A Month of Squares

October Squares: Pinstripe Lines

My contribution for day 18 of Becky’s October Squares: Lines photo challenge.

Pinstripes on the spokes on a wheel of a steam traction engine.

October Squares: Pinstripe Lines


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.

Photo Challenges

Traction Engine Wheel Detail

This week’s Tuesday Photo Challenge is Wheel.

I have already posted a contribution to the challenge but decided to post a second.

This is part of the rear wheel of a steam traction engine.

Wheel detail.

Photo Challenges

Sharpening Wheel

The new Tuesday Photo Challenge is Wheel.

A bit of an easy challenge for someone who spent the best part of a decade shooting a variety of motorsports in the 1970s and 1980s. So I decided to go in a completely different direction and go with a nature photo of a bird.

You may wonder what a photo of a Western Jackdaw (Coloeus monedula) has to do with the challenge. It’s what the bird is standing on, a grindstone also known as a grinding wheel or sharpening wheel.

This particular grinding wheel was used by my maternal grandfather who used it to sharpen his scythe and sickle. He was lenghtsman, employed by the local council to maintain a length of road. Part of the job was keeping grass and weeds down along the verge amongst other things.

When he retired the wheel fell out of use and became a garden ornament which explains the condition and colour of the wheel.

Jackdaw on a grinding wheel.