April Moon

Astronomy and space has always fascinated me. The beauty of nature as well. I was just outside walking and saw a beautiful deep blue sky with a sliver of a moon and Venus shining bright next to it. I wish I had had my camera and tripod with me to capture. By the time I got home, it was dark, but I still wanted to take the moon. Given I did not use a tripod, it’s not a bad shot.

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Moonrise

After more than a year-long break, I will be posting regularly again! I have a backlog of photography and some new ideas for this space, so stay tuned

The full moon shines bright in this picture, though looking smaller than it appears through the eye. The city sky and the clouds show amplify the hazy brightness. The leafless trees are also illuminated, but unnervingly and unnaturally from the wrong side.  They were illuminated by street lights, which was amplified by the long exposure. It was challenging to get an exposure that didn’t overexpose the moon too much, yet showed the details of the trees. After trying many different exposures, without bracketing and editing, I decided that this was the best look – the moon still overexposed but in a way that shows its brightness in the sky.

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Blood Moon

Blood Moon

I have loved amateur astronomy since I was a kid and received an astronomy book for my 8th birthday. I can recall dragging my parents outside all night to watch lunar eclipses or meteor showers. I still love star gazing and even taking a stab at photographing the sky.

Astrophotography is quite difficult and requires specific equipment. There isn’t much that you can photograph with what I have – a 250mm lens and a tripod. The moon can be easily photographed with this size lens, but not much else can. Earlier this year I did successfully photograph the partial solar eclipse, so I thought this would be another opportunity to get some good astrophotography in.

Some of the pictures came out great, I find the ones of totality just OK. But overall it’s a good set so I thought would share a series.

The above picture is of totality, taken at 4:19 AM CET. All pictures were taken using my Canon 600D and EF-s 55-250 lens at 250mm and ISO 100 unless otherwise stated. The totality picture was f/7.1, 1.3 sec.

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Open Season: Bikes on a Beach

Bikes on a Beach

I am always looking for ways to improve. One of the reasons for starting this blog is that I want to improve. Over the past few months, I have received much feedback. It was all positive. I am very thankful, humbled, and honored for that. But I also want criticism, so I am trying out a new feature: open season.

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Circle in the Sky – Theme Week: Shapes (1/7)

Circle in the Sky

One suggestion for theme week was shapes. I chose this one because I knew I had enough old material to be able to post quickly. It is interesting to go back and look through so many pictures but view them differently. I have my pictures organized chronologically according to event. But sorting through them for a specific theme was quite an interesting experience and I found a few that surprise me in retrospect. And the shape theme jumps out as obvious even though I didn’t think of it like that before.

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