When I read the prompt for Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Birds I considered giving this challenge a miss.
Having had bird photos published everywhere from field guides to calendars over the years there has been a few times when I was embarrassed having my name on the photo credit. Each time was when an editor/publisher converted a colour original into monochrome.
Then I thought about going with a small selection of black and/or white birds. Meaning mostly black and/or white plumage.
Snow Geese on autumn migration in Saskatchewan, Canada.
A Turkey Vulture making sure that the photographer is alive as it glides along the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada.
A section of a winter Gull roost takes flight over Hurleston Reservoir near Nantwich, Cheshire, England.
This is my haphazard contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: A River Runs Through It.
I say haphazard because while I have a variety of photos of various rivers I couldn’t come up with a theme so this is a random selection of photos of four different rivers.
This is the range light at the mouth of the Saugeen River where it flows into Lake Huron in Southampton, Ontario.
The River Thames, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben from the south bank, London, England.
The Sydenham River flows over the Niagara Escarpment at Inglis Falls in Grey County, Ontario.
The River Dee flowing under the Old Dee Bridge at Chester, Cheshire. Originally the site of a Roman bridge this bridge dates back to a major rebuild in 1387.
This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Pick a Topic from this Photo where Cee posts a photo and participants pick something from the photo to make a post about.
As the photo Cee posted was a mural of a landscape in a panoramic format I decided to go with a small selection of panoramic landscapes.
Trees in the snow. Hatherton, Cheshire, England.
Trees and their shadows. Bickerton Hill, Cheshire, England.
Clouds over the lake at sunset. A section of Last Mountain Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Ice on Lake Huron at sunset in the spring. Saugeen Shores, Ontario, Canada.
This is a contribution to Jez Braithwaite’s Fan Of… #58 photo challenge.
Firstly I should say that I don’t know if Uni-Loc are still in business. I emailed them a couple of years ago and after an initial response never heard from them again. Their Facebook page hasn’t been updated since 2012. I have been using the tripods since the early 1990s and used to know Ken Brett, the man behind the design.
Uni-Loc tripods are very different from most tripods. The system tripods can be disassembled and reassembled in a different configuration with an Allen key (wrench). The legs can be locked at almost any angle and all three lock with a single locking lever. The bottom leg sections are sealed meaning that they can be submerged up to the locking knob without taking on water. If you submerge the legs above the first section they can quickly be removed and drained with an Allen key (wrench).
They aren’t a tripod I would recommend to most photographers, they’re heavy and bulky when folded but in deep water, snow or mud they’re my first choice.
In 1995 I spent the summer in Saskatchewan, Canada. I took my medium sized Uni-Loc tripod with me in case I needed to use a tripod in water or mud.
A Willet photographed on a shallow slough near Punnichy, Saskatchewan with the tripod. Some of the sloughs in the area can be quite alkaline so the sealed legs were useful. I could rinse any mud off the legs when I got a chance to.
To get into position for this photo I waded through knee high snow and then pushed the tripod legs down into the snow for maximum stability.
The tripod in use on the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline at sunrise. I was photographing the waves forming icicles. By the time I was ready to pack the tripod away two of the legs were frozen to the pebbles.
What I was photographing while the tripod was freezing to the pebbles.
This is my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Words that end in “ock”
I had a few ideas for this challenge and actually went out and took some shots I thought may work for one of the ideas. Then I changed my plans for the post completely.
Living on a limestone peninsula where the bedrock is exposed in lots of locations I thought about rock. There are boulders all around the area and I thought about some of them in the water along the Lake Huron shoreline.
A slow shutter speed allows the wave to blur as it hits the rock.
A fast shutter speed freezes the water in mid air as a wave breaks over a rock.
When I read the prompt for the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Sea Creatures I was all at sea.
It’s over 20 years since I lived anywhere close to a sea and even then most of my visits to the coast were to photograph birds. Then I thought about gulls, most people call them seagulls, although some have probably never seen a sea.
So I thought a varied selection of photos of gulls was as close as I was going to get to sea creatures.
A section of the winter gull roost on the move at Hurleston Reservoir near Nantwich, Cheshire, England. They’re mostly Black-headed Gulls in this photo.
A calling Ring-billed Gull on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada.
A section of the winter gull roost at sunset, Hurleston Reservoir, Cheshire, England.
A juvenile Ring-billed Gull yawning on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada. Obviously bored with the photo session.
Two photos came to mind when I read the prompt for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Roofs of Any Kind.
So here’s the two roof photos taken around 40 years apart.
Raindrops on a car roof photographed in the late 1970s. I know the approximate date because it’s the car my father had when I was in art school.
A variety of roof styles on the High Street in Southampton, Ontario taken last year.