Sun, moon and stars


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When looking at the world, I do think about what else I can take photos of. Even in astronomy, I am more interested in taking photos i.e. astrophotography than star gazing. Continue reading Sun, moon and stars

Sony E-mount system – my journey so far


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I thought I would put into this post the chronology and the 7 phases of my experience with the Sony E-mount cameras over the last few years, as well as a summary of what Sony have achieved with the E-mount system and what they still need to do. I have also included my own  thoughts about each camera. Continue reading Sony E-mount system Рmy journey so far

Alcea (Hollyhock)


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This is an Alcea Rosea (aka Hollyhock) which was growing outside my house. I decided to take this indoors to photograph. I thought this flower was an interesting subject to shoot particularly in UV-induced visible fluorescence (UVIVF). Continue reading Alcea (Hollyhock)

UV-Pass filters – a comparison

Updated 29/8/14 to include Baader U 2012.

The current ‘gold-standard’ reference UV-pass filter is the Baader U filter. This filter is essentially a thin UG11 filter with multiple layers of dielectric coating applied to it. It has sufficient IR-block to prevent any IR-contamination of the UV image.

While it is thought to be the best UV-imaging filter out there, it is certainly not a cheap filter, and the price seems to go up with each passing year, making it even more out of reach to many who may be interested in UV-imaging. Hence it is worth considering if there are any more affordable options out there. I have shot the same flower with the different filter stacks, so the resulting UV image can be compared. Continue reading UV-Pass filters Рa comparison

Rudbeckia Petal structure UV Macro


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I thought I would see far I could magnify the petal to capture its details in UV. Hence I shot numerous images for stacking to form each image. These were processed with Helicon Focus to produce the stacked petal images you see below. Lighting was from Quantum X2D flash. Continue reading Rudbeckia Petal structure UV Macro

Sony NEX-3 Infrared

I have been an early follower of the Sony E-mount system, having bought and used the NEX-3, NEX-5, NEX-5N, NEX-7, NEX-6 and now the A7R and A6000 – I have noticed a gradual improvement with each new generation of E-mount camera in terms of usability and functionality.

The Sony NEX-3 was the first camera I modded to full-spectrum by removing the internal cut filter (ICF). It proved useful for UV and infrared imaging, as the native lenses retained the ability to infinity focus. Continue reading Sony NEX-3 Infrared

Fish photography


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One of my many hobbies is fish keeping. I began seriously keeping fish from 1993. Hence I thought I should post some images of the fish I have kept. In the past, I have kept goldfish, tropical fish such as discus, and koi carp. Continue reading Fish photography