WOTT 291

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Well.....here it is....late Saturday afternoon and no new WOTT started.  So I'll do the dirty deed.

 

HOT, HOT, HOT!    Reached 98 degrees a while ago....for today's high I think.

 

The tomato plants are still growing and blooming and setting on.  It's been three years since we've had such good looking plants.  I can taste those BLT's already.  But we could use some rain.  None expected until....maybe....a week from tomorrow or Monday.  So may have to resort to the hose for the first time this year.

 

Been going through the download folder on my hard drive......cleaning out things I no longer need or want.  Many of them were freeby or trial photo managing software that did not do anything for me.  So out they go.  I'm still pretty much devoted to Adobe PhotoShop Elements 10.  Did not upgrade to #11.  Maybe when ver. 12 comes along.  We'll see.  Until then....out goes the junk.   Just takes space.  I'm a "clean-hard-drive" freak.  And, just like my office desk....stuff gets piled up.  Which reminds me....I'd better get back there and start cleaning.

 

I hope all of you are having a great weekend.   Enjoy your friends, families and other loved ones.  As a treasured aunt of mine used to say.......the arrow of time is, so far, irreversible.  Every second that passes is gone forever.  Don't miss a chance to enjoy.

 

Phil

 

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HP, you have a great weekend and keep this in mind.  When the weather is that hot you never EVER have to shovel snow.Smiley Wink  Stay cool.

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Oh yeah....RC.   Keep thinking positive, eh? 

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Were any of our photographers here able to catch the perigee full moon last night/this morning?  It was supposed to happen at 11:32 UTC which puts it at 05:32 MDT and I had my alarm set but must have hit it/ignored it and went back to sleep because I missed it Smiley Frustrated  Next year's is supposed to be a little closer to Earth than this year's, but still not as close as the one in 2011...

 

Forgot to post this when I uploaded it earlier last week -- here is my second attempt at time-lapse: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NiQ9XzwNARs&hd=1

 

It started raining on me part way through so had to put a trashbag over the camera to protect it...

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My first-ever effort with this sort of  thing KK.  This was taken with my Canon XSi DSLR mounted with my new Tamron 18-270mm super-zoom.  Effective maximum focal length on the Canon is 435mm.  I zoomed all the way to maximum.  Hand held the camera.  Braced it against the corner of our house and shot this.  Had to use manual shutter speed settings because I needed to shoot at 1/1250 or 1/600 of a second to get the correct exposure.  Otherwise.....against the black sky....the auto-aperture just gave me a white blob in the middle of the picture.

 

Yes....I should have dug out my tripod and used it....with self timer turned on to reduct vibration.  But I was lazy...and not feeling all THAT whoopi these days.  Actually what I did was shoot a series of multiple images.  Image stabilization was turned on.  So.....this is what I got.  Next time I'll do better.

 

Phil

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Fantastic looking shot, Phil. Basically handheld with a 435mm zoom and it came out perfectly clear.

That Tamron lens looks to be awesome, too!
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Nice shot!

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Yep....I was kind of surprised at how well it turned out.  BUT.....the ISO was around 800 (my Canon's maximum is 1600) and if you look in the shadow areas on the left you'll notice the digital noise show up.  Resembles the graininess in high speed film back in THOSE days.  When I bought the lens I would have loved to have traded in my 4 yr. old XSi for one of the new T5i DSLR babies.  But if I had done that I'd be sleeping in the car in the garage for an indeterminate amount of time.   If you get my meaning.  Just too much money to drop on a camera right now.....after having to purchase new furnace/heat pump/AC for the house this spring.    Oh well....things have not really improved all THAT much in regards to sensor noise in these past 4 years.

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WOW!! That IS a nice picture!! Smiley Happy

 




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Well....here is a beaut of a photo....taken by a fellow in Huntsville, Alabama.  Taken on the 24th I believe.  Then....have a look at the gear he was using.  Guess he probably does quite a bit of this sort of astrophotography....what d'ya think?

 


 


Details:

Photographed from Huntsville, AL.
Nikon D90 camera,
Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM APO Autofocus Lens,
Sigma 2x EX DG APO Teleconverter,
Orion TeleTrack GoTo Altazimuth Telescope Mount,
7 x 1/200” exposure, f/13, ISO 200,
1520mm 35-mm equivalent focal length,
Stacked using Registax 6 software,
Post-processing with Photoshop CS5

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That's a REAL close up!! Both pics are AMAZING!! Smiley Happy 

 




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Oh wow!  Now that is some nice equipment and photo!  LR can do stacking, too, but haven't quite figured it out...Might try the Registax app he used to see if I can get it to work.  Only problem with stacking images of a single object like the moon is the rotation of the Earth.  Looks like he used a telescope mount so I'm wondering if it tracked the moon for these shots for him.

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Koolkid1935 wrote:

Oh wow!  Now that is some nice equipment and photo!  LR can do stacking, too, but haven't quite figured it out...Might try the Registax app he used to see if I can get it to work.  Only problem with stacking images of a single object like the moon is the rotation of the Earth.  Looks like he used a telescope mount so I'm wondering if it tracked the moon for these shots for him.


Don't know about his tracking, KK but in my case having a tracking mount was not necessary because I was shooting at about 1/1250 of a second shutter speed.  Shooting the Moon, that bright against a totally black sky.....is similar, I think, to shooting fireworks.  You are photographing the light source (sort of in the case of the Moon) so high shutter speeds are possible.  But in this guy's case he was going for the even higher resolution and sharpness also.  Well.....I had fun doing it.  But not really my kind of photography.  I'm more of a landscape, flowers, wildlife and beautiful scenery kind of guy.

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