While eating dinner, it started getting dark outside with the rumble of thunder. I was happy when the rain started since it had been hot out, and all of my garden towers on the patio and the wildflower meadows needed water. A bit later when looking out the kitchen window while doing the dishes saw a rainbow. I dropped everything and first ran out with my Leica CL camera with the 11-23 mm wide-angle lens. After taking a bunch of pictures, I returned with a Nikon D810a camera with the 8-15 mm fisheye lens. I really like the Leica CL camera for travel, but the Nikon D810a camera has a larger (full frame) and more sensitive sensor with greater dynamic range. Just compare the two images of the rainbow above my backyard weather station. I then took a bunch of images to make a 360 degree panorama, little planet view, and inverse little planet view of the rainbow.
Daily Power Use (54.9 kWh) from Sense and Solar Production (66.5 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. The outside temperatures were high, so the geothermal HVAC system was working hard.
For the first time since I returned from Germany, the sky was predicted to be clear overnight. I have been wanting to try the 8-15 mm fisheye lens (that I borrowed from my brother) for doing some star trail images, and night sky time-lapse videos. I did have an issue with condensation on the very wide lens in the early morning hours. I have had the condensation problem on other wide lenses (14 mm, 14-24 mm) in the past, and may need to fashion a small tape heater on the lens.
Star trails over New Jersey. Composite of images taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 8-15 mm fisheye lens (ISO 100, 8 mm, f/4, 30 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro, and the composite generated using Photoshop CC (statistics, maximum). Individual images from the slide show can be viewed here.
Gone to See Iceland 2013 Photography Safari with Mike Hagen. Day 1: Golden Circle.
Seljalandsfoss, a Waterfall in Southern Iceland. You can actually walk behind the waterfall. It is a challenge to get a wide enough view and encompass the full dynamic range of the scene. All the time being covered with a mist of water from the waterfall.
Gone to See Iceland 2013 Photography Safari with Mike Hagen. Day 0: Reykjavik.
Sleepy Cat in front of Hallgrímskirkja (church of Hallgrímur) in Reykjavik, Iceland. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2 camera and 10 mm f/2.8 lens with an Olympus FCON-T01 fisheye adapter (ISO 160, 7.5 mm, f/4, 1/1000 sec).