Photo Challenges


This is my contribution to the A Photo a Week Challenge: Backlit prompt.

Travel Tuesday: Up the Flagpole

Backlit Canadian flag and Canada Geese at sunrise on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Midsummer

Backlit Maple leaves on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario in spring.

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Fantasy

Backlit ice formation on the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline at sunrise.

Monochrome Monday: 18th May 2020

Backlit pit stop. A rider leaving the pits after a nighttime pit stop during the Le Mans 24 hour motorcycle endurance race in France.

Becky's Squares

Bright Night

This is my day 10 contribution to Becky’s April Squares on the theme of Bright.

I couldn’t resist the combination of bright and night.

Star trails over Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment with the lights of a vehicle driving along the shoreline road.

January Squares: Up #12
Becky's Squares

Bright Streaks

This is my day 4 contribution to Becky’s April Squares on the theme of Bright.

A motion blurred motorcycle endurance racer at night. A competitor in the Le Mans 24 hour motorcycle endurance race in France. Taken 39 years ago this weekend.

October Squares: One Of A Kind #3

A Change of Scenery

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: A Change of Scenery prompt.

I had a couple of ideas for the challenge but in the end decided to keep it simple and stay local. I decided to look back to last summer and autumn when some of the Covid-19 restrictions started being lifted and I could visit one of my sunrise locations again.

Wordless Wednesday: 8th July 2020

One of my first visits to Colpoy’s Bay for a sunrise after the restrictions were eased.

Travel Tuesday: Colpoy's Bay at night

In July Comet Neowise was in the news. I made several attempts to see and photograph it. On one occasion I set up the camera to record star trails over Colpoy’s Bay while I looked for the comet.

A Photo a Week: Joy

Once the restrictions were eased a little and I could visit the bay I spent quite a bit of time photographing ripples on the water at sunrise. On this occasion a Common Loon swam into the section of ripples I was photographing and created a second set of ripples.

2020: Red Streak

The autumn saw lots of storm clouds over the bay but I still went for the sunrise.


Special Moments

This week Tina gives us the prompt Special Moments for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge.

Weekly Prompts: Boundaries

A female Wilson’s Phalarope. I was on a section of the Middle Quill Lake shoreline looking for summer migrants when half a dozen Wilson’s Phalaropes flew in and started feeding around me. I lay down in the sand (and wildfowl poop) to photograph them at eye level. They completely ignored me, some of the birds came so close I couldn’t focus on them.

One Word Sunday: Bright

Having been experimenting with intentional camera movement recently this photo may be where it started for me. A competitor in the 1982 Le Mans 24 hour motorcycle endurance race enters the start/finish straight shortly before midnight. Far to abstract for the magazine editor but I liked the images and have been experimenting on and off ever since.

Throwback Thursday: 28th May 2020

An adult Eurasian Blue Tit feeding young in a specially constructed nestbox in a garden in Hatherton near Nantwich, Cheshire. I documented the entire nesting cycle from the beginning of nest building to the empty nestbox after the last youngster had left. Extensively published I spent a week looking at a nestbox photo on the contents page of the Radio Times without recognising it as mine.

One Word Sunday: Drama

Storm clouds and light beams over Loch Arkaig, Scotland. I was in Scotland one autumn with the plan of doing lots of landscape photography. With almost constant rain I wasn’t getting a lot of photos until the end of day three when the rain stopped towards sunset. One of the photos from this evening was published worldwide by Olympus Japan and won a national photo contest on the theme of ‘The Beauty of Light.’

Photo Challenges


This is my contribution to the A Photo a Week Challenge: Motion prompt.

I quickly had a rather long “shortlist” of around a dozen images but wanted to go with four. That four changed twice before I decided enough was enough and stopped swapping photos.

One Word Sunday: Bright
Motion blurred racer entering the start/finish straight shortly before midnight during the Le Mans 24 hour motorcycle endurance race in France.
Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: You Pick It!
Motion blurred wave on the Georgian Bay shoreline at sunrise.
Lens-Artists: Striped and Checked
Motion blurred trees using intentional camera movement.
Clouds moving across Colpoy's Bay at dawn
Motion blurred clouds due to a 346 second exposure of Colpoy’s Bay at dawn.
Cosmic Photo Challenge

At Night

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: At Night prompt.

To be honest I wasn’t sure what I was going to go with for this challenge. I didn’t realise just how many photos I had taken at night until I started selecting photos.

Travel Tuesday: Colpoy's Bay at night
Star trails over Colpoy’s Bay at night. Taken while looking for Comet Neowise which I failed to see let alone photograph.
On Top of a Sandstone Crag by Starlight
A very long exposure of Beeston Castle at night. Taken while doing a night shift protecting a Peregrine nest site on the cliff below the castle.
Friendly Friday: Nighttime
Wybunbury churchyard at night, Cheshire, England. Taken for an art school project although I no longer remember what the brief was.
Tuesday Photo Challenge - Number
Team Bike entering the start/finish straight at around midnight. 9 hours into the Le Mans 24 hour motorcycle endurance race in France.