Shoot the Moon, Mars, Saturn Conjunction This Weekend

Last weekend offered the opportunity to shoot the crescent moon near Jupiter and Venus before dawn.  As the crescent moon moves into the evening sky, we have the opportunity to catch the moon with Mars and Saturn on consecutive nights as sunset gives way to night.  The first night will be this Saturday, August 30…
… continued: http://activesole.blogspot.com/2014/08/plan-moon-mars-saturn-conjunction-photo.html

More of my lunar photography in an album on G+: https://plus.google.com/photos/+JeffreySullivan/albums/5924718330026313201
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The Moon, Venus, Jupiter conjunction before dawn on August 23, 2014.

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Rocks That Move… Mystery Solved!

The rocks which move across The Racetrack playa in Death Valley have been seen moving… video added to the blog post:
…continued:  http://activesole.blogspot.com/2014/08/racetrack-sailing-stones-witnessed.html
Here are more of my photos from The Racetrack, here on G+: https://plus.google.com/b/116469806647181209109/photos/116469806647181209109/albums/6052366694364935729
#deathvalley    #deathvalleyphotography    #science   #news  

Mstery solved: the rocks on The Racetrack in Dath Valley have been seen moving! http://activesole.blogspot.com/2014/08/racetrack-sailing-stones-witnessed.html

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Happy Birthday National Park Service!

The National Park Service turned 98 this week.  Photo: fall colors in Yosemite National Park.  With aspen, cottonwood, bigleaf maple, oak and dogwood trees all changing color in the park, Yosemite offers a wide diversity of fall color photo opportunities, set in the backdrop of Yosemite's stunning cliffs, waterfalls and granite monoliths.  You can see more of my Yosemite fall colors photos in this album on G+: https://plus.google.com/photos/+JeffreySullivan/albums/6051985319910931345
#yosemitephotography   #Yosemitefallcolors   #yosemitenationalpark   #HappyBirthdayNPS   +Yosemite National Park Workshops 

Fall colors in Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park.

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Jupiter and Moon Rising

The moon rises with Jupiter (and several of its moons) on Saturday, August 23.  A short while later Venus joined them, below Jupiter.  You can see the full disk of the moon, even though the sunlit part is only a slim crescent, because the side of the moon facing us is illuminated by "earthshine": the light of the entire face of the earth reflecting sunlight back onto the area of the moon in shadow. 

The light from a slim crescent moon is dim enough that I was able to use a sensitive exposure (high ISO, wide aperture), close to what I use on dark nights, so you can pick up a lot of detail in the foreground and sky, even though it's twilight / blue hour.

More photo from the Venus, Jupiter, moon conjunction event on my blog:
Photos of the Moon, Venus and Jupiter Conjunction August 23
http://activesole.blogspot.com/2014/08/photos-of-moon-venus-jupiter-conjunction.html
#astrophotography   #nightphotography   #astronomy  

Jupiter and moon rising, August 24, 2014. A short while later Venus joined them, below Jupiter.

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Planet and Moon Conjunction at Sunrise

Venus, Jupiter and crescent moon just now (quick snap with iPhone 5S). #astronomy #news #iphoneography #astrophotography

Planet and Moon Conjunction at Sunrise
Venus, Jupiter and crescent moon just now (quick snap with iPhone 5S). #astronomy #news #iphoneography #astrophotography

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Milky Way over Bodie Mining Equipment

The moon doesn't rise until 4:41 am tonight… Milky Photography is back!  This was taken at California's Bodie State Historic Park  last Friday, August 15.  I can't wait to return to Bodie Saturday, August 30: 
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#nightphotography   #photographyworkshop   #ghosttown  

The moon doesn’t rise until 4:41 am tonight… Milky Photography is back!

I can’t wait to return to Bodie Saturday, August 30. This was taken there last Friday, August 15.

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Moon, Venus and Jupiter this morning

The moon lined up with Venus and Jupiter this morning, Friday, August 22, 2014. The moon will drop next to Venus and Jupiter tomorrow morning before dawn, to form a triangle:
Venus Jupiter Conjunction August 18 to Add Moon August 23
http://activesole.blogspot.com/2014/08/venus-jupiter-conjunction-august-18.html

+EarthSky has an excellent planning guide to help you plan for this event: 
Waning moon, Venus and Jupiter spectacular at dawn August 23
http://earthsky.org/tonight/waning-moon-close-to-jupiter-and-venus-at-dawn-august-23
#astronomy   #science   #news   #astrophotography  

Moon with Venus and jupiter August 23, 2014. They’ll form a 7 degree triangle before dawn tomorrow, August 23.

