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Behind the Eye

There are allot of people who ask me how I do what I do and what inspires me to get me to take the pictures I do. In this blog I hope to give an insight into Owens Eye.  I hope to share some of the stories behind pictures and answer some of the more common questions I have been asked in the form of tips and advice.

Danny's Focus ST

September 30, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Up next is Danny Smiths tidy REVO powered Focus ST.  I am sure you'll agree this one is a stunner.

If you like what you see Please like and share

Click the picture to view the full gallery.

Owen


It's been a while

September 29, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

I know its been a while since my last post but that does not mean Owenseye has not been up to much.   Its been a busy year and now at the end of show season We've got plenty of content to share that is ready to go. 

Hang in there as more great shoots are heading your way soon. 

 

Owen 

 


Focus RS - RS Fox

May 25, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

To me the Focus RS MK2 is work of art straight off the bat, with the only real choice needing to be made being - weather to get it in Green or Blue?

Mostly people dare not try to mod one aesthetically in case they get it wrong.  

I can assure you the above is not the case with Rich Fox’s mean green RS. The attention to detail is astounding.  With tuning, sounds and aesthetics all catered for this car is truly a head turner.

Mod List:

  • Revo Stage 4 Plus Map
  • Lowered on BC Coilovers
  • KSport big brakes
  • ProAlloy intercooler
  • ProAlloy oil breather kit
  • ProAlloy radiator
  • AS oil cooler
  • AS dress up kit
  • KMS Section 18 exhaust system
  • Big fuel pump with 759cc injectors
  • ACR front bumper
  • Msport roof scoop
  • Massive rally light pods
  • Insane carbon spoiler
  • Full Vectis Vinyl WRC graphics
  • All tuning done by SCC Performance

 

This car is a true testament to its owners dedication, commitment and vision to the project. I can honestly say one of the finest examples I have seen so far.

Many thanks to Rich for allowing access to take the pictures.

Owen

To see the full gallery of Rich’s RS click here


Showtime : JapFest 2015

May 22, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

JapFest - A celebration of all things automotive from Japan

Had a great time at Japfest at Castle Coombe this year with the highlight being the Drift Kings Competition.   20 Cars, mostly Nissans with cars ranging from 350 - 600 Bhp competing over 3 rounds. Round 1 was but rounds 2 and three is where they turn up the heat with most of the action taking place at Quarry.

Track Time @ JapFest 2015Track Time @ JapFest 2015

The show had a diverse range of cars from classics to this years freshest models. 

 

All in all it was a great show and I can not wait to see what they have install for us next year

Click here for the full gallery

Owen

 


To Filter or not to filter that is the question?

January 26, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Are UV lens filters worth it?

So picture this situation, you go shopping for a new lens, you're just about to pay for your new purchase and then the assistant asks that question that seems there just to confuse people "would you like a UV filter with that?".  

Lets talk a little about what A UV filter used to do.  Back in the day UV filters were used to block UV rays from the film helping a image to have more contrast, that said now days digital sensors are no where near as sensitive to UV as film is also with the advancement of technology most lenses are have coatings that minimise the effect as well, which makes them somewhat redundant in this sense on modern digital cameras

So with that said, please note my thoughts below are based on a digital shooter and do not apply to film shooters.

Let’s look into the benefit of using a UV filter before looking into reasons not to.  Simply put a UV filter will offer a physical level of protection to help prevent your front element from any 'accidents' that may crop up and to be fair they do a good job at it too, browse any photography forum and it won’t be long until you come across some unfortunate soul who has taken a picture of their 70-200 with a front element resembling a spider web saying "if only I'd had my UV filter on" but in reality I have found these incidents are few and far between if you take care of you kit (this has never happened to me or anyone I know of in all the time I have been shooting to date), using a lens hood as an alternative helps minimize that risk even more but we can go into that in a different post.  

So why wouldn't you want to use one then?.... A degradation in image quality!.  After investing in quality glass why would you want to tarnish it by sticking a relatively cheap piece of glass on front of it? Ultimately the less that's between your subject and your sensor the better.  Having any filter on you lens means less light, potential ghosting and if a cheap filter allot worse glass.  I tested a number of UV filters with a various lenses and can vouch for the fact my image quality was worse overall by the addition of the filter.  Having said all that not all filters are bad, there are some things that you can't or at least would have great difficulty doing without a filter but ill go into that in a different post as well.

So to my closing thoughts on the subject are.  It depends on what you’re doing and how you shoot.  If you were just getting into photography and got a digital camera with a couple of kit lenses then would recommend you to throw on a filter and the extra protection vs the slight loss of image quality would be worth the sacrifice.  But it you had just invested a small fortune into a quality fast prime or a 'L' then I am sure you would want to get best out of you glass investment, with that said I would only recommend going 'commando' on the preemies your using a lens hood and/or have insurance to protect your glass investment.

I would like to hear you thoughts and comments on this.

How do you shoot?  With or without protection :)

Owen B

 

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