• Printed and framed. These are my photos that will be on show at the ‘Setúbal Sublime’ exhibition at Crespaço, an art gallery in Setúbal starting this week.

    4 printed photographs in picture frames on the floor leaning against a white wall. They are in a black frame with a white mat.Close-up of a framed photographic print in a back picture frame with a white matClose-up of a framed photographic print in a back picture frame with a white matClose-up of 2 framed photographic prints in back picture frames with a white mat

  • 2023 has certainly started out with a bang. Been flat-out doing multiple things to get this photography biz started. Having a bunch of prints made, mounted, packaged and mailed to friends and family all over the world, as gifts; preparing, printing and framing a few pictures for my first exhibition; social media posts and experimenting with ads; updating my new website and preparing it for e-commerce; registering a company and wrapping my head around concepts like VAT. Phew!

  • A bunch of packages I posted last week just got returned by CTT. All of them US-bound. Turns out I need to lodge an online customs declaration (in addition to the hand-written one on the prepaid envelopes I used). Ugh.

  • I have some exciting news! I’ve decided on a career change from UI/UX front-end development, to focus on photography. More on this - www.jpoh.blog/jonathan-…

  • Pathway to the Stars

    Composite of the foreground and buildings shot at blue hour, and 18x 2 minute exposures on a star tracker

    Location: Cabo Espichel, Portugal Camera: Canon EOS 6D (astro-modified) Lens: Samyang 14mm f/2.8 Exposure: 36 minutes (18 x 2') Aperture: f/2.8 ISO: 800 Mount: iOptron SkyTracker (discontinued 2010 model)

    #astrophotography #astrophoto #landscapeastro #landscapeastrophotography #portugal #caboespichel #milkyway

    Wide-angle photograph of the Milky Way Galactic Core rising almost vertically from the horizon, with brown dusty star dust and magenta nebulas visible. The sky is full of stars, and there's a bit of yellow/green light pollution near the ground. In the foreground, a dirt path curves from the lower-right corner of the image to the bottom of the Milky Way. There is a derelict religious building (sanctuary) on the left.
  • Wow. Got an email from PhotoStation (authorised Canon service centre in Lisbon) yesterday at 5pm that they are closing down today, and I should collect my lenses that I dropped off for repair. It’s been with them since August and apparently only one of them got fixed. 😡

  • Oh no. My new BenQ SW321C appears to have a bunch of dark/dead pixels 😭

    Close-up of a LCD monitor, with an area of dead pixels circledClose-up of a LCD monitor, with an area of dead pixels circled

  • Can’t believe PhotoPills Camp 2023 is already sold out, less than 24 hours after the announcement email was sent out. I was (still am) keen to go, some of my most admired photographers will be there.

  • Fascination deep dive into the ‘baseline’ test in Blade Runner 2049 and the Voight-Kampf test in PKD’s book and the first movie


  • Molly White from Web3 is Going Just Great dropping truth bombs on the Crypto stage at Web Summit. Brilliant

  • LIS feels like SFO right now.

  • Oof, it’s a big fella.

  • It’s here! My re-print of (F)light Trails, nearly double the size, and with improved processing and editing to correctly colour-match the printed output. It is incredible, and I’m very happy with how it came out, considering what a difficult image it is to work on

  • After a long hiatus, I’m getting back into astrophotography.


  • I took a bit of time to reprocess one of my father’s photographs taken 10 years ago, on a 3 megapixel camera. This is the result.


  • Was out late to Santa Susana again, this time with a new friend, the guy I bought the modified Canon 6D camera from, for a spot of astrophotography again. This time there were no campers so the area was super dark, though there’s still light pollution from the cities all around

  • Milky Way at Pego do Altar reservoir, near Santa Susana, Alcácer do Sal, Portugal

    Same source images as the previous version, but processed differently in Photoshop.

    Managed to bring out a lot more detail and colour that I did not even realise was there!

    • Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M5Mark II
    • Lens: Olympus M.Zuiko ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO (at 12mm)
    • Exposure time: 8s (* 21= 168s total)
    • Aperture: f/2.8
    • ISO: 6400

    21 light frames stacked in Sequator, post-processing in Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom Classic.

  • Sunset at Santa Susana (Pego do Altar reservoir)

    • Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M5Mk2
    • Lens: Olympus M.Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8 (at 12mm)
    • Shutter: 1/5s
    • Aperture: f/3.5
    • ISO: 1600
    • Filter: Cokin ND8 3-stop soft graduated neutral density
  • Goodbye Canon EOS 60D. All boxed up and ready to be sent to MPB to be traded in.

    You were a great friend that helped me vastly improve my photography skills several years back. May you find a new owner that would get as much joy and delight as I did in discovering photography.

    Shot taken with the ‘new’ astro-modified Canon EOS 6D with EF 40mm f/2.8 STM lens. The Baader filter replacement gives everything a pinkish/purplish tint.

  • I’ve somehow ended up with a few cameras…

    I’m keeping the Canon EOS 10D as a momento as it used to belong to my Dad, selling the Canon EOS 60D, and the new (to me) 6D will be used for astrophotography. Keeping the two Olympus OM-Ds for travel and general photography.

  • Just picked up a used, astro-modified Canon EOS 6D earlier this evening. Looking forward to learning how to use it for capturing the night sky. A full frame sensor would help!

  • Milky Way over Pego do Altar reservoir, Portugal

    This is my most successful Milky Way shot so far. Still learning to use stacking to reduce noise and improve the image quality.

    Stack of 112 light frames, 2 dark frames, stacked using an app called Sequator, post-processing in Lightroom Classic. Manfrotto tripod with ball-head, no equatorial mount.

    • Location: Pego do Altar dam reservoir, near Santa Susana, Portugal. Bortle Class 4 area
    • Date: 27 August 2022 (new moon)
    • Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M5Mark II
    • Lens: Olympus M.Zuiko ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO (at 12mm)
    • Exposure time: 8s (* 112 = 896s total)
    • Aperture: f/2.8
    • ISO: 6400
  • Backyard star trails from two nights ago. Stack of 620 shots of 4.5" exposures, at 12mm, f/2.8, ISO 800

  • so it wasn’t all as bad as I thought. The Canon service centre technicians told me that the two camera bodies are fine, no mould or even dust on the sensors. However the lenses are a different story.

    The 40mm f/2.8 STM is fine, but there are some spots on the front element, probably from a botched cleaning job and rubbing off of the coating. The 28-105mm is unfortunately too badly infested that the lens is etched, AND it’s such an old lens that Canon doesn’t make spare parts for it anymore, so that’s a goner.

    The 50mm f/1.8 is probably a straightforward cleaning, wasn’t too bad. The remaining two lenses, they will try to clean them at first and see how they go, and hopefully wouldn’t require any replacements of the lens elements. The 100-400mm L is also out of support from Canon so if the lenses are scratched/etched then they can’t really do anything about it, which is a shame, that is a great lens.

  • Mouldy camera gear 😭

    After I bought the Olympus OM-D E-M10 mirrorless camera and acquiring micro-4/3 lenses, I gave my Canon EOS 60D (and the 10D that belonged to my dad) to my brother in Malaysia.

    Sadly he didn’t make any use of it, and it stayed in the backpack for over 2 years, unprotected from the humid climate. On a recent trip back there, I decided to bring it back with me and see if I could either make use of it, or sell it.

    Upon closer inspection and doing some tests, I found that ALL the lenses have mold growing on them, some on the inner elements as well. I suspect there may also be mold or other particles on the camera sensors or mirrors.

    I’m dropping them off at the Canon authorized repair centre today to see what the damage is and how much it might cost to have it cleaned and serviced. I suspect it won’t be cheap!

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