This is a contribution to Jez Braithwaite’s Fan Of… #56 photo challenge and part two of my ramble about the Olympus OM Zuiko 350mm lens I have been using since 1996. If you missed part one it’s here.
Part 2 is about some of the unexpected photos taken with the lens.
The 350mm lens set up in the snow on the South Bruce Peninsula in 2009.
A rain drop in the rain. Taken while waiting for some birds to visit the yard in 2018.
Hoarfrost covered trees on snow covered farmland at sunrise near Punnichy, Saskatchewan in 1998. I was scouting a location to photograph a moonrise.
While waiting for the moon to rise over the snow covered farmland in the above photo I photographed a group of White-tailed Deer across a small valley at dusk.
A Prairie Lily, the provincial flower of Saskatchewan photographed near Punnichy, Saskatchewan in 1998.
A sun pillar behind Chantry Island, Lake Huron, Ontario in 2005. The biggest and brightest sun pillar I have ever seen made even bigger by using the 350mm.
A female Banded Demoselle egg laying while being watched by a male. Photographed in southern Cheshire in 1997. The insects were in the middle of a water inlet to a reservoir several metres from solid ground. So I used a long forgotten mix of extension tubes and teleconverters behind the lens to get the magnification and close focusing I needed.
This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Waiting.
I had a couple of ideas for the challenge before thinking of some of the photos I had taken waiting for various birds and mammals to make an appearance in front of the lens.
The following shots were taken in our yard in 2018 when I was doing my 52 week photo project.
I noticed the way a beam of light was illuminating a patch of Maple leaves.
I set up in the yard to photograph birds in the rain. When the birds weren’t cooperating I photographed rain drops.
Raindrops on a Cedar branch.
Lying in the grass I photographed a Clover flower while waiting for a bird or mammal to appear.
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.
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.
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.
Seed head in winter on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.
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.
Some early autumn colour on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.
A raindrop in the rain. Another shot taken with the OM Zuiko 350mm.
My contribution to the Wits End Weekly Photo Challenge Simplicity.
A raindrop in the rain.
Wood piles in Colpoy’s Bay.
Grass sticking out of the snow.
Monochrome Monday goes all the way back to yesterday. I had set up a camera in the yard to photograph the birds and it started raining soon after I set up. The bird’s weren’t cooperating so I started shooting raindrops.
I spotted the lone raindrop on the end of a branch with rain falling around it and took a variety of shots with the plan of a monochrome conversion.