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Revisiting the Sunflowers

Posted in 5DMII, Available Light, Wide Angle on June 20, 2018 by budbranch

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These photos are hanging in a show in Taos.   An admirer asked me to write a little bit about my process:

The photos were taken during sunflower season in Taos.  I was shooting out the passenger window of our car with a 17-40mm Canon 5DMII – we were going about 40MPH.  The camera was set for manual focus and the drive mode set to continuous, so I could capture about 4 frames every second.  These are the specific settings:

Top photo:  1/125 sec at F/10 ISO 100 20mm

Bottom photo: 1/80 sec at F/7.1 ISO 100 17mm

The reason for the portrait orientation is that I was one-handing the camera, letting it dangle out the window, not sighting through the viewfinder.  The blur in the foreground is due to car motion blur, but the background is nominally in focus, due to the small aperture and wide angle lens – the shutter speed was high enough to kill the camera shake, but slow enough to blur those sunflowers zipping by, close to the camera.  I did a lot of experimenting with shutter speed to get these nice exposures.

Nice prints of these and others available here!

 

 

The Lyrid Meteor Shower

Posted in 5DMII, Astrophotography, Long exposures, Wide Angle on April 22, 2018 by budbranch

IMG_6221-2This meteor flashed through around 2AM this morning.  While it appears to be “in” the Milky Way, it is well to remember that the meteor is very close to Earth, actually burning up IN our atmosphere, while the Milky Way is (almost) unimaginably distant.

For extra credit:  why do we see more meteors AFTER midnight, than before?

 

Startrails at the VLA

Posted in 5DMII, Astrophotography, Available Light, Composite, Long exposures, Wide Angle on April 12, 2018 by budbranch

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This is a composite of about fifty 30-second exposures.  A departing car painted the antenna red (I used considerable Photoshop layer masking to get this final effect).  Also, that’s a meteor at top right…

The VLA at Magdalena, NM

Posted in 5DMII, Astrophotography, Available Light, Long exposures, Wide Angle on April 12, 2018 by budbranch

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I Hung Some New Prints at The Spot!

Posted in 5DMII, Aerial, Astrophotography, Camera-On-A-Stick, Canon 7D, Composite, Gopro Hero5, Handheld, HDR, Wide Angle on February 17, 2018 by budbranch

Stop by The Coffee Spot and check them out! (the are cat photos too!)IMG_5407Spot event image

Lunar Eclipse 1/31/18

Posted in 5DMII, Astrophotography, Available Light on January 31, 2018 by budbranch

Tripod, 200mm, manual focus, mirror lockup, self timer.  REAL COLD!

Another Taurid Meteor

Posted in 5DMII, Astrophotography, Long exposures on November 21, 2017 by budbranch

Note that the stars are visible right down to the horizon…

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