A contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Vanishing Point or Leading Lines.
My first thought was of roads disappearing off in the distance.
Having spent part of the winter making digital copies of my slide archives I had found several photos of roads suitable for the challenge so I decided to go with my initial thought.
A road through Badenoch in the Scottish Highlands in the autumn.
A closed road near Raymore, Saskatchewan that didn’t have a Road Closed sign stopping you turning onto it.
Motorcycles in fog on their way to the Dragon Motorcycle Rally in Snowdonia, Wales. Taken in the early 1980s when I was field testing Ilford XP1 prior to its launch.
A gravel road on the Bruce Peninsula, Ontario heads towards a section of the Niagara Escarpment.
When considering the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Simple Joys prompt I remembered going down to the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline for the sunrise and the joy of being entertained by a Belted Kingfisher pretending to be a Barn Swallow by sitting on a power line along the road.
That made me wonder what the sunrise had been like and what else I had photographed that day. That then got me thinking about coming home from another sunrise and spotting two Sandhill Cranes in a hay field in nice early morning light.
That was on the 4th August 2018 so here’s a selection of simple joys from that day.
The simple joy of a section of the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline to myself for a 50 second exposure at dawn.
The simple joy of a black and white photo of the mist and low cloud over the Niagara Escarpment across the bay.
The simple joy of spotting these two Sandhill Cranes in a hay field coming home from the sunrise.
The simple joy of setting up a camera in the yard to photograph this male American Goldfinch in its smart summer plumage.
Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment.
Winter on the South Bruce Peninsula.
My contribution to Six Word Saturday.
The Tuesday Photo Challenge – Trees was one of those prompts that gave me so many ideas it was difficult coming up with a theme.
So I decided to go with a tour of the decades starting with a one of my earliest photos. So early in fact that the original negative got lost or damaged and I ended up photographing the scene again when we got snow a couple of years later.
Trees in the snow, Hatherton, Cheshire, England in the 1970s.
Snow dusted trees in the mist at sunrise, Hatherton, Cheshire, England in the 1980s.
Trees and their shadows, Bickerton Hill, Cheshire, England in the 1990s.
Hoarfrost covered trees on snow covered farmland at sunrise, Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada in the 1990s.
Trees in autumn on the Niagara Escarpment, South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada in the 2010s.
This post is partly a contribution to Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #10 Photo Challenge and partly a ramble about a lens I picked up before Christmas. A 35mm f/1.6 lens that cost me $33.41 CDN although the shipping from China was $7.99 CDN so it was over $40 in total.
Other than the shipping that’s a similar price to what I paid for the various CCTV lenses I was experimenting with last year. Except this lens came with a native E mount to fit directly on to my Sony mirrorless camera without an adapter. It even came with a rather nice rectangular lens hood.
For the price I wasn’t expecting very good optical quality and although it’s not very sharp wide open it does improve when stopped down. I find the colours are a little muted and the contrast low but nothing that can’t be corrected in editing.
Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment at sunrise a couple of days before Christmas.