Wednesday, 25 November 2015

The New *Inner Vision Photography* Web Site

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Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Milky Way Photography - Testing the Tamron SP AF 10-24mm f3.5-4.5 Di II Aspherical Lens

This was an absolutely awesome night for photographing the Milky Way. At first I thought it was cloud but it was the Milky Way and clearly visible to the naked eyes. I also saw several meteors and even caught one on camera. I was taking the Tamron SP AF 10-24mm f3.5-4.5 Di II Aspherical lens out for a test run and I have never seen the Milky Way so clearly. Photographed from an undisclosed location (I had the farmers permission to be there) with surprisingly little light pollution around.

The lens performed surprisingly well, at 10mm the image is a bit soft around the edges but as long as the subject is centre frame it seems fine and can be easily be improved by increasing the focal length or f-stop number. Despite the less than brilliant reviews I have read, this "ultra wide angle" lens is a significant upgrade from the 18-55mm kit lens and so far I am very happy with it.

When photographing the Milky Way, it is important that any ambient light from towns/street light is behind you and you are looking towards the Milky Way. The less light pollution, the more easily visible the Milky Way will be. Shooting wide open (maximum aperture) and adjusting the shutter speed and ISO allows you to balance your exposure so the result is not too bright or too dark.

The images below are photographed with the Tamron SP AF 10-24mm f3.5-4.5 Di II Aspherical lens, at f3.5, 25secs, ISO 4000 and post-processed in Lightroom and Photoshop CC. The colour banding in the first two images is mostly caused by increasing the contrast to enhance the detail in the Milky Way.

I am looking forward to taking this lens out and seeing how well it performs with landscape photography and it is a welcome and professional addition to my kit bag.

(click the images to enlarge)

Original Photography by Matt Blythe.

Copyrights © Inner Vision Photography 2015.

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Honest Sun

This image is five photographs, focus stacked and merged in Photoshop. The settings for each image were ISO 200, 1/250 sec and with an f stop between f4.5 and f9. I exposed for the sky, the background and foreground separately and focussed on different points in each photo for a greater depth of field. The final image had some sharpening too. What I call "art" rather than photography but I like the effect. I am calling this image "Honest Sun" and prints will be available on request.

Copyrights © Inner Vision Photography 2015.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Appley On Solent

On my way home, first night back from the mainland. I have been eyeing this shot for about a year and when the opportunity arose I took the leap. Very pleased with the result and the minimum processing required during post production. If only it was always this easy! Taken at Appley car park in Ryde on the Isle of Wight, UK with the Nikon d5200 and 55-300mm at 55mm. Settings as follows:

  • ƒ/4.5
  • 55.0 mm
  • 20 secs
  • ISO 400

See the high res image on Flickr here:

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Original Photography by Matt Blythe.
Copyrights © Inner Vision Photography 2015.

Monday, 2 February 2015

Inside Your DSLR Camera - How It Works

Ever wondered what happens inside your DSLR camera? This video on Youtube best describes it and makes sense of the front and rear curtain, the mirror, shutter speed, aperture, the sensor... and how they all come together to take a picture for you when you press the shutter release button. The technology is fascinating especially at very high shutter speeds. Watch the video in slow motion by The Slow Mo Guys.

Copyrights © Matt Blythe 2015.