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Comet Hunting

Posted in 5DMII, Astrophotography, Long exposures, Wide Angle on October 12, 2017 by budbranch

IMG_2648IMG_2655The Andromeda Galaxy is apparent in the bottom photo, right of center, in the middle…

No comet yet…

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

 

First Photography Show In Taos – Come If You Can!

Posted in Architectural, Astrophotography, Composite, HDR, Long exposures, Macro, Sony RX100-II, Stop the action, Wide Angle on December 4, 2016 by budbranch

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Obligatory “Super” Moon Shot

Posted in Astrophotography, Canon 7D, sky with tags on November 19, 2016 by budbranch

img_8893I tried to use iPhone app Sky Guide to predict where the moon would rise on the horizon – it was off by 10 degrees or so…  We were set up behind Taos Mountain, so by the time the moon peeked over the mountain, the sky was really dark (which makes exposure tricky).   And boy, it REALLY rises fast (approximately one moon-diameter every two minutes).

This image: tripod, cable release 70-200 at 150mm, 1/100 sec f/10 ISO 200 extreme crop.

Persied Meteor Shower

Posted in 5DMII, Astrophotography, Composite, Long exposures, sky with tags on August 12, 2016 by budbranch

comp2IMG_1995-EditIMG_2430IMG_2465IMG_2557I made 1,000 or so 20 second exposures last night: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 ISO 6400, Lightroom for dehaze and noise reduction, Starstax for the composite.  Go ahead – order a print – you know you want to!

Moonless Sky, Looking North

Posted in 5DMII, Astrophotography, Composite, Long exposures, sky, Wide Angle on July 4, 2016 by budbranch

180 or so 25-second exposures, composited together using “Starstax” software.

f/4, ISO 3200

 

Go ahead – order a print…

circumpolar star motion

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