Geminid Meteors

Posted in Astrophotography, Composite, Long exposures, Sony A7III on December 16, 2020 by budbranch
The Geminid meteor shower peaked early Monday morning. This is a composite of 26 images that highlights the phenomenon of the “radiant”.
Very top center are Castor and Pollux, the heads of the Twins: Gemini. Notice all 26 meteors (except one) “point” to constellation Gemini. The renegade is blue-green, non-Geminid random meteor, and beautiful.
Mars at the bottom, Orion top left, Pleiades near center.
It was COLD. I wrapped a hat around the camera, and left it with a hand warmer!  I used the camera’s self-timer to delay the start of automated exposures until 1AM, then it made 800 30-second exposures before it ran out of battery.  Then it was a matter of reviewing each frame and selecting the ones with juicy meteors, then some Photoshop.  Thanks for digging it.

Taos Plaza

Posted in Sony A7III, Wide Angle on December 9, 2020 by budbranch

Self-timer, pre-focused, camera  on  sidewalk.

Taiban Presbyterian Church

Posted in Aerial, Architectural, DJI Mavic 2 Pro on December 2, 2020 by budbranch

My Spider Pal

Posted in Point-and-shoot, Sony RX100-II on November 23, 2020 by budbranch

 

Meteors and Moon

Posted in Astrophotography, Composite, Long exposures, Sony A7III on November 21, 2020 by budbranch

 

Enjoy.

Hawks, Sunny-Side Up

Posted in 600mm, Available Light, Handheld on November 1, 2020 by budbranch

 

These photos benefited from high clouds creating beautiful soft lighting…

Campfire Jam

Posted in Aerial, DJI Mavic 2 Pro, HDR on September 20, 2020 by budbranch

Making music with a few NM friends

Astrophotography

Posted in 600mm, Astrophotography, Sony A7III on September 14, 2020 by budbranch

We lucked out with a moonless, no-haze, no smoke night sky yesterday.  I set up the little Ioptron Sky-Tracker and mounted my camera and 600mm lens, and commenced to focus/shoot/adjust/repeat.  Two hours later I had a couple of respectable images.  The first, M22, is a star cluster containing 70,000 or so stars.  The second is M8, or the Lagoon Nebula.  These are both 20 second guided 600mm single exposures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outdoor Work

Posted in 5DMII, Handheld on September 2, 2020 by budbranch

I carry a camera in my cupholder, so when I ride, I’m ready to shoot.  Even so, it is easy to NOT stop and make a photo.  I think a lot of learning photography is training your habit-rutted mind to be open to the fleeting artistic impulse.


Perseid Meteors

Posted in Astrophotography, interval exposure, Long exposures, Sony A7III, Wide Angle on August 14, 2020 by budbranch

Recent moonless nights have favored long meteor-hunting sessions, and this month it coincides with the Perseids.  Famous meteor showers get a lot of press and draw our attention, but meteors happen EVERY night.  Mark your calendar for all moonless nights!

 

These are all 30-second exposures f/2.8 at ISO 6400 shot off a fixed tripod.

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