Monochrome Monday

Monochrome Monday: 14th December 2020

Monochrome Monday is traveling back to a walk around the neighborhood in late November. I took this photo of raindrops on bare branches and edited it for a blog post at the time.

I never used it as the colour balance looked odd to me. Weeks later I realised that the photo was about the reflections of the sky in the raindrops and there was no need for colour in the image.

If I had taken the photo in my film years when I was shooting black and white film alongside colour I would probably have reached for the camera loaded with black and white film. It would be nice if I could get that ability to “see” in monochrome back.

Monochrome Monday: 14th December 2020
Monochrome Monday

Monochrome Monday: 7th December 2020

Raindrops on a Pine tree branch on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario.

A recent walk around the neighborhood with a fast portrait lens on the camera.

Monochrome Monday: 7th December 2020
Cosmic Photo Challenge

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Blue

On reading the prompt for the Cosmic Photo Challenge: Pick a Colour I immediately thought of blue. In part because when I read the prompt I was picking photos for the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Yellow and blue is the complimentary colour to yellow.

I suspect that another reason for thinking blue was because of the blue, yellow and red butterfly garden ornaments I walk past on some of my walks around the neighborhood and that I have been taking photos of for the past few winters.


Cosmic Photo Challenge: Pick a Colour

Blue on blue. The giant blue butterfly garden ornament against a blue sky taken on a walk around the neighborhood last week.


Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Roofs of Any Kind

Blue rain. Or at least raindrops on the roof of a blue car.


Cosmic Photo Challenge: Pick a Colour

Blue aluminium. Knurled aluminium anodized blue on the body of a small torch (flashlight).


CFFC: Basically One Colour

Blue dawn. A 60 second exposure at dawn allows the clouds to move across the sky over Colpoy’s Bay.


Water Water Everywhere Photo Challenge #18

Blue ripples. The blue sky reflected in the ripples on Georgian Bay, Ontario.


Cosmic Photo Challenge: Pick a Colour

Blue in the snow. The giant blue butterfly garden ornament in the snow last autumn.



CFFC: Roofs of Any Kind

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.


Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Roofs of Any Kind

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.


One Word Sunday: Window.

A variety of roof styles on the High Street in Southampton, Ontario taken last year.



Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Waiting

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.

Backlit Maple branch.


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.

Raindrops on a Cedar tree.


Lying in the grass I photographed a Clover flower while waiting for a bird or mammal to appear.

Clover flower in grass


A walk with a 50mm CCTV lens

A morning walk with the camera, this time testing a 50mm f/1.4 CCTV lens adapted to fit a mirrorless camera.

So far this lens seems optically the best of the three CCTV lenses I am testing. But one of the main reasons for experimenting with these lenses is their strange optical behaviour around the edges of the frame and in the backgrounds of images so this lens is a bit of a disappointment so far. I wasn’t expecting a $41 CAD (including shipping and the adapter) lens to be this good.

A Periwinkle flower after some overnight rain with the lens wide open at f/1.4. The flower seems to be fairly sharp considering it’s close to the edge of the frame and the lens was wide open.

Blue flower photographed with a CCTV lens.

Old seed pods and new leaves. I had photographed these seed pods last winter and was surprised to find that they were still on the plant months later surrounded by new leaves. Again, the seed pod seems fairly sharp even though it’s away from the center of the frame.

Fresh growth and seed pods.

Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday #54

Green spring leaves.