Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Edit.

This is my contribution to the Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Edit.

Normally I try to do minimal editing. What I mean by minimal editing is that I will tweak the colour balance, saturation and/or contrast if needed. These edits are done on a desktop computer not connected to the Wi-Fi. The edits are then shared with my tablet that I use for everything online.

What then sometimes happens is that I will decided to use one of the lightly edited shots in a blog post and end up re-editing using Snapseed on the tablet and then often adding a border to the photo.

Another time I edit on the tablet is doing monochrome conversions when a post calls for a monochrome image. 

Desktop edit.

Piles and ripples at sunrise.

After re-editing with Snapseed.

Wooden pilings sticking out of Colpoy's Bay.

Colour original.

Olympus E-410.

Monochrome conversion using Snapseed.

Getting down to eye level.

Desktop  edit.

Coneflower blooms.

After re-editing with Snapseed.

Echinacea or Coneflower

Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Lawn Ornaments.

I thought that I would take a light hearted approach to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Lawn Ornaments.

First, a common lawn ornament around here recently. After a long winter followed by a wet spring the Dandelions seem very late this year. Taken recently on one of my tests of a 35mm CCTV lens adapted to fit a mirrorless camera.

Dandelion seed head.

Now the most commonly seen lawn ornament in our yard last summer. I spent quite a lot of time lying behind this Olympus lawn ornament photographing birds and mammals.

Getting down to eye level.

Finally, a Clover flower in the lawn photographed with the Olympus lawn ornament last summer. Taken when the birds and mammals wouldn’t cooperate.

Clover flower in monochrome.

Squirrel in monochrome.

Monochrome Monday travels back two days to Saturday morning.

I had set up outside trying for shots of the birds and small mammals in the yard. The light was very uneven as the sun was shining through trees that are only now coming into leaf.

This American Red Squirrel was in the shade with sunlight illuminating the grass behind it. I liked the detail in the shot, especially the claws, but didn’t like the lighting in the colour version so did a monochrome conversion to tone down the background.

American Red Squirrel portrait.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Favourite Things.

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

So here is a hodgepodge of some of my favourite things.

My favourite Squirrel species, an American Red Squirrel on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

Sunlit Squirrel.

One of my favourite sunrise locations, Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment, Ontario, Canada.

Layers of cloud at sunrise.

One of my favourite North American shorebirds, two American Avocets feeding on a slough in Saskatchewan, Canada.

A pair of American Avocets.

My favourite North American Sparrow species, a diminutive Chipping Sparrow on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

Chipping Sparrow.

One of my favourite European birds, a European Robin given a selective colour treatment.

Robin on lens, Cheshire, England

My favourite lens, the Olympus OM Zuiko 350mm. I purchased it used nearly a quarter of a century ago and it’s still my go to lens for birds and wildlife. The ground pod set up in the photo was used to photograph the American Red Squirrel at the start of this post. The lens has also been used for quite a few landscape, sunrise and sunset images over the years.

Olympus E-410.

My favourite camera bag. The Domke F-2 RuggedWear, a waxed cotton canvas bag. I decided to try a canvas Domke F-6 bag a few years ago. I wanted a smaller, lighter shoulder bag for my retro kit of three (now four) manual focus prime lenses. I discovered that the soft canvas bag stayed on my hip without swinging and bouncing around and seemed easier on my shoulder. I needed a bigger bag than the F-6 for my regular kit of zoom lenses so I swapped the Tenba bag I had been using for decades for the Domke F-2.

Domke F-2 in brown RuggedWear.

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.