Planning Milky Way Photography

Here's a planning guide I posted to my old blog to accompany the show tonight:
http://activesole.blogspot.com/2014/04/planning-milky-way-photography.html

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Planning Milky Way Photography
Milky Way over Mono Lake Tufa Rock Formations By now most of us have seen stunning Milky Way shots, but when we go out at night in the Northern Hemisphere we find that the Milky Way is not prominent in the sky all of the time and the moon often interferes w… #MyBeautifulEarth  

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Planning Milky Way Photography
Milky Way over Mono Lake Tufa Rock Formations By now most of us have seen stunning Milky Way shots, but when we go out at night in the Northern Hemisphere we find that the Milky Way is not prominent in the sky all of the time…

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Join me for the Landscape {Photography Show Tonight

My power and Internet have been down most of the day, but now that both are back up, I'm really looking forward to the show on night photography / astrophotography tonight!  

A huge part of your success with much landscape photography and astrophotography in particular will be how thoroughly you plan ahead to set yourself up for stunning opportunities, so I'm preparing some materials that I think you'll find interesting, educational and useful.
Planning Milky Way Photography
http://activesole.blogspot.com/2014/04/planning-milky-way-photography.html
#hangout   #hangoutsonair   #nightphotography   #tutorial  

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Come join popular landscape and night photographer +Jeff Sullivan   and the Landscape Photography Show panel on Tuesday April 22th at 7 PM PDT/8 PM MDT/9 PM CDT/10 PM EDT.  Jeff will be talking about photographing the Milky Way and Other Night Sky Attractions. Jeff is a landscape photographer, author, workshop instructor, and filmmaker. He was the Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2011, People and Space – Royal Observatory Greenwich, London.

Be sure to circle the +Landscape Photography Show  page!  We have a new look and a new URL!!

Share your favorite Night photographs. Maybe one of the panelists will select your photo as the Show Starter and give you a shout out on air!  Limit of 5 photographs please.  Do NOT load an album to the event.  It will load all the photos in the album.

Join the fun on Tuesday April 22th, 2014 at 7 PM PDT/8 PM MDT/9 PM CDT/10 PM EDT.  See you there!!

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Photographer's Guide to Twitter

Sound advice on Twitter from +Ken Kaminesky and +PhotoShelter …

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It was a great pleasure to help my friends at  +PhotoShelter  with their awesome new free guide on Twitter for photographers. If you're looking to utilize Twitter to it's full potential to help your photography business then this guide is definitely a must read.

While I actively participate in many different social media platforms, Twitter my be the one that has helped my career more than any other. It can also be the trickiest one to work with but trust me, it can be a great help to your photo business. 

Hope you enjoy the guide!

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The Photographer’s Guide to Twitter Ready to rev up your Twitter …
The Photographer’s Guide to Twitter. Ready to rev up your Twitter skills? In this guide, we’ve partnered up with the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) to help you use Twitter to get your name out there, engage with potential customers, and advance your photo career.

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Should Copyright Law be Strengthened, or Abolished?

Should your photographs and art be worthless, available to all for free on the Internet?  Rich executives at powerful corporations who want to profit at your expense think so.  Your input is due TODAY.  
Please share:  http://www.naturalexposures.com/calling-all-photographers-artists-help-copyright-alliance-protect-your-copyright/

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Calling All Photographers & Artists-Help Copyright Alliance Protect YOUR Copyright. It’s time to put down your cameras, art brushes, sculpting clay and

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Bodie Photowalk May 3, Night Workshop May 3, Interiors May 4

My May 3 Bodie night workshop is nearly full, and I'll be announcing a photowalk shortly to show photographers around town earlier that afternoon.

I've also added a workshop with special interior access the following morning, May 4.  Given that there are only 2 weeks until that new session, I've priced that at only $220, the difference between the previous night's session ($325) and the price for both ($545).

I've also added a new night session for Milky Way and perhaps Camelopardalid meteor shower photography May 24, and another interior access session the following morning May 25.  Registration links are up along with more details on my blog: http://www.jeffsullivanphotography.com/blog/bodie-night-photography-workshops/
#ghosttownphotography   #photographyworkshop   #photowalk   #BDSH   #BodieStateHistoricPark  

Wheaton and Hollis Hotel

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Lunar Eclipse Over Yosemite Valley South Rim

I caught the lunar eclipse behind trees high on the cliffs  of Yosemite Valley Monday night.  There are so many similar pictures of eclipses of the moon alone… I like to add something extra when I can. I chased the edge of the shadow of this ridge line for 15-20 minutes as the moon entered eclipse and turned red, moving, shooting, and moving again to place the moon by or behind the trees on the ridge.

