Cee’s B & W Photo Challenge: Things Found in a Kitchen

This is my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Things Found in a Kitchen.

I had a few ideas for the challenge before thinking of salt and pepper. For a black and white photo challenge salt and pepper seemed an obvious choice.

Taken with the 7artisans 35mm f/1.2 lens wide open at f/1.2 and then heavily edited in Snapseed. I added film grain, some radial blur with a mild vignette centered around the black peppercorns and a Polaroid type border before doing the monochrome conversion where I added some more film grain.

Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: Things Found in a Kitchen



CFFC: Books and Paper

This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Books and Paper.

I had no idea what I was going to do for this challenge. Then I used one of the bird identification apps on my tablet to check a range map for a species.

That made me think of the shelf full of field guides and bird family reference books that are currently stored on a shelf in a closet since our move.

I picked the Dark-eyed Junco because of my Throwback Thursday post this week.

CFFC: Books and Paper.


Green baize and a soap bubble

Today being Saint Patrick’s Day got me thinking about the colour green and things associated with the colour.

Baize is a coarse woollen cloth traditionally dyed green and used on snooker and billiards tables to cover the slate and cushions. The photo below dates back to the late 1970s. The green baize is actually a tablecloth on a photo studio table. The snooker cue was attached to a tripod and a friend is blowing bubbles. You can see his reflection in the soap bubble. I am bursting any soap bubbles that land in the wrong place or are the wrong size. I don’t remember how long it took us to get the shot.

Soap bubble snooker ball


A Martian landscape?


Or simply a different view of a chocolate chip cookie. In a way a follow-up to my Week 1 GIN post.



52 Week Photo Project

Week 1: GIN

Week 1 of my 52 week photo project for 2018 and something a little different.

GIN, although not the alcoholic beverage. Taken with a digital camera using a high magnification macro lens from my film using days. The lens used was an Olympus OM Zuiko 38mm f/2.8. I used it quite a lot in the ’80s and early ’90s photographing subjects for nature photography photo libraries but it has hardly been used in the past couple of decades.


And for anyone wondering what the above photo is of.


It’s part of the ORIGINAL on the back of a McVitie’s Chocolate Digestive.