Wednesday, August 5, 2020

August Full Moon

Our scenery here at our home is rather limited. Rather than drive to get some moonrise shots last night, I decided to use the cornfield behind our house. 
This shot is at the moon was rising, silhouetted by the woods about a mile across the fields. The red color is due to earth's atmosphere, which filters out the blues; leaving the reds visible.  

This image is a double exposure.....I wanted to capture the corn tassels glistening in the moon's glow. Unfortunately, there was no way to do that without blowing out the moon. So, there are two shots here stacked. 

Tuesday, August 4, 2020


Some garden Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds. They are molting right now and look a bit shabby, but still fun to work on tracking skills!

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Monday, August 3, 2020

August Full Moon

August Full Moon peeking from under the clouds, and a double rainbow earlier in the day. 

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Meadow Bugs....

A few macro shots from the meadow this morning....

Great Golden Digger Wasp

Great Golden Digger Wasps

Dogbane Beetle

Dogbane Beetle

Snowberry Clearwing Moth

Friday, July 17, 2020

NEOWISE at the CJ Brown Marina

One of my planned shooting sessions for NEOWISE was to feature the CJ Brown Marina in the foreground. Using the Photo Pills App and Stellarium, I was able to determine the best point of view for the image I wanted. 
We arrived at the marina a bit before sundown, and watched as some boat returned to dock. 

Once the sun set, we began to see stars. The comet was fainter than the previous week, but I was able to find it by doing a wide angle shot and zooming in on the camera's LCD screen. Once found, we could actually see it with our naked eyes. I used my Olympus Zuiko 300F4 to get some tele pics. I used the Olympus Live Time mode to watch my image develop on the screen and I stopped the exposure when I reached the exposure I wanted. 

Using the Olympus EM1 Mark3 and the Panasonic 8-18mm lens, I did two Live Time exposing for the comet, and the other exposing for the marina. The two were combined in PSCC by adding the comet layer to the marina layer in layer mode "lighten."
Overall, I was pleased with the final image....