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With Fall colors, the solar eclipse and the Orionid meteor shower all packed into October, not to mention wrapping up my guidebook, I haven't had much time to look at photos from our workshops in Bodie earlier this month, but here are a few. +Lori Hibbett and I mostly stayed out of buildings so our customers could access 14 of them. We do run cameras during many of the night shots to monitor exposure and light painting effects.
+Lori Hibbett and I woke up and packed our camp near this dry lake bed earlier this week. We were in the middle of nowhere, over an hour's drive from the nearest town big enough to have a gas station, but we saw a nondescript white pickup truck drive out onto this dry lake bed. Three men got out and started setting something up. We started driving out the long dirt road back towards the highway, but another white pickup truck was coming down the one lane road, so we pulled over. The driver stopped his truck next to us, and asked if the other men had talked to us. They hadn't. He said that they were doing something for the military and he advised that we not go towards the far end of the lake bed. We asked if he could tell us why. He couldn't. We thanked him for his advice and went on our way. The second vehicle parked at the turnoff from the dirt road to the dry lake bed, as if to guard it. Of course we were curious now, but whatever the three men had been doing was completely put away, and they remained by the truck doing nothing as we drove out. You never know what you're going to encounter when you explore remote areas of Nevada, but it's often something interesting.
I was able to catch a sharper image this time around by putting my Canon EF 70-200 mm lens and 2X teleconverter on a Canon 70D "crop sensor" camera, which increased the 400 mm focal length 1.6X to 640 mm effective. I also used a solar filter to cut the sun's radiation enough to be able to focus using 10X magnification in Live View without frying my camera sensor.
I was pleased to see that my camera sensor was able to pick up variations across the surface of the sun.
Comet Siding Spring will approach Mars tonight and pass the red planet tomorrow, Sunday October 19, 2014. I performed many lens and exposure tests on Comet Lovejoy in late 2013 and early 2014, with and without a star-tracking mount. Here are some of the results, rendered as time-lapse video.
I'm processing time-lapse video from the total lunar eclipse last week, and the Orionid meteor shower is active this week, so I'll probably upload videos from those events later this week. I hope to also capture some footage of Comet Siding Spring near Mars, weather permitting. You can see a cool NASA visualization of how Comet Siding Spring will pass Mars in this video: http://youtu.be/FG4KsatjFeI
If you'd like to see some shooting stars, you'll have an excellent chance on the next few nights as the Orionid meteor shower increases in intensity, peaking on the night of October 20-21. Orionid meteors are created from the dust left behind from Halley's Comet as it orbits the sun. They meteors can appear anywhere in the sky, but they appear to radiate out from the constellation Orion, which rises to the east around 11-11:30 local time.
There's a possible minor peak in the shower reported on October 17-18 as well, so I'll go out tonight in a couple of hours when Orion has cleared the horizon, and see if I can see any activity.
I created this image tonight from a sequence of a few hundred photos I captured on the night of October 20-21, 2012. The constellation Orion rose above the horizon near the lower left corner of this 14 mm view, and it traveled to the upper right corner before dawn arrived. I created a time-lapse video of this meteor shower as well, and I'll put that in a blog post so you can see it.
Eastern Sierra Fall Colors , Week of October 5 – 10 A lot has changed here in the Eastern Sierra over the last few days due to 24 hours of high winds, but here's how it looked last week. The Mono Basin probably had the greenest trees, most likely to survive the winds, including the areas around June Lake Loop, Lee Vining Creek and Mill Creek. Blog: www.MyPhotoGuides.com #fallcolors#easternsierra#mammothlakes#MammothStories
I captured the landscape around Convict Lake, well lit by the moonlight as the eclipse started, then I captured the moon at roughly 8 minute intervals thereafter and merged the sequential images into the original exposure.