A male Rose-breasted Grosbeak watches me.
A male Rose-breasted Grosbeak watches me.
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.
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.
A male Rose-breasted Grosbeak. The bird is in the shade with sunlight illuminating the background.
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.
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.
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 car roof.
Raindrops on a Virginia Spiderwort flower.
Raindrops falling past a young male Rose-breasted Grosbeak.
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.
A male Common Kingfisher photographed from a small, cramped and hot canvas hide (blind) in Cheshire, England.
A Bohemian Waxwing photographed at -30°C in Saskatchewan, Canada.
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.
A female Common Merganser with a youngster on her back. Taken in Ontario, Canada while being swarmed and bitten by hundreds of mosquitoes.
A male White-breasted Nuthatch photographed in Saskatchewan, Canada. Another -30°C day with some light snow falling this time.
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.
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 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.
Autumn colour with a blue sky background. Taken with a fisheye lens to get as much of the foliage in the frame as possible.
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.
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.
Next a male Yellow-headed Blackbird in Saskatchewan, Canada proclaiming his territory having recently arrived for the summer.
Finally, a male Rose-breasted Grosbeak recently arrived in Ontario, Canada for the summer.