Cosmic Photo Challenge: Colour Me Cosmic.

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: Colour Me Cosmic.

I went with a couple of recent shots that were already colourful and pumped the colour up even more in Snapseed.

A group of Coneflowers taken on my first outing with the Samyang 12mm lens I recently added to my lightweight kit.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Colour Me Cosmic.


A recent sunrise. I spotted the interesting clouds over Colpoy’s Bay and made a detour to the shoreline. Taken with a 12 year old DSLR and the plastic kit lens it came with. I keep it in the car for situations like this.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Colour Me Cosmic.

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Lock.

This is my contribution to the Tuesday Photo Challenge – Lock.

A simple photo of a lock on doors securing a bank of electricity meters. The sixth shot taken with a Samyang 12mm f/2 lens I purchased used recently. It’s now part of my retro kit of three manual focus primes.

The camera and three lenses all fit in a tiny Domke F-5XB bag and the whole kit weighs next to nothing. Ideal for resting my injured shoulder. It’s nice if I’m feeling like getting back to basics and shooting like I did as a photography student in the late 1970s.

Quite heavily edited in Snapseed including using the grunge tool before adding a blur and vignette around the edges of the frame. I finished off the edit with a simple white border.

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Lock.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Dreamy.

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

I had a few ideas for the challenge before thinking of some of my recent walks testing various lenses adapted to a mirrorless camera. One lens in particular produces images with swirly backgrounds and vignetting in the corners giving some photos a dreamlike quality.

The lens in question is a 25mm f/1.4 CCTV lens. I picked a shot of an Orange Day-Lily taken with the lens on my most recent test and edited the shot in a variety of ways using Snapseed.

A mildly edited version with increased saturation and the vignetting in the corners darkened a little.

Lightly edited version of an Orange Day-Lily.


A high key version with simulated film grain.

Orange Day-Lily high key Snapseed version.


A low key version with a heavy vignette and a grungy look.

Orange Day-Lily low key version.