This is a single exposure captured for 0.5 seconds at f/8, ISO 3200, but I also have brighter, bracketed exposures in case I have time to better recover the ridge line detail in +Adobe Photoshop at some future date.
Captured on a Canon EOS 5D Mark III camera, EF70-200mm f/4L IS USM lens +2x Teleconverter II.

Yosemite photography workshops: http://www.jeffsullivanphotography.com/blog/yosemite-national-park-photography-workshops/
#lunareclipse   #lunareclipse15thapril   #astronomy   #astrophotography  

Lunar eclipse over the south rim of Yosemite Valley in Yosemite National Park, California.

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Lunar Eclipse Time-lapse, Catch One April 14/15, 2014

Below is an example of a time-lapse video which you can capture during a lunar eclipse, and here are a couple of blog posts introducing time-lapse photography:

Create a Timelapse Video on Your Digital Camera
http://www.jeffsullivanphotography.com/blog/2011/08/01/create-a-timelapse-video-on-your-digital-camera/
Create a Timelapse Video of a Meteor Shower
http://www.jeffsullivanphotography.com/blog/2011/08/13/create-a-timelapse-video-of-a-meteor-shower/

#lunareclipse   #astronomy   #astrophotography   #timelapse   #tutorial  

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Timelapse Video of Lunar Eclipse – Transamerica Building Conjunction
Astronomical predictions for the moon and a few basic geometry calculations predicted that the moon would reach the top of the Transamerica Buidling from this shooting location, which I located on +Google Earth using +The Photographer's Ephemeris

When +Panoramio's +Gerard Sanz and I arrived early to shoot a timelapse sequence, the moon traveled right to the top of the building, as predicted!

Here's a blog post with more examples of moon-object alignments: http://www.jeffsullivanphotography.com/blog/2011/09/07/anticipating-sun-and-moon-alignments/ 

Here's another time-lapse video, showing the moon rising behind Half Dome: http://youtu.be/DN9O59G-YvQ

Eclilse video on +YouTubehttp://youtu.be/UQ27YYsgLHs?hd=1

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Total Lunar Eclipse Tomorrow Night

Depending upon where you live on the planet, a lunar eclipse will occur starting either late April 14 or in the early morning hours of April 15.  NASA provides the times in Universal TIme (UT):
http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/OH/OH2014.html#LE2014Apr15T

For viewers in North America, here's the approximate timing for viewers on the West Coast (PDT time zone):

10:58pm (Mon) partial lunar eclipse begins
12:07am (Tues) total lunar eclipse begins
12:47am (Tues) maximum lunar eclipse
  1:25am (Tues) total lunar eclipse ends
  2:33am (Tues) partial lunar eclipse ends

The moon will actually start to dim around 9:55 pm as the moon starts to enter the earth's penumbra, the dim edge of the earth's shadow, and it won't fully exit the penumbra until 3:36 am.

The moon will be very high in the sky during this time, and a program such as +PhotoPills can help you plan shots at these times, to line up the moon with natural or man-made objects: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/photopills/id596026805?mt=8&uo=4&at=10ldnC
Here's an example of a time-lapse video I captured in 2011, where I aligned the moon in eclipse passing right past the tip of the Transamerica Building in San Francisco: http://youtu.be/UQ27YYsgLHs 

I'm providing these old photos of mine from 2007 to show you that you can get decent results without needing the latest or most expensive DSLR camera.  I captured these on a 10 megapixel Canon Digital Rebel XTi manufactured in 2006, and here are some notes I took afterwards:
Lessons Learned: Photographing the Lunar Eclipse
http://activesole.blogspot.com/2007/08/lessons-learned-photographing-lunar.html
#lunareclipse   #lunareclipse15thapril   #astrophotography   #tutorial

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More Endangered Than Most

Desert tortoise populations have declined up to 90% in recent decades due to human activities such as housing developments, energy development and grazing.  They spend up to 95% of their time in burrows, where they may get trapped or succumb to heat if the burrow collapses due to a vehicle or large animal.  They like sandy soil, and when visiting sand dunes people can cause these collapses.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manages endangered species, and many desert tortoises are on land administered by the Bureau of Land Management.  A center was established by the BLM to care for desert tortoises, mainly surrendered pets.  

In the last 2 days some many news reports have falsely implied that the BLM was euthanizing the protected wild tortoises.  The misrepresentation of fact must be intentional, since the Desert Tortoise Conservation Center clarified the situation in a press release months ago.

