal work. So I plan on using the 35mm when out with just a lens on the camera and no camera bag.
This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: The End of Summer.
I decided to go with a small selection of photos from the weekend as we’re nearly at the end of the summer.
Storm clouds over Wiarton Marina and Colpoy’s Bay on Saturday morning. It won’t be long before all the boats are being pulled out of the water.
Some early autumn colour on the South Bruce Peninsula on Saturday afternoon.
Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment at sunrise on Sunday morning.