Monochrome Monday

Monochrome Monday: 22nd March 2021

My Monochrome Monday post this week is another shot of trees in snow using intentional camera movement.

Taken 10 days ago it will probably be the last of the trees in snow photos as most of the snow has gone after a rapid thaw.

Monochrome Monday: 22nd March 2021

Trees in the Snow

This is my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Hot or Cold Things prompt.

I decided it was going to be an image from my archives. In fact I’m going almost as far back as I can go in my archives.

The original version of this image was taken in the mid 1970s on a Zenit E camera. Those negatives got damaged (or lost, I have forgotten what actually happened to them). So when I got an Olympus OM1 in 1976 I reshot the scene at the first opportunity.

Trees in snow covered farmland in Hatherton near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Surprise/CBWC
Photo Challenges

Whilst Walking

This is my contribution to the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Whilst Walking prompt.

Taken a few days ago on a walk around the neighborhood. Since then the temperature climbed 15 degrees Celsius and all the snow disappeared.

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Whilst Walking

Paper Birch Bark and Snow

This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: White or cream colours.

We got up to an inch or so of snow yesterday morning so I had my white. When I went for a walk I noticed the snow stuck to the trunk of a Paper Birch tree. That was my, sort of, cream.

CFFC: White and cream colours
Month of Squares

Two and a Half Of A Kind

Two and a half Dandelion seed heads, or clocks as we called them when I was a child.

This is my day 12 contribution to Becky’s October Squares challenge on the theme of Kind.

October Squares: Two and a half of a Kind

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Surprise

This week Ann-Christine gave us the prompt Surprise for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge.

I had no ideas for the challenge before going for a walk with the camera early on Sunday morning.

In the 1970s and 80s I could “see” in monochrome. There was times when I was shooting more black and white film than colour. By the late 1980s I had stopped shooting black and white film and some time later I realised that I had lost the ability to see a monochrome image.

However, as both of my modern mirrorless cameras have an electronic viewfinder they can be set to monochrome. As a result the image you’re seeing in the viewfinder is in monochrome.

So on my Sunday morning walk I set the camera to monochrome. Imagine my surprise when I discovered how useful it was to see the monochrome version of the subject in the viewfinder. After a while I was seeing in tones and light and shade before I put the viewfinder to my eye.

If it wasn’t such a silly idea I would pick up a second camera body and have one set to colour and one set to monochrome the way I carried two film cameras for a while.


Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Surprise

Trees in the snow at Hatherton near Nantwich in southern Cheshire. An early monochrome photo taken with my Olympus OM1 in the mid 1970s.


Monochrome Monday: 9th March 2020

In the early 1980s I was one of the field testers for Ilford XP1 prior to its release. The Houses of Parliament from the South Bank of the River Thames in London, England.


Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Surprise

Backlit Maple leaves photographed on my Sunday morning walk with the camera set to monochrome.


Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Surprise

Fungi, dead wood and new growth on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario. Another photo from my early morning walk on Sunday.


One Word Sunday


And Flair.

This is my contribution to the One Word Sunday challenge Flare or Flair.

Having shot a few photos of sun shining through trees with deliberate flare on some of my recent walks around the neighborhood I then decided to go in a completely different direction. So here’s a visit to the Le Mans race circuit in France for the 24 hour motorcycle endurance race in the spring of 1982.

The flare in this photo is created by the lights illuminating the pit lane entrance and the start/finish straight at the race circuit. The photo was taken with the silvernose OM Zuiko 50mm that I got with my Olympus OM1 in 1976. Those lenses were single coated rather than multi coated which probably explains the flare.

The flair in this photo is the motorcycle and rider. Built on a shoestring budget in a garage in London this is the bikes first race. It looks like a standard Honda CB900 rather than a purpose built endurance racer. Despite all that the team was up to 8th in the race at one point, ahead of some of the big budget professional teams.

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