Photo Challenges

Audi Sport

Or Motorsports. Or simply RS.

This is my contribution to Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge: Word that contains R and S prompt.

On reading the prompt I thought of the initials RS, sometimes used by car makers to designate a sporting version of a car. It stands for Rally Sport, Rallye Sport or RennSport (racing sport) depending on the manufacturer.

That started me thinking about motorsports and rallying in particular. Which is how I got to the Audi Sport logo on the side of this Audi Quattro.

CMMC: Word with R and S

Now and Then

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Now and Then prompt.

It took me a while to come up with an idea for a post in response to the prompt and it doesn’t really show a difference between now and pre Covid-19 days.

I thought about some of the photos taken on my walks around the neighborhood since Ontario went into lockdown in the spring. Particularly the photos of plants and flowers taken with various unusual lenses.

That’s when I realised that I have been using unusual lenses or techniques for an awfully long time.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Negative Space

Portrait of a Coneflower growing on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario. Taken with a fast portrait lens a few months ago and a favourite from the summer.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: One Single Flower

Portrait of a Prairie Lily taken in Saskatchewan, Canada in the late 1990s. I used a long telephoto lens to isolate the flower from the rest of the vegetation growing in the ditch.

Weekly Prompts: Aesthetically Appealing

Portrait of a Fuchsia flower using high speed film and a soft focus filter. Taken in the mid 1980s when I was trying to get calender and greeting card publishers interested in these types of images.


Ivy In Soft Afternoon Light

This Ivy growing up a tree trunk on the South Bruce Peninsula is a regular subject on my walks around the neighborhood.

Taken on a recent walk when I had a cheap 35mm CCTV lens adapted to the mirrorless camera I was using. I rather like the soft, slightly swirly edges of the frame the lens produces.

2020: Ivy in soft afternoon light

Autumn Leaves

Autumn leaves on the South Bruce Peninsula a few days ago.

I decided to resurrect my 12 year old DSLR when going for a walk around the neighborhood a few days ago. I used the camera regularly for years before getting a small, mirrorless camera after an accident last year.

I was somewhat shocked to discover that I had forgotten how to use an optical viewfinder. I kept looking for the histogram in the viewfinder. I was also wondering why the brightness of the image in the viewfinder wasn’t changing when I dialed in exposure compensation.

2020: Autumn Leaves

Dock at Dawn

The dock in the village of Colpoy’s Bay on Colpoy’s Bay at dawn last Saturday.

Taken with my fisheye lens to show the dock and as much of the bay as possible.

2020: Dock at Dawn

Portrait of a Fern

This summer I have been continuing my experiments with using unusual lenses for various subjects.

One set of photos is using fast portrait lenses to photograph flowers and plants. In this example I used the 7artisans 55mm f/1.4 lens wide open to photograph a Fern frond on a walk around the neighborhood.


A Fern frond with the 7artisans 55mm lens.



Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Sanctuary

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

On reading the prompt I didn’t have any ideas for some time. Then I thought about the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area in Saskatchewan, Canada.

The National Wildlife Area includes the Last Mountain Lake Bird Sanctuary, the first federal bird sanctuary in North America.


Tuesday Photo Challenge - Connect

The sanctuary is a breeding area for American White Pelicans.


A Photo a Week Challenge: Up In The Air

A section of the sanctuary at sunset in the autumn.


Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Chaos

Snow Geese on autumn migration in the sanctuary.


Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Special Spot Shots

A section of the sanctuary at sunset in the winter.