Squares Challenge

January Squares: Up #15

Panning Up during exposure.

This is my day 15 contribution to Becky’s January Squares on the theme of Up.

Motion blurred trees on the South Bruce Peninsula in summer. I deliberately panned the camera Up during exposure.

January Squares: Up #15

Precious Minutes

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Precious Moments prompt.

As is sometimes the case with me, I had a couple of ideas for the challenge before turning 90 degrees and heading off sideways.

That was because I Googled moment to see if there was a defined range of times that fall under the word. I was surprise to discover that a moment started out as a medieval unit of time, approximately 90 seconds long.

Which got me thinking about some of the photos I have taken since the lockdown restrictions were lifted a little in the summer. Some of those photos involved exposure times minutes long which explains the title of this post.

Travel Tuesday: Colpoy's Bay at night
A long exposure to show the stars moving over Colpoy’s Bay at night.
Clouds over Colpoy's Bay at dawn
A long exposure to show storm clouds moving across Colpoy’s Bay at dawn.

A is for Abstract

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: An Alphabet Challenge – Subjects That Begin with the Letter A prompt.

I enjoy these sort of challenges as it allows me to come up with a theme. Sometimes I take a sideways look at the prompt and head off in a direction that only has a tenuous connection to the challenge.

I had a couple of ideas for the challenge before thinking of abstract images. Possibly because I had photographed a few abstract images of ripples on the local bay this past summer and autumn.

I briefly considered a post exclusively of ripples but decided that would be more appropriate if the prompt was the letter R.

In the end I decided to go with a small selection of photos taken over the past 35 years.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: A

Lichen on a tree trunk with a cheap CCTV lens on the camera.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: A

Foxtail Barley. Detail of the seed heads, it was more about the colour than the plant.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: A

A motion blurred female Ruby-throated Hummingbird.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: A

Ripples on Georgian Bay. Photographed in 1985 and possibly my earliest photo of ripples.

Weekly Prompts

Snippet of Sky

This is my contribution to the Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge: Snippet.

I started thinking about the Covid-19 lockdown in the spring and how I was getting stir crazy by the end of May. I couldn’t get out to any of my sunrise and sunset locations.

So I decided to set up a tripod in the yard and try to photograph a sunset through a gap in the trees.

The sunset fizzled out but rather than pack up the camera and tripod I decided to experiment with the live composite feature of the Olympus camera I was using.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Old and New

Clouds streaking across the sky at dusk during a live composite long exposure.


Motion Blur

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge prompt You Pick It!

I thought about some of my experiments since being restricted to what I could do due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Some of the experiments involved using the live composite and the live time settings of my Olympus camera to show motion blur of clouds at dawn and dusk.

As I have been experimenting with motion blur for years I decided to add a couple of earlier images to this post.

Clouds moving across Colpoy's Bay at dawn

A 346 second exposure of clouds moving across Colpoy’s Bay, Ontario at dawn in the summer. Taken using a strong neutral density filter on the lens and using the live time feature of my Olympus camera.

Water Water Everywhere #22

A wave breaking over a rock on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario 18 years ago. Isolated using the long telephoto I use for birds and mammals.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: You Pick It!

A wave breaking on the Georgian Bay, Ontario shoreline at sunrise 35 years ago. The camera was set up on a tripod and the shutter tripped when a suitable looking wave was about to break on the stones.

Travel Tuesday

15 seconds at dawn

Travel Tuesday is visiting Berford Lake on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario at dawn in the autumn.

Early November through to late February is the only time of year that the sun rises far enough to the south to rise over this part of Berford Lake.

This is a 15 second exposure of clouds moving across Berford Lake at dawn.

Travel Tuesday: Berford Lake at dawn
Squares Challenge

One Of A Kind #3

When you’re photographing endurance racing at night with a telephoto lens and experimenting with motion blur every shot is one of a kind.

A competitor entering the start/finish straight shortly before midnight during the Le Mans 24 hour motorcycle endurance race.

This is my day 21 contribution to Becky’s October Squares challenge on the theme of Kind.

October Squares: One Of A Kind #3