My plan for twenty-nineteen.

This week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge prompt is “My Vision For Twenty-nineteen” which in the early hours of Monday morning seems rather appropriate.

Tomorrow (Tuesday) I will be posting week 52, the last entry of my 52 week photo project for 2018. I wasn’t planning on having a project for 2019. I am dealing with health issues and family issues back in the U.K. and don’t know if I will be able too stick to a project for 2019.

However, due to not being able to sleep I have been considering a project or plan for 2019. It’s still not fully formed and I may not be able to follow a routine due to the various issues but I have the beginnings of a project.

I’m going to call it “Monochrome Minimalism” or “Minimalistic Monochrome” or maybe something completely different as I’m typing this in the early hours when it seems like a good idea.

So here’s a minimalistic monochrome Maple leaf on snow from a recent walk.

Minimalist Maple leaf.

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.