Fuji X-T1 macro experiments

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been taking some Fuji X-T1 macro pictures with a Tamron 90mm f/2.8 K mount macro lens and couple of add on extension tubes to increase the magnification. Although I’ve used the Tamron several times I’ve been considering buying the Fuji 60mm f/2.4 autofocus macro lens, which is available second hand for about £300, but I wanted to see how the Tamron performed before taking the plunge and buying one. The main difference of […]

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Vintage & Classic Lens Index

This is the Index page to the classic lenses I own. Follow the links for reviews, repair & clean instructions and/or sample pictures. Chinon lenses Auto Chinon 28mm f/2.8 M42 mount Auto Chinon 55mm f/1.7 M42 mount Auto Chinon 200mm f/3.5 M42 mount Industar and Jupiter Russian lenses Jupiter 8 M39 50mm f/2.0 Industar 61 M39 50mm f/2.8 Industar 69 M39 28mm f/2.8 Industar 50 M39 50mm f/3.5 Jupiter 11 M39 135mm f/4.0 Meyer-Optik Gorlitz Meyer-Optik Gorlitz Lydith M42 30mm […]

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Final autumn pictures

This is a post describing a walk around the local park in Stevenage and the pictures I took there this afternoon. I’ve realised today that I take a trip to the local park and take photographs just about every spring and autumn, and this autumn has been no different as today I had a walk round Fairlands Valley Park with my camera. I took a variety of lenses with me, a Sigma 18-125mm Standard Zoom, my favorite Tamron 10-24mm Wide […]

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Weekly Challenge: Horizon 2

This is my second post in the weekly challenge, but essentially the same subject – Sea & Sky. This picture was taken in Sherringham using a Pentax K-r and a Tamron 10-24mm Super Wide angle lens set to it’s widest 10mm setting. Related articles Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon (dailypost.wordpress.com) Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon (cloudedclearly.wordpress.com) Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon (zainabjavid.wordpress.com) Weekly photo challenge: horizon (sugarandspiceandallthingslife.com) Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon (scottseyephotos.wordpress.com)

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A visit to the Duxford Air museum

This is a post about a trip to the Duxford Aircraft museum in Cambridgeshire which we visited a few years ago in October  2010 with a good friend of mine, Steve Martin and his Son and Father. At the time I had a Pentax K200D camera which is what I used to take all these pictures. The majority of them are taken with a Tamron 70-300mm Telephoto Zoom, with occasional use of the on camera flash. We had a nice […]

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The best of my Beamish photographs

This post contains all my best photographs from the Beamish living museum in County Durham which I haven’t yet published. We went to Beamish twice during our holiday, partly because Beamish has a policy that an entry ticket allows any number of entries over the next year, and partly because it’s such an interesting and large place that we needed two days to see everything ! Transport around the museum is by traditional trams and busses, although walking is also […]

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More Raby Castle photographs

These are the best of the other photographs I took whilst at Raby Castle in County Durham All these pictures were taken on the same day I took the courtyard picture which I posted a few days ago with my Pentax K5. The majority of them were with either a sigma 18-125 standard zoom or my Tamron 10-24mm Super Wide angle. It was quite a dull and grey day when we arrived at Raby Castle, having spent the morning at the […]

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Raby castle

This is a wide angle shot of Raby Castle in County Durham shot with my favourite Tamron 10-24mm Wide angle lens set to its widest setting of 10mm. We visited Raby Castle on holiday this year and I took a great number of pictures. I like this one because it captures a bit of the great age of the castle and gives some impression of its size. I followed my usual post processing procedure and cropped slightly from the original […]

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The countryside around Frosterley

This is a picture of the countryside around Frosterley in County Durham, taken on a sunny day in August this year. On the Thursday of our holiday in County Durham we went on a Walk called ‘In Search of Frosterley Marble’ which started just outside our holiday cottage and went round some beautiful countryside for about 3 hours before bringing us back home. Naturally I took my camera and a variety of lenses with me so I could get as […]

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Wheels – Black & White

I found this set of cart wheels leaning against a wall at the Beamish Museum in County Durham during our holiday last month. When I looked at it in Post Processing I thought it would be a better image if it was converted to black & white, which I did in Lightroom and also applied one of the standard lightroom filters – the blue high contrast filter. I also slightly cropped from the original shot I took. Pentax K5 Sigma […]

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Lightroom post processing techniques – radial filter

I like macro photography, but this post uses a macro photograph to point out a Lightroom 5 post processing technique I’ve started to use a bit which is Radial Filters. This pretty unremarkably picture of a fly was taken a few weeks ago and I’d mostly forgotten about it. But I was looking through the pictures I’d taken and realised that I could improve this one if I could blur the flower a bit and bring the fly into more […]

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Macro photography – small skipper butterfly

This is another in my macro photography series, and this time features a small skipper butterfly. I took this picture in the priors wood area of Stevenage in August this year with what is now my standard macro photography kit consisting of my Pentax K5 and Tamron 90mm f/2.8. To get this picture I cropped from a bigger image to produce this more detailed and closer image. I think the interesting thing about this picture are the small ‘barbs’ which […]

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Macro photography – Hoverfly

My favorite lens for macro photography is my 90mm Tamron f/2.8 and this picture was taken with that lens on my Pentax K5 in August this year. This is actually a crop from a larger image, but the resolution is good enough to still produce a good picture. I’m not sure of the species of hoverfly, but I found it sitting on a flower in our back garden as I was searching for subjects one afternoon. I did a bit […]

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Panorama effect from wide angle

I took this picture of the centre of Durham using the 10mm setting of my Tamron 10-24mm Super wide angle zoom. Once I imported the picture into Lightroom I realised that the shot has more impact when cropped down to a panorama style image, cutting out a lot of the foreground which was just pavement. I’ve used this technique quite a few times to create a panorama style shot; I know it doesn’t have the full reach of a stitched […]

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