Super Moon Rise at Mono Lake, Eastern Sierra, California

With the full moon occurring at dawn this month, there were actually two full moon rises close to sunset. This was the first one, captured over Mono Lake in California's Eastern Sierra region..

#easternsierra #california #landscapephotography #astrophotography

 

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Perseid Meteor Shower 2016

I've been chasing every meteor shower that I could see with my camera since 2009. This year's Perseid meteor shower was one of the best I've experienced so far.

These are "work in progress" shots, where I've saved the images with meteors in them, and brought those into one composite image.

http://www.jeffsullivanphotography.com/blog/eastern-sierra-fall-colors-photo-workshops/ #nightphotography #astrophotography #photographyworkshops #easternsierra #california #canon #6D

   

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Space Debris 9:37 pm July 27

Originally shared by +Jeff Sullivan

Space debris enters the atmosphere near Mono Lake California at 9:37 pm July 27, identified as the second stage from the first Chang Zheng 7 rocket, launched Jun 25, reentered at 0440 UTC. A sonic boom (or sound from an explosion) arrived 9:45pm.

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Space Debris 9:37 pm July 27

Space debris enters the atmosphere near Mono Lake California at 9:37 pm July 27, identified as the second stage from the first Chang Zheng 7 rocket, launched Jun 25, reentered at 0440 UTC. A sonic boom (or sound from an explosion) arrived 9:45pm.

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#astrophotography #canon #6D #news #nightphotography #landscapephotography #space

 

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Tranquility

A shot from my testing of the Canon EOS 6D body I picked up last month. I had been shooting it like I had been shooting my Canon EOS 5D Mark III for the past few years, but it turns out, as is often the case, that the newer camera deserves its own unique approach. There's no substitute for performing your own exhaustive research on your new cameras, so you can best integrate any extended capabilities into your workflow. My Bodie, Eastern Sierra and White Mountains/Bristlecone Pines workshop customers will be getting an earful in the next 2 weeks.

Even though the 6D is only about a year newer than the 5D Mark III, I couldn't do this with the older model. The 6D model is now a couple of years old, so I have very high expectations for what Canon can accomplish with the rumored 5D Mark IV model that may be coming this fall!

#Canon #astrophotography #landscapephotography
+Jeff Sullivan Photography www.JeffSullivanPhotography.com

 

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Summer Solstice Sunrise Moon Set

On the summer solstice this year the full Strawberry moon set just after sunrise before it rose again shortly after sunset that evening. The last time the full moon came on the summer solstice was in 1967. The next time will be on June 21, 2062, although it'll come close on June 20, 2035.

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+Jeff Sullivan Photography www.JeffSullivanPhotography.com

 

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South Tufa Milky Way Panorama

Before my June 4/5 Bodie workshops I held a short Eastern Sierra workshop to show some of my customers some additional locations. One of the places we went was Mono Lake, to catch the Milky Way rising over the calcium carbonate tufa formations.

#astrophotography #nightphotography #photographyworkshops #landscapephotography #easternsierra #california +Jeff Sullivan Photography www.JeffSullivanPhotography.com

 

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Mercury Transit of the Sun is Underway!

With a proper eye-protecting filter, the planet Mercury can be seen crossing the face of the sun today. This happens approximately 13 times per century. I'll have my photos available later, but in the meantime, here are some of my photos from the Venus transit of the sun on June 5, 2012, which won't occur again for another 100+ years!

I looked at my photos from the Venus transit to remind myself of appropriate practices and settings for the #mercurytransit , as discussed on my blog: http://www.jeffsullivanphotography.com/blog/2016/05/09/mercury-transit-of-the-sun-coming-may-9/

#astrophotography #Canon #70D #venustransit

    

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Mercury Transit of the Sun, May 9, 2016

There will a a transit of Mercury across the face of the sun, as seen from earth, on May 9, 2016.  This article on timeanddate.com can tell you when the mercury transit may be available from your location.  It also provides links to information on proper eye protection!

When the planet Venus was scheduled to pass in front of the sun in early June 2012 I wanted to capture the event, but I didn’t want to simply record a dark spot in front of a bright one.  So I decided to place earth-bound objects in front of the sun to capture the Sun, Earth and Venus in the same shot.  And why not… the next opportunity to capture a Venus transit across the face of the sun wouldn’t come for another 105 years!

My setup for the Venus transit enabled me to shoot it at 400mm:

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • EF 70-200mm f.4 IS L lens
  • 2X III Teleconverter
  • Solar film for photographing the sun

Since I was including foreground objects but wanted to catch Venus and the sun as well, depth of field was a concern, so exposures were captured at f/32, 1/500 second, ISO 200.  That’s with the solar filter reducing incoming light.

The setup I’m considering for the Mercury transit will enable me to shoot it at 640mm effective:

  • Canon EOS 70D
  • EF 70-200mm f.4 IS L lens
  • 2X III Teleconverter
  • Solar film for photographing the sun

This time I’ll may track the sun and go for a composite photo showing the path of mercury across it.  In that case I could use an f-stop like f/11 to reduce any image softening from diffraction, so something like f/11, 1/2000 second, ISO 100.

Be careful if you try to capture photos of this event.  The sun can fry your sensor, so don’t leave the shutter open in live view for long.

I’m going to go get a camera or two set up and focused now!

“After centuries of trying, only photographic technology could measure the ‘Transit of Venus’ and tell us our position in the solar system.”+Royal Observatory Greenwich
Here’s my first result:
Mercury Transit of the Sun: May 9, 2016.

Mercury Transit of the Sun: May 9, 2016. Canon EOS 70D, 300mm, solar filter.

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Mercury Transit Coming May 9!

This is an image of the Venus transit of the sun, June 5, 2012. The planet Mercury will cross in front of the sun as seen from earth on May 9, 2016. A solar filter can be used to photograph this event safely.

I've added notes on capturing this sort of event on my blog:
http://www.jeffsullivanphotography.com/blog/2014/04/07/venus-transit-across-the-face-of-the-sun-june-5-2012/

#astrophotography #teamcanon #solar #transit #Mercury

 

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