International Space Station Passes Over New Mexico At Dusk

Posted in Uncategorized on April 7, 2021 by budbranch

The International Space Station passed over us yesterday evening, very bright. I used the native intervalometer in the Sony A7III to robotically make 50 30-sec exposures, while we watched from the hot tub. I merged the 50 into one using StarStax, and included a single 30sec frame here, for reference.

I use an app on my phone to notify me when the ISS due to make a visible pass. It is always at dusk or sunrise, (since it is lit by sunlight only), and often predicted to be dim, or low, or the skies are cloudy, but sometimes everything lines up for a good view! This session also captured the rotation of the star field around the northern axis of the sky.

Looking forward to the Lyrid meteors later this month!

Taos Community Auditorium: High Desert Drive-In

Posted in Aerial, DJI Mavic 2 Pro, Long exposures on March 19, 2021 by budbranch

Amazing

Posted in Mars lander on February 22, 2021 by budbranch

 

Watercolor Effect

Posted in Available Light, Sony RX100-VII on February 16, 2021 by budbranch

Experimenting with transformation of clean digital photos into pseudo-watercolor using Photoshop filters and layers.

Elizabethtown NM

Posted in Aerial, DJI Mavic 2 Pro, HDR on February 6, 2021 by budbranch

The remains of a gold mining town founded in 1866…

Lilly and Randy and Me

Posted in cats, Sony RX100-II on January 23, 2021 by budbranch

New Year’s Photos

Posted in Aerial, Astrophotography, DJI Mavic 2 Pro, interval exposure, Long exposures, Sony A7III on January 5, 2021 by budbranch

As always, wall art can be yours: https://budbranch.smugmug.com/

Taos NYE fireworks

Taos NYE fireworks

Taos NYE fireworks

Taos NYE fireworks

Star trails during Bootids meteor shower

8-second exposure using very stable drone

8-second exposure using very stable drone

The Grand Conjunction

Posted in 600mm, Astrophotography, Sony A7III on December 22, 2020 by budbranch

Well, that was fun!

We’ve been watching Jupiter and Saturn ease closer for months.  Knowing that this was a once in a lifetime thing, I studied up and practiced a little.  In the final analysis I think it boils down to 1) stabilizing the camera, 2) focusing carefully and, 3) taking LOTS of frames of varying exposures.

 

 

This was an early test – no detail in Saturn or Jupiter

Another test from the deck, as it set over the Canyon

My best effort from 12/21, includes Saturn’s moon Titan…

Once the shooting was over, we made a group Conjunction photo before it set…

Secy of Interior designee Haaland Came to Taos!

Posted in Gopro Hero5 on December 17, 2020 by budbranch

I was in the right place at the right time last year to grab a selfie with Deb Haaland.  SO happy for her, and for our country.

Geminid Meteors

Posted in Astrophotography, Composite, Long exposures, Sony A7III on December 16, 2020 by budbranch
The Geminid meteor shower peaked early Monday morning. This is a composite of 26 images that highlights the phenomenon of the “radiant”.
Very top center are Castor and Pollux, the heads of the Twins: Gemini. Notice all 26 meteors (except one) “point” to constellation Gemini. The renegade is blue-green, non-Geminid random meteor, and beautiful.
Mars at the bottom, Orion top left, Pleiades near center.
It was COLD. I wrapped a hat around the camera, and left it with a hand warmer!  I used the camera’s self-timer to delay the start of automated exposures until 1AM, then it made 800 30-second exposures before it ran out of battery.  Then it was a matter of reviewing each frame and selecting the ones with juicy meteors, then some Photoshop.  Thanks for digging it.
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