2014 Perseid Meteor

The Perseid meteor shower 2014 is underway.  The rate will intensify over the next 2 weeks, but the moon will increase in brightness and begin to interfere with viewing, so some of the best viewing nights may be earlier than the peak this year.  I've created a short time-lapse video around this meteor:
2014 Perseid Meteor Shower Begins!
http://www.jeffsullivanphotography.com/blog/2014/07/30/2014-perseid-meteor-shower/
#Perseid   #Perseidmeteorshower   #Perseids  #2014

My first Perseid meteor of 2014.

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2014 Perseid Meteor Shower Begins!

The 2014 Perseid meteor shower is underway and ramping up in intensity, but the moon will increasingly interfere with viewing as the shower’s peak approaches. This one was caught to the northeast while out looking for Delta Aquarids and Piscis Austranids earlier this week.

I pursue photos and time-lapse videos of every meteor shower when conditions are favorable. Here’s my Perseid meteor shower footage from 2013:

How to Create a Time-lapse Video on Your Digital Camera.

Wildfire Burns in the Bodie Hills

I saw a fire burning in the Bodie Hills on Friday July 18, which apparently had been ignited by lightning the day before.  Air tankers were dropping fire retardant on the fire until it got too dark for them to continue.  There were quite a few fire trucks along Bodie Road Saturday evening as I drove to my night photography workshop at Bodie, but the rain on Saturday seemed to knock it down significantly, so by mid-day Sunday only two trucks were remaining to see if it flared back up.

A wildfire burns in the Bodie Hills, July 18, 2014.

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Milky Way Over Hoover House

We had another fun visit to Bodie Friday night.  This is +Ryan Watamura 's photo of the house of Theodore Hoover, manager of the Standard Mill in Bodie State Historic Park.  Theodore had visits from his brother Herbert Hoover a mining engineer in Colorado who was later elected President. #nightphotography   #photographyworkshop   #Bodie  
+Bodie Photo Workshops 

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Hoover House

Located next to the stamp mill in the ghost town of Bodie, the Hoover House boasts one of the best views of town from it's front porch. Sitting at 8300', the Milky Way provides a beautiful contrast against the vast canopy of stars. +Jeff Sullivan #bodie #ghosttown #hooverhouse 

Hoover House

Located next to the stamp mill in the ghost town of Bodie, the Hoover House boasts one of the best views of town from it’s front porch. Sitting at 8300′, the Milky Way provides a beautiful contrast against the vast canopy of stars. +Jeff Sullivan #bodie #ghosttown #hooverhouse

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Sunset Leads to Blue Hour

Mono Lake last Friday, July 18, 2014.  Captured on a Canon 5D Mark III with EF 16-35mm lens.  More of my Mono Lake photos on G+: https://plus.google.com/photos/+JeffreySullivan/albums/5814768526333113153 #monolakephotography   #landscapephotography   #MonoLake  

Mono lake Friday, July 18, 2014. Canon 5D Mark III, EF 16-35mm lens.

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Mono Lake Sunset

The clouds were building last Friday night, so I checked the Mono Lake webcam and decided to head down there for sunset.  There were helicopters and air tankers fighting a wildfire burning in the Bodie Hills.  A rainbow appeared right before sunset, then the sky lit up with color, tinted with the smoke from the fire.  It was a nice, diverse set of conditions which unfolded during golden hour and sunset.
To see more of my Mono Lake photos, here's my album on G+: https://plus.google.com/photos/+JeffreySullivan/albums/5814768526333113153
I'll be leading +Eastern Sierra Nevada Workshops later this year.  Contact me to get notified when the schedule is out: http://www.jeffsullivanphotography.com/blog/eastern-sierra-fall-colors-photo-workshops/
#MonoLake   #landscapephotography   #photographyworkshop  +Landscape Photography Show +Jeff Sullivan Photography 

Sunset at Mono Lake last Friday night.

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Fire at the Bodie Firehouse

We had fun light painting around the Bodie firehouse during our workshop last Saturday night.  This effect was done using red "El Wire".  You can see more of our 2014 photos from California's Bodie State Historic Park here: https://plus.google.com/photos/+JeffreySullivan/albums/5887226287122891953
We have another night workshop in Bodie coming this Friday, July 25!  http://www.jeffsullivanphotography.com/blog/bodie-night-photography-workshops/ #Bodie   #nightphotography   #photoworkshop   #BDSH  +Bodie Photo Workshops 

Light painting around the Bodie firehouse during our workshop last Saturday night. We have another one coming this Friday, July 25!

