Throwback Thursday

First Light on Fresh Snow

Throwback Thursday this week is returning to the exploration of my film archives with a photo from the early 1980s.

First light on fresh snow on farmland at Hatherton near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England.

Throwback Thursday: 25th February 2021
Photo Challenges


This is my contribution to Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge: Words that contains two letter A’s prompt.

The first word I thought of was camera and it was an easy word to build a post around.

In the end I decided to go with a small selection of photos taken using various camera settings and techniques that show something that the human eye cannot normally see.

CMMC: Contains two A
Intentional camera movement of trees in snow using a slow shutter speed and panning the camera upwards.
Travel Tuesday: Colpoy's Bay at night
Star trails and shooting stars over Colpoy’s Bay at night using the cameras live composite setting.
Monochrome Monday: Fern Fronds
Setting a mirrorless camera to monochrome allows you to see in monochrome through the electronic viewfinder.
Clouds moving across Colpoy's Bay at dawn
Setting the camera to time exposure allows a 346 second exposure of clouds moving across Colpoy’s Bay at dawn
Monochrome Monday

Monochrome Monday: 15th February 2021

A recent walk around the neighborhood on one of those gray days when it wasn’t actually snowing.

On days like that I usually put a short telephoto lens on the camera with the intention of picking out detail. However, this time I put my fisheye lens on the camera with the intention of looking for interesting compositions of the trees against the sky.

I found the contrast between the evergreen Cedar trees on one side of the frame and the bare (mostly) Maple trees interesting.

Monochrome Monday: 15th February 2021
Photo Challenges


This is my contribution to the A Photo a Week Challenge: Motion prompt.

I quickly had a rather long “shortlist” of around a dozen images but wanted to go with four. That four changed twice before I decided enough was enough and stopped swapping photos.

One Word Sunday: Bright
Motion blurred racer entering the start/finish straight shortly before midnight during the Le Mans 24 hour motorcycle endurance race in France.
Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: You Pick It!
Motion blurred wave on the Georgian Bay shoreline at sunrise.
Lens-Artists: Striped and Checked
Motion blurred trees using intentional camera movement.
Clouds moving across Colpoy's Bay at dawn
Motion blurred clouds due to a 346 second exposure of Colpoy’s Bay at dawn.
Throwback Thursday

Last Light on the Pines

My Throwback Thursday blog post this week is continuing my look back at some of the snow scenes from the early years of my archives.

The last rays of the setting sun illuminating a section of a pine plantation in Hatherton near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England in the late 1970s.

Throwback Thursday:4th February 2021

My Photographic Journey

This is my contribution to Amy’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: My Photography Journey prompt.

I had quite a few ideas for the challenge, none of which I could build a theme around. In the end I decided to simply pick one favourite nature or landscape image from each decade I have been taking photos. Because landscapes and nature have been constant subjects during my photographic journey.

As a result it’s also partly a journey around some of the places I have lived over the years.

Lens-Artists: My Photographic Journey

1970s. Trees in snow covered farmland in Hatherton, Cheshire, England. I was still in secondary (high) school when this shot was taken. Taken a mile down the side road from my parents house at the time. It was part of the portfolio that got me a place at art school. Despite having been online for nearly a quarter of a century this is the first time I have posted the full frame, uncropped version. I have always cropped to a panoramic format in the past.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Water

1980s. Storm clouds and light beams over Loch Arkaig, Scotland. Memorable because I had spent three days shooting landscapes in almost constant rain. The rain stopped early evening of the third day and the sun started breaking through the storm clouds. This shot was published worldwide by Olympus Japan and won a national photo contest in the U.K.

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Connect

1990s. An American White Pelican on Last Mountain Lake. Probably the hardest decade to pick a favourite. I moved from the U.K. to Canada and was doing a lot of nature and landscape photography. One of the most memorable moments was sitting in the water at Last Mountain Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada while a flock of American White Pelicans swam and fished around me.

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Sense of Seeing

2000s. Osprey with a White Sucker over Lake Huron. This decade saw me living in Ontario, Canada. For the first 8 years I lived in Southampton on the Lake Huron shoreline. I would frequently head down to the lake shore for sunrise and sunset. If I was down there for the sunrise I would often hang around looking for birds. One morning I watched this Osprey catch the fish and immediately start getting harassed by a couple of Herring Gulls. The Osprey is looking at one of them while the water still drips off the bird and the fish. This was my second year shooting digital.

CMMC: Contains the letter U

2010s. A juvenile Ruby-throated Hummingbird in late summer. I was now living on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario and in 2018 did a 52 week photo project which is how this blog started. This shot didn’t make it as a weekly pick for the project but it was published in a bird calendar the following year.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Negative Space

2020s. A portrait of a Coneflower. One year into the 2020s and a surprisingly difficult pick. I had a few nice sunrises from the local bay and a nearby lake last summer and autumn. Which meant that I couldn’t pick a favourite because they were all too fresh in my mind. However, I spent part of the first Covid-19 lockdown photographing flowers and plants with various unusual lenses. For this Coneflower I used a fast portrait lens wide open. It’s been a favourite since I took it.

Monochrome Monday

Monochrome Monday: 1st February 2021

Bare trees on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario.

Taken on a walk around the neighborhood testing a recently modified wide angle lens. I have owned the lens for around 20 years but until recently didn’t have a proper adapter to use it on a mirrorless camera.

I have also misplaced the clamp on lens hood and because the lens is so old I can’t find the correct hood. So I took some measurements and ordered a cheap metal lens hood via eBay. The hood now is semi permanently attached with electrical tape.

Monochrome Monday: 1st February 2021