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.

Monochrome variegated leaves.

Monochrome Monday travels back a couple of weeks to one of my early walks testing lenses adapted to a mirrorless camera.

These interesting variegated leaves were taken on the second outing with a 35mm f/1.7 CCTV lens and was one of the shots that made me decide try a couple more CCTV lenses. Going by my minimal notes the lens was stopped down just a little to around f/2.

Variegated leaves in monochrome.

Plastic Fantastic

My contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge – Plastic Fantastic.

The challenge got me thinking about what plastics are used for nowadays. That got me thinking about my 12 year old Olympus E-410, a lightweight, plastic bodied DSLR. It was the base model when I purchased it in 2007 but I still use it. I decided to go with a selection of photos taken with it over the past 12 months.

The camera behind my decades old OM Zuiko 350mm on my home made ground pod.

Olympus E-410.

A young male Rose-breasted Grosbeak in the rain on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada. September in a 2019 birds calender. Taken with the OM Zuiko 350mm.

In the rain.

A fluorescent green kayak appears out of the fog on Lake Huron, Ontario, Canada. Taken with one of the plastic kit lenses that came with the E-410.

A splash of green.

Seed head in winter on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

Monochrome seed head.

Boulders around Dominion Lookout on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada. Again taken with one of the plastic kit lenses that came with the camera.

Boulders on the Lake Huron shoreline.

Some early autumn colour on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

An early autumn leaf.

A raindrop in the rain. Another shot taken with the OM Zuiko 350mm.

A solitary raindrop.

 

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.

Winter landscapes from the 1980s.

Some photos from Cheshire, England in the 1980s. As this part of Ontario is currently in a deep freeze and there’s a couple of feet of snow on the ground these photos make me think of warmer winters and much less snow.

Some trees in mist with snow on the ground at sunrise in south Cheshire.

Trees in mist, Cheshire, England

A view over the Cheshire plain towards Liverpool from Bickerton Hill.

Snow on Cheshire plain from Bickerton Hill, Cheshire, England

Sunrise over a dairy farm in south Cheshire.

Winter sunrise, Hatherton, Cheshire, England

 

Week 1. GIN

Week 1 of my 52 week photo project for 2018 and something a little different.

GIN, although not the alcoholic beverage. Taken with a digital camera using a high magnification macro lens from my film shooting days. The lens used was an Olympus OM Zuiko 38mm f/2.8. I used it quite a lot in the ’80s and early ’90s photographing subjects for nature photography photo libraries but it has hardly been used in the past couple of decades.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

And for anyone wondering what the above photo is of.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

It’s part of the ORIGINAL on the back of a McVitie’s Chocolate Digestive.

 

 

 

 

An introduction.

Welcome to my first post. I am David Meredith, I got interested in photography in the mid ’70s, studied it in the late ’70s and have been a photographer ever since.

Originally from Cheshire, England I now live in Ontario, Canada.

This blog will be a combination of a 52 week photo project for 2018 and other posts covering 40 years of my photos. The 52 week photo project is a challenge to myself to shoot as wide a variety of subjects over the next year as possible.

One of my earliest photos, trees in snow. Taken in Hatherton, Cheshire in the mid ’70s using an Olympus OM1 loaded with Ilford FP4.

Trees in snow, Cheshire, England

And a recent photo from a couple of days ago. Grass in snow, taken on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I don’t just photograph flora in snow but you will have to wait for my second post to see if that’s true. As this is my first post there may be layout and design changes to this before a second post.