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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Old and New

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Old and New.

I thought it was an interesting prompt and had several ideas for a post. I had my first choice partly planned out in my head and then forgot about the plan and took the wrong lens when I went for a walk with the camera on Sunday morning.

Then on Sunday evening I set up a camera in the yard hoping for some colourful clouds at sunset. There wasn’t much colour at sunset but as I had the camera set up I started using the auto composite setting to record the clouds moving across the sky.

That’s when I started thinking about some of the old techniques for showing movement in a photograph. That led to me thinking about photographic techniques and how some are the same and how some have changed dramatically.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Old and New

The late 1980s in Cheshire, England. A male Common Blackbird checking on the photographer lying in the grass.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Old and New

30 years later I’m still lying in the grass and birds are still checking me out. A male Red-breasted Nuthatch on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Old and New

The early 1980s and I’m on a roof in North London at dusk turning the lights of the city into streaks by zooming the lens during exposure.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Old and New

Nearly 40 years later and the digital camera I am using has an auto composite setting. This photo was a base exposure of 1 second and a further 120 x 1 second exposures to show the movement of the clouds at dusk.

 

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Monochrome Monday

Monochrome Monday: 1st June 2020

Monochrome Monday travels back a couple of days to a walk around the neighborhood.

I was struck by the various shades of green of the newly opened Maple leaves. However, it was a grey, overcast day so rather than blue sky showing through the gaps in the branches it was featureless grey. So I decided to try a monochrome conversion using a red filter which increased the contrast between the various shades of green.

I rather like the way the leaves have become an almost abstract pattern with the branches giving a clue to what you’re looking at.

Monochrome Monday: 1st June 2020

 

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Six Word Saturday

Shades of Green Bordered by Cream

My contribution to Six Word Saturday.

Six Word Saturday: Shades of Green Bordered by Cream

 

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Cee's B & W Photo Challenge

Monochrome Birds

This is my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: It’s All About Nature.

I started thinking about some of the black and/or white species I have photographed over the years. Then, because I’ve been on a bit of a selective colour kick recently I considered monochrome species that have a splash of colour.

So here’s two different species in the spring, one in the U.K. and one in Canada.

 

Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: It's All About Nature

Portrait of a male Common Blackbird photographed in Faddiley, Cheshire, England. I was photographing a plant in a ditch when I noticed the bird checking out what I was doing.

 

Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: It's All About Nature

A male Rose-breasted Grosbeak on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada in the spring.

 

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Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday: 27th May 2020

Wordless Wednesday: 27th May 2020

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Silent Sunday

Silent Sunday: 24th May 2020

Silent Sunday: 24th May 2020

 

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Friendly Friday Photo Challenge

Friendly Friday: Surprise

This is my contribution to the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Surprise.

Something different from me for a surprise, a post about being surprised by some of the photos I have discovered while digitising my film archives.

When I was digitising some of my black and white negatives I discovered a photo of a camera bag in snow taken in the early 1980s. Shortly after that I was backing up photos on an old tablet and discovered another photo of a camera bag in snow. At that point I realised I had quite a few photos of various camera bags in snow taken over the decades.

I don’t know why I took them unless it was simply a record of the conditions. So a thought a selection of the photos would be a surprising contribution to the challenge.

 

On the Hunt for Joy Challenge: Switch It Up

My Tenba P595 in the snow in Hatherton, Cheshire in the early 1980s. Tenba bags were newly imported into the U.K. back then.

 

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Surprise

My Tenba P895 in the snow on the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline at sunrise. By the time the photo was taken this bag was around 30 years old.

 

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Surprise

My Domke F-6 sitting in the snow on the South Bruce Peninsula. A smaller bag I got for my DSLR and kit of manual focus prime lenses.

 

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Surprise

My Domke F-2 sitting in the snow on the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline. My bag for a DSLR and fast zoom lenses.