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Astronomy Photographer of the Year: Judges' Advice

"The 2014 Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition has received more outstanding pictures than ever before. The judges give their advice on how to get involved."

Thanks to the judges and organizers for including my photo!

Blog post: http://activesole.blogspot.com/2014/08/astronomy-photographer-of-year-2014.html
Video: http://youtu.be/SEFplF9eMgE?list=PLlLN6Bdq3jrmJYrFKnAgB5aJD6ifDNn_6
#astrophotography   #astronomyphotographeroftheyear   #APOTY  

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Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014 Video Released Today
Moon Over Half Dome, Yosemite National Park Thanks to the +Royal Observatory Greenwich in London for including my image in your video about the Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2104 competition!  Read my 2012 blog post abou…

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Sunrise in Joshua Tree National Park

I didn't like original versions of this photo, but using the latest version of Photomatix with the direct interface to Adobe Lightroom for pre and post processing, it turns out pretty well.  

As I work out the final layout this week, I may use a shot like this as the Joshua Tree chapter header image for my upcoming guidebook to Southern California landscape photography.  www.PhotoTripUSA.com
#JoshuaTree   #joshuatreenationalpark   #landscapephotography  

Sunrise in Joshua Tree National Park, California. I didn’t like original version s of this photo, but using the latest version of Photomatix with the direct interface to Adobe Lightroom for pre and post processing, it turns out pretty well. As i work out the final layout this week, I may use a shot like this as the Joshua Tree chapter header image for my upcoming guidebook to Southern California landscape photography.

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Uninvited Hitchhiker

I like most creatures, but not in my bed! I found this scorpion in my vehicle while I was out camping Friday night, right before I was going to sleep in the back. The scorpion was right where me feet would be. I probably picked it up when I set my camera backpack on the ground, so I probably carried it around for a while!
#scorpion #bodiestatehistoricpark

Uninvited Hitchhiker
I like most creatures, but not in my bed! I found this scorpion in my vehicle while I was out camping Friday night, right before I was going to sleep in the back. The scorpion was right where me feet would be. I probably picked it up when I set my camera backpack on the ground, so I probably carried it around for a while!
#scorpion #bodiestatehistoricpark

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Venus and Jupiter Conjunction Today

The planets Venus and Jupiter put on a show in the sky this morning as sunrise approached.  As seen from earth, these two bright planets appeared to pass within 0.3 degrees of each other in the sky.  For a closer shot I used a crop sensor camera to get a little more effective zoom out of my lenses, and at 640mm equivalent focal length I was able to resolve four of Jupiter's moons!

I uploaded a wider shot to Flickr, and placed it in the Universe Today group, and moments later +Universe Today had already blogged it.  Thanks +Nancy Atkinson!  Here's their article:

Spectacular Venus-Jupiter Conjunction Graces the Dawn
http://www.universetoday.com/113980/astrophotos-spectacular-venus-jupiter-conjunction-graces-the-dawn/

You can see more of my photos from this even in my blog post: http://activesole.blogspot.com/2014/08/venus-saturn-conjunction-at-dawn-today.html
#astronomy    #science    #news    #astrophotography 

Venus conjunction with Jupiter before dawn on Monday, August 18, 2014.

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Perseid Meteor over Mining Ruins

I set up my camera Friday night to take a sequence of shots so I could make a composite all of the meteors I caught in the hour before the moon rise, but I only caught this one Perseid meteor.  I still made a composite, since the best Milky Way was when I first set up and the meteor came later as the moon was rising, washing out the view of the Milky Way.  So everything is exactly where it happened, but the meteor is time-shifted into this image from one hour earlier.
Thanks to +Angela Fritz of +Capital Weather Gang at the +Washington Post for blogging two of my other Perseid meteor shower photos over the weekend:
Perseids delight photographers despite the supermoon
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/wp/2014/08/16/perseids-delight-photographers-despite-the-supermoon-photos/

Blog post: http://activesole.blogspot.com/2014/08/perseid-meteor-shower-2014-continues.html
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Perseid m
eteor over mining ruins in the Eastern Sierra.

