This is my contribution to the Tuesday Photo Challenge: Retrospective.
After giving the challenge some thought I decided to look back at the end of recent decades in a very particular way. Having put together a “retro” kit of manual focus prime lenses several years ago I did some major changes to the kit last summer.
So my look back will be with photos taken with a manual focus prime lens at the end of each decade.
2019. Clouds over Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada with a standard lens.
2009. A Common Redpoll feeding feeding in a Cedar tree on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada with a telephoto lens.
1999. Clouds over a section of the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area, Saskatchewan, Canada at sunset with a wide angle lens.
1989. Two Large White Butterfly caterpillars feeding in Cheshire, England with a macro lens.
Throwback Thursday travels back to Bickerton Hill, Cheshire, England in the 1990s.
I was looking down from the top of the hill, isolating interesting patches of colour with a telephoto lens.
This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: Cosmically Circular/Cosmically Square!
I considered this challenge for some time before deciding that my interpretation was going to be round things in the sky, cropped square. Simple.
A moon. Not the moon because we now know that there are other moons out there. Some with more dramatic names, Titan or Deimos, for example. Taken from the dock at Colpoy’s Bay on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario while waiting for the sun to rise.
A manmade circle in the sky. Wiarton Village Fair fireworks on the South Bruce Peninsula. Taken with a telephoto from a couple of miles away across the bay from the dock at Colpoy’s Bay. The same location as the moon photo.
A giant setting sun behind cloud. Taken with a telephoto lens at Little Quill Lake, Saskatchewan during autumn migration. The specks in the photo are distant wildfowl flying to roost.
Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire, England in the 1990s.
I had gone to Bickerton Hill, Cheshire looking for wildlife and any early autumn colour. I noticed the blue green of a solitary conifer amongst a sea of green Silver Birch trees and used a telephoto lens to pick the conifer out.
The new Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Angles was rather well timed.
After my accident in the spring I still have restricted movement in the right shoulder and my right arm is still weak. As a result I have put together a small kit of three manual focus prime lenses, a wide angle, a standard and a telephoto. They all fit into a very small camera bag.
The kit is a fraction of the weight of my regular bag of zoom lenses so it’s a lot more portable while the shoulder and arm continue recovery. Last Sunday morning I took it down to Colpoy’s Bay for the sunrise and then for a walk around town.
Using the wide angle lens for the widest view of the bay.
Using the standard lens for a more normal angle of view and a magnification similar to the human eye.
Using the telephoto with its narrow angle of view lens to isolate small sections of the sunrise.
This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: Monochrome.
Monochrome; noun, a picture executed in black and white or in varying tones of only one colour.
I was down at the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline for the sunrise on Sunday morning. I had taken my recently assembled lightweight camera kit.
It comprises of a small mirrorless camera body and three manual focus prime lenses, a wide angle, a standard and a telephoto. They all fit into a small camera bag, a Domke F-5XB. By far the smallest bag I’ve ever used or owned.
I put the telephoto lens on the camera and started isolating sections of the sky and water that were predominantly one colour.
The new Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge is Shadows.
I have a few versions of this scene. Taken from the top of Bickerton Hill, Cheshire, England looking towards North Wales. The row of trees casting long shadows caught my eye and I wanted to isolate them.
That meant using a telephoto lens, the starting point was a 300mm and for this version I had a 1.4x teleconverter behind the lens to isolate them even more. I had a 600mm lens with me but the wind was so strong on the top of Bickerton Hill that it was unusable. So for the 600mm versions I used a 2x teleconverter behind the 300mm.