Another shot from my total solar eclipse trip back in August — this one a shorter exposure showing Baily’s Beads and prominences at the end of totality:
This was photographed in the wonderful town of Lusk, Wyoming — using an Olympus E-M1II camera and M.Zuiko 300mm Pro series lens.
Long Beach, Long Island, New York — as seen from 35,000 feet above:
If you were curious, those dark lines converging toward the horizon are the shadows of clouds and haze in the atmosphere, and are officially called anticrepuscular rays. A little nugget for everybody’s vocabulary…
Olympus E-M1, M.Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8 lens at 22mm
ISO 200, f/5.0, 1/800 sec.
I’ll admit, I’m new to solar eclipse photography, much less to post-processing of solar eclipse images — so I’ll freely admit to being on a learning curve here. My previous post contained an image put together from 7 photographs, using some commercial HDR software. Subsequently, I found two helpful videos on how to do a similar thing using Photoshop (and it’s a pretty quick process, too) — here are my results:
This took a bit longer to produce, but I like the results better. Your thoughts?
So we recently returned from a weekend trip to witness the 2017 total solar eclipse. Long story there, when I get the chance to write it up — but the bottom line is that we successfully made it to a spot of land with clear skies, and even our teenager was impressed. I’ve been tinkering around with various approaches for processing my photos (most HDR software has trouble with totality photos), here’s the first corona HDR image I’m mostly satisfied with:
FWIW, this was made from 7 stacked images using Aurora HDR 2017 software.
So, with about half of North America, I plan on driving to the path of totality for the upcoming Total Solar Eclipse on August 21. I was originally going to write up some tutorial information on this, but since so much of it is already available, I thought it best to primarily link to the sites I think are most helpful. Continue reading
Canada Day fireworks in Banff, Alberta:
This shot was taken from the Banff Avenue Bridge, with a few seconds’ display reflected in the Bow River.
Olympus E-M1II, 12-40mm M.Zuiko Pro lens @ 24mm
f/8, ISO 200, 3 1-second frames stacked via Live Composite
About 3 minutes’ worth of sheet lightning in our Colorado front range neighborhood, captured with my Olympus E-M1II’s Live Composite mode:
E-M1II, M.Zuiko 7-14mm lens
14mm, f/2.8, ISO 200, roughly 180 frames of 1 sec. duration each
A handheld shot of the crescent moon, taken while exercising some new(ish) gear…
Olympus E-M1II, M.Zuiko 300mm lens / MC-14 teleconverter
f/5.6, 420mm, 1/250 sec, ISO 1250
An interesting view, taken from high above Glen Canyon while on a flight home from L.A.:
The Perseid meteor shower had its peak a few days ago (late August 12 / early August 13 in North America), and since I both live in an urban area (bright night skies) and had cloudy weather that night, missed out on what must have been a good show.
But as luck would have it, we own a small bit of land in southern Colorado’s San Juan Mountains — a dark sky sort of place — and I’d already planned on traveling down for the weekend to do some maintenance work. So, I thought I should try to capture some lagging Perseids the night of the 13th / 14th — here’s my first shot from the series: