Lunar Eclipse/Blood Moon 28/9/15


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I had heard about the coming Lunar Eclipse and Blood moon, which would be visible in the US and England. Unfortunately my work commitments meant that I was not going to be able to stay awake for the whole event. In fact, I did not even set the alarm clock to wake me up for the event. My thinking was that if I waken naturally, then I will get up and photograph this event. And as you would have it, I was woken by nature’s call due to trying to keep myself well hydrated. Hence I decided to go out and take pictures of the moon after 2am UK time. Continue reading Lunar Eclipse/Blood Moon 28/9/15

Sony 500mm F8 continuous AF


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The Sony 500mm F8 autofocus mirror reflex lens is a very interesting lens. It is the only mirror reflex lens which can autofocus, is reasonably light (665g) and compact . Hence it will not be taxing on your back to bring this lens along. Now one of the things I wanted to test was whether this lens could do continuous autofocus with a moving subject using my Sony A6000 and LA-EA4 adapter. Continue reading Sony 500mm F8 continuous AF

Orange marigold


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One of the flowers which I had planted last year in a different plot seems to have bloomed in our raised bed from out of nowhere. There was one flower which looked freshly bloomed, which is why I just had to pick it to photograph indoors. If I don’t, then there will not be many more opportunities to do so as the flowering season is soon coming to an end. Continue reading Orange marigold

Magpie


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On Friday, I went to Florence Park, Oxford UK to do a few things. I wanted to see if I could photograph the park with autumn colours, and also to try the Sony 500mm F8 autofocus mirror reflex lens with continuous autofocus on Sony A6000. But while at the park sitting at one of the park benches, a magpie was scavenging around where I was sitting and chirping away at me; perhaps telling me I was invading its space. It is not often that a bird gets that close to me and is not frightened away. Continue reading Magpie

Geranium Pratense


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One of my favourite flowers is the Geranium pratense, a lovely purple flower which looks great, particularly in UV-induced visible fluorescence (UVIVF). Hence I had to bring one back to photograph with my indoor studio. I have to say that I am well pleased with the images I managed to capture. There are even some great macro shots. Continue reading Geranium Pratense

Solwise Smartlink 1200 AV2 Powerline Adapters

I have a BT Vision+ box for viewing and recording television programs, some of which is via the internet. It is particularly the BT Sport programs which interest me – I get to watch some live English Premiere League games, and ESPN programs: particularly NBA basketball, Major League Baseball and College Football.

Unfortunately according to BT Customer support, the BT Vision+ box needs to be connected via an ethernet cable to the router to work properly. The previous Powerline adapters I had were not up to the task, as every now and then the recordings would freeze and this impacts on the enjoyment of the games; as well as warning messages from the box about slow connection.

One of the options available is to use network cables from my bedroom to the living room where the router is situated – very messy as there will be wires or wire conduits visible along the walls and ceiling. Now as some BT customers seem to be able to use Powerline Adapters, I thought I should look into getting fast ones for my system. Hence I decided to get the Solwise Smartlink 1200 AV2 powerline adapters – cost under £80. Continue reading Solwise Smartlink 1200 AV2 Powerline Adapters

Red geranium


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With autumn coming upon us, I thought I would take the last opportunity to photograph some of the flowers blooming in my garden which I have not had a chance to photograph. The first of these is the red geranium which I had planted in late spring this year. I picked one of the freshly bloomed flower to photograph indoors. Continue reading Red geranium

Sunday Dinner


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On Sunday, we had a meeting for our Sunday School teachers in the evening. Afterwards, we hosted a dinner at our house for all the families of the teachers. Here are the pics of the food. Continue reading Sunday Dinner

Regis Stone Scratch-resistant 28cm Non-stick Frypan


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While looking for a non-stick fry pan, I came across the Regis Stone scratch-resistant non-stick frypan. I was very impressed with the construction at a reasonable price, and the fact it does not require oil for frying as it has a very nice looking non-stick surface. My wife started using this recently when my daughters started a new year of school, as she wants to give our daughters a good start with a hearty breakfast before they go to school. It is now her favourite frypan. Continue reading Regis Stone Scratch-resistant 28cm Non-stick Frypan

Dual arm laptop + iPad desk mount


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Previously I had a floor standing mount for my iPad so it could be used while I am sitting in bed. It was reasonably stable but did not allow for the iPad to be swivelled into and away from me. Hence when i started to look for a stand mount which could take both an iPad and a laptop,  so I did not have to place my Microsoft Surface Pro 3 on my lap, I was pretty impressed with the look of this  mount system and decided I had to get it. Read on to see what I think about it. Continue reading Dual arm laptop + iPad desk mount