• 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!

  • Been a long time since I’ve done any astrophotography and I’m a bit rusty. Attempted to catch the Perseids meteorites (unsuccessfully) so here are some star trails at Barragem de Vale do Gaio (Vale do Gaio dam)

  • Olá @maique @helgeg I vaguely recall you guys talking about photo printing last year. I have a few shots I’m hoping to print in large format canvas print (approx 100x60cm or maybe larger 120x80cm). Any suggestions for good printers in Lisbon or Portugal? Thanks!

  • So, we bought an electric car! 2019 Kia e-Niro 64 kWh that’s only got a few thousand kms on it, practically brand new. All the fancy features: CarPlay, LED headlamps, sunroof, heated seats+steering (!!)


  • In September last year, I started the process of exchanging my Australian driver license for a Portuguese one. Got all the necessary documents and submitted the application to Instituto da Mobilidade e dos Transportes (IMT). Because of the pandemic and various containment measures, most of this was all done online. It took 2 months for my application request to be processed, and I finally got a notification email to make payment, as well as mailing in my original license and supporting documents, and to go in to an IMT counter at my local Loja de Cidadão (Citizen’s shop) for my photo and signature to be taken. I promptly did all of this, and was told to expect the card in the mail in about 1-2 weeks. This was in early November. I got an email on 18 November that my application was completed and a Portuguese license was issued.

    However, as of today, 2 March 2022. I still have not received my license. Even though in my application I had put down our current address, it would appear that IMT used the address from the tax office as my official residential address, which at the time was still my previous apartment in Carcavelos, that I hadn’t updated yet. It’s quite likely they had mailed it there, but our former landlord has checked and there wasn’t any mail with my license.

    I’m now trying to find out from IMT as to what happened to my license and how I can get it back, but even getting an appointment or a queue ticket at the local IMT office is a pain, and a waste of time. So frustrating.

  • Fucking hell. It’s really happening. Can’t believe the Russian invasion of Ukraine is actually happening right now.

  • Yup, NFTs are going great.

    “musical artists logged on to the internet to discover that their songs had been “minted” as nonfungible tokens by a platform they’d never heard of called HitPiece”


  • Gong Xi Fa Cai, Happy Chinese Lunar New Year, welcoming the year of the Tiger 🐯

  • 📸 Day 26/365 - New speakers - got a pair of Kanto YU2 desktop speakers.

    Close-up of a single speaker, with a bamboo cabinet, and a single tweeter and a single woofer visible

  • 📸 Day 25/365 - Stained Glass at Alegro Setúbal shopping mall

    Modern geometric stained glass panels over an entry foyer at a shopping mall in Setúbal, Portugal. There is a dolphin sculpture suspended in the foreground

  • 📸 Day 24/365 - Objet D’Art - Picked up this interesting metal sculpture from a homewares shop in Lisbon the other day. Need to find a better spot for it though.

    A metal (possibly cast iron) sculpture with sharp 90° right-angle bend, looping over itself like a Möbius strip or an M.C. Escher drawing.

  • Just received my 3rd dose booster shot 💉💉💉

  • 📸 Day 23/365 - Castle walls at Castelo de Sesimbra

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