Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Sepia Traction Engine.

The new Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge is Sepia which runs throughout August.

The challenge got me thinking about the old, sepia toned photographs in family photo albums.

That got me thinking about some of my shots of various old manmade subjects. Photos of them when they were current would probably have been sepia toned.

A steam traction engine with a fire in the firebox. Taken at the Cheshire Steam Rally in the 1980s.

Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Sepia.

Steam Traction Engine Detail.

Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire, England in the 1980s.

I had gone to the Cheshire Steam Rally early on Sunday morning. I was one of only a few people there early which meant good access to the machinery on display. I could isolate details and photograph the exhibitors polishing their machines and lighting the fire box.

This is part of the mechanism of one of the steam traction engines, the ornate paint and polished brass caught my eye.

Detail of a steam traction engine.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Detail.

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

I thought about some of the photos of details and it occurred to me that two of the first ones I considered were taken about 40 years apart but with the same lens.

So here’s a selection of shots from my Olympus OM Zuiko 50mm f/1.8 silvernose I purchased in 1976. It’s called a silvernose because it has a polished aluminium ring on the front of the lens. This means that it’s one of the early OM system lenses and that it could be single coated rather than multi coated like modern lenses.

Backlit hoarfrost on a branch taken on a field trip with the Nantwich Natural History Society in the 1990s.

Backlit branch in winter

 

Ivy leaves on a tree trunk given a selective colour treatment. Taken on a walk a few years ago with the lens adapted to a DSLR.

A selective colour treatment of some

 

Candle, taken with the lens in the 1970s during a power outage.

Candle flame.

 

Hosta leaves taken with the lens adapted to a mirrorless camera a few weeks ago.

Details of some Hosta leaves.

 

Detail of traction engine wheel taken at a steam rally in the 1980s.

Wheel detail.

Raising steam.

Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire, England in the 1980s. I visited the Crewe Steam Fair early on Sunday morning before there was many people about. The exhibitors with machinery were busy firing up the boilers or giving the brass work a final polish.

This traction engine has just had the firebox lit judging by the smoke coming out of the smokestack.

Raising steam.