CFFC: Panoramic Views

This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Pick a Topic from this Photo where Cee posts a photo and participants pick something from the photo to make a post about.

As the photo Cee posted was a mural of a landscape in a panoramic format I decided to go with a small selection of panoramic landscapes.


trees in snow, Hatherton, Cheshire, England.

Trees in the snow. Hatherton, Cheshire, England.


Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Panoramic Views

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


Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Panoramic Views

Clouds over the lake at sunset. A section of Last Mountain Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada.


Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Panoramic Views

Ice on Lake Huron at sunset in the spring. Saugeen Shores, Ontario, Canada.


Inhospitable Picnic Tables

When I read the prompt for Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Tables, Chairs, Picnic Tables I remembered a couple of picnic tables and some benches on the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline. As I had to go into town I made a short detour to get some photos of them.


Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: Tables, Chairs, Picnic Table

The flood water had dropped a few inches before it froze and I took the photo.


Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: Tables, Chairs, Picnic Table

This picnic table was mostly buried in snow and ice until recently. All the rocks around the picnic table and in the snow were thrown there by waves before the shoreline was covered in snow.


Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: Tables, Chairs, Picnic Table

These two benches and two more out of shot are less inhospitable than they were last year. Then the water level in Colpoy’s Bay was so high they were effectively on an island and only way to get to them was by wading through the water.


After writing this post I remembered this inhospitable bench I photographed last autumn. Outside the entrance to the abandoned grocery store in Wiarton on the South Bruce Peninsula, the bench is surrounded by Private Property, No Trespassing signs. As if anyone would want to sit down and view the parking lot from it.

Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge


Fan Of… Uni-Loc tripods

This is a contribution to Jez Braithwaite’s Fan Of… #58 photo challenge.

Firstly I should say that I don’t know if Uni-Loc are still in business. I emailed them a couple of years ago and after an initial response never heard from them again.  Their Facebook page hasn’t been updated since 2012. I have been using the tripods since the early 1990s and used to know Ken Brett, the man behind the design.

Uni-Loc tripods are very different from most tripods. The system tripods can be disassembled and reassembled in a different configuration with an Allen key (wrench). The legs can be locked at almost any angle and all three lock with a single locking lever. The bottom leg sections are sealed meaning that they can be submerged up to the locking knob without taking on water. If you submerge the legs above the first section they can quickly be removed and drained with an Allen key (wrench).

They aren’t a tripod I would recommend to most photographers, they’re heavy and bulky when folded but in deep water, snow or mud they’re my first choice.


Fan Of... Uni-Loc tripods

In 1995 I spent the summer in Saskatchewan, Canada. I took my medium sized Uni-Loc tripod with me in case I needed to use a tripod in water or mud.


Fan Of... Uni-Loc tripods

A Willet photographed on a shallow slough near Punnichy, Saskatchewan with the tripod. Some of the sloughs in the area can be quite alkaline so the sealed legs were useful. I could rinse any mud off the legs when I got a chance to.


Wordless Wednesday: 5th February 2020

To get into position for this photo I waded through knee high snow and then pushed the tripod legs down into the snow for maximum stability.


Fan Of... Uni-Loc tripods

The tripod in use on the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline at sunrise. I was photographing the waves forming icicles. By the time I was ready to pack the tripod away two of the legs were frozen to the pebbles.


Wordless Wednesday: 18th December 2019

What I was photographing while the tripod was freezing to the pebbles.


Too Much Snow for a Early Crop

Monochrome Monday travels back a week or so. I had gone for a walk around the neighborhood looking for items listed on the recent Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Treasure Hunt.

In the end I went with a photo of a yellow bicycle in the snow for that challenge rather than this amusing sign which was another item on the list. But I thought that the sign would make an interesting monochrome conversion.

Monochrome Monday: 2nd March 2020