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2020

Racing Across the Sky

A recent visit to Colpoy’s Bay for the sunrise. After overnight thunderstorms the wind was strong with storm clouds racing across the sky.

This 15 second exposure at dawn has recorded lots of movement in the clouds.

Clouds moving over Colpoy's Bay at dawn.
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Weekly Photo Challenge

An Interesting Perspective

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: An Interesting Perspective prompt.

I thought about some of the long exposure photos I have taken down at the local bay since it was opened after being closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: An Interesting Perspective
Storm clouds moving across Colpoy’s Bay at dawn.
Travel Tuesday: Colpoy's Bay at night
Star trails over Colpoy’s Bay at night.
Clouds moving across Colpoy's Bay at dawn
A 346 second exposure of clouds moving across Colpoy’s Bay at dawn.
Cosmic Photo Challenge: An Interesting Perspective
A 10 second exposure of Colpoy’s Bay at dawn to soften the water.
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2020

346 seconds at Dawn

A 346 second exposure of clouds moving across Colpoy’s Bay at dawn.

Taken using a 7 stop neutral density filter to get the length of exposure needed. I used the Live Time setting on an Olympus camera although I calculated the exposure rather than relying on the Live Time image in the viewfinder.

Clouds moving across Colpoy's Bay at dawn
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Weekly Photo Challenge

On the Hunt for Joy: Mix Play with Everyday

This is my contribution to Cee’s On the Hunt for Joy Challenge: Mix Play with Everyday and goes back to last Sunday evening.

With my sunrise and sunset locations still closed for health reasons due to Covid-19 I decided to set up in the yard hoping for some colourful clouds at sunset.

The clouds were a bit of a disappointment but as the camera was set up on a tripod I decided to wait for it to get darker so I could play with the live composite setting on the Olympus camera I was using.

Live composite is a modified form of multiple exposure mode which allows you to take a sequence of exposures to build up an image. It combines any moving bright areas from each exposure to create the image. It allows you to photograph, amongst other things, star trails or in my case the clouds moving across the sky.

 

On the Hunt for Joy Challenge: Mix Play with Everyday

Clouds at sunset through a gap in the trees on the South Bruce Peninsula.

 

On the Hunt for Joy Challenge: Mix Play with Everyday

A live composite image. This was a 1 second exposure for the ambient light followed by a further 120 x 1 second exposures recording the highlights (clouds) as they moved.

 

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Old and New

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Old and New.

I thought it was an interesting prompt and had several ideas for a post. I had my first choice partly planned out in my head and then forgot about the plan and took the wrong lens when I went for a walk with the camera on Sunday morning.

Then on Sunday evening I set up a camera in the yard hoping for some colourful clouds at sunset. There wasn’t much colour at sunset but as I had the camera set up I started using the auto composite setting to record the clouds moving across the sky.

That’s when I started thinking about some of the old techniques for showing movement in a photograph. That led to me thinking about photographic techniques and how some are the same and how some have changed dramatically.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Old and New

The late 1980s in Cheshire, England. A male Common Blackbird checking on the photographer lying in the grass.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Old and New

30 years later I’m still lying in the grass and birds are still checking me out. A male Red-breasted Nuthatch on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Old and New

The early 1980s and I’m on a roof in North London at dusk turning the lights of the city into streaks by zooming the lens during exposure.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Old and New

Nearly 40 years later and the digital camera I am using has an auto composite setting. This photo was a base exposure of 1 second and a further 120 x 1 second exposures to show the movement of the clouds at dusk.

Edit: On Googling auto composite I discovered that Olympus call it live composite. Probably because you can watch the image building as the exposures continue.

 

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One Word Sunday

Dream

This is contribution to the One Word Sunday challenge Dream.

I found this photo on the camera memory card when I was downloading photos from one of my walks around the neighborhood.

The photo is of the bedroom window and curtain. I’m guessing I was changing a setting on the camera and tripped the shutter by accident. I thought it had a suitably dream like quality for the prompt.

One Word Sunday: Dream

 

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Change Your Perspective

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Change Your Perspective prompt.

Patti set the challenge by inviting us to “break the habit of shooting photos at eye-level and change your perspective.”

I had a couple of ideas for the challenge. The first was a selection of photos taken at eye level to the subject which can be vastly different to the photographer’s eye-level. The second idea was a selection of photos where the camera is anything but level, pointing up or down.

I had started selecting photos for my second idea before deciding to combine the two.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Change Your Perspective

Look Up. And don’t be afraid to experiment. Motion blurred tree trunks created by vertically panning the camera during exposure. The extra distortion around the edges of the photo are from using a fisheye lens. Taken last winter on one of my walks around the neighborhood.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Change Your Perspective

Look Down. In this case into a tree filled valley after overnight snow. Bickerton Hill, Cheshire, England.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Change Your Perspective

Look Up. And don’t be afraid to experiment again. This photo was made by zooming the lens during exposure. Taken this winter very close to where I took the first Look Up photo the previous winter.

 

 

Sunlit Squirrel.

Eye Level. In this case being at eye level with this American Red Squirrel meant lying in the yard with the lens an inch or two above the grass.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Change Your Perspective

Eye Level. In this case I got to eye level with the Redwing by photographing it from a bedroom window.