Aug 26, 2013
Statement Regarding Media Reports on Status of Desert Tortoise at the Desert Tortoise Conservation Center in Nevada
Recent media reports regarding the status of desert tortoises at the Desert Tortoise Conservation Center (DTCC) have implied that the FWS is currently euthanizing desert tortoises at the facility. We want the public to know that the FWS is not euthanizing healthy tortoises.
The DTCC was established in 1990 to receive wild tortoises in harm’s way from development and has taken in unwanted pets since 1996. Over 1,000 tortoises arrived at the DTCC each year, and approximately 98 percent of those are surrendered or stray pets. Science-based protocols developed for desert tortoises brought to the DTCC have been instrumental in helping the FWS maintain a healthy population of desert tortoise in the wild. Managing to recover desert tortoise, a threatened species, is a complex task in which all options need to be considered, and all risks and benefits to the species must be assessed.
Many pet tortoises, unfortunately, are diseased or otherwise in poor health, and run the risk of spreading disease to wild tortoises. These tortoises cannot be relocated to the wild, or otherwise contribute to recovery of the desert tortoise population. Sometimes euthanasia of unhealthy pet tortoises is necessary, but only as last resort, and only after we evaluate other options. All healthy tortoises at the DTCC will be relocated to sites that will support the recovery of the species.
Progress is being made on translocating the healthy DTCC tortoise population to the wild. A Programmatic Environmental Assessment is complete, and tortoises are already being translocated by the FWS to an approved site in Trout Canyon, Nevada. Public scoping for a second translocation plan was completed Aug 22, 2013, for a proposed translocation area south of Coyote Springs, Nevada.
The Animal Foundation (TAF), Lied Animal Shelter continues to take in unwanted pet tortoises from the public. However, the fact remains that the DTCC does not currently have the capacity or the funding to accept and care for additional tortoises.
Recovery of the desert tortoise in the wild continues to be our top priority. However we are deeply concerned about the growing number of unwanted pets, and will continue to work with our partner agencies toward finding a suitable solution for tortoises that cannot be returned to the wild.
Posted on August 26, 2013
https://www.change.org/petitions/stop-the-planned-killing-of-desert-tortoises/responses/8917

The factual misrepresentations are coming up in a story about a Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy who reportedly owes $1.1M in grazing fees to the BLM, and who following decades of debate over the issue in federal court has been issued court orders starting in 1998 to pay the grazing fees or remove his cattle and to not interfere with removal operations if he fails to remove them himself.  The matter has gained national attention in recent days as people have flocked to the ranch to side with Bundy's resistance to the court orders.  Various political scapegoats are trotted out by media outlets with an agenda to promote, and many of the protesters onsite now resisting federal authorities are reveling in repeating the misinformation.  The incident could turn into quite a sideshow in the coming days.

#bundyranch   #deserttortoise   #mojavedesert  

Fate of an endangered species… this California desert tortoise was more endangered than most

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Death Valley Photographer's Sandbox

Mesquite Flat Dunes are a great place for photographers to go play!  If you click on the picture you can see a little tiny person up on the dunes, dwarfed by their immense size.

Prints: http://www.jeffsullivan.smugmug.com/
#landscapephotography   #deathvalley   #DeathValleyPhotography  

Mesquite Flat Dunes, Death Valley National Park.

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Death Valley Wildflowers 2014

The first 11 or so pictures are from my visit last week…

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Another Difficult Year in Death Valley
Yet somehow the wildflowers manage to flourish.  you can find them now up to 5000 feet in elevation, and they're prolific in the 3000-4000 range in the Panamint Mountains this week.  

Here's the Spring in Death Valley album I've started on G+: 
https://plus.google.com/b/116469806647181209109/photos/116469806647181209109/albums/5831663002679054529

I'm working on my Death Valley National Park photography workshop schedule for fall/winter 2014, and I'll post the dates here:
http://www.jeffsullivanphotography.com/blog/death-valley-photography-workshop-2013/
#deathvalley   #deathvalleyphotography   #deathvalleyphotoworkshop  

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Last Light on Death Valley

As seen from the Panamint Mountains last weekend.  You can see how little of the salt flats became wet enough to re-crystallize into a fresh, white surface.  Death Valley is many miles across, so it looks like it's a 1.5 to 2 mile walk to the large expanse of white salt.  Fortunately you can find smaller patches along the sides of the salt flats.

I'm working on my fall/winter photography workshop schedule, and will put the Death Valley dates here: http://www.jeffsullivanphotography.com/blog/death-valley-photography-workshop-2013/
#deathvalleyphotography   #deathvalley   #deathvalleyphotoworkshops  

Last Light on Death Valley – As seen from the Panamint Mountains.

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What if Google+ Offered A Revenue Model?

Google+ is doing pretty well so far, but part of the success of +YouTube is having a strong community of content creators, many of whom make a full time living creating content for YouTube.  What if people creating some of the better content for G+ had a business model here whereby they could contribute more, perhaps even full time?  

Why not let people on G+ opt in to see a few ads on the screen, perhaps in exchange for gaining access to premium features (higher circle limit, etc.) and seeing premium content?  Would you opt in for either more features or more/better content?

