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Lens-Artists

Colourful April

This is my contribution to Amy’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Colourful April prompt.

I decided to look back at some of colourful April photos from my archives. One for each decade since the 1980s with as wide a variety of images as possible.

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1980s. The first weekend of April 1982. I am at the Le Mans race circuit in France documenting Team Bike in their first 24 hour endurance races. A pit stop at dawn on Sunday morning.

Throwback Thursday: 16th April 2020

1990s. A male Orange Tip Butterfly feeding on Bluebells in a cottage garden. Photographed at Faddiley near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England.

Lens-Artists: Colourful April

2000s. A male American Robin on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada. Recently arrived in Ontario on spring migration and giving me an attitude.

Lens-Artists: Colourful April

2010s. Late April 2018 and the local bay is still frozen and partially snow covered. Colpoy’s Bay on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada at sunrise.

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2020s. Moss and lichen on a limestone boulder on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada. Taken on a walk around the neighborhood last Saturday afternoon.

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Cosmic Photo Challenge

At Night

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: At Night prompt.

To be honest I wasn’t sure what I was going to go with for this challenge. I didn’t realise just how many photos I had taken at night until I started selecting photos.

Travel Tuesday: Colpoy's Bay at night
Star trails over Colpoy’s Bay at night. Taken while looking for Comet Neowise which I failed to see let alone photograph.
On Top of a Sandstone Crag by Starlight
A very long exposure of Beeston Castle at night. Taken while doing a night shift protecting a Peregrine nest site on the cliff below the castle.
Friendly Friday: Nighttime
Wybunbury churchyard at night, Cheshire, England. Taken for an art school project although I no longer remember what the brief was.
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Team Bike entering the start/finish straight at around midnight. 9 hours into the Le Mans 24 hour motorcycle endurance race in France.
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CFFC

Catching People Unaware

This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Catching People Unaware prompt.

I had a couple of ideas for the challenge before thinking of my photo of the track invasion at the end of the Le Mans 24 hour motorcycle race. I edited all the digital copies of the slides recently which is probably why it came to mind.

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Being ignored by Team Bike and the French race officials during a dawn pit stop.

CFFC: Catching People Unaware

Being ignored by thousands of fans as they invade the start/finish straight at the end of the race.

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One Word Sunday

Flare

And Flair.

This is my contribution to the One Word Sunday challenge Flare or Flair.

Having shot a few photos of sun shining through trees with deliberate flare on some of my recent walks around the neighborhood I then decided to go in a completely different direction. So here’s a visit to the Le Mans race circuit in France for the 24 hour motorcycle endurance race in the spring of 1982.

The flare in this photo is created by the lights illuminating the pit lane entrance and the start/finish straight at the race circuit. The photo was taken with the silvernose OM Zuiko 50mm that I got with my Olympus OM1 in 1976. Those lenses were single coated rather than multi coated which probably explains the flare.

The flair in this photo is the motorcycle and rider. Built on a shoestring budget in a garage in London this is the bikes first race. It looks like a standard Honda CB900 rather than a purpose built endurance racer. Despite all that the team was up to 8th in the race at one point, ahead of some of the big budget professional teams.

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Monochrome Monday

Monochrome Monday: 18th May 2020

Monochrome Monday travels back to the Le Mans race circuit in France in the early 1980s as I continue the exploration of my black and white negative files.

This is Team Bike leaving the pits after a nighttime pit stop. Photographed from across the track I like the way the rider departing the pits and most of the pit crew are silhouetted with light on just one of the pit crew and the rider who just finished their stint.

Monochrome Monday: 18th May 2020

 

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CBWC

Monochrome Motorcycles

For my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Anything with a Motor or Engine I decided to go with a small selection of photos of various motorcycles. After all, they have motor in the name.

 

Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: Anything with a Motor or Engine

A Sunday morning rider change during the Le Mans 24 hour motorcycle race in 1982.

 

Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: Anything with a Motor or Engine

Detail of the motor and gearbox of a restored vintage motorcycle at a vintage and veteran vehicle display.

 

Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: Wheels

A four stroke motor in a moto cross bike, something of a rarity in the late 1970s.

 

Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: Anything with a Motor or Engine

The Phasar, a feet forward concept motorcycle built by Malcolm Newell in the early 1980s.

 

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CBWC

Monochrome Wheels

This is my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Wheels.

Having started digitising my slide archives I am planning on digitising my black and white negatives once the slides are finished. I copied a dozen or so black and white negatives as a test and of those about half were motorsports. Which worked out rather well for Cee’s challenge.

 

Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: Wheels

Moto cross or scrambling as it was known as in the 1970s when the photo was taken. In those days there was a rope protecting the spectators.

 

Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: Wheels

Team Bike entering the start/finish straight at night. Eight hours down, sixteen to go. Taken 38 years ago today at the 1982 Le Mans 24 hour motorcycle race in France.

 

Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: Wheels

Team Bike approaching the start/finish straight at around noon during the 1982 Le Mans 24 hour motorcycle race in France. Twenty one hours down, three to go.