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First experience: photographing Andrhtomeda without a tracker

Last month I got the chance to photograph the Andromeda Galaxy from a low light polluted location. With the pandemic going around, I didn’t get out of the house too much. So I packed what I believed to be the best gear to capture a deep sky object. It didn’t go as planned. I wanted […]

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The Helios 44M-4 is back

The lens that basically witnessed my childhood is back on my camera. I had some trouble with the aperture blades, but a quick visit to a local camera repair shop solved the issue. I also repaired the Zenit 11, but that’s for another article. Now I can enjoy the vintage feel of the Helios 44M-4: […]

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Photographing the Milky Way in Thailand

The end of January is not the best time to photograph the Milky Way. Still, travelling to an island with low light pollution was the perfect chance to take my first Milky Way photograph of the year. Planning I used PhotoPills for planning the shot. I already knew I wanted a panorama over both land […]

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2020 Photography Goals

January 1st is a good day to plan for the next 365 days. Here’s what I’d like to accomplish in 2020: Get out of the city more often and embrace landscape and astrophotography; Buy a good tripod; Plan ahead of shooting; Complete the Dogwood 52 photography challenge and post the results every week. I can’t […]

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Vintage Lens: Tamron Auto 300mm f/5.6

I have a few vintage lenses at my disposal, so I’m going to write about them. The first one is the Tamron Auto 300mm f/5.6. Built between 1972 and 1973, the lens cost around $50 last summer when I wanted something with more reach. One thing that annoys me when searching for new gear reviews […]

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Getting Into Photography (Part III)

What do you do when the camera on your phone isn’t capable enough? I started looking for a better one. What I wanted was an entry level DSLR. I already knew Nikon’s offerings, Canon’s weren’t bad either. But then I stumbled upon the mirrorless movement and it didn’t take long for me to get hooked. […]

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Getting Into Photography (Part II)

Gone were the days of film. Everybody was switching to digital. I even remember seeing the first mobile phone with a camera. Bluetooth and infrared transfers were the rage back in high-school. It didn’t take long for me to join the digital revolution. To me, it had a name: Sony. The camcorder My dad loved […]

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Weekend Getaway

I’m becoming a firm believer I should post photos on owned channels. Instagram and Twitter are great, but they’re not a certainty. Social Media networks come and go, and this is why I’m starting to create little articles such as this one. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves. The photos were taken in Sibiu, […]

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Getting Into Photography (Part I)

Photography has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. What you see above is a Zenit 11. It’s a tank of a camera. Soviet-made, heavy, very cold in the winter, the Zenit 11 is what you would find in socialist Romania. It’s what my father used for many years […]