There was a solar eclipse in March, and all I saw was cloud. I was prepared for this, of course, what with living in the UK these days. But all was not lost! I still got a photograph (indirectly) of the whole thing in the form of this time-slice, which shows a period of about three hours from left to right. I wrote a Python script to do all the legwork for me, which I’ve put on GitHub should anyone want it. Continue reading
I had my camera with an 85mm lens on it at a fireworks display last weekend. Not the easiest focal length for fireworks and I didn’t have a tripod either, so I tried something a bit different and got the fireworks reflected in the harbour. Some of them look quite funky!
I’m pretty much fuelled by coffee, but last year I developed an extra habit: whenever I was served a fancy frothy coffee at a café (you know.. cappuccino and the like), I would take a photo with my iPhone. And here they are in date order!
Fix it in post. It’s a common phrase in photography and one which is widely recognised as landing you in hot water if you’re not careful. Fix it in post-production, fix it after the fact. “Hm, I’ll just fix that in post.”
Well when I spent a day taking a few hundred photos of Venus crossing the sun last year with the intention of creating a time-lapse but without a tracking system, “fix it post” was my mantra by necessity. For 7 hours I followed the sun across the sky just by nudging my camera mount this way or that. As a result the sun was in a different place in every photo. The fact I wasn’t standing on the equator at the time meant it rotated too. Continue reading
If anything shows off the low light capabilities of the 5D Mark III, it’s astrophotography. For me this doesn’t go any deeper than wide angle shots of the night sky, but luckily I got to try out the camera on some really dark nights at Siding Spring Observatory earlier this year. What strikes me about the 5DIII’s high ISO noise performance is how much colour and contrast detail you can retain. Bear in mind all these shots are at f/2.8.. if only I had a 1.4! Continue reading
I’ve long been a bit of a time-lapse junkie, so when I saw this video of Moscow a few months ago I was really impressed. People have started calling this technique ‘hyperlapse’, and it’s a combination of time-lapse photography with a large but calculated movement of the camera between shots. I thought I’d have a go without using any special rigs or mounts – instead of worrying about moving the camera precise distances, I thought I’d find some existing structure to do the measuring for me.