Tag Archives: Color

Best Moon in Awhile (maybe ever)


These photos show what I’ve learned in the past two years.  Seeing was average, with intermittent clouds blocking my view.  The November weather was cool, but very forgiving.  I bounced back and forth between Modern Family and the Moon.

This time, I used every trick in the bag.  1200mm, motor drive, RAW and processed in Nikon CapureNX.

First, black and white (camera mode monochrome):

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Next, color enhanced:

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Stunning! Then clouds moved in.


 

Woke up earlier than expected to see it take place.  Estimates were far off, though.  When I went outside to see whether weather had snuffed my opportunity, this is what I saw:

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My youngest came out–escorted by my wife–blinking to comprehend what I was showing him.

I watched, I wondered, and then I shot a few more photos.

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Glorious Moon!


Great seeing conditions tonight produced one of the better shots I’ve taken of our Moon.  We share her.  We admire her.  And we have, over the past couple of Millennia looked up at her and wondered:  How fortunate we are to have her companionship in the night.

I can count on one hand the number of things I love more than her.  She is a constant.  She is a light.  She is a challenge to capture.

 

 

 

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Dialing in from North of the border


There’s a little sliver of heaven in Northern Minnesota.  Those who live there know of the plentiful fish–and the plentiful mosquitoes.  But the flying beasts do not bother you when you’re out on the boat.  Neither do other boats.  Because on most days, you can get out among the islands to find yourself completely alone.  Except for the outstanding company on your boat.

While there over the week, I captured two unique images–and a fair amount of Walleye, Northerns, and a couple of other types of fish.  Here are the two photos.

 

Ideal close to a fishing day:

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Eagle, you are cleared for flyby:

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Special Sunset


I posted this to facebook and Flickr first.  My apologies.

Here’s a HDR panorama that I took last night.  The clouds were spectacular and I went on a small walkabout as the sun was setting.  When I got out of the housing and away from the trees, I could see the full glory of what I could only glimpse a part.  Six frames (three shots each) processed and then stitched.  This is a 1/3 scale of the final image:

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April Storm and a Curious Robin


Thrilling storms rolled across Kansas yesterday.  I’m sad to know that those storms built in intensity and eventually brought death and destruction further East.

Nevertheless, when the worst had passed (in Kansas), the sunset broke through.  I check to see if there was in fact a rainbow, and when I saw the full-sky rainbow, I grabbed my D300 and put the circular polarizing filter on it.  This is the first time I’ve shot a rainbow with the filter.  You might agree that this technique works well for rainbows!

A little later, I mounted the 300mm (450mm effective) and perched on my front porch.  In a little while, this robin perched on our tree about ten feet from my lens.  On about the 10th photo, he heard the shutter, and kept looking at me like he was trying to figure out exactly what I was.

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Not Mine


Not the media, not the photograph, not the trash, not the camera.  But the composition is.

What is art?  What is trash?  What is artificial?  What is real?

What is valued, and if it is not valued, is it art?

The original photo (of the trash) a colleague produced as a critique of art in a post-modernist construct.  I must admit that I liked half of it, but that he critiqued the production of art by making “anti-art” inspired me to flip it back upon him by turning his anti-art into something more recognizable.  You tell me if it worked.

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