CFFC: Gardens

This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Gardens.

A selection of nature subjects taken in a variety of gardens over the years.

A Redwing eating a Holly berry photographed in a Cheshire, England garden in the mid 1980s.

A Redwing in a Holly tree.

 

Orange Day-Lily photographed in an Ontario, Canada garden a couple of years ago.

Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Bloom.

 

An Eastern Chipmunk photographed in a garden in Ontario, Canada a decade or so ago.

An Eastern Chipmunk posing for a photo.

 

Borage flower buds photographed in Cheshire, England garden in the mid 1990s.

Borage plant.

 

A leucistic juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker photographed in a Cheshire, England garden in the late 1980s.

Leucistic Woodpecker on a suet feeder.

 

A Coneflower photographed in an Ontario, Canada garden a year or two ago.

Echinacea or Coneflower.

Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Bloom

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

I had a few ideas for this challenge. Recently I have been photographing a selection of blooms as part of my testing various lenses adapted to a mirrorless camera. Just recently the Orange Day-Lilies started blooming so they were added to the subjects used for testing the adapted lenses.

I then realised that it wasn’t the first time that I had photographed the Day-Lilies with adapted lenses.

Taken a couple of years ago with a 35mm Vivitar lens from the 1970s adapted to fit a DSLR.

Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Bloom.

 

Taken recently with the 7Artisans 35mm f/1.2 lens on a mirrorless camera.

Not really an adapted lens but?

 

Also taken recently with a 25mm CCTV lens adapted to fit a mirrorless camera.

Orange Day-Lily with a swirly background.

 

Taken with a 35mm Vivitar lens from the 1970s adapted to fit a DSLR two years ago.

Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Bloom.

 

Not really an adapted lens but?

An extension of the adapted lens idea.

There’s a selection of manual focus prime lenses now being manufactured in a variety of camera mounts by some little known makers. They don’t have to be adapted to fit the camera but they’re not as optically corrected as modern lenses from the major manufacturers. I regard them as a variation on an adapted lens giving some interesting effects.

One of those manufacturers is 7artisans who build around half a dozen small manual focus primes in a few different camera mounts. This photo was taken with their 35mm f/1.2 lens on a very brief walk last weekend.

It’s my only outing with the lens so far so I haven’t really formed an opinion on it other than that with a fairly large front element close to the front of the lens it will probably benefit from a lens hood. Not something that I have bothered about with the adapted CCTV lenses I have been experimenting with.

An Orange Day-Lily photographed with the lens wide open at f/1.2 which produces an interesting, soft, out of focus rendering of the foliage in the background.

Not really an adapted lens but?

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Dreamy

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

I had a few ideas for the challenge before thinking of some of my recent walks testing various lenses adapted to a mirrorless camera. One lens in particular produces images with swirly backgrounds and vignetting in the corners giving some photos a dreamlike quality.

The lens in question is a 25mm f/1.4 CCTV lens. I picked a shot of an Orange Day-Lily taken with the lens on my most recent test and edited the shot in a variety of ways using Snapseed.

A mildly edited version with increased saturation and the vignetting in the corners darkened a little.

Lightly edited version of an Orange Day-Lily.

 

A high key version with simulated film grain.

Orange Day-Lily high key Snapseed version.

 

A low key version with a heavy vignette and a grungy look.

Orange Day-Lily low key version.

Friendly Friday: Floral

This is my contribution to the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Floral.

Yellow Lady’s Slipper Orchids on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

Yellow Lady's Slipper.

Orange Day-Lily on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

Group of Orange Daylily.

Coneflowers on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

Coneflower blooms.

Sunflower detail, South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

Close up of a Sunflower.

Borage flower and buds, Nantwich, Cheshire, England.

Borage plant.

Oxeye Daisies on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

A pair of Oxeye Daisies.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Creativity

The new Lens-Artists Photo Challenge is Creativity.

This gave me the opportunity do varying degrees of editing to a selection of shots.

First a photo of an Orange Day-Lily photographed on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

Group of Orange Daylily.

After that I did some work on a shot of the Lake Huron shoreline at sunrise with Chantry Island on the horizon. Taken from Dominion Lookout at the bottom of High Street, Southampton, Ontario, Canada.

Lake Huron shoreline at sunrise.

Some moderate editing on a photo of a group of Coneflowers on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

Echinacea or Coneflower

Finally, a heavily edited sunrise over Colpoy’s Bay with the Niagara Escarpment on the horizon.

Moody sunrise.