Foggy trees.

Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire, England in the late 1970s. The trees are growing in a field belonging to a nursery and were ready to be transplanted to customers. As a photography student my summer job was working in the fields belonging to the nursery so I was familiar with what was growing where.

On a foggy autumn day I went for a walk around the fields looking for shots. The original was a colour slide but it was monochromatic so when I copied the slide I did a monochrome conversion. The bright section at the top of the frame means that the sun was quite high when the shot was taken.

Foggy trees.

Sunrise in monochrome.

Monochrome Monday is going back a week when I went down to Colpoy’s Bay for the sunrise. With some interesting clouds and not a lot of colour in the sky I took some shots with the intention of converting them to monochrome.

I kept the foreground dark as that was how I remembered it. The only bright part of the scene was a band over the Niagara Escarpment.

Colpoy's Bay in monochrome.

 

Thick cloud at dawn.

Monochrome Monday is going back a day. I went down to Colpoy’s Bay for the sunrise yesterday but there was thick cloud covering the area.

I was in a retro mood and had packed my smallest camera bag with with four manual focus prime lenses. As I was shooting the way I did in the 1970s and early 1980s I decided to shoot as if I was using black and white film with the intention of converting the digital files to monochrome.

Originally I was considering this as the pick for week 52. It’s a 50 second exposure taken about 25 minutes before sunrise using a 4 stop neutral density filter. The long exposure means that the water is mostly smoothed out and there’s some movement in the clouds.

The lens used for this shot was a Vivitar 35mm f/1.9 I picked up as a photography student in the late 1970s. The lens was used when I got it so it’s over 40 years old. I’m beginning to question why the Vivitar is in my retro set. If I’m using it on a tripod it’s invariably stopped down so the fast aperture is irrelevant. Also, the focusing is now so worn I get worried about the lens falling apart when I mount a filter holder and start sliding filters into the holder.

Thick cloud at sunrise.

A dream of time.

This week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge is ‘Pieces of a dream…in black and white’

Having been shooting in fog this weekend when most of the shots were monochromatic I was considering a dreamy fog or mist shot. Then I spotted a partially wind blown Dandelion clock and was struck by the symbolism of it.

So a monochrome conversion to which I added some radial blur and a vignette to focus attention on the center of the clock. This isn’t the Dandelion clock that inspired me, that was all clumped together by the rain and fog. This started out as a film shot from Cheshire in the 1980s.

Dandelion clock.

Abandoned crofters cottage.

Monochrome Monday is going back to the late 1970s when four photography students traveled to the Isle of Skye on the west coast of Scotland.

I added grain to the digital version to give it a more gritty feel. It shows an abandoned crofters cottage at Elgol with the mist and clod shrouded Cuillin in the background across Loch Scavaig.

Abandoned cottage in front of the Cuillin.

Thick fog at sunrise.

Sunday morning of week 25 saw me down at Colpoy’s Bay. No sunrise with a thick fog blanketing the area. Dark enough when I got down to the shoreline I had to grab a flashlight (a torch for any British readers) out of the car. I needed it to see the bubble (spirit) level I use to level the camera and to check the front element of the lens for water drops as the fog was dripping off the leaves of the trees I was under.

By the time I packed the camera away the sun had been above the horizon for 15 minutes by the clock in the car. I had guessed that it was up as I wasn’t having to use the flashlight any more.

Given the lack of colour because of the fog I decided to shoot with the intention of converting the shots to monochrome. I was also trying for some movement in the leaves on the trees so this is a 25 second exposure. I kept the monochrome conversion fairly low key to match the conditions at the Bay.

A foggy morning.