Aug 062017
 

There is nothing like a trip to Island Park to inspire me.  I thought I would make the first post about the sky.  The first night at the cabin I went out about 11pm and got set up to take some Milky Way picture.  The Moon was up which isn’t great for taking milky way shots, but I thought I’d see what came of it.

Just as I got set up I was interrupted by a group taking a float down the river….starting there float a 11 pm!  Well, lots of moon light so why not.  This first shot is terrible, but I learned that I can drag the Milky  Way out of even this shot.  Car headlights and taillights clearly visible and making a mess of things.  Maybe I should mention here that I was also interrupted by a group on ATVs out for a little midnight ride as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Because I wasn’t going to get a good clean picture of the Milky Way with them sitting there, I decided to move and take a shot of the moon and see what would come of that.  There car headlights lit the foreground in an interesting way.  So here’s what we ended up with.  These shots include members of the group floating through the picture, but because my shutter was open so long you don’t even see them.  You can also see that some of the planets and stars that are visible move slightly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After these folks moved out of the scene I took a few more pics with out the benefit of there light, just to see how that would look.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then I moved back into position to grab some Milky Way.  I took only five shots and put two of them together for this two shot panorama.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I went out early two mornings as well.  To late the first morning (5 am) to get Milky Way, but early enough to grab some sunrise shots.  This is a five shot pan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The last morning at 3 am the moon was still out, the sky was full of smoke from wild fires which made a nice red moon but left me with no desire to see what I might get.  I went back to bed.

Oct 072015
 

I tried my hand at some more astrophotography during the lunar eclipse we had just over a week ago.  I’d seen some pictures of the moon in various stages of being eclipsed all in the same picture.  Well I started out good until I figured out that the moon was going to go behind some trees.  I was taking pictures every ten minutes, and had to move after three exposures.  Took a couple more and had to move again, because of the trees.  Long story short I’ve got a couple of strings of eclipse exposures and a few others when I was just playing around.

The eclipse was a lot of fun to watch and really quite wonderful.  Being out in the woods has it’s advantages and it’s disadvantages.  There was absolutely no light pollution.  The evening was cool and otherwise very enjoyable.  The downside there were trees everywhere.

Sep 242015
 

Yes, astrophotography is a real thing.  According to Wikipedia the first picture of the moon was taken in 1840.  I’ve been pretty fascinated with it recently myself so I thought I try my hand at it while we were in Hawaii.  This represents what I think is the best of the pictures I took there.  I got shots with the moon and shots of the Milky Way.  These are all single exposures meaning that I didn’t combine several pictures to get each part of the picture exposed properly.  I also did very little post processing and most of the post processing I did do was in Lightroom.  The longer I use Lightroom the more I appreciate what a great program it is.  These picture were all taken at ISO 1600, f 3.5 and about 20-25 seconds for each exposure.

Aug 132015
 

I anticipated getting a couple of new night sky pictures this year at the cabin but the moon and the clouds worked against me and I didn’t get much.  What I’ve shared here is a couple of shots from the first night at the cabin.  July 31st was apparently a “blue moon”.
Two definitions:

  • Blue Moon = The third full Moon in an astronomical season with 4 full Moons (versus the normal 3)
  • Blue Moon = The second full Moon in a month with two full Moons.

At any rate I was just experimenting with exposure and etc and after a few shot decided to zoom in on the moon.  I’m shooting with an 18 – 135 mm lens so zooming in isn’t getting in tight as you can see.  An interesting thing happened.  I got an object in the picture that I can’t identify, and didn’t see with the naked eye.  Wild.  Let me know if you’ve got any ideas.  There is a lot of lens flare in the first picture, maybe the unknown is caused by that?

Nov 302014
 

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving for everyone living in the US.  We spent the extended weekend with family in a remote area.  That’s right no cell phone service unless you held your mouth just right and then it was iffy.  I took my camera along and took a few pictures and I’ll share a few here.  I was trying to get some more milky way shots, but once again the moon was to bright and I didn’t want to stay up until it set so I could get the moonless sky so hope you like these anyway.  There was a good sunset one night and clouds all that night so no stars.  Then Friday we did a little four wheeling in the snow.

Aug 212014
 

I wanted to save this post till last because I think it’s the most awesome, but my better half can’t wait so here it is.  I’ve called this Starry, Starry Night for obvious reasons.  I started doing research on how to do this kind of a shot a couple of months ago.  I’ve always wanted to do something like this and my new gear was a big step in getting me there.  When we first got to the cabin there was a full moon which completely wiped out any chance of getting a good star picture, let alone a milky way shot.  I was out at somewhere between 10 pm and midnight every night we were at the cabin anyway shooting away.  I finally got good conditions the last night there.  The moon came up late and allowed me to finally get the shot I’d been looking for.  I’ve posted pictures of shots from various nights along with the best results.  These picture were all taken on Henry’s Fork of the Snake where the cabin is.  The most successful pictures were shot with the lens and camera set at 18 mm, ISO 3200, f3.5 for 25 seconds.  I didn’t do any processing of shots other than the first two.

 

Jul 152013
 

It been three years and 11 months since I did my first HDR panorama of Henry’s Fork at Sunset.  I’m not sure why I felt like I should do another one, but here it is.  I shot this while I was at the cabin this last week end.  This is 25 exposures which produced 5 HDR picture which were stitch together to make this HDR panorama.  I you look carefully on the left side of the picture you’ll see a white line in the sky, it’s the moon!Henrys Pan 01

Jul 262010
 

Not sure what my fascination is with pictures of the moon but here’s another one.  The moon was nearly full again as I was at the cabin and I am amazed at the amount of light the naked eye can operate on.  This is an attempt to HDR and see if I can replicate what the eye can see.  Needs more work.

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Jun 282010
 

Went to Island Park this week end and worked my…, well I worked hard and so did my dad and brothers.  Got up there Friday night and missed the best picture of the moon rising, but this one turned out pretty good.

Mar 292010
 

I was out by assignment tonight taking panoramas of the Wasatch Mountains. The assignment was to capture a snow capped panorama. I don’t know if this will work because the clouds in the background interferes with the profile of the mountains. I like it though…moon rising and sun setting…