There are choisya bushes(AKA Mexican Orange blossom) flowering at the moment all over Oxford. Hence I have been able to pick a few of these flowers back to photograph indoors. I am particularly interested to see what it looks like in UV-induced visible fluorescence (UVIVF). Continue reading Choisya

Wagyu Sirloin Steak

In the past I always had a very good impression of Aberdeen Angus beef, as it tastes really nice. But for a while I have been hearing about Wagyu beef and how good it was. The fact that Aldi and Asda supermarkets were also selling it, served to whet my appetite to buy it to try. Unfortunately I had not been able to find this locally, that is, until Monday. Whilst shopping in Asda after work, I chanced across some 28 days aged Wagyu sirloin steaks ( I would have preferred Rib-eye, but sirloin will do just as well). Continue reading Wagyu Sirloin Steak

Bose Soundtouch 30 Series II

Now recently I was given the task to come up with a system for church use which could project a large image, integrate a sound system wirelessly and allow for ease of connection of different devices for streaming media for worship. The logical solution was to pair an Apple TV with a projector. But what about the sound system? The Sonos speakers do not allow for Airplay, and Airplay capable speakers were rather expensive. Then I came across the Bose Soundtouch 30 series II. Continue reading Bose Soundtouch 30 Series II


Recently my daughters watched the Disney movie of Tinkerbell and the Secret of the Wings. It so happens that Tinkerbell who is a warm fairy, has a twin sister who is a winter fairy – called Periwinkle. Hence when I went to pick a periwinkle to photograph, my daughter immediately thought of the fairy. Anyway, here is one I’ve picked to photograph indoors. Continue reading Periwinkle

Fly meets JML 20x objective and Aico 35mm F3.5 enlarging lens

Previously I had photographed the house fly using the Leica Focotar-II 50mm F4.5 lens. But I thought I would try and capture the housefly at even higher magnification. To do this, I enlisted the help of the JML 20x microscope objective and the Aico 35mm F3.5 enlarging lens. I used my Sony A6000, macro bellows and Stackshot to capture the images for stacking in Helicon Focus. Continue reading Fly meets JML 20x objective and Aico 35mm F3.5 enlarging lens