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)
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
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 is another variety of Rudbeckia I have growing in my garden. It had popped up a little while ago but then seemed to have vanished before I had a chance to photograph it. Now that it has reappeared, I thought I should shoot it before it disappears again. Images were stacked with Helicon focus. Continue reading Rudbeckia hirta Irish eyes
I own a Skywatcher ED80 refractor, which is an 80mm F7.5 telescope with a focal length of 600mm; effective focal length is 1200mm on the Micro 4/3rds system. I bought this as a guide scope for my main astrophotography system. But I normally use this telescope for solar or moon imaging, as it is very easy to set up. Continue reading Skywatcher ED80 – solar and bird imaging
I was in the garden shooting some new flowers which had bloomed. While there, I noticed a garden spider on its web and thought it would be a good idea to shoot it in UV (using ambient light) to see what it looked like. Then it dawned on me, why not shoot insects and various other things using IDS2e, which lets through UV and the limited visible light spectrum that insects see the world and themselves in? Continue reading IDS2e – more images
I noticed these very small yellow flowers popping up from the ground. As they are near ground level, and less likely to sway, I was able to use ISO 200 F8 to shoot these images. I did have to focus very closely as these flowers were about 1cm wide (images are not cropped, only resized for the web). Continue reading Yellow Woodsorrel
These tall bottle-brush like flowers growing along tall thin stems have been popping up in my back garden, from seeds sown in spring by my daughter. As these are tall and sway a lot in the wind, I have not really had a chance to take photos of it. But I took the opportunity while shooting the IDS2e video, when the wind was calm to photograph this flower as well. Continue reading Liatris