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Ghost Town Photography

Always better at night!  Only two dates left with spaces open for our night photography workshop in Bodie, California: http://www.jeffsullivanphotography.com/blog/bodie-night-photography-workshops/
You can see more of my Bodie photos in an album here on G+: https://plus.google.com/photos/+JeffreySullivan/albums/5887226287122891953

This is +Derek Osborne at our workshop in late May, appearing very ghost-like, as the Milky Way was rising on the eastern horizon.  +Lori Hibbett and I met Derek when we hosted a photowalk last Summer.  It's been too long since we've organized a photowalk, so we'll have to come up with a good one before the Summer is over.
#ghosttown   #nightphotography   #Bodie   #BDSH  +Bodie Photo Workshops 

Ghost town photography… always beter at night! Bodie, California.

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Inside a Ghost Town

I've created a new album over on my +Bodie Photo Workshops page, containing over 150 photos taken inside buildings at Bodie State Historic Park in California (link below):

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Bodie Interior Access Workshop October 5
Our last interior access workshop with space available this year will be October 5, 2014: http://www.jeffsullivanphotography.com/blog/bodie-night-photography-workshops/
Registration for that weekend is currently set up for night and interior access together.  Let me know if you'd like to take one of the sessions separately.
For more examples of interior shots from Bodie, here's the rest of the album: https://plus.google.com/b/116719515450184310739/photos/116719515450184310739/albums/6037111458618593457
#Bodieinteriorworkshops   #Bodieinterioraccess   #photographyworkshop  

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Milky Way over Standard Mill

This is an image that I captured in late May in the authentic Wild West ghost town of Bodie, California.  Using a brighter white LED light paints the Standard Mill with a more cool, blue-toned light resulting in a bluish-gray tone to the buildings, and the brighter light on the buildings helps them stand out while making the sky seem darker.  The brighter light however was harder to control, as it required just a quick "flash-and-pan" motion to quickly and evenly light the structures without blowing out the night sky exposure.  

We have room in our July 25 and October 4 night photography workshops at Bodie if you want to come play with lights and cameras in an authentic 1880s mining town!
http://www.jeffsullivanphotography.com/blog/bodie-night-photography-workshops/
#Bodie   #ghosttown   #photographyworkshop   #nightphotography  

Milky Way over Standard Mill, captured during one of our night photography workshops in Bodie State Historic Park.

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Couldn't Resist Sharing

I'm pretty good at holding back images which I don't want to have copied right away, but I only lasted a few weeks on this one.  I'm heading back to Bodie twice next week for Milky Way shooting, so I should have plenty of opportunities to pursue new compositions.
www.JeffSullivanPhotography.com

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Milky Way over well and Miner's Union Hall
We've added Friday, July 25 to our Bodie workshop schedule to squeeze in one more great Milky Way night before the opportunity passes.  Each time we visit Bodie  we try to set up a few new compositions as well as perfect the classics.  With only 3 hours or so of full darkness in the park before we leave at 1 am, time management is one of the biggest challenges, so we try to be efficient as we go from shot to shot.  The Milky Way provides its own unique set of opportunities and challenges, since each month it moves two hours later in its annual cycle.  It's highest in June and July (near the Summer solstice), but the days are longer so dark nighttime shooting before 1 am is shorter.  The orientation of the Milky Way changes as well, and it moves in compass direction SE to SW.  It shows up best on dark nights near the new moon date, so only one, maybe two weekends each month. Next week we'll be there twice, starting July 19 then again July 25, so we'll have similar conditions on the two nights.

The new July 25 workshop is already 1/3 full from people asking me to add a 2014 date… would anyone else care to join us? http://www.jeffsullivanphotography.com/blog/bodie-night-photography-workshops/
#nightphotography   #photographyworkshop   #Bodie   #milkywayphotography  +Bodie Photo Workshops 

Milky Way over well and Miner’s Union Hall, Bodie California. Each time we visit we try to set up a few new compositions, as well as hit the classics. With only 3 hours or so fo darkness in the park, time management is one of the biggest challenges, so we try to be efficient as we go from shot to shot.

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Milky Way over Bodie Firehouse

I've been chasing the Milky Way for years, but now I'm officially obsessed with it. To capture it just right, we're heading out to Bodie twice next week: this Saturday, July 19 and now July 25 as well. The July 19 workshop has been full for a while, so we've just opened up July 25. It's already 1/3 full from people asking me to add a 2014 date, would you care to join us? #Bodie   #nightphotography   #photographyworkshop  
http://www.jeffsullivanphotography.com/blog/bodie-night-photography-workshops/ +Bodie Photo Workshops 

Milky Way over Bodie Firehouse.

