What’s hot and what’s not (1)


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I thought I would share something about what is happening around us at this point in time. I’ve decided to call this: What’s hot and what’s not. Just be aware that ‘hot’ can mean many different things. This is the first of a series which is to come. Continue reading What’s hot and what’s not (1)

Closeup of wine cork

I enjoy shooting closeup images. But shooting closeup images normally presents the photographer with a few problems. At such close focus, the depth of field (i.e. portion of the subject in focus) is very shallow, which will require either very small apertures to increase the depth of field or photographing each section of the subject separately and then stacking them together in a dedicated focus stacking program (need very stable system).

I have been building a setup capable of doing this, and hence I thought I would try this with the wine cork. My preferred program for focus stacking is Helicon Focus, as Zerene stacker did not work well for me when I trailed it.

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Wine cork

I opened a bottle of Chateau Clerc Milon 2004 on Tuesday, to accompany the rib-eye steak we had for dinner. Now back in 2007, we made a trip to Bordeaux for our summer holiday. We drove to Dover, took the ferry bound for Calais, drove to Paris and spent a night there, before driving down to Bordeaux where we spent a further 3 nights.

During this trip, we bought a few bottles of wine to store for a later date. This wine was bought during that trip on 26th August 2007 for £17.79 and I had kept it in my wine fridge until now, waiting for the right opportunity to open and share with my wife. BTW, the current price for this wine is £58.00 on BBR (more than 3x what I had paid for it). Continue reading Wine cork

Fotodiox tough E-mount Image Quality comparison


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For this post, I will be looking at whether fitting the tough E-mount and reducing the flex at the len-camera mount interface, will translate into better image quality in terms of corner performance (or at least not worsen the performance). Continue reading Fotodiox tough E-mount Image Quality comparison

Camera lens – fingerprints


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The camera lens is an important component of the camera imaging chain. Enthusiasts spend large sums of money to get the best lenses available. Thus it does make sense to look after our lenses (and protect our investment), and ensure it can achieve its maximum performance. I decided to look at the effect of a fingerprint on the front lens element of a lens. Continue reading Camera lens – fingerprints

Autumn colours in different light spectra


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I have been meaning to shoot a tree in autumnal yellow-red with my various lens filters. I have finally done this. Here are the images. Continue reading Autumn colours in different light spectra

Fotodiox Nikon G to Micro 4/3rds Focusing Helicoid – unboxing


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Previously I had posted on the Pixco Nikon G to Micro 4/3rds focusing helicoid, which filled a need in my UV-imaging setup. However, it does have significant play in the adapter which can affect the accuracy of fine focusing. Hence I decided to take the plunge and get the one from Fotodiox, which is said to be in their Pro adapter line. Continue reading Fotodiox Nikon G to Micro 4/3rds Focusing Helicoid – unboxing

Chilli Sauce Kit


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I received this kit for Christmas last year from a good friend. I have not had a chance to use this until now. But with my Ghost chilli ready for harvest, I now have a reason to use the jars from this kit. As the chilli is mainly for my wife’s consumption, I made it to her preferred recipe so will not have any need for the downloadable app which contains  many new recipes. Continue reading Chilli Sauce Kit

Fotodiox Tough E-mount – Sony A7R and A6000

I ordered 2 of the Fotodiox tough E-mount adapter about two weeks ago, to replace the original mounts on my Sony A7R and Sony A6000, as both cameras have significant play with a lens is mounted. However, it has to be said that this has not impeded their ability to function and produce great photos.

In this post I thought I would compare how well the cameras perform with their native mounts compared to the tough E-mount i.e. does it hold the lens firmer and does this translate as an improvement in handling? Read on to find out. Continue reading Fotodiox Tough E-mount – Sony A7R and A6000

Sunspot AR2214 20/11/14


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The sun was out again this afternoon. Hence I decided to do some more imaging of the sunspot AR2214. With my equipment set up, I was aware that the seeing conditions today were much better than previously. Continue reading Sunspot AR2214 20/11/14