Archive for March, 2013


Posted in 5DMII, Available Light, sky on March 30, 2013 by budbranch

Nice Moon compositions are possible at dawn or dusk – other times it is just too bright (it’s like trying to image a headlight at night).  The first one of these is an exception: it was rising in the east an hour after sunset, but there were clouds that dimmed it and provided a light, even background.  All these were all shot at 200mm off a tripod.  I took a lot of  care with focus and took measures to eliminate camera-shake.   The images were all cropped-in severely to achieve the “big Moon” composition (see the last frame).   And note that I made over 70 frames in order to collect a few “keepers”. -BBMoonriseMoonsetMoonsetLightroom 4 Catalog - Adobe Photoshop Lightroom - Develop_2013-03-30_08-48-00

Pan-STARRS over Waterhouse

Posted in 5DMII, Astrophotography, sky on March 20, 2013 by budbranch

Pan-STARRS 3-12-13

Posted in 5DMII, Astrophotography on March 12, 2013 by budbranch

This comet is impossible to see with naked eyes!!  And this Moon was just a sliver, so a half-hour after sunset I was still searching, searching…   I never did see the comet directly – only by reviewing images on the back of my camera did I finally see where it was and started composing these images.  It was cold.  And windy.  The last frame was a 3-second exposure – notice the wild gyrations of the passing aircraft (that was my camera shaking in the wind!).

00 Steel Wool Burning

Posted in 5DMII, Long exposures on March 2, 2013 by budbranch

Many sparks, close together.  30 second exposure, started a little fire.   Steel wool is surprisingly combustible!

Steel Wool

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