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We Went To Riverton Wyoming For the Total Solar Eclipse Experience!

Posted in 5DMII, Aerial, Astrophotography, Available Light, Canon 7D, Composite, DJI Phantom 3, Gopro Hero5, interval exposure, Sony RX100-II, Time Lapse, Wide Angle on September 3, 2017 by budbranch

Julie and I drove up through Colorado to stay in Riverton Wyoming the weekend before the eclipse.  On the way we encountered a brushfire that stopped traffic for a couple of hours:

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IMG_0566IMG_0542IMG_0461Once checked into our hotel, we explored the area, looking for high ground near the centerline of the eclipse track.  Here is a time-lapse movie of a drive we took up to Thermopolis – really beautiful land:

Later that evening, we backtracked to some beautiful painted rock formations – I used the drone to make some photos:

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Monday morning we checked out early and headed to our spot on a plateau in the Wind River Reservation.  Car-campers had stayed there overnight, so we took up a position behind them, in the road.  We were quickly joined by many cars and RVs – we had picked  a popular place!

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DSC05144C:DCIM100GOPROGOPR0662.GPRWe set up cameras and I picked a little mandolin to pass the time – a really nice morning…

First contact was 10:20 or so – I started one camera shooting exposures at 3 minute intervals.  Everyone on the site was using eclipse glasses:

DSC05140DSC05142DSC05128-EditI clamped a GoPro to the rear hatch and made a time lapse video of our doings as totality approached, and after – here it is (totality happens about 9 seconds in…):

Here is a still photo I  made during totality:

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I sent the drone up a couple of minutes before totality, and parked it at 400′.  I hoped to see the shadow race through, but high cirrus clouds, and the fact that the edge of the shadow is not razor sharp meant that the event is kinda subtle.  But the 360 degree sunset phenomenon is pretty cool, and it DOES get very dark!

We folded up our tripods at about 1PM and headed south, but ran into epic traffic getting out of Wyoming:

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This is a composite image of 3 minute interval shots (58), and one shot of totality:

We went to a lot of trouble to witness 140 seconds of total solar eclipse, but it was totally worth it.  Photos do NOT do it justice.  There is something indescribably intense about it – I hope you witness it.  Thanks for reading – more star-related photography here.

Sun Composites

Posted in 5DMII, Astrophotography, Available Light, interval exposure, Uncategorized, Wide Angle on July 23, 2017 by budbranch
Sun Composite

23 exposures taken at 2 minute intervals

Sun composite

14 exposures taken at 3 minute intervals

 

Shooting My Way Through July….

Posted in 5DMII, cats, Gopro Hero5, Handheld, Pets, Wide Angle on July 23, 2017 by budbranch
Tux(edo)

Tux(edo)

Lilly and Julie and me

Lilly and Julie and me

Chokola Bean to Bar

Chokola Bean to Bar

Lawn ornament

Lawn ornament

Neighbor Chris

Neighbor Chris

West Rim sunset

West Rim sunset

Overcast sun at 10:30AM

10-stop ND filter, 1/2500th f/7.1 ISO 100

Lilly notices a hummingbird

Lilly notices a hummingbird

July 4th in Taos and Arroyo Seco NM

Posted in 5DMII, Available Light, Camera-On-A-Stick, Gopro Hero4, Handheld, Wide Angle on July 4, 2017 by budbranch
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Pancake breakfast courtesy Mayor Barrone

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Cooking sausage

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Lots of food…

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Health food too….

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More sausage….

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Flap-jacks

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Plaza pavillion

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Waiting for the Arroyo Seco parade to start

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Keeping the parade tidy…

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Keeping the parade tidy…

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Cooling us down…

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The judges…

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Trumpcare – you won’t be covered…

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Search & rescue…

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The really GOOD seats…

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Bleacher seats on a truck

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Beautiful float

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The grand finale…

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Sophisticated float

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Hotel Luna Mystica – Woh!

Posted in 5DMII, Architectural, HDR, Long exposures on June 10, 2017 by budbranch

I was given access to some classic RV/travel-trailers yesterday.  They are available to rent through a groovy new company in Taos: Hotel Luna Mystica, a vintage trailer hotel & campsite – check it out:

 

 

Music on the Mesa

Posted in 5DMII, Aerial, Available Light, Camera-On-A-Stick, Canon 7D, HDR, Long exposures, Wide Angle on June 4, 2017 by budbranch

Three-day music festival by Taos Mesa Brewing  – AWESOME!

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Memorial Day Weekend

Posted in 5DMII, dance, Flash, Long exposures, Wide Angle on May 28, 2017 by budbranch

Two types of long-exposure shooting, all with a tripod, Canon 17-40mm.  The rides were 1 – 2 second exposures, the dancing 1/4 second, with off-camera, 2nd-shutter flash.IMG_0566

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