CBS Segment on America's Ghost Towns

Their 7-minute video aired Sunday has a lot of interesting historical photos and information from Bodie. I couldn't find a the video on the +CBS This Morning G+ page to share, so I embedded the video in a blog post along with some photos from Bodie:

Originally shared by +Jeff Sullivan Photography

CBS Features Bodie With America's Best Ghost Towns
I've embedded their video in a post on my blog:
#bodiestatehistoricpark #ghosttown #history

CBS Features Bodie and America’s Ghost Towns
America’s Best Unrestored Ghost Town, Bodie CBS aired an excellent segment on America’s ghost towns last Sunday, including Bodie, California. Here’s the segment featuring Bodie from their Sunday morning show: The haunting re…

America's Favorite "Ghost Town"

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.

We're done for the 2014 season after 6 sunset/night and 5 sunrise/interior access sessions. When the 2015 dates are available, we'll publish them here:
#bodiestatehistoricpark #ghosttown #photoworkshops


In Album Bodie State Historic Park, California

Light Painting Bodie on a Moonlit Night

We like to offer night photography workshops with a variety of moonlight scenarios. Our latest October 4 access offered a mostly-full moon which reduces the number of visible stars, but the stronger lighting on the town enables shooting at lower ISO settings and smaller apertures. In this 30 second exposure I lit the headlights and gas pumps while one of my customers lit the truck bed and rear window.
#lightpainting #nightphotography #photoworkshops #Bodie
Bodie night photography workshops:


The Other Side of the White Mountains

On Saturday night +Lori Hibbett and I determined from the top of the White Mountains on Saturday night that Comet Siding Spring was really faint and would be difficult to pick up as it passed Mars the next day. So we explored the area on Sunday and ended up here, where we could watch Mars set behind the White Mountains Sunday night, with or without the comet, and catch this nice sunrise on Monday.
#whitemountains #Nevada #landscapephotography #BoundaryPeakWilderness

Originally shared by +Jeff Sullivan Photography

Belt of Venus Over Nevada's 13,146-foot Boundary Peak (right)
Second dawn in last week's 1100-mile lap of Nevada.
#landscapephotography #Nevada #nvmag #travelphotography


Fall Colors in Nevada Last Weekend

It was great seeing +Swee Oh +Cynthia Pyun +Mitchell Weinstock +Tim Gupta +Bob Bowman +Larry Nienkark +Sam Breach and others on our way out of town last weekend. +Lori Hibbett and I ended up doing an 1100-mile photography tour of Nevada, and like other trips through, we barely scratched the surface. We'll take more trips through and around our home state, including some slower ones where we can explore the the great sites we discovered in more detail.

More of my Nevada photos on G+:

#Nevada #landscapephotography #fallcolors #roadtrip


On a Dry Lake Bed Somewhere in Nevada

+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.

#landscapephotography #Nevada #nvmag


Solar Eclipse at 640mm Effective Focal Length

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.

#solareclipseoctober2014 #solareclipse #science #news


Today's Solar Eclipse is Underway

The eclipse is underway here in the American West, peaking at 2:45 in Carson City, Nevada. Check your local eclipse schedule on this site:

Don't fry your eyes looking at it directly. If you don't have protective eyewear specifically made for watching solar eclipses, watch it online now, here at Slooh:

I captured this photo using a special solar filter, during the solar eclipse on May 20, 2012
#solareclipse #october2014 #astrophotography


How to Photograph Comet Siding Spring by Mars This Weekend

Comet Siding Spring is approaching and passing Mars this weekend, October 18-19. I've placed some notes and sample images on my blog to help you pursue photos of the event:
#CometSidingSpring #Mars #space #nightphotography #astrophotography #astronomy #news


Photographing Comets

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.

The music used for this clip is "My Celestial Spacesuit" by 2Placid:

See my YouTube channel for more night photography:

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:

#comet #Mars #cometsidingspring #astronomy #astrophotography

Eastern Sierra Fall Colors Report October 16, 2014 for Mono County

Fall colors have survived the recent winds better than expected, so come on up! More information and and photos on my blog:
#fallcolors #easternsierra #fallcolorsphotography #2014 #monocounty


In Album Mono County California

Orionid Meteor Shower Underway, Peaks October 20-21

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.

See my Orionid meteor shower time-lapse video on YouTube:
#Orionid #meteorshower #Orionidmeteorshower #2014 #astronomy #astrophotography


Eastern Sierra Fall Colors Report October 16, 2014 for Mono County

Fall colors have survived the recent winds better than expected, so come on up!
More information and and photos on my blog:
#fallcolorsreport #easternsierra #monocounty #2014 #fallcolors

Fall Colors Report for Eastern Sierra Mono County October 16, 2014
Eastern Sierra fall colors, Mono County October 8, 2014 The latest reports are saying that many locations survived this week’s wind storms better expected, and although there are many many bare trees at higher elevations, the…

Eastern Sierra Fall Colors Last Week

We'll be back out this Friday… hopefully there will be some colorful leaves left after the winds over the last couple of days.

Originally shared by +Eastern Sierra Nevada Workshops

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.
#fallcolors #easternsierra #mammothlakes #MammothStories


In Album Fall Colors Workshops

Blood moon and Uranus

Last Wednesday, October 8, 2014. Here's one of my old blog posts describing shooting the August 28, 2007 lunar eclipse:
Lessons Learned: Photographing the Lunar Eclipse

#lunareclipse #bloodmoon #astrophotography #astronomy


Supermoon Rise Over Mono Lake

The night of the lunar eclipse last week started with the moon rise just before sunset. I caught the moon rising at Mono Lake.

There may be only one day a month when you can capture a moon rise at sunset like this as I describe in this old blog post from 2006:
How To Plan for Great Full Moon Rise and Set Shots!
I talk in the blog post about having a calendar in "your cell phone or PDA"… does anyone remember the old Palm Treo 650? That's what I had before the original Droid!
#lunareclipse #bloodmoon #astrophotography #supermoon


Lunar Eclipse Setting Over Convict Lake

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.
#lunareclipse #october2014 #astrophotography #moonphotography