Backyard Autumn Night Sky Over New Jersey: Star and Jet Trails
Learning from mistakes. It took a while to figure out how to make star trail images with a digital camera. My first attempts to do long exposures ran into problems with digital sensor noise, the length of time the shutter could remain open, and camera battery life — especially on cold nights. The camera had an option for “long exposure noise reduction”, however this required taking a second exposure with the shutter closed and then subtracting the sensor closed image from the sensor open image. The result is missing every other exposure needed for a smooth composite star trail image.
Other than the Big Dipper, Orion was probably the second constellation I learned to recognize.
Hawaii Photography Workshop with Thom Hogan: Day 5
Four years ago today I was attending a photography workshop on the Big Island of Hawaii led by Thom Hogan . We spent Thanksgiving day in and around Volcanoes National Park. Later in the afternoon we had a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner at the Volcano House Hotel with other guests at the Lodge and some local residents.
The day started shooting sunrise over the Kilauea crater. In order to record the wide range of light, I took seven images with different exposure times. These were then processed using Photomatix (a HDR program). While traveling to the next photography location, Thom and Tony spotted a Nene (the Hawaiian state bird, also known as the Hawaiian Goose). The Nene is probably distantly related to Canada geese, however the Nene do not migrate. I guess that once they found Hawaii, they decided to stay 🙂 . The Nene almost went extinct and is now protected by the state. It can also be found on some of the other Hawaiian islands. Finally, Thom helped with a composition including a fern.
Storm Clouds over the Refinery in Sinclair Wyoming.
I left Salt Lake City, and continued my drive east on I-80. A lot of snow fell during the night, but the highway was open. It must have been bad the previous night since there were several tractor trailers off the road. Once I got into Wyoming, the highway got better. I took this image of a refinery while driving through Sinclair. Interesting historical note, this route is also known as the Lincoln Highway, which was the first transcontinental automobile road that went all the way across the United States. I used to live near New Jersey Route 27, which was also part of the Lincoln Highway in Edison New Jersey.
After the Storm. Backyard Summer Landscape in New Jersey.
It has been raining a lot since Saturday Night. The storm system is finally leaving. I hoped to get a rainbow, but had to settle for a landscape view from my backyard. But then again, it is not often I can take a landscape image with weather/clouds from my backyard. The image was taken with a Leica X1. The first version of the image is the “out of the camera” JPG. The next two were the Leica X1 version of RAW (Adobe DNG) that were processed with Capture One Pro 6 and Photoshop CS5. The main difference between these two images was the white balance). The final image was converted to B&W using Nik Silver Efex Pro.