When I saw the light rays hitting this hot spring and the sun reflecting off of it in the early morning mist, I had to capture it. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming last week.
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I passed and shot this location in Grand Teton National Park several times last week, but this shot from roughly noon last Thursday turned out best. Clearly it's not just a sunrise or sunset spot!
The partly cloudy forecast and webcam images didn’t look all that promising in the Eastern Sierra yesterday afternoon, so I ditched my plans to pursue one of several compositions that I had worked out, and I stayed home to see if the moon would make any appearance at all. Here’s the story and some of my results from the event.
Total Lunar Eclipse September 27, 2015: wide angle time-lapse and 640mm effective live action footage from the total lunar eclipse last night. The partly cloudy forecast and webcam images didn’t look all that promising in the Eastern Sierra yesterday afternoon, so I ditched my plans to pursue one of several compositions that I had worked out, and I stayed home to see if the moon would make any appearance at all.
I watched for about an hour after it was supposed to rise at 6:44, but there was no sign of it, so I left my camera shooting a sequence of images for a time-lapse video, and I went back inside. A few minutes later, the fully eclipsed moon was visible through a break in the clouds, from 7:56 – 8:06. I came back out a while later, but the moon was behind the clouds, so I didn’t know that it had made a brief appearance until I reviewed the images later!
As the face of the moon returned to fully lit in the penumbral phase of the eclipse, there was a nice halo of color around the moon, so I set up a second camera to capture that. I used my Canon EOS 70D with the EF 70-200mm f/4 IS L Series lens and a 2X teleconverter, for an effective focal length of 640mm. The clouds were moving pretty quickly, so I also captures dome live video of the clouds moving across the face of the moon. I had the camera on a sky-tracking mount, so the moon remains essentially still in the frame.
I didn’t shoot where I expected or capture what I anticipated, but by being there to catch changes in the weather, I captured some interesting results.
|Lunar Eclipse April 4, 2015|
September 27, 2015, 6 pm – See the “supermoon” total eclipse tonight! For watchers in the Rocky Mountain states, partial eclipse begins at 7:11 pm local time, so look outside now!
For those of us on the West Coast of North America, the moon is below the horizon; moon rise occurs closer to sunset. Here in the Eastern Sierra, local moon rise is around 6:44 pm and sunset is around 6:47 pm, depending upon how far north or south you are. The moon will clear the horizon to the east right around sunset, well into its partial eclipse phase, and be fully eclipsed from 7:11 – 8:23 pm. Then as the moon exits total eclipse, it will be in a partial eclipse for over an hour more.
For more specific eclipse phase timing in your region, see the article at www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/lunar/2015-september-28
Good luck with your lunar eclipse viewing and photography, let me know how you did!
Photography notes from the April 5, 2015 lunar eclipse:
Lunar eclipses are a fun challenge, in part because they push the limits of your equipment. The image above was captured at 4:51 am during the April 4 lunar eclipse this year, about 6-7 minutes before totality, so there was a sliver of bright sunlight on the moon.
The Canon EF 70-200 f/4 IS lens that I used was well focused, but shooting any lens at it’s maximum aperture tends to result in slightly less sharp images. Adding more glass elements such as the 2X teleconverter further challenges sharpness. Adding a teleconverter also reduces the f-stop, in this case 2X to f/8. I wanted to stay at or below below 1 second exposure time to reduce motion blur, and at ISO 1600 I could use 0.6 second. The high ISO also creates a little bit of noise, which can also challenge fine detail.
I had changed my shooting location when the weather forecast made the original ones I had identified look less attractive with below freezing temperatures, high winds, and possible clouds to obscure the eclipse. I decided to just catch what i could from home. I was shooting a time-lapse sequence, and shooting at 400mm I had room to lengthen the exposure time as the moon darkened, but and the moon set just before totality.
I had my Canon 70D with a Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 lens on a star-tracking mount to capture a time-lapse of the eclipse progress without the moon moving out of the field of view. at 300mm the effective focal length was 480mm, but shooting wide open at f/5.6 that lens was a little softer than the EF 70-200mm and 2X teleconverter combo, even with the moon’s relative motion taken out of the equation.
I was basically using the 5D Mark III to measure and track exposure as the eclipse progressed and the moon illumination constantly changed.
The 70D / 70-300mm combo is a lot lighter than the 5Dmkiii / 70-200mm / 2X combo. Heavier camera bodies and longer, heavier lenses can sometimes cause various problems with sky tracking mounts, but it may be worthwhile to test the 5Dmkiii /70-200mm / 2X setup on the sky tracker and backing off of the maximum aperture and a stop or two on the ISO to get more sharpness and less noise, lengthening the exposure time.
For sky watchers in the Rocky Mountain states, partial eclipse begins at 7:11 pm local time, so look outside now!
For those of us on the West Coast of North America, moon rise occurs closer to sunset, in a little over 30 minutes. Here in the Eastern Sierra, local moon rise is around 6:44 pm and sunset is around 6:47 pm. The moon will clear the horizon to the east right around sunset, well into its partial eclipse phase, and be fully eclipsed from 7:11 – 8:23 pm.
