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Month of Squares

Bright Cloud

This is my day 27 contribution to Becky’s April Squares on the theme of Bright.

A bright red cloud amongst the storm clouds over Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment at sunrise in autumn.

April Squares: Bright Cloud
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Cosmic Photo Challenge

At the End of the Day

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: At the end of the day prompt.

I quickly ended up with a shortlist of dozens of photos. So I decided to go with the most recent and a small selection of favourites from previous decades.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: At the end of the day

Intentional camera movement of trees at the end of the day last Saturday evening.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Playing with Light

A giant sun pillar behind Chantry Island on Lake Huron at Southampton, Ontario. At the end of the day in winter.

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Sea Creatures

A winter gull roost on Hurleston Reservoir near Nantwich in southern Cheshire at the end of the day.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Water

Storm clouds and light beams over Loch Arkaig, Scotland at the end of the day.

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Month of Squares

Bright Band

This is my day 13 contribution to Becky’s April Squares on the theme of Bright.

A bright band of light below storm clouds over Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment at sunrise in autumn.

January Squares: Up #7
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Lens-Artists

A Change of Scenery

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: A Change of Scenery prompt.

I had a couple of ideas for the challenge but in the end decided to keep it simple and stay local. I decided to look back to last summer and autumn when some of the Covid-19 restrictions started being lifted and I could visit one of my sunrise locations again.

Wordless Wednesday: 8th July 2020

One of my first visits to Colpoy’s Bay for a sunrise after the restrictions were eased.

Travel Tuesday: Colpoy's Bay at night

In July Comet Neowise was in the news. I made several attempts to see and photograph it. On one occasion I set up the camera to record star trails over Colpoy’s Bay while I looked for the comet.

A Photo a Week: Joy

Once the restrictions were eased a little and I could visit the bay I spent quite a bit of time photographing ripples on the water at sunrise. On this occasion a Common Loon swam into the section of ripples I was photographing and created a second set of ripples.

2020: Red Streak

The autumn saw lots of storm clouds over the bay but I still went for the sunrise.

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Lens-Artists

Special Moments

This week Tina gives us the prompt Special Moments for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge.

Weekly Prompts: Boundaries

A female Wilson’s Phalarope. I was on a section of the Middle Quill Lake shoreline looking for summer migrants when half a dozen Wilson’s Phalaropes flew in and started feeding around me. I lay down in the sand (and wildfowl poop) to photograph them at eye level. They completely ignored me, some of the birds came so close I couldn’t focus on them.

One Word Sunday: Bright

Having been experimenting with intentional camera movement recently this photo may be where it started for me. A competitor in the 1982 Le Mans 24 hour motorcycle endurance race enters the start/finish straight shortly before midnight. Far to abstract for the magazine editor but I liked the images and have been experimenting on and off ever since.

Throwback Thursday: 28th May 2020

An adult Eurasian Blue Tit feeding young in a specially constructed nestbox in a garden in Hatherton near Nantwich, Cheshire. I documented the entire nesting cycle from the beginning of nest building to the empty nestbox after the last youngster had left. Extensively published I spent a week looking at a nestbox photo on the contents page of the Radio Times without recognising it as mine.

One Word Sunday: Drama

Storm clouds and light beams over Loch Arkaig, Scotland. I was in Scotland one autumn with the plan of doing lots of landscape photography. With almost constant rain I wasn’t getting a lot of photos until the end of day three when the rain stopped towards sunset. One of the photos from this evening was published worldwide by Olympus Japan and won a national photo contest on the theme of ‘The Beauty of Light.’

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Weekly Prompts

Waiting

This is my contribution to the Weekly Prompts Wednesday Challenge: Waiting.

April Squares: On Top of the Ice
Waiting for the ice to melt.
One Word Sunday: Homophone
Waiting for the paint to dry.
One Word Sunday: Company
Waiting for the eggs to hatch.
Wordless Wednesday: 18th November 2020
Waiting for the rain to start.
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Lens-Artists

My Photographic Journey

This is my contribution to Amy’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: My Photography Journey prompt.

I had quite a few ideas for the challenge, none of which I could build a theme around. In the end I decided to simply pick one favourite nature or landscape image from each decade I have been taking photos. Because landscapes and nature have been constant subjects during my photographic journey.

As a result it’s also partly a journey around some of the places I have lived over the years.

Lens-Artists: My Photographic Journey

1970s. Trees in snow covered farmland in Hatherton, Cheshire, England. I was still in secondary (high) school when this shot was taken. Taken a mile down the side road from my parents house at the time. It was part of the portfolio that got me a place at art school. Despite having been online for nearly a quarter of a century this is the first time I have posted the full frame, uncropped version. I have always cropped to a panoramic format in the past.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Water

1980s. Storm clouds and light beams over Loch Arkaig, Scotland. Memorable because I had spent three days shooting landscapes in almost constant rain. The rain stopped early evening of the third day and the sun started breaking through the storm clouds. This shot was published worldwide by Olympus Japan and won a national photo contest in the U.K.

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Connect

1990s. An American White Pelican on Last Mountain Lake. Probably the hardest decade to pick a favourite. I moved from the U.K. to Canada and was doing a lot of nature and landscape photography. One of the most memorable moments was sitting in the water at Last Mountain Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada while a flock of American White Pelicans swam and fished around me.

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Sense of Seeing

2000s. Osprey with a White Sucker over Lake Huron. This decade saw me living in Ontario, Canada. For the first 8 years I lived in Southampton on the Lake Huron shoreline. I would frequently head down to the lake shore for sunrise and sunset. If I was down there for the sunrise I would often hang around looking for birds. One morning I watched this Osprey catch the fish and immediately start getting harassed by a couple of Herring Gulls. The Osprey is looking at one of them while the water still drips off the bird and the fish. This was my second year shooting digital.

CMMC: Contains the letter U

2010s. A juvenile Ruby-throated Hummingbird in late summer. I was now living on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario and in 2018 did a 52 week photo project which is how this blog started. This shot didn’t make it as a weekly pick for the project but it was published in a bird calendar the following year.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Negative Space

2020s. A portrait of a Coneflower. One year into the 2020s and a surprisingly difficult pick. I had a few nice sunrises from the local bay and a nearby lake last summer and autumn. Which meant that I couldn’t pick a favourite because they were all too fresh in my mind. However, I spent part of the first Covid-19 lockdown photographing flowers and plants with various unusual lenses. For this Coneflower I used a fast portrait lens wide open. It’s been a favourite since I took it.