Sometimes it’s about the pattern on the water

This is a contribution to Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #15 Photo Challenge and another one of my photos that was taken for the pattern of the ripples on the water.

I probably didn’t need any more photos of an immature Grey Heron on this tree stump in the water at Hurleston Reservoir, southern Cheshire. By the mid 1990s I already had a selection when this shot was taken. I suspect that it was the pattern of the ripples that I was photographing.

 

Water Water Everywhere #15 Photo Challenge

 

Sometimes it’s just about the Water

It’s not always about the bird, sometimes the bird is just there to provide a focal point or a sense of scale to the ripples and reflections on the water.

A contribution to Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #14 Photo Challenge.

 

Water Water Everywhere Photo Challenge

A male Common Pochard rests amongst some interesting ripples and reflections on the water.

Berford Lake at Dawn: WWE #13

This is a contribution to Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #13 Photo Challenge.

This is Berford Lake on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada. Despite living quite close to the lake it’s not somewhere I visit very often. Access is via a small park which never seems to be in a good direction for photography in the blue and golden hours.

Water Water Everywhere #13

Lake Huron Shoreline at Dawn: WWE #12

This is a contribution to Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere: #12 Photo Challenge.

I have to admit that I had completely overlooked this photo. It was the eighth shot taken with my then new Olympus E-410. The fourth shot was used in a tourist guide to the area and I was approached by a camera magazine wanting to use the eleventh shot which I had posted online. I have no idea why I overlooked this shot until now.

The range light at the mouth of the Saugeen River on the Lake Huron shoreline at dawn. Southampton, Ontario, Canada.

Water Water Everywhere Photo Challenge 12

Colpoy’s Bay with a $33 lens

This post is partly a contribution to Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #10 Photo Challenge and partly a ramble about a lens I picked up before Christmas. A 35mm f/1.6 lens that cost me $33.41 CDN although the shipping from China was $7.99 CDN so it was over $40 in total.

Other than the shipping that’s a similar price to what I paid for the various CCTV lenses I was experimenting with last year. Except this lens came with a native E mount to fit directly on to my Sony mirrorless camera without an adapter. It even came with a rather nice rectangular lens hood.

For the price I wasn’t expecting very good optical quality and although it’s not very sharp wide open it does improve when stopped down. I find the colours are a little muted and the contrast low but nothing that can’t be corrected in editing.

Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment at sunrise a couple of days before Christmas.

Water Water Everywhere #10