Sunset in Bandon, Oregon, earlier in my "Victory lap" circling the Western U.S. and Canada, celebrating the release of my California Landscape Photography guidebook. I've been mostly taking a vacation from social media as well, simply enjoying the stunning locations.
Mt. Rainier, an active volcano, is the highest peak in the Cascade Range at 14,411 feet. With the recent discussion around the renaming of Mt. McKinley to its original name Denali, topic or potentially renaming other mountains has come up. The local Puyallup Tribe refers to Mt. Rainier as Mt. Tahoma.
This photo is from a visit to Mount Rainier National Park in July, 2008.
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For those of you who couldn't make ti to Burning man this week, these are the sorts of scenes we'll just have to enjoy vicariously (photos from 2012).
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Still More from Burning Man
From the nights when it wasn't super windy and dusty.
My publisher has posted a sample chapter featuring the Central Coast, from Morro Bay to Carpinteria: http://www.phototripusa.com/Illustrations/sample_chapter_cal_south.pdf
Best ordering options are described here: http://www.jeffsullivanphotography.com/blog/photographing-california-travel-guidebook/
Bodie is offering one of its Ghost Stories tour nights tonight, which means that they let other park visitors stay late too. It's also a "supermoon" full moon today, and in a setting like Bodie with an eastern horizon about 3.5 degrees in elevation it'll rise over the apparent horizon during or right after peak sky color, about 20 minutes after sunset.
It gets fully dark around 9:04 pm, so you can also have nearly an hour of full moon night photography before the park closes. As you can imagine, the park can be super crowded on a night like this, so don't expect to have it, or any particular subject, to yourself, but for the novelty of the overall experience or for practice shooting interesting subjects (and people) under full moon lighting, it's nice that the park makes such opportunities available.
For a much longer, much less crowded experience, we have two more nights left in Bodie this year, October 11 and 12, when we'll enjoy dark, moonless skies and 5 hours of fully dark night shooting in Bodie: http://www.jeffsullivanphotography.com/blog/bodie-night-photography-workshops/
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As I saw posts on social media from people going to Burning Man next week, I realized that I hadn't gotten through all of my photos from the last time I went, in 2012. Between the heat, the dust and the darkness, the conditions can be challenging for photography, but with hundreds of works of art and mutant vehicles, it's a hotbed of creativity and a riot of color.
In spite of a ban on commercial activity within the event, estimates on the economic impact on Northern Nevada alone ranged from $35 – 44M in 2012 (not including participants' preparations at home). Home Depot, Wal-Mart and many other retail establishments get cleaned out this week, selling building and camping supplies and groceries.
Do you know where your moon will be? Withyou can figure it out!
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My new book covers California landscape photography locations from Yosemite south. I'll have books in hand to sign and ship in about 2 weeks! More information and ordering: http://www.jeffsullivanphotography.com/blog/photographing-california-travel-guidebook/
This is the header page for my chapter covering Yosemite National Park, in my new guidebook to California landscape photography locations: http://www.jeffsullivanphotography.com/blog/photographing-california-travel-guidebook/
I'll have copies signed and shipping in about 2 weeks!
Pre-orders open today for my new guidebook to California landscape photography locations: http://www.jeffsullivanphotography.com/blog/photographing-california-travel-guidebook/
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This 320-page guide to California from Yosemite south is the latest volume in the popular collection of books by travel guide publisher Laurent Martres, who wrote the first three "Photographing the Southwest" books.
Hopefully this first book of mine will sell well, so I can start another!
My Yosemite Rim Fire night time-lapse clip appears 0:37-0:46 in this new educational video by http://news.sciencemag.org/…/special-issue-forest-health-ch…
Special issue: Forest health in a changing world
The importance of forest health in maintaining a healthy planet
Time-lapse video footage from early yesterday morning of the fire burning south of Lee Vining, southwest of Mono Lake. There are airplanes and satellites as you’d expect, but it looks like the camera caught a few late Perseid meteors as well.
Watch in HD on YouTube: https://youtu.be/oU_doBhjc_E
An update on the fire as of 8 am this morning:
Date Started: 8/14/2015
Total Personnel: 484
Injuries/Illnesses to Date: 0
Size: 3,715 acres Structures Threatened: 235
Percent Contained: 35%
Resources: 4 helicopters, 0 seats, 2 Air tankers Engines 34, Crews 10, Water Tenders 6, Dozers 4
Structures Lost: 0
Estimated Containment: 8/23/2015
I shot with my Canon DSLR and a 70-200 mm lens in my right hand, while broadcasting a live stream on Periscope via an iPhone in my left hand (great workout). Pre-event estimates were forecasting 2500 to attend but estimates of actual attendance seem to range from 4000-5000, and Periscope said that 2717 more tuned in to the live broadcast from my iPhone!
Although some recent comprehensive polls show Bernie ahead of all other presidential candidates from any party, apparently many states have closed primary or caucus primary elections, and you can't vote for a candidate like Bernie unless you register as a Democrat in time for the primary phase of the elections. Take out moderate Republicans who want to see Citizens united repealed, and Hillary leads Bernie among Democratic-only voters, so voter restrictions in the primaries could eliminate popular candidates like Bernie and Trump before they reach the general election unless supporters make sure that they're registered in the party of the candidate they are most likely to support, and they vote in the primary election.