Eclipse

hearth-shaped eclipse

I suppose that everyone and their cat has eclipse shots this days… but I think this is a bit different:

I was shooting the March 20, 2015 eclipse (in Madrid) through a tree, and as a test I tried to focus on the tree silhouette instead — and that was the result. The normal, […]

The perfect lens kit…

…does not exist, of course. But I think I have found mine; at least for my balance (as an amateur) among portability, flexibility and quality.

I am an amateur photographer; I do not sell photos (apart from some wet dream), and my needs are to produce photos for my family in the form of a […]

Shepherding at (very) small scale

Ants shepherding their "cows"

I recently bought a (wireless) flashgun, a Nissin Di622 mark II for my Sony. And tried the Vivitar 100F3.5 Macro with a method I read from Robin Wong: I used the flashgun hand-held and the camera on the other hand. Firstly. Then I put the camera on a tripod, but with the flash still hand-held, […]

Macro lenses are expensive… all of them?

I have recently bought a new lens, on ebay, for around 100€, the famous Vivitar 100F3.5 Macro

They are quite right when they say it’s plasticky, noisy, and light; but I have to say that it autofocuses quite well on my Sony Alpha A55. And the performance… look for yourself. Click for bigger size.

With […]

Recreating bokeh (just an idea)

Bokeh is that nice off-focus effect that good lenses can give you on portraits or photos of details, helping centering your attention on your subject and not on the background of the photo.

Unfortunately, “nice” bokeh is well-tied to “nice” (==expensive) lenses. And sometime simply you just have a photo shot with too much depth […]

Hello world!

Welcome to Romano Giannetti blog! This is just a start post. Please check my home page, there will be things appearing there.

Per ora, ho trasferito qui IHC Memories, il sito dove ho raccolto tre anni di ricette, suggerimenti e trucchi di cucina apparsi sul newsgroup it.hobby.cucina. I newsgroup sono, sembra, una cosa del passato, […]