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Conservatory Observatory

Moon

So last night I was sat in the conservatory reading a book (Sams Teach Yourself Visual Basic 2010 in 24 Hours in case you were wondering – and yes, I can be that dull) when I noticed the moon was out. It was quite a clear sky which has been something a rarity of late. The weather forecast from a few weeks ago suggesed the jet stream was sitting lower than usual and we’ve been battered by a conveyor belt of dense cloud and rain ever since.

Anyway, I took the photo opportunity like any good photographer would and I was pleasantly surprised with the result. Believe it or not, I didn’t even step outside to take the above picture. In my next post I’ll tell you what equipment I used. For those who have done this before, you won’t learn anything new, but if you’re a beginner you might not have considered pointing your DSLR into the night sky before. It’s easier than you might think.

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Ascending

Just a peek at what I’ve been up to recently.

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Getting Closer

leaf close up

Macro photography

I’m quite sure I’ve mentioned this before and in the future I plan to make quite a detailed post about it, but if you’ve never tried macro photography, you really should.

And it’s not as if it’s an expensive proposition. I recently had to value my equipment for my insurance company and my Kenko extension tubes – the little gadgets that make all my macro shots possible – didn’t even make the list. They just got lumped in with the sub-£100 items. They are, without doubt, the best value addition to my photography gear. I spent more on my polarizing filter I hardly ever use!

So if you’re just getting into photography and are wondering what to buy next – a new zoom, a fast prime, a flash… consider getting yourself a set of extension tubes. It will change the way you take photographs.

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Lazy Days

daisy

Too hot to blog… or do much else for that matter.

We recently got the warm weather back – this time for a sustained period – and it turns out the rising temperatures are not conducive to pulling a chair up to the computer and writing blog posts. Quite honestly I find the hot weather a bit of a drain on my productivity. I seem to spend too much time thinking that this is the year I finally buy an air conditioner and that solar panels aren’t such a silly idea after all.

Anyhow, I have beer in the fridge and a fully belly of Chinese takeaway food. Continuing the lazy theme the only thing I need to decide now is which European disaster I’d like to watch unfold on TV tonight – the debt crisis, Eurovision or Norway vs England…

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Adobe Lightroom: RAW Edit 76 (FroKnowsPhoto)

D800 DNG sample

RAW file 76. Well, actually, it’s a DNG file again.

This week’s file is from a D800 – the 36 monsterpixel camera from Nikon. The file is 4912×7360 pixels and weighs in at a whopping 29.6MB. Yikes. I twiddle my thumbs waiting for my measly 12 megapixel files to import so I can’t imagine what waiting for this thing must be like. I suppose good things come to those who wait though… I mean, who needs to bother carrying a zoom lens any more when you can just crop to infinity? Continue reading

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Canon EF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 III Impressions

dandelion

Dandelion

I was given an old Canon film camera last week and in the bag was an EF mount 75-300mm lens. Being a cheap zoom I wasn’t expecting much from it, but after a play around for an hour or so I really quite like it so I thought I’d give a little mini review.  Continue reading

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Adobe Lightroom: RAW Edit 75 (FroKnowsPhoto)

raw file 75

RAW file 75

Oh my word. If I was trying to purposefully create an unflattering pose, it would probably look a bit like this. And to make things worse, the perspective is almost voyeuristic. Captain crop to the rescue…  Continue reading

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