Weekly Photo Challenge

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.


One Word Sunday


And Flair.

This is my contribution to the One Word Sunday challenge Flare or Flair.

Having shot a few photos of sun shining through trees with deliberate flare on some of my recent walks around the neighborhood I then decided to go in a completely different direction. So here’s a visit to the Le Mans race circuit in France for the 24 hour motorcycle endurance race in the spring of 1982.

The flare in this photo is created by the lights illuminating the pit lane entrance and the start/finish straight at the race circuit. The photo was taken with the silvernose OM Zuiko 50mm that I got with my Olympus OM1 in 1976. Those lenses were single coated rather than multi coated which probably explains the flare.

The flair in this photo is the motorcycle and rider. Built on a shoestring budget in a garage in London this is the bikes first race. It looks like a standard Honda CB900 rather than a purpose built endurance racer. Despite all that the team was up to 8th in the race at one point, ahead of some of the big budget professional teams.

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Number


Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday: 29th April 2020

Wordless Wednesday: 29th April 2020


Cee's Fun Foto Challenge

CFFC: White and Green

This is my contribution to week 3 of Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Pick a Topic from this Photo. This week I picked two of the colours highlight by Cee in the prompt that accompanied the week 3 photo. Yes, I know white isn’t technically a colour.

To make it more of difficult I made a rule that the photos I picked had to have been taken in the past year, actually 10 months as I was in rehab until the end of May after my accident. Plus, all photos had to be vertical orientation.


Dandelion seed heads.

Dandelion clocks taken with my silvernose OM Zuiko 50mm lens from 1976 adapted to fit a small mirrorless camera.


Wordless Wednesday: 12th February 2020

Ivy leaves in snow on a tree trunk after a winter storm. Taken with the Rokinon 85mm lens adapted to a small mirrorless camera.


Silent Sunday: 15th September 2019

Variegated Hosta leaves photographedwith my Vivitar 35mm lens from the 1970s adapted to fit a small mirrorless camera.


Silent Sunday: 25th August 2019

Queen Anne’s Lace (wild carrot) photographed when out for a walk testing the 7artisans 35mm f/1.2 lens on a small mirrorless camera.


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.


On the Hunt for Joy Challenge

On the Hunt for Joy: Get Outside

This is my contribution to the new On the Hunt for Joy Challenge started by Cee Neuner. The first challenge is Get Outside.

Having been for a walk around the neighborhood yesterday morning when it was hovering around freezing today the temperature has plummeted. The wind is howling and we’re under a snow squall watch so my contribution to the challenge is from yesterday.

On a photographic note, I used my new Sony mirrorless camera with my silvernose OM Zuiko 50mm lens from 1976 adapted to it.

On the Hunt for Joy Challenge: Get Outside


A Photo a Week Challenge

A Photo a Week Challenge: Stylish

This is my contribution to the A Photo a Week Challenge: Stylish.

After a couple of false starts to the challenge I thought about my testing of various lenses adapted to fit a small mirrorless interchangeable lens camera this summer.

With the growing popularity of mirrorless cameras it has become stylish to adapt a wide variety of lenses to these cameras.

Although I was testing the adapted lenses partly because I was putting together a compact, lightweight camera kit after an accident left me with restricted movement in the right shoulder and a weaker right arm.

An Orange Day-Lily taken with a 25mm CCTV lens.

Orange Day-Lily with a swirly background.


Hosta leaves with the 7artisans 35mm f1.2 lens.

Silent Sunday: 4th August 2019


Dandelion clocks taken with a 50mm OM Zuiko lens from 1976.

Dandelion seed heads.


A Bracken frond taken with a 35mm CCTV lens.

Bracken with adapted CCTV lens.