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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

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14 exposures taken at 3 minute intervals

 

We Take Delivery of a Shed:

Posted in Gopro Hero4, interval exposure, Time Lapse with tags on June 19, 2016 by budbranch

We Take Delivery of a Portable Shed from Bud Branch on Vimeo.

Afternoon Clouds

Posted in Gopro Hero4, interval exposure, Time Lapse with tags on June 5, 2016 by budbranch

Taos Canyon Afternoon Clouds from Bud Branch on Vimeo.

There’s cat and people action in the window, too…

Star Trails

Posted in Astrophotography, Composite, interval exposure, Long exposures, sky, Wide Angle on May 14, 2016 by budbranch

These images are composites of multiple frames: 25, 53, 76, and 157, so at 30 seconds per exposure, the images capture 12, 25, 38, and 78 minutes of star movement.  I use free software called StarStaX to blend them all together.star trails star trails star trails star trails

Night Sky

Posted in 5DMII, Astrophotography, interval exposure, Long exposures, sky on May 7, 2016 by budbranch

Prospecting for Eta Aquarids meteors – none in this frame.  Looking southeast, thirty second exposures f/4.0, 17MM ISO 6400.  I set the camera up at 10:30 and set a self-timer delay for 3-1/2 hours, so it would start making exposures around 2AM.   Mars is low at right.

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These next two are consecutive 30 second frames showing an aircraft (given away by the strobing beacon lights), and a satellite that brightened and dimmed during the 60 seconds it took to make these images.

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There are meteors in both of these images:

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Twin satellites – interesting:

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Meteor and aircraft:

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As dawn was breaking, a classic Iridium flare, top right:
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Sunrise Composite

Posted in 5DMII, Composite, interval exposure, sky, time stack on December 3, 2015 by budbranch

Morning yoga class was cancelled, so I shot a few frames off the parking deck at Martha Jefferson Hospital and mashed them together in Photoshop.  A single jet’s contrail betrays my technique…Sunrise

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