There are so many different 35mm F3.5 lenses available out there. Even within the same stable of lenses in a company, you can see different designs which were clearly bought from different manufacturers and then rebadged. Some companies are well known for doing this, such as Prinzgalaxy and Soligor. I thought it was time for another comparison test. Continue reading Lenses: what’s in a brand (35mm F3.5 M42 lenses)?
As there were so many smaller sized sunflowers growing in my garden, I decided to cut one down to bring indoors to shoot. This would serve as a good subject when comparing cameras in UV. But I thought it would be good to get some studio shots of this to put in the flower gallery as well. Continue reading Sunflower (indoor)
Since starting my website, I have realised that the Western Digital My Passport 2TB USB 3.0 drive is not really keeping up the large RAW files that I have in my Capture One Pro catalog. Even browsing the thumbnails can take quite a bit of time as there is significant lag while these load up. Hence I decided to invest in faster storage, to improve computer efficiency. Continue reading Thunderbolt SSD Drive
There are some accessories available online which can be very helpful for a photographer. Some are good for holding pieces of equipment in place, while others will hold the subject being photographed in position – but they do help the photographer to get that special shot. I have found these items below to be helpful for shooting flowers, but some of these could easily be adapted for other types of photography. Continue reading Useful accessories: 2) Extra support
This flower (Sisyrinchium spp) was growing along the side of a path at Stowe Garden. Hence I paused to take photos of it with the various filters I had with me. Continue reading Blue-eyed grass
I managed to pick a pink geranium to photograph in my indoor studio. I was particularly interested in shooting this in UV-induced visible fluorescence and stacking the images to increase the depth of field. Continue reading Pink geranium
Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire is a chateaux built by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild in 1874. It is a National Trust site, with large gardens, an aviary, many walks, play areas for children of different age groups, the main house and also a wine cellar to visit. We have visited this on quite a few occasions, and have found it relaxing and enjoyable, to walk and explore.
Here are photos of the grounds and also the wine cellar. Continue reading Waddesdon Manor
One of the often neglected but very useful pieces of camera equipment is the remote control. It gives us the ability to activate the shutter without actually physically touching the camera shutter button. Continue reading Useful accessories: 1) Remote control (Pixel TW-282)
These shots of the Coltsfoot or Tussilago farfara were from when I visited Stowe Garden. These flowers do like to grow close to water, as these were found next to the waterfall. I have managed to collect some of the seeds from the seed head of this flower, and will try and grow it for next year.
This flower was one of many growing our of the vegetable patch from seeds my daughter had sown. As this was a flower I had previously not photographed, naturally I wanted to bring it in to photograph it under different lighting. Continue reading Choi sum flower