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Cosmic Photo Challenge: Forces of Nature

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: Forces of Nature.

I had a couple of ideas for the challenge and was thinking about some of the winters in Canada. So I decided to go with a small selection of winter photos.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Treasure Hunt

Ice thick enough to drive on. A section of frozen marsh at Little Quill Lake in Saskatchewan, Canada at dusk. It was -40° when the photo was taken. -40° is the same in Celsius and Fahrenheit.

 

Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: Roads

Snow storm. This snow fell in a couple of hours on a Christmas Day morning. Taken on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada, there was another 4 inches of snow during the rest of the day.

 

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Forces of Nature

Frazil ice on Lake Huron. What looks like water in the foreground is frazil ice. When it is cold enough to start freezing water but wave action stops the water freezing solid frazil ice forms. Think of it as a thick, slushy ice.

 

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Weekend Challenge: Scenic

This is my contribution to the Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge: Scenic.

I had a few ideas for the challenge but I wasn’t really happy with any of them. Then I thought about a small set of photos all taken on a back road in southern Cheshire. It was the scenic route into the village of Audlem and I used to take it frequently rather than using the more direct main road.

 

Weekend Challenge: Scenic

Farmland with St James’ Church, Audlem on the horizon at sunset. The church clock shows the photo was taken at 5:10.

 

Throwback Thursday: 20th February 2020

A wider view of the same farmland, this time snow covered shortly after sunrise. St James’ Church in on the horizon again.

 

Weekend Challenge: Scenic

Storm clouds over the farmland. An even wider view showing some of the back road. A small St James’ Church on the horizon in this photo.

 

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: A Quiet Moment

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: A Quiet Moment.

 

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Winter

Chantry Island lighthouse at sunset in the winter. No one else was down on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario given the weather and knee deep snow.

 

One Word Sunday: Ice

A frozen and partially snow covered slough at sunrise with a weak sun pillar. Photographed on a quiet gravel road near Punnichy, Saskatchewan.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Delicate Colours

A mist shrouded Colpoy’s Bay at dawn. I was the only person down at that section of the Colpoy’s Bay, Ontario shoreline.

 

A Photo a Week Challenge: Up In The Air

A section of the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area, Saskatchewan at sunset in the autumn. Not another human being for miles.

 

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Drama

On reading the prompt Drama for One Word Sunday I thought of some of the dramatic skies I have photographed.

With storm clouds and colourful clouds at sunset I had quite a few to pick from so I went with some storm clouds close to sunset.

 

One Word Sunday: Drama

Storm clouds and light beams, Loch Arkaig, Scotland.

 

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On the Hunt for Joy: Mix Play with Everyday

This is my contribution to Cee’s On the Hunt for Joy Challenge: Mix Play with Everyday and goes back to last Sunday evening.

With my sunrise and sunset locations still closed for health reasons due to Covid-19 I decided to set up in the yard hoping for some colourful clouds at sunset.

The clouds were a bit of a disappointment but as the camera was set up on a tripod I decided to wait for it to get darker so I could play with the live composite setting on the Olympus camera I was using.

Live composite is a modified form of multiple exposure mode which allows you to take a sequence of exposures to build up an image. It combines any moving bright areas from each exposure to create the image. It allows you to photograph, amongst other things, star trails or in my case the clouds moving across the sky.

 

On the Hunt for Joy Challenge: Mix Play with Everyday

Clouds at sunset through a gap in the trees on the South Bruce Peninsula.

 

On the Hunt for Joy Challenge: Mix Play with Everyday

A live composite image. This was a 1 second exposure for the ambient light followed by a further 120 x 1 second exposures recording the highlights (clouds) as they moved.

 

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Pastimes

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

Once again I am cheating a little with my response to the prompt. Over Christmas I started the fairy major project of digitising my colour slide and black and white negative archives.

When Ontario went into lockdown it gave me lots of time to continue the project. I currently have 8,000 slides digitised plus dozens of key black and white negatives.

This has allowed me to rediscover some personal favourites and discover some overlooked photos that have become favourites.

 

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Sea Creatures

A section of the winter gull roost on Hurleston Reservoir near Nantwich in southern Cheshire in the 1990s. An overlooked photo that has since become a favourite.

 

Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: Decayed or Rusty

An abandoned crofters cottage on the Isle of Skye, Scotland with the mist shrouded Cuillin mountains across the bay behind. A favourite that I didn’t have a good digital copy of until a couple of weeks ago.

 

One Word Sunday: Ice

A frozen and partially snow covered slough at sunrise with weak sun pillar. I discovered a set of sunrise photos from Punnichy, Saskatchewan with a weak sun pillar in the sky.

 

Monochrome Monday: 4th May 2020

Hoarfrost on Privet leaves in a Hatherton, Cheshire garden. The vertical version of this photo has long been a favourite but I didn’t remember taking a horizontal version until I started digitising some of my black and white negatives.

 

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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.