My youngest daughter returned home from her school’s fireworks evening bearing two different LED coloured lights. That gave me the idea to do some light painting with my daughter. What better way to get her interested in photography than for her to join in to make the photograph.
My youngest daughter has since asked me to get her a ‘proper’ camera when she grows up – goal to get her interested in photography achieved. I’ve also heard that she has told her friend that there is now a photo she has contributed to published on the internet – the things 6 year olds say to each other.
1998 is a very significant year to us, as it was the year of our wedding anniversary. Hence early in my wine-collecting hobby, I had sought to buy as many bottles of 1998 wine as possible. Continue reading Chateau Beaucastel 1998→
The white orchid I have at home has restarted to bloom again. Hence I thought it would be good to shoot it in various lighting. I have not included Insect-D-sight here, as it just looks blue-green. Continue reading White Orchid→
Another area of photography I had always wanted to do was to capture images of fireworks. This year I managed to do this for the very first time. I used the Sony A6000, FE 70-200mm F4 OSS lens mounted on a tripod and triggered with a remote control.
This was a useful exercise, where I learnt what was the best settings for shooting fireworks. Hopefully I will be able to build on this experience and improve both my technique and more importantly the final results.
For this photo, I had set myself up to shoot the sun, with my Skywatcher ED80 telescope (600mm focal length) only for the clouds to roll in. Hence my attention turned to the robin which had perched itself on the wooden beam of my daughter’s play frame at the end of the garden.
Rather than being intimidated, this male robin was chirping away and showing his dominant display – as if to tell me to stay out of his territory. Hence I took his photograph, as it is not very often that you get a robin in the garden while the telescope is out and poised for taking photographs.
Having had the iPhone 6 plus for a few weeks now, I have had a good chance to test the 8 megapixel iSight camera’s capabilities.
Focal length: 4.15mm
Maximum aperture: F 2.2
Sensor size: 1/3″
Crop Factor 7.21x
Effective focal length of camera: 30mm
ISO range: 32 to 500
Shutter speed: down to 1/4 secs
To maintain steady images, the rule we use is 1/focal length of camera, which in this instance is 1/30 secs. But with the Optical Image stabiliser of the iPhone 6 plus, it will be possible to go to lower shutter speeds. In fact, it can shoot down to 1/4 secs to boost the image while using lower ISOs.
The images below were taken when we went Christmas shopping in the Eden Shopping Centre in High Wycombe. The camera did not need to go higher than ISO 64.
The camera does work very well, and certainly produces images which are much better than previous generations of smartphone cameras. No wonder it received the highest rating by DXO for smartphone sensor.
Next I did a test of the sensor capability at very low light (only light coming from a window which is more than 5 metres away on a cloudy day). As can be seen, the optical image stabilisation works to 3-stops, allowing handheld shooting at 1/4 secs. This is great for shooting static subjects, which will apply to many shooting situations.
But I would not use the on-camera LED light for subject illumination, as it is very harsh and too direct – I would use this only as a flashlight. Instead, I would use the Nova Bluetooth flash for off-camera lighting. My Nova Flash was not syncing with my iPhone for a while, but it seems to be working again. So here is an image taken with the Nova Flash.
But as mentioned in my review, using the Nova flash does not preserve the exif data of the photo, which is a shame.
I have to say that I am a person who spends a lot of time sitting/lying in front of the television, computer or tablet. This is very sedentary and not a very healthy way to spend my time. Hence I have been looking at ways which will allow me to exercise while watching television or using my iPad. Hence I bought the Power ball pico for £10.99, to exercise while doing the above activities. Continue reading Power ball pico→
This is one photograph I was amazed that I managed to shoot.
I was imaging the sun at 4500mm focal length, and was so focused on the sunspot (at 5x magnified view), that I was oblivious to every else. It was only when I opened the files and looked at it later on the computer, that I realised what I had managed to capture. Definitely one of my best photos of the year, especially as it was completed unexpected.
These were the candles lit on our garden table on the night of the Mid Autumn Festival.
It is amazing that with the current cameras, it is possible to capture images even in conditions which are very dark – the fact it was able to lock focus on the candle was very impressive. But what I truly like about this photograph, is that it symbolises the Light shining in the darkness.
We pretty much each cereal for breakfast in the morning. But little though goes into what we actually eat. I thought it would be good to focus stack multiple images of two of our favourite cereals, to see what they look like in extreme macro. Continue reading Cornflakes and Cheerios→