The new Weekly Prompt Photo Challenge is Advertising.
I had a few ideas for the challenge including a variety of motorsports images featuring varying degrees of advertising.
Then I looked out of the patio doors and it was snowing again. Which made me think of this photo. Taken in mid December, a week before the start of winter I could repeat the shot today, nearly a week into spring. A couple of days ago the bag was sitting on the frozen surface of Colpoy’s Bay, Ontario at sunrise. A snow and rain resistant camera bag is a requirement for an outdoor photographer in Canada.
This is my Domke F-2 camera bag in what they call RuggedWear. Anyone familiar with the waxed cotton jackets made by Belstaff and Barbour in Britain will recognise the material the bag is made from. The bags come with a tin of wax to reproof the canvas.
With waxed cotton having a long history of being used for waterproof clothing and having had a Belstaff jacket in the 1970s and 1980s the idea of a camera bag made from similar material appealed. It’s ideal for the Canadian weather.
The new Weekly Prompt Photo Challenge is Wings.
I thought about swarms of insects but decided that while you can see the insects you can’t see their wings while they’re flying in the swarm.
Then I thought about some of the photos from when I was a member of a small group of birders surveying and recording a winter roost of Gull species on an inland reservoir in south Cheshire, England.
A photo of Black-headed Gulls in winter roosting on Hurleston Reservoir at night. If something disturbs the birds on an edge of the roost they will fly to another side of the roost which is what they’re doing in the photo.
The new Weekly Prompt Photo Challenge is Best Buy.
An unusual post for me as I don’t normally talk about camera equipment regarding it as tools used to get the image. I stopped following equipment trends long ago so most of my gear is a decade or more old and now discontinued.
Then I thought of this photo from last winter. It features some of my best buys in camera equipment, all of which is long discontinued.
- The camera bag is a Tenba P895 purchased in the 1980s. Tenba discontinued the range about 15 years ago.
- The tripod is a Gitzo G340, the tripod head is an Arca-Swiss B1, both from the 1990s and both now discontinued.
- The camera is an Olympus E-3 from 2008 so around a decade old at the time the photo was taken and also discontinued.
I should add that since the photo was taken I have swapped out the Tenba bag for a canvas Domke. The reason for the change was two bad shoulders and deciding to try a bag that has a reputation for being easier on the shoulder. So far the Domke does seem easier on the shoulder but I still miss some of the features of the Tenba having used the range for decades.
The photo was taken with an old tablet I sometimes throw in the camera bag. It has an app that shows sun rise/set, moon rise/set times and locations along with a note taking app I use for recording dates and locations for future reference. There’s also an app for calculating long exposure times when using neutral density filters and an app for editing photos. Maybe the tablet should be on the best buy list.
The new Weekly Prompt Photo Challenge is Orange.
I came up with quite a long list of flora and fauna subjects with orange either in the name or the subject was orange coloured.
Then I thought about some of the orange skies at sunrise and sunset.
A shot from last summer, Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment at sunrise.
Or rather some dry stone walls and and a barbed wire fence.
The new Weekly Prompt Photo Challenge is Fences.
In some parts of Britain field or property boundaries can be hedges or dry stone walls. This photo taken in the Peak District close to the Cheshire/Derbyshire border. It’s an area between Wildboarclough and Bottom-of-the-Oven. There’s two place names that are hard to forget. A lot of the field boundaries in the area are dry stone walls.
So called because they’re walls of stacked stone put together dry, in other words without mortar. Some of the dry stone walls in Britain are centuries old.
Or giving the photographer a look of disdain?
The new Weekly Prompt Photo Challenge is Up.
The attitude of this male Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) makes me think it’s a look of disdain for the photographer sitting in the portable canvas hide a few feet away.
Normally they’re looking down, watching for a fish in the water or an insect on the ground. It’s possible the bird was watching something in the air that could be a potential meal or a threat.
The Weekly Prompt Photo Challenge is Junk.
This Dunnock (Prunella modularis) was photographed on a junk pile in an old orchard in Cheshire, England.
There was Field Voles living under the junk pile which is why I had a camera pointing at it. This Dunnock was a regular visitor to the junk pile so got its photo taken while I waited for a Vole.