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Trees #27

July Squares: Trees #27

Trees on the South Bank of the River Thames in London, England with Westminster Bridge and the Houses of Parliament shrouded in mist in the background.

This is my day 27 contribution to Becky’s July Squares: Trees photo challenge.

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Month of Squares

Trees #11

July Squares: Trees

Trees in snow on farmland at Hatherton near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England. One of my earliest photos dating back to the mid 1970s.

This is my day 11 contribution to Becky’s July Squares: Trees photo challenge.

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Trees in the Snow

This is my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Hot or Cold Things prompt.

I decided it was going to be an image from my archives. In fact I’m going almost as far back as I can go in my archives.

The original version of this image was taken in the mid 1970s on a Zenit E camera. Those negatives got damaged (or lost, I have forgotten what actually happened to them). So when I got an Olympus OM1 in 1976 I reshot the scene at the first opportunity.

Trees in snow covered farmland in Hatherton near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Surprise/CBWC
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Hoarfrost on Hart’s-tongue Fern

This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Special Request: Wilting, dead or aging flowers and leaves.

This is a hoarfrost covered Hart’s-tongue Fern. A monochrome original I gave it a blue tint to give it a colder mood.

 

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Special Request: Wilting, dead or aging flowers and leaves

 

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CBWC

Olympus OM system cameras

This is my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Cameras, photographers or equipment.

It’s also a look back at the 31 years I used the Olympus OM system given the uncertain future of Olympus cameras at the moment.

 

Olympus OM system cameras

My first Olympus camera, an OM1 purchased in 1976. When I added an OM2n in 1980 this OM1 became my black and white film camera. Utterly reliable unlike some later OM system cameras.

 

Olympus OM system cameras

An Olympus OM4T I purchased used in the late 1990s. A big mistake, it soon developed the shutter problem I was so familiar with having owned an early OM4. If the OM4 wasn’t in the repair shop for new circuit boards it was in there for a new shutter. I gave up after multiple replacements of both circuit boards and shutters.

 

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The Quiraing

Travel Tuesday is traveling back to Easter of 1980 when a small group of photography students traveled to the Isle of Skye instead of revising for final exams.

This is a section of the Quiraing a landslip on the Isle of Skye, Scotland. The name Quiraing comes from Old Norse and means Round Fold.

 

Travel Tuesday: The Quiraing

 

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Surprise

This week Ann-Christine gave us the prompt Surprise for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge.

I had no ideas for the challenge before going for a walk with the camera early on Sunday morning.

In the 1970s and 80s I could “see” in monochrome. There was times when I was shooting more black and white film than colour. By the late 1980s I had stopped shooting black and white film and some time later I realised that I had lost the ability to see a monochrome image.

However, as both of my modern mirrorless cameras have an electronic viewfinder they can be set to monochrome. As a result the image you’re seeing in the viewfinder is in monochrome.

So on my Sunday morning walk I set the camera to monochrome. Imagine my surprise when I discovered how useful it was to see the monochrome version of the subject in the viewfinder. After a while I was seeing in tones and light and shade before I put the viewfinder to my eye.

If it wasn’t such a silly idea I would pick up a second camera body and have one set to colour and one set to monochrome the way I carried two film cameras for a while.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Surprise

Trees in the snow at Hatherton near Nantwich in southern Cheshire. An early monochrome photo taken with my Olympus OM1 in the mid 1970s.

 

Monochrome Monday: 9th March 2020

In the early 1980s I was one of the field testers for Ilford XP1 prior to its release. The Houses of Parliament from the South Bank of the River Thames in London, England.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Surprise

Backlit Maple leaves photographed on my Sunday morning walk with the camera set to monochrome.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Surprise

Fungi, dead wood and new growth on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario. Another photo from my early morning walk on Sunday.