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Stage 2 Ignites!

This 15 second exposure starts around 4 minutes, 35 seconds into the NASA OCO-2 satellite launch last week, as the Delta's first stage cuts off and the second stage ignites:

3:01 a.m.
- T+plus 4 minutes, 39 seconds. MECO. The first stage main engine cutoff is confirmed and the spent stage has been jettisoned.
- T+plus 4 minutes, 44 seconds. The Delta's second stage has ignited! The engine is up and running.
- T+plus 4 minutes, 51 seconds. The rocket's nose cone enclosing the satellite payload has been jettisoned.

I was actually just about to reposition the camera to get the trees out of the way as OCO-2 flew towards them, and I decided to grab one quick shot including +Lori Hibbett in the foreground before I did.

I've created a new album of sequential detail photos from the launch on G+ here: https://plus.google.com/photos/+JeffreySullivan/albums/6034450980809636577
Google+ created a GIF in the new album animating the Stage 1 to Stage 2 transition as well.

I've also associated the photos with the launch sequence in a blog post here:
http://activesole.blogspot.com/2014/07/NASA-oco2-launch-sequence-NASASocial.html
#space   #science   #news   #NASA   #OCO2   #NASAsocial  

This 15 second exposure starts around 4 minutes, 40 seconds into the OCO-2 satellite launch last week, as the Delta’s first stage cuts off and the second stage ignites:

*3:01 a.m. local (6:01 a.m. EDT; 1001 GMT)*
T+plus 4 minutes, 39 seconds. MECO. The first stage main engine cutoff is confirmed and the spent stage has been jettisoned.

T+plus 4 minutes, 44 seconds. The Delta’s second stage has ignited! The engine is up and running.

T+plus 4 minutes, 51 seconds. The rocket’s nose cone enclosing the satellite payload has been jettisoned.

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NASA's Launch Last Week

I re-created a multiple image composite showing the trail of NASA's OCO-2 satellite launch earlier this week, deleting the extra images of the background stars and foreground, so everything is more crisp and the result isn't so busy with star trails.
 
Each of the individual exposures in this sequence was 30 seconds, so the 8 shown in the flight path in this sequence represent 4 minutes of flight. The 3 solid fuel rocket boosters you can just see in this image, dropping near the end of the first and brightest segment to the right, were dropped at 1:30 into the flight, so this sequence of 30 second images shows roughly 1:00 to 5:00 in the overall launch sequence.

Shooting the event was fun… I hope that I get another chance to do it again soon!
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#space   #sceince   #news   #NASA   #nasasocial  

I recreated a multiple image composite showing the trail of NASA’s satellite launch earlier this week, deleting the extra images of the background stars and foreground, so everything is more crisp and the result isn’t so busy with star trails.

Each of the individual exposures in this sequence was 30 seconds, so the 8 shown in the flight path in this sequence represent 4 minutes of flight. The 3 solid fuel rocket boosters you can just see in this image, dropping near the end of the first and brightest segment to the right, were dropped at 1:30 into the flight, so this sequence of 30 second images shows roughly 1:00 to 5:00 in the overall launch sequence.

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The American West

It's not a movie or a set… people wake up and live this life every day.
I showed up in this small town early to get a good parking spot for the fireworks show later that night.  I missed the small town parade this year, but there was a rodeo across town, so i went over to check it out.  As in many cultures around the world, skills necessary for many families' livelihoods around here are demonstrated to others in the community.  In the American West small towns practice that tradition through rodeo.  This one was held in the tiny town of Bridgeport, California, population maybe 300, adjacent to 1000+ acre Big Meadow, where cattle are managed in the ways demonstrated in the rodeo.  The participants are from roughly a dozen neighboring ranches.  Events include "doctoring", roping and tying up the feet of a steer so you can vaccinate him against disease, and one where the cowboys get three sections of portable fence out of a trailer, then round up four steers into the trailer.  This "bucking broncos" portion involves trying to ride a bucking horse for 8 seconds, a skill necessary to ride a horse for the first time.  Most rodeos have events scaled down for children, so they can develop the skills needed to handle much larger cattle later on in life.
#smalltownusa   #AmericanWest   #rodeo   #Americana   #photography  

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What Goes Up

Somehow I don't get the impression that this horse wants the cowboy to ride him.

