Month of Squares

Trees #31

July Squares: Trees #31

Bare trees surrounding Chantry Island lighthouse at dusk in autumn.

This is my day 31 contribution to Becky’s July Squares: Trees photo challenge.

A big thank you to Becky for a great theme for July Squares with lots of interesting and creative squares from the participants.

Throwback Thursday

Female Common Merganser with young

This week Throwback Thursday is traveling back 13 years to August 2007.

This is a female Common Merganser with young on Lake Huron near the Long Dock in Southampton, Ontario, Canada. This was a very late brood, the young wouldn’t have long to grow and prepare to head south for the winter.


Throwback Thursday: Female Common Merganser with young


One Word Sunday


I thought I would take a light hearted look at the One Word Sunday prompt Olympic.

Mainly because when I was thinking about the prompt I remembered this photo of five Olympus cameras I took for a blog post about my 44 years of using Olympus cameras. Then I realised that the five cameras were sort of arranged in the pattern of the five Olympic rings.


One Word Sunday: Olympic


Monochrome Monday

Monochrome Monday: 27th April 2020

Monochrome Monday travels back a couple of months to a couple of blog posts about my 44 years of using Olympus cameras.

Lying in this hospital bed trying to come up with an idea for this week’s Monochrome Monday it occurred to me that the group shot of Olympus cameras would be an appropriate monochrome conversion. The Olympus OM1 back left spent much of its working life loaded with black and white film. I then added a film type border in Snapseed.

Monochrome Monday: 27th April 2020




Photo Challenges

On the Hunt for Joy: Put Your Collections on Display

I have collected various things over the years so when I read Cee’s On the Hunt for Joy Challenge: Put Your Collections on Display prompt I had several ideas for a post.

Then I got thinking of a recent blog post about my 44 years of using Olympus cameras. Which then got me thinking about the collection of manual focus prime lenses I have built up over those 44 years.


On the Hunt for Joy: Put Your Collections on Display

44 years of Olympus cameras ranging from the OM1 I purchased in 1976 to the OM-D E-M10 Mark II I purchased last year.


On the Hunt for Joy: Put Your Collections on Display

44 years of manual focus prime lenses ranging from the silvernose OM Zuiko 50mm lens that went with the OM1 in 1976 to the 7artisans 55mm lens I added to my lightweight kit of three manual focus primes last year. This is a little over half of the collection, my table top set up isn’t big enough for everything.


Photo Challenges

Fan Of… Olympus Cameras

A contribution to Jez Braithwaite’s Fan Of… #54 challenge and a ramble about some of the Olympus cameras I have used over the years.


Fan Of... Olympus Cameras

A trio of my Olympus OM system cameras, fom left to right, my OM1 from 1976, my first OM2N from 1981 and my OM4T from 1998. I gave the photo an old fashioned film look with Snapseed as it seemed appropriate.


trees in snow, Hatherton, Cheshire, England.

An early photo taken with the OM1 in late 1976 or early in 1977. Trees in the snow, Hatherton, Cheshire. I had previously taken a very similar shot with my Zenit E camera but something happened to the negatives so I had to reshoot the scene the next time there was snow.


Fan Of... Olympus Cameras

One of the last shots I took using the OM system. Canada Day fireworks on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario on Canada Day 2007. Taken with a telephoto lens from nearly a mile away.


Fan Of... Olympus Cameras

44 years of Olympus cameras. The back row consists of the three OM system cameras in the first photo. The front row is, on the left, my E-410 from 2007 and on the right my OM-D E-M10 Mark II from last year. The photo was given a Polaroid type border with Snapseed.


Friendly Friday: Sunrise.

The fourth shot taken with the Olympus E-410. The Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton at sunrise. The range light at the mouth of the Saugeen River is also visible in the Canada Day fireworks photo above.


Spring colour on the South Bruce Peninsula.

The sixth shot taken with the OM-D E-M10 Mark II. I was still on crutches after my accident and had only been out of rehab for about a week. One of the few photos taken with the kit lens that came with the camera.


Photo Challenges

Lake Huron Shoreline at Dawn: WWE #12

This is a contribution to Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere: #12 Photo Challenge.

I have to admit that I had completely overlooked this photo. It was the eighth shot taken with my then new Olympus E-410. The fourth shot was used in a tourist guide to the area and I was approached by a camera magazine wanting to use the eleventh shot which I had posted online. I have no idea why I overlooked this shot until now.

The range light at the mouth of the Saugeen River on the Lake Huron shoreline at dawn. Southampton, Ontario, Canada.

Water Water Everywhere Photo Challenge 12