Photo Challenges

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Return

I had a couple of ideas for the Tuesday Photo Challenge – Return.

I was thinking of some of the locations I have returned to multiple times. There was quite a list between England and Canada. However, that seemed a little obvious and I have written about some of them previously.

Then I thought about last summer when I was testing various lenses adapted to a mirrorless camera. There was a couple of local details that I returned to. One of them, some Ivy growing up a tree trunk, I have been photographing with various cameras and lenses for over two years.


Ivy leaves and Lichen.

A patch of evening sunlight illuminates a section of the Ivy. A photo from the summer of 2018 and part of the 52 week photo project I did that year.


Tree trunk detail.

A photo from last summer taken shortly after getting out of rehab after an accident. I was testing a small, light Olympus mirrorless camera with the kit lens due to the condition of my right shoulder and arm.


Weekly Prompts: Sepia Ivy Leaves.

A sepia toned monochrome conversion from last summer. I was testing a 25mm CCTV lens adapted to a small Olympus mirrorless camera.


Wordless Wednesday: 12th February 2020

A photo from last winter. I was testing my Rokinon 85mm lens on a Sony mirrorless camera.


Silent Sunday:10th May 2020

A photo from a couple of weeks ago. I used my 7artisans 35mm f/1.2 lens on a small Olympus mirrorless camera.



Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Simplicity

When I read the prompt for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Simplicity I had a few ideas for the challenge.

Before I had even started narrowing the ideas down we lost our internet connection for the second time in less than a week. So I forgot about the prompt not knowing when we would be back online.

When I came back to the prompt I ignored my previous ideas after thinking about simplifying some of my camera kit. An accident a year ago left me with restricted movement in the right shoulder and a weaker right arm and I needed a smaller, lighter kit for my personal work.

So here’s a small selection of photos from the last 10 months taken locally with a small mirrorless camera and three manual focus prime lenses. If I’m going for a walk around the neighborhood I pick a lens and find images with it. If I’m going somewhere in the car I take a small bag with a mirrorless camera, wide angle, standard and telephoto lenses.


Wordless Wednesday: 8th January 2020

Waves on Colpoy’s Bay at sunrise.


Weekly Prompts: White

Shadows with a fallen branch stickingout of the snow.


Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Angles.

Clouds over Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment at sunrise.


Tuesday Photo Challenge - Fantasy

An ice covered bush on the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline at sunrise.


Wordless Wednesday: 26th February 2020

Clouds over Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment at sunrise.


Silent Sunday: 26th January 2020

Two autumn leaves clinging on in winter.


Monochrome Monday

Monochrome Monday: 6th April 2020

Monochrome Monday travels back a couple of weeks to one of my walks around the neighborhood. On this walk I fitted an ultra wide angle lens to the camera and was using it for some photos of the bare trees.

For this shot I focused on some interesting bark on the trunk of a tree while having a couple of out of focus Paper Birch trees against a cloudless sky in the background.

Monochrome Monday: 6th April 2020


Silent Sunday

Silent Sunday: 5th April 2020

Silent Sunday: 5th April 2020


Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday: 1st April 2020

Wordless Wednesday: 1st April 2020


CFFC: White and Green

This is my contribution to week 3 of Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Pick a Topic from this Photo. This week I picked two of the colours highlight by Cee in the prompt that accompanied the week 3 photo. Yes, I know white isn’t technically a colour.

To make it more of difficult I made a rule that the photos I picked had to have been taken in the past year, actually 10 months as I was in rehab until the end of May after my accident. Plus, all photos had to be vertical orientation.


Dandelion seed heads.

Dandelion clocks taken with my silvernose OM Zuiko 50mm lens from 1976 adapted to fit a small mirrorless camera.


Wordless Wednesday: 12th February 2020

Ivy leaves in snow on a tree trunk after a winter storm. Taken with the Rokinon 85mm lens adapted to a small mirrorless camera.


Silent Sunday: 15th September 2019

Variegated Hosta leaves photographedwith my Vivitar 35mm lens from the 1970s adapted to fit a small mirrorless camera.


Silent Sunday: 25th August 2019

Queen Anne’s Lace (wild carrot) photographed when out for a walk testing the 7artisans 35mm f/1.2 lens on a small mirrorless camera.


Photo Challenges

Colpoy’s Bay with a $33 lens

This post is partly a contribution to Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #10 Photo Challenge and partly a ramble about a lens I picked up before Christmas. A 35mm f/1.6 lens that cost me $33.41 CDN although the shipping from China was $7.99 CDN so it was over $40 in total.

Other than the shipping that’s a similar price to what I paid for the various CCTV lenses I was experimenting with last year. Except this lens came with a native E mount to fit directly on to my Sony a6000 mirrorless camera without an adapter. It is therefore, my only native E mount lens apart from the kit lens that came with the camera. All the other lenses I use with the Sony are adapted from other mounts. I don’t actually know where the Sony kit lens is. The Newyi even came with a rather nice rectangular lens hood, something Sony didn’t come with.

For the price I wasn’t expecting very good optical quality and although it’s not very sharp wide open it does improve when stopped down. I find the colours are a little muted and the contrast low but nothing that can’t be corrected in editing.

Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment at sunrise a couple of days before Christmas.

Water Water Everywhere #10