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




Monochrome Monday

Monochrome Monday: 16th March 2020

Monochrome Monday travels back to the very early 1980s as I continue digitising my slide and negative archives.

This photo of motorcycles in fog was taken in Snowdonia, North Wales as the riders were on their way to the Dragon Motorcycle Rally. A photo taken on Ilford XP1 when I was field testing it. I have posted a different version of the photo previously, this version is the whole negative rather than from a cropped print.

Monochrome Monday: 16th March 2020

On the Hunt for Joy Challenge

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.


2020 Archives

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.


Lens-Artists Photo Challenge

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Capital

When I read the prompt for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Capital I had a couple of ideas. I hadn’t decided which I was going to go with on Sunday afternoon when I was doing some table top photography.

That was when I noticed just how many brands of photo equipment used capital letters, or is that CAPITAL letters, for their logos. So a quick and dirty photo session later I have a completely different post from anything I had been considering.  In this case dirty actually means that, everything was photographed “as is” rather than being cleaned up, because that’s the way it is in real life.

My OLYMPUS OM1 from 1976.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Capital


My OLYMPUS OM2N from 1981.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Capital


My ARCA-SWISS B1 ball head for a tripod from the early 1990s.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Capital


One of my UNI-LOC tripods from the mid 1990s.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Capital


Fast forward a couple of decades, my DOMKE F-10 JD from last year.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Capital


Lens-Artists Photo Challenge

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Detail

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Detail.

I thought about some of the photos of details and it occurred to me that two of the first ones I considered were taken about 40 years apart but with the same lens.

So here’s a selection of shots from my Olympus OM Zuiko 50mm f/1.8 silvernose I purchased in 1976. It’s called a silvernose because it has a polished aluminium ring on the front of the lens. This means that it’s one of the early OM system lenses and that it could be single coated rather than multi coated like modern lenses.

Backlit hoarfrost on a branch taken on a field trip with the Nantwich Natural History Society in the 1990s.

Backlit branch in winter


Ivy leaves on a tree trunk given a selective colour treatment. Taken on a walk a few years ago with the lens adapted to a DSLR.

A selective colour treatment of some


Candle, taken with the lens in the 1970s during a power outage.

Candle flame.


Hosta leaves taken with the lens adapted to a mirrorless camera a few weeks ago.

Details of some Hosta leaves.


Detail of traction engine wheel taken at a steam rally in the 1980s.

Wheel detail.


The South Bank one Sunday Morning

One from the archives taken early one Sunday morning on the South Bank of the River Thames in London, England in the early 1980s.

I was living and working in north London at the time, running a photo department during the week and shooting a variety of personal work at the weekends. Early one Sunday morning I headed down to Westminster with my tripod and camera bag.

There was a light mist over the River Thames which added to my decision to shoot black and white. Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament were partially obscured by the mist, adding to the atmosphere.

I used my Olympus OM1 loaded with Ilford FP4 which was my regular black and white film.

Early morning on the South Bank.