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HDR Technique Tip 2

Master exposures taken in even the most difficult light, because those are the most dramatic moments in nature, which you'll most want to capture competently.
http://activesole.blogspot.com/2011/10/hdr-isn-just-crutch-or-crime.html
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HDR Isn’t Just a Crutch, or a Crime!
Crescent City Sunset, originally uploaded by Jeffrey Sullivan. Some photographers have fallen in love with High Dynamic Range (HDR) post-processing, producing dramatic but strange results. Other photographers dismiss the ofte…

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A Break in the Storm

A late afternoon rainbow a couple of days ago at Topaz Lake, in the Eastern Sierra on the California – Nevada border.  You can just make out the second rainbow above, which unfortunately never quite became prominent.
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Late afternoon rainbow a couple of days ago at Topaz Lake.

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2014 Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight!

In honor of the 2014 Perseid Meteor shower peaking tonight, I offer you time-lapse clips from the 2010-2012 Perseids in the first 1:49 of this video.  All of the footage in it was compiled during my travels in recent years.  I hope that you enjoy it!
You can see more of my time-lapse videos on my YouTube channel here: http://www.youtube.com/user/JeffSullivanPhoto
#perseidmeteorshower   #perseids2014   #timelapse  

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Clouds Building in the Eastern Sierra

We've had an unusual frequency of thunderstorms this summer, apparently driven by monsoon moisture coming off of warm ocean waters off of Baja California.
See more of my Eastern Sierra photography on my +Eastern Sierra Nevada Workshops page.
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Mid-morning clouds building in the Eastern Sierra. We’ve had an unusual frequency of monsoon moisture driving thunderstorms this summer.

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Double Rainbow Over Bodie

This photo is from 6:30 pm or so after the Friends of Bodie Day last Saturday.  There was lightning as late as 5:30 pm, so the park cancelled the Bodie Bluff tours and kicked everyone out of the park by 6:30.  +Lori Hibbett and I saw the sunlight break through and knew there might be a rainbow, so we dashed up the Masonic Road to place the rainbow over the town.  As it turned out, we got a double!
http://www.jeffsullivanphotography.com/blog/bodie-night-photography-workshops/
#doublerainbow   #Bodie    #whatdoesitmean  

Friends of Bodie Day, August, 2014.

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Perseid Meteor Shower 2014

My first meteor time-lapse video clip from the 2014 Perseid meteor shower is up on +Twitter/Vine:
https://twitter.com/JeffSullPhoto/status/494576383889113088
I'm going to pick up my camera now to see if I caught any more last night!

While I'm working on this year's footage,, you can enjoy my finished time-lapse video from the last Perseid meteor shower in 2013.
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#perseidmeteorshower   #news   #astronomy  #2014

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Perseid Meteor Shower 2013 – Time-lapse Astrophotography
Over six minutes of footage from recent nights, set to the InFiction remix of David Bowie's "Let's Dance", as featured in the recent Kia commercial. 

For best results and to see the most meteors, be sure and watch it on YouTube and use the option at the bottom to watch it in HD, either 720P or 1080P HD resolution.  

I've given this a few hours head start on G+… +87 so far… now I'll try it on another site and let's see which results in the most response.

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As the Earth Turns

This is a star trails photo captured during the Perseid meteor shower.  Last year the dark skies made the stars too bright to see meteors in images processed to show star trails.  For the 2014 Perseids, the bright moon will cause fewer stars and meteors to be seen, but the few Perseid fireballs bright enough to show up will be visible in a less busy sky.
+Universe Today has a nice write-up on this year's viewing:
When Good Meteor Showers Go Bad: Prospects for the 2014 Perseids
http://www.universetoday.com/113455/when-good-meteor-showers-go-bad-prospects-for-the-2014-perseids/
#perseidmeteorshower   #science   #astronomy  #2014 

Star trails photo captured during the Perseid meteor shower. The dark skies made the stars too bright to see meteors in images processed to create star trails last year. This year the bright moon will cause fewer stars and meteors to be seen, but the few Perseid fireballs bright enough to show up will be visible in a less busy sky.

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