Shooting Orion

Finally made it out again after taking a big chunk of time off over the new year break to get some much needed R&R. Headed out here to the lovely town of Maldon to try and capture the Beehive Chimney stack as my foreground subject to the Orion constellation composition as well as testing out some new gear, the Moza Slypod Pro. Results weren’t exactly what I had in my minds eye, but still just so great to get out under the stars again.

Creating Motion Timelapse Overview

There is something magical about adding motion to timelapse sequences, even more so for a nightscape timelapse sequence. How is this motion added though? In this video I take a high level look at the tools I use in my work flows to produce motion in my timelapse sequences. This is the first part in what will become a multi part series on the various devices as well as “hacks” and post processing techniques.

Astrophotography: Tamron SP 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD

One of the great advantages of the Sony E-mount system is the reduced flange distance afforded by its mirrorless design. This allows for easy adaption of lenses designed for other camera systems such as the Canon EF or Nikon F mounts. For the last few years I have been using a Canon EF mount version of the Tamron SP 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD for astrophotography which I largely picked up for its optical image stabilisation for use with my unstabilised Sony a7S. There are certainly wider aperture prime lenses available in this popular 35mm to 50mm, however aperture isn’t everything. Having now sold my copy of this Tamron lens in favour of the much smaller and lighter Samyang 35mm f/1.8 Tiny Prime, I take the opportunity in this video to take a closer look at the astrophotography related performance of this lens before sending it on to its new owner.