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Saturday Bird

An Olympus using European Robin

Welcome to my new weekly feature, Saturday Bird this week featuring a photo of a European Robin from 1988.

Given the recent announcement that Olympus is selling their camera division to a Japanese investment company the future of the brand is now uncertain. So I thought this photo of a European Robin checking the camera settings on an Olympus would be appropriate.

The bird is standing on my OM Zuiko 300mm lens. I had already taken a hacksaw to the tripod mount to make clearance for a sound proofing blimp. The chrome OM2n body is taped up to cut down on reflections. The camera is loaded with the ubiquitous Kodachrome 64.

 

A Saturday Bird: European Robin

 

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Flora and Fauna Friday

Young European Rabbit

Welcome to my second Flora and Fauna Friday.

This is a young European Rabbit resting outside the warren. Photographed at the Brown Moss Nature Reserve near Whitchurch in Shropshire, England.

Flora and Fauna Friday: Young European Rabbit

 

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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

 

 

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge

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.

 

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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

 

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One Word Sunday

Luck

I had a few ideas for the One Word Sunday challenge Luck.

Some lucky wildlife encounters, some lucky weather conditions. Then I remembered this shot. Taken in the late summer of 1985 after spending part of the summer in southern Ontario shooting wildlife, landscape and travel photos for photo libraries.

I wasn’t expecting anything of this shot, or the others from the evening. I was simply using up the roll of Kodachrome in the camera prior to taking all my exposed film to the Kodachrome lab in Toronto the next day. In the end it was included in a set of shots in a photography magazine that published a portfolio of my work a couple of years later.

A section of the Georgian Bay shoreline at dusk.

One Word Sunday: Luck

 

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Throwback Thursday

Oriental Poppy flower bud.

Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire in the mid 1980s. At the time I was experimenting with a variety of techniques photographing nature subjects.

One of the techniques involved using slower shutter speeds to show some movement in the subjects. This Oriental Poppy flower bud was one of my favourites from my experiments with the technique. I like the hint of sharpness on some of the hairs on the bud and the splash of red where the flowers petals are starting to show.

Poppy flower bud with motion blur.