I showed up in town early to get a good parking spot for the fireworks show later that night.  I missed the small town parade this year, but there was a rodeo across town, so I went over to check it out.  As in many cultures around the world, skills necessary for many families' livelihoods around here are demonstrated to others in the community.  In the American West small towns practice that tradition through rodeo.  This one was held in the tiny town of Bridgeport, California, population maybe 300, adjacent to 1000+ acre Big Meadow, where cattle are managed in the ways demonstrated in the rodeo.  The participants are from roughly a dozen neighboring ranches.  Events include "doctoring", roping and tying up the feet of a steer so you can vaccinate him against disease, and one where the cowboys get three sections of portable fence out of a trailer, then round up four steers into the trailer.  This "bucking broncos" portion involves trying to ride a bucking horse for 8 seconds, a skill necessary to ride a horse for the first time.  Most rodeos have events scaled down for children, so they can develop the skills needed to handle much larger cattle later on in life.
#independenceday   #rodeo   #bridgeport   #July4   #Easternsierra  

Somehow I don’t get the impression that the horse wants this cowboy to ride him…

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Fireworks in the Eastern Sierra Last Night

Given California's drought, the fireworks show I was watching last night lit several small grass fires on the ground below.  The town of Bridgeport in California's Eastern Sierra puts on a nice fireworks show each year.  I've placed a few photos in the front of my G+ album from attending in 2012 as well:
https://plus.google.com/photos/+JeffreySullivan/albums/5885853320695887265

I posted links to a simple tutorial on fireworks photography on both my main G+ stream and to my G+ page, but for some reason neither post seemed to get much visibility:
https://plus.google.com/107459220492917008623/posts/G7ZywP5e7C6
#fireworks
#easternsierra #fireworksphotography

Independence Day fireworks, July 4, 2014, Bridgeport, Mono County, California.

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Five Minutes During NASA's OCO-2 Satellite Launch

Star trails shot covering 5 minutes of the satellite's journey into space after the launch, captured as ten 30 second exposures, then combined into this image.  My overall coverage of the launch was a little more involved.  I first placed myself high on a hill to get above the fog.  Of course then I couldn't see where the rocket would launch down in the fog.  So I used the application +The Photographer's Ephemeris to show a +Google Maps image with the sun and moon angles on top.  So I could see relative to both sunset shortly after 8 pm and moon set around 11 pm approximately where the rocket would launch and emerged from the fog.  

I knew that the Milky Way would move to the Southwest by the time of the 3am launch, so I decided to set up a camera to also capture a time-lapse video of night images following the Milky Way, and ending up at more or less the right point by 3 am to also catch the rocket launch, then continue until 4 am.  I verified the movement of the Milky Way through 3 am in an iPhone app called StarWalk.  

So I shot a time-lapse of the moon setting at 11 pm with one camera and telephoto lens, started the Milky Way tracking camera with a wide angle lens, went to sleep for the next 3+ hours, then woke up 40 minutes ahead of the launch to start a telephoto time-lapse looking directly at the launch point.  Once I had the second time-lapse camera going with an external intervalometer timer, I was free to capture it in live video on a third camera as well.  

I figured that it would be pretty comical to see me operating 3 cameras, so I wanted to have a fourth, +GoPro camera also capturing video of me doing all of this with the rocket launch occurring in the background, but I was also setting up an iPhone to play the NASA TV live feed to have the mission coverage and countdown as background narration for all of my live video.  For some reason I was having trouble getting my iPhone to connect (although I had done it earlier for practice).  I managed to get NASA TV running on a second iPhone, but at the last moment the launch seemed to occur just a little early, so I ran out of time to finish everything in progress and start that "behind the scenes" video in time.

I made a blog post yesterday with a link to a new version of my time-lapse video footage including these images, on +Vimeo : http://www.MyPhotoGuides.com/2014/07/nasa-launch-orbiting-carbon-observatory-OCO2.html
#NASA    #NASASocial #space #news #science #OCO2

NASA’s OCO-2 Orbiting Carbon Observatory – star trails shot covering 5 minutes of the satellite’s journey into space after the launch.

Blog post with latest time-lapse footage:http://activesole.blogspot.com/2014/07/nasa-launch-orbiting-carbon-observatory-OCO2.html
#NASA #NASASocial #space #news #science #OCO2

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NASA's OCO-2 Satellite Launch Yesterday

The original July 1 launch was delayed 24 hours due to a technical glitch in the water lines for an acoustic suppression system in the launch pad.  The delay to yesterday morning, July 2, enabled +Lori Hibbett and I to pick a new shooting location above the coastal fog.

The video looks best watched on +YouTube in HD resolution, full screen: https://www.youtube.com/user/JeffSullivanPhoto
#NASA   #NASAJPL   #NASASocial   #rocketlaunch   #nightphotography   #astrophotography  
NASA OCO-2 Satellite Launch July 2, 2014 – HD

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