Trees and Shadows.

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.

Shadows from trees.

Three quarters of the moon.

Monochrome Monday is going back a few years with a visit to the dock at Colpoy’s Bay, Ontario for a sunrise.

A recent Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge where I posted a section of a rainbow got me thinking about some of other photos taken with a long telephoto while waiting for the light or for wildlife to cooperate.

I don’t remember why I ended up photographing the moon unless I got to Colpoy’s Bay so early I was waiting for the sunrise.

Monochrome moon over Colpoy's Bay.

Light beam on hillside.

A telephoto landscape from the archives. Taken in the autumn of 1985 which makes me realise just how long I have been using long telephoto lenses to isolate sections of the landscape.

I was photographing storm clouds over Loch Arkaig, Lochaber, Scotland in the evening. I noticed that a light beam from the low sun was illuminating a section of a hillside and quickly swapped to my 300mm for this shot.

Sunset light beam.

Telephoto landscapes, part two.

A continuation of using telephotos to isolate sections of the landscape.

This shot is from a couple of years ago. I had gone down to the dock at Bluewater Park in Wiarton on the South Bruce Peninsula for the sunrise. There was a good display of autumn colour on the Niagara Escarpment so once the sun was up I put a super telephoto lens on the tripod and started isolating sections.

This allowed me to focus attention on the autumn colour while having a thin strip of water along the bottom of the frame and a small section of sky at the top giving the trees some context.

The rock edge of the Escarpment is visible center left of the frame with a couple of large boulders that have fallen from the rock face at the waters edge.

A section of autumn colour on the Niagara Escarpment.

Trees and mist.

Alternatively, part one of using a telephoto to isolate sections of the landscape as this may be an ongoing topic.

For this shot I was on a local back road looking for Eastern Meadowlarks during the golden hour one morning. I noticed the low sun was illuminating some distant trees with patches of mist amongst them.

Having a long telephoto on the tripod I started framing some of the trees and mist patches.

Mist patches in trees at sunrise.