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YouTube, Google+ & LinkedIn Drive the Most Engaged Referral Traffic

…according to this study released by +Shareaholic. While Facebook and Twitter each drive more traffic to sites, Shareaholic found that on the whole visitors from Youtube, Google+, and LinkedIn:

1. Spent more time on site
2. Visited more pages on sites
3. Had a lower bounce rate

…than traffic from other major social networks, including Twitter and Facebook.

HT +Vic Gundotra 

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Google+ and LinkedIn drive more engaged social referrals compared to Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest
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Venus Transit Across the Face of the Sun, June 5, 2012

The planet Venus passes silhouetted across the face of the sun, as the sun sets behind a juniper tree in the Sierra Nevada.  This was captured during the Venus transit event on June 5, 2012.  I ran around all afternoon placing the sun behind earth-bound objects, since the planet Venus wouldn't pass in front of the sun again for another 105 years!  I figured that a ton of people would have nice telescopic views of Venus and the sun, but it's not all that often that we can catch Venus as a planet along with earth-bound objects and the sun, all in one photo.

Here are more of my astrophotography images on G+:
https://plus.google.com/photos/+JeffreySullivan/albums/5742407635442467969
#astronomy   #astrophotography   #astronomyimages  

The planet Venus passes in front of the sun, as the sun sets behind a juniper tree in the Sierra Nevada.  I wanted to be one of the few people to capture the Sun, earth and Venus in a single exposure, without having Venus reduce to a  spot of bright light in the night or twilight sky.

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Milky Way Over Devil's Cornfield

The only catch is, it's best seen in the sky this time of year in the hours shortly before dawn.  The Milky Way becomes more available in the hours after sunset by early June.  Lighting for the foreground was provided by a passing car.

It's starting to get hot in Death Valley, so my next visits this Spring will be to the higher elevations.  Then I'll schedule a workshop or two this Fall:
http://www.jeffsullivanphotography.com/blog/death-valley-photography-workshop-2013/

To see more of my Death Valley National Park images on G+:
https://plus.google.com/photos/+JeffreySullivan/albums/5671946216767538513
#deathvalleyphotography   #deathvalleynationalpark   #landscapephotography  

Milky Way over Devil’s Cornfield, Death Valley National Park.

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What's Coming for G+?

Better personalization, circle management…
(nice blog post by +Peter G McDermott, via +Gideon Rosenblatt

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How I got to meet +Vic Gundotra.

Yesterday was an incredible day for me. Most of it wouldn't have been possible without Google. In fact, Google saved my butt in a big way on one particular occasion. The day ended with a wonderful and intimate conversation with Google's Vice President of Social, Vic Gundotra.

Read about it here: http://www.petergmcdermott.com/2014/04/vic-gundotra-visits-dallas-talk-google/

#Technology   #GooglePlus   #Dallas   #GoogleIO  

How I got to meet +Vic Gundotra.

Yesterday was an incredible day for me. Most of it wouldn’t have been possible without Google. In fact, Google saved my butt in a big way on one particular occasion. The day ended with a wonderful and intimate conversation with Google’s Vice President of Social, Vic Gundotra.

Read about it here: http://www.petergmcdermott.com/2014/04/vic-gundotra-visits-dallas-talk-google/

#Technology   #GooglePlus   #Dallas   #GoogleIO  

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Coffee Grinder in the Boone General Store

This photo has been selected to appear in the Bodie Foundation's 2015 calendar. Congratulations to my friends +Ryan Watamura,  +David Safanda, +Franka M. Gabler, +Cat Connor, +Michelle Wilson,  Tanya Bunch and everyone who will have their work featured!  I can't wait to see all of the selected images.

Of course I'm enjoying the work by +Lori Hibbett, +Maximilian Laue,  +bert dennison and Franka in the current 2014 calendar as well: http://www.bodiefoundation.org/store/#!/~/product/category=3957028&id=25849572

This year we'll reach at least 15 workshops in Bodie to raise funds for building stabilization, and three have remaining registration space:
May 3 – night
July 19 – night (full)
July 20 – interiors (full)
August 30 – night
August 31 – interiors

What better time to shoot in a ghost town than at night?
http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.jeffsullivanphotography.com%2Fblog%2Fbodie-night-photography-workshops%2F&h=qAQFZlscu

My Bodie photos are spread out in a number of my G+ albums, but I've started to collect some of my latest ones in a dedicated Bodie album: https://plus.google.com/photos/+JeffreySullivan/albums/5887226287122891953
#Bodie   #ghosttown   #BodieStateHistoricPark   #photographyworkshop  

Coffee grinder in Boone General Store, Bodie State Historic Park

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