On Christmas eve, I unfortunately had an accident and dropped my Olympus E-P5 with my FL-600R flash on board, a short distance onto a thick rug. That jolt was enough to break the hot-shoe foot of my Olympus flash. As I tend to use flash photography for indoor photos, it was essential for me to have a flash I could use. Hence I had to look for a replacement or get it repaired. Then I saw in the Amazon Lightning deals that they had the Metz 52 AF-1 for Olympus on offer for £125.40 (RRP £209). Hence I snapped it up before the offer ended. Continue reading Metz 52 AF-1 flash for Olympus/Panasonic
There seem to be quite a few winter jasmine flowers in bloom now. Does that mean it is winter already? Anyway, I thought I would pick one back to shoot indoors. I have photographed this flower before, but I thought it would be good to reshoot this in my indoor mini studio, particularly with my IDS2e filter. Continue reading Winter Jasmine
In this post, I will be doing a side by side comparison of these two cameras, with regards to the cameras themselves, ease of use, functionality and image quality, as well as images from both cameras for comparison. I know that there are features in both cameras which I like, and it would be great to see them all amalgamated together into one camera (although this is unlikely to happen). Continue reading Sony NEX-5N vs Olympus OM-D EM-5 UV imaging
Update: I’ve finally identified this flower as consolida ambigua. This flower has come up in my back garden from a pack of mixed seeds. Unfortunately I do not have an identity for this. Hopefully someone will be able to chime in with the name. Multiple images were shot and then stacked with Helicon focus to achieve deeper depth of field.
As I have just done a test on M42 lenses comparing their UV-transmission, I thought I would also do a test of a few different brands of 35mm F3.5 enlarger lenses (both new and older casing designs) using the same setup, to see if there is much variation in their UV-transmission. Continue reading Lenses: what’s in a brand (35mm F3.5 enlarger lenses)?
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 had borrowed my friend’s William Optics Megrez 72mm Apochromatic refractor for astrophotography, although not had a chance to use it. This telescope is paired with the Astrotrac TT-320-TX AG to correct for the earth’s rotation while imaging. This setup is mounted on my Manfrotto 075 tripod. This 72mm F6 telescope has a focal length of 430mm (or 860mm effective focal length on the Micro 4/3rds system). As I had used the Skywatcher ED80 for solar and moon imaging, I decided to see if there was any benefit from using this apochromatic refractor. Continue reading William Optics Megrez 72 APO – solar & moon imaging
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