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Wednesday Challenge: Downsizing

This is my contribution to the Weekly Prompts Wednesday Challenge: Downsizing.

On reading the prompt one thing came to mind immediately so I decided to go with that rather than the topic discussed in the prompt.

The thought that came to mind was my downsizing of the camera equipment I carry for my personal work. I started downsizing about three years ago, I was looking to get back to basics and shoot the way I used to in the 1970s and early 1980s. A small bag with a handful of manual focus prime lenses.

Then an accident 16 months ago left me with restricted movement in the right shoulder and a weaker right arm. Another reason to further downsize.

 

A Fan Of..... Old Fashioned Camera Bags

My original small kit in the very early 1980s, a Tenba P595 in the snow. The P595 was the smallest bag in the range. A decade later I had two larger bags in the range and the P595 was stuck in the bottom of a wardrobe.

 

Weekly Prompts Wednesday Challenge: Downsizing

What I wanted to downsize from a few years ago, my Domke F-2 containing a DSLR and three weather sealed fast zooms. This is already downsized from what I used to carry in the film era. In the 1990s and early 2000s I carried my film equipment in a backpack.

 

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Essential Tips and Tools

My current downsized bag, a Domke F-10 JD containing a small, mirrorless camera and three manual focus prime lenses. I can’t explain why all the photos were taken in the snow.

 

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Weekend Challenge: Scenic

This is my contribution to the Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge: Scenic.

I had a few ideas for the challenge but I wasn’t really happy with any of them. Then I thought about a small set of photos all taken on a back road in southern Cheshire. It was the scenic route into the village of Audlem and I used to take it frequently rather than using the more direct main road.

 

Weekend Challenge: Scenic

Farmland with St James’ Church, Audlem on the horizon at sunset. The church clock shows the photo was taken at 5:10.

 

Throwback Thursday: 20th February 2020

A wider view of the same farmland, this time snow covered shortly after sunrise. St James’ Church in on the horizon again.

 

Weekend Challenge: Scenic

Storm clouds over the farmland. An even wider view showing some of the back road. A small St James’ Church on the horizon in this photo.

 

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Weekend Challenge: What is it?

This is my contribution to the Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge: What is it? #4.

I had an idea for this challenge when putting together a post for a different photo challenge. However, I couldn’t find the photo I wanted to use. I knew I had it as a colour slide and that I had made a digital copy previously although a cropped, low resolution version.

 

Weekend Challenge: What is it?

So can anyone identify these?

 

The reason I couldn’t find the good digital copy was because I had added the keywords as I uploaded them from memory without checking the caption on the slide mount.

As a result they were misidentified!

 

Weekend Challenge: What is it?

They are seeds of the Corncockle. Once a common weed in wheat fields it is now uncommon due to modern farming practices. All parts of the plant are poisonous so it’s lucky my misidentification was limited to my photo library.

I had identified them as Oriental Poppy seeds which are a similar shape but have rows of dimples on them rather than the rows of raised spots on these seeds.

 

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Weekend Challenge: What Is It?

This is my contribution to the Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge: What Is It?

I had a few ideas for the challenge and quickly settled on one although I can’t really explain why I picked an autumn subject in spring.

 

Weekend Challenge: What is it.

This one’s quite easy.

 

 

Weekend Challenge: What Is It

A Fly Agaric fungi growing on Bickerton Hill in southern Cheshire.

 

Weekend Challenge: What Is It

The Fly Agaric fungi growing amongst Silver Birch trees on Bickerton Hill.

 

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Weekly Prompts: Walkabout

This is my contribution to the Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge: Walkabout.

A few photos from some of my walks around the neighborhood over the past few weeks.

 

Weekly Prompts: Walkabout

Some interesting tree bark with Cedar trees and blue sky providing blocks of colour in the background.

 

Cosmic Photo Challenge: From an Unusual Angle

Paper Birch trees against a blue sky with some nice wispy clouds.

 

Silent Sunday: 3rd May 2020

Colourful green moss and orange Lichen growing on a boulder.

 

Wordless Wednesday: 6th May 2020

A giant blue butterfly garden ornament against a blue sky.

 

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Weekly Prompts: Awareness

This is my contribution to the Weekly Prompts: Awareness challenge.

I thought of a few types of awareness, animals are generally much more aware of their surroundings and potential threats than most humans.

 

Weekly Prompts: Awareness

This Red-breasted Nuthatch is checking the sky, aware of the  possibility of predators overhead.

 

On the other hand, the Covid-19 pandemic that has forced many people to stay at home has probably made some people more aware of their surroundings. I quickly became aware of how much bluer the sky in this part of Ontario was with so few aircraft flying.

 

Weekly Prompts: Awareness

I’m aware of how bright the neighborhood Paper Birch trees look against the deep blue sky.

 

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Weekly Prompts: Razzmatazz

This is my contribution to the Weekly Prompts: Razzmatazz challenge.

What I didn’t know is thar razzmatazz is a colour, variously described as pink, rose, purple or crimson depending on the source.

This ambiguity and the “razz” at the start of the word made me think raspberry and of the North American Purple Finch. I have suggested in the past that Raspberry Finch would have been a better name. Now I’m wondering if Razzmatazz Finch wouldn’t be another option.

Some male Purple Finches photographed on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario over the past few years.

 

Weekly Prompts: Razzmatazz

 

A male Purple Finch checking what the photographer is up to

 

Weekly Prompts: Razzmatazz