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.

For the Love Of…..

Bird Photography.

This week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge is For The Love Of..….

After rejecting the first couple of ideas for the challenge I thought about some of the various situations I have been in photographing birds.

A young male Rose-breasted Grosbeak in the rain in Ontario, Canada. The camera and lens was covered to keep the rain off but the photographer wasn’t.

In the rain.

A male Common Kingfisher photographed from a small, cramped and hot canvas hide (blind) in Cheshire, England.

Male Common Kingfisher.

A Bohemian Waxwing photographed at -30°C in Saskatchewan, Canada.

A Bohemian Waxwing at -30°C.

An American White Pelican with a large fish in its pouch. Photographed while sitting in the water to keep cool on a hot and very humid day in Saskatchewan, Canada.

American White Pelican with fish.

A female Common Merganser with a youngster on her back. Taken in Ontario, Canada while being swarmed and bitten by hundreds of mosquitoes.

Hitching a ride.

A male White-breasted Nuthatch photographed in Saskatchewan, Canada. Another -30°C day with some light snow falling this time.

White-breasted Nuthatch

A portrait of a female Wilson’s Phalarope taken while lying in sand mixed with wildfowl poop on the shoreline of a section of Little Quill Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Female Wilson's Phalarope.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Harmony.

The new Lens-Artists Photo Challenge is Harmony.

This got me thinking about the colour combinations in some of my photos.

Starting with a winter sunset where the predominantly cool blue foreground and sky is split by the warm yellows and reds of the setting sun. It’s a section of the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area in Saskatchewan, Canada.

A frozen Last Mountain Lake.

A male Rose-breasted Grosbeak. You may wonder why I have included this in my selection. It’s because I planned the shot, timing it so that the bird was in the shade with sunlight illuminating the background.

Curious male Rose-breasted Grosbeak.

Autumn colour with a blue sky background. Taken with a fisheye lens to get as much of the foliage in the frame as possible.

Fisheye autumn colour.

Finally, lines of ice on Lake Huron at dusk. The remains of the winter ice is reflecting the blue sky overhead while the water is reflecting the colour of the sky above the horizon.

Blue ice, orange water.

Some Spring Arrivals.

The new Cosmic Photo Challenge is The Beauty of Spring.

One thing I always look forward to each spring is the arrival of the various  bird species that head north to breed in the summer.

So here’s a selection of recently arrived summer migrants from the U.K. and Canada.

First, a Sedge Warbler photographed at Hurleston Reservoir, Cheshire, England. One of many warbler species that arrive in the U.K. in the spring.

Summer migrant Sedge Warbler.

Next a male Yellow-headed Blackbird in Saskatchewan, Canada proclaiming his territory having recently arrived for the summer.

A male Yellow-headed Blackbird.

Finally, a male Rose-breasted Grosbeak recently arrived in Ontario, Canada for the summer.

Archaic bird photography of a Rose-breasted Grosbeak.

Best of the year shot?

This week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge is Best of the year shot?

This has caused my some problems. As I have been doing a 52 week photo project this year do I pick one of my weekly picks? Another option is one of my 2018 shots that has been published elsewhere.

Then I discovered that some of the shots published elsewhere I was considering had been used in various posts during 2018. One had been a weekly pick and another had been a Wordless Wednesday post.

In fact I hadn’t decided which photo I was going to use when I started this post. Actually putting some of this down has helped me make a pick.

I’m going with my pick for Week 29. A bird in the rain.

Published in this blog on July 22nd it’s also the month of September in a 2019 birds calender and shows a young male Rose-breasted Grosbeak in the rain.

Rose-breasted Grosbeak in the rain.