The TAMRON 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD (Model B008) is quite a controversial lens. I just had to get one to find out for myself what this lens is all about. Follow my blog as I use this lens on a daily basis and discover for yourself if this lens is indeed a diamond in the rough, or if it simply just another average, try to do it all, kit level lens.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Old Classroom

One of my dear friends, and photography mentor (without his knowledge :-D ), asked me why my photography blog has come to a standstill. Well, I have been blogging a lot lately but not on this blog you see.

So, let me start with a fresh batch of posts and as my first entry, I would like to treat you to a stunning HDR panorama taken at the Cobblestone museum. My aim was to give the photo an old feel without being too aggressive. You may like to know that it took 21 photos stiched together to make this image.

In the end I really felt it worth all the effort. I love the colors and warmth of the wood and the green of the "black board" on the read wall just helps with the overall tone and mood of the photo. Lighting was a challenge, and as you may know I am not too much of a fan of shooting with a flash. I rather prefer working with the light that is available. So, I hope you enjoy this photo as much as I do! (click to enlarge)

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Canon 600D, Tamron 18-270mm f3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD. Focal length 21mm, Exposure 0.6sec - 1/100sec at f8, ISO 800, Focus manual, VC off, Flash none, Filter none.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Old Barn (28 photos)

HDR panorama taken at Cobblestones Regional Early Settlers Museum in Greytown, New Zealand.

This image was taken with a Raspberry Pi controlling my Canon 600D with a Tamron 18-270mm PZD. It is a 4 image 7 bracketed HDR merged into a panorama. Therefore this image consist of 28 photos. Bracketed shots taken with gphoto and HDR processing done with Photomatix. This is possibly one of the most complex photos I have ever produced.

To take this photo I had to set my tripod up in a doorway and open up my lens to 18mm. Stitching the panorama in Photoshop was pretty challenging due to the excessive image distortion because of the wide-angle setting and also because I had to pan my camera from an off-center position. Lighting is all natural and this image would not have been possible without HDR processing to combine the best of the under and over exposed parts of the images.

For details on how to do something similar please see my blog article at:

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Canon 600D, Tamron 18-270mm f3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD. Focal length 18mm, Exposure 2.5sec - 1/25sec at f8, ISO 800, Focus manual, VC off, Flash none, Filter none.

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