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Monochrome Monday

Clouds and Mist

Clouds and mist over Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment at sunrise recently.

I haven’t written a Macro Monday post yet so this could be a return to Monochrome Monday this week.

Clouds and mist at sunrise.
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Weekly Photo Challenge

Hoarfrost on Hart’s-tongue Fern

This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Special Request: Wilting, dead or aging flowers and leaves.

This is a hoarfrost covered Hart’s-tongue Fern. A monochrome original I gave it a blue tint to give it a colder mood.

 

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Special Request: Wilting, dead or aging flowers and leaves

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge

Olympus OM system cameras

This is my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Cameras, photographers or equipment.

It’s also a look back at the 31 years I used the Olympus OM system given the uncertain future of Olympus cameras at the moment.

 

Olympus OM system cameras

My first Olympus camera, an OM1 purchased in 1976. When I added an OM2n in 1980 this OM1 became my black and white film camera. Utterly reliable unlike some later OM system cameras.

 

Olympus OM system cameras

An Olympus OM4T I purchased used in the late 1990s. A big mistake, it soon developed the shutter problem I was so familiar with having owned an early OM4. If the OM4 wasn’t in the repair shop for new circuit boards it was in there for a new shutter. I gave up after multiple replacements of both circuit boards and shutters.

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge

Lots of Monochrome Arches

This is my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Half Circles, Arches, Domes.

This is part of the interior of St Mary’s Church in Nantwich, Cheshire, England.

 

A Photo a Week Challenge: Over 100 Years Old

 

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Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday: 1st July 2020

 

Wordless Wednesday: 1st July 2020

 

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Monthly Squares

Monochrome Perspective on a Fence

This is my day 1 contribution to Becky’s July Squares on the theme of Perspective.

This may look like a fence but it’s actually a row of wood piles holding back about 20 inches (50 cm) of dirt and rocks. It’s deceptive, the grass behind the fence is only a couple of inches below the top of it.

There’s a second perspective involved in the photo. When I was using black and white film regularly I the 1970s and 80s I could “see” in monochrome. Once I stopped using black and white film I lost that ability at some point. However, both my modern mirrorless cameras have an electronic viewfinder which can be set to monochrome. The monochrome viewfinder is helping me get the ability to see in monochrome back. I am once again noticing tones and light and shade before I put the viewfinder to my eye.

 

July Squares: Monochrome Perspective on a Fence

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Surprise

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.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Surprise

Trees in the snow at Hatherton near Nantwich in southern Cheshire. An early monochrome photo taken with my Olympus OM1 in the mid 1970s.

 

Monochrome Monday: 9th March 2020

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.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Surprise

Backlit Maple leaves photographed on my Sunday morning walk with the camera set to monochrome.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Surprise

Fungi, dead wood and new growth on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario. Another photo from my early morning walk on Sunday.