Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Magical.

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

I was thinking about the challenge and had this post mostly written in my head on Sunday evening. On Monday I started considering a completely different selection of photos before deciding to combine my ideas.

My original ideas was to detail some of the magical experiences photographing nature subjects. Then I started thinking about some of the magical landscapes and skies I have photographed.

In the end I went with a mix of nature encounters and landscapes.

Storm clouds and light beams over Loch Arkaig, Scotland.

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Pond Skaters, not only can they walk on water, they also mate on the water. Taken on a garden pond in Hatherton, Cheshire, England.

Mating Pond Skaters.

 

An Osprey with a White Sucker on the Lake Huron shoreline, Ontario, Canada. Not only can the bird spot and catch a fish in rough water but it can then carry the fish in the most aerodynamic position.

Flying Osprey with flying fish.

 

Snow Geese on autumn migration. Taking off from a section of the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area, Saskatchewan, Canada. This is a small part of one of the flocks in the area.

A flock of Snow Geese taking flight.

 

A young male Rose-breasted Grosbeak in the rain on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada last year and September in a 2019 birds calender.

In the rain.

 

Trees and their shadows, Bickerton Hill, Cheshire, England.

Trees and their shadows on farmland.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Living in the Light

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: Living in the Light.

As a photographer I pay attention to the light and had several ideas for the challenge. In the end I decided to make light the theme of my contribution. Here’s a few photos where the quality of light is a major part of the image.

A male Rose-breasted Grosbeak in the shade with sunlight illuminating the background. Last year I spent some time experimenting with different lighting conditions and had set up in the yard so that any birds landing on the branch in the shade would have sunlight illuminating the background.

Archaic bird photography of a Rose-breasted Grosbeak.

 

Two backlit Sandhill Cranes soon after sunrise. I was heading home after going down to Colpoy’s Bay for the sunrise when I spotted the birds feeding in a hay field with the light behind them.

Sandhill Cranes at sunrise.

 

An American Red Squirrel in dappled sunlight. I deliberately set up in the yard where the birds and mammals would be moving in and out of the patches of sunlight.

Sunlit Squirrel.

Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Satisfaction

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

My first thought was of the Rolling Stones song before seeing the Mick Jagger graphic on the challenge page. Somehow I ended up thinking about some of the photos from last year that I submitted for consideration in 2019 calendars.

I submitted the three photos below to a calendar publishing company I hadn’t dealt with before. They were looking for images for a wildlife calendar.

In the end they had so many submissions that they decided to publish a birds calendar as well as the wildlife calendar. All three of my shots made it into the calendars.

To make the 100% success rate all the more satisfying, the shots were taken with a decade old DSLR and a manual focus telephoto lens I purchased used in the mid 1990s.

A young male Rose-breasted Grosbeak in the rain.

In the rain.

 

An American Red Squirrel in dappled sunlight.

Sunlit Squirrel.

 

A juvenile Ruby-throated Hummingbird approaches the feeder.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird juvenile.

Friendly Friday: Design

My contribution to the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Design.

After a couple of false starts I decided to go with some nature photos where I had an idea for a shot. I then worked out how to get the effect I had in my head.

A young male Rose-breasted Grosbeak in the rain. I set up in the rain wanting to photograph birds with rain falling past them.

In the rain.

An American Red Squirrel in dappled sunlight. I took note of the time of day when the light was suitable for the dappled light effect I wanted.

Sunlit Squirrel.

A male Rose-breasted Grosbeak. The bird is in the shade with sunlight illuminating the background.

Archaic bird photography of a Rose-breasted Grosbeak.

A Black-capped Chickadee feeding in the grass. I used my ground pod as I wanted to get as close to eye level with the bird as possible.

Black-capped Chickadee in the grass.

Plastic Fantastic

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.

Olympus E-410.

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.

In the rain.

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.

A splash of green.

Seed head in winter on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

Monochrome seed head.

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.

Boulders on the Lake Huron shoreline.

Some early autumn colour on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

An early autumn leaf.

A raindrop in the rain. Another shot taken with the OM Zuiko 350mm.

A solitary raindrop.

 

Raindrops

The new A Photo a Week Challenge is Raindrops.

I had a few ideas for the challenge and decided to go with a small selection of raindrop photos.

Raindrops on a Cedar branch.

Raindrops on a Cedar tree.

Raindrops on a car roof.

Raindrops

Raindrops on a Virginia Spiderwort flower.

Raindrops on a Virginia Spiderwort flower.

Raindrops falling past a young male Rose-breasted Grosbeak.

In the rain.