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

 

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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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Hot Creek

This site in California's Eastern Sierra was used in the filming of the John Wayne movies "True Grit" and "North to Alaska".

#easternsierra #landscapephotography #California #Canon

 

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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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New Death Valley Images from 2015 Visits

I'm working on a detailed guide to photography locations in Death Valley, so I'm finding a lot of nice photos from there from the past 10 years that I've been exploring the park. I found quite a few nice locations and compositions in Death Valley in 2015. You can see many of my photos in a 2015 album on my Death Valley Workshops page on G+:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/116469806647181209109/116469806647181209109/posts

In most years I've been too busy to collect my Top 10 photos for the prior year, but this year I started off the year sick, so I caught up on ten years of Top 10 collections in my down time.

Here are my new "Top 10 From The Last 10" blog posts:

2015 Top 10 Travel Photos
http://www.jeffsullivanphotography.com/blog/2016/01/02/top-10-travel-photos-2015/

2014 Top 10 Travel Photos
http://www.jeffsullivanphotography.com/blog/2016/01/09/top-10-travel-photos-2014/

2013 Top 10 Travel Photos
http://www.jeffsullivanphotography.com/blog/2016/01/07/top-10-travel-photos-2013/

2012 Top 10 Travel Photos
http://www.jeffsullivanphotography.com/blog/2016/01/04/top-10-travel-photos-2012/

2011 Top 10 Travel Photos
http://www.jeffsullivanphotography.com/blog/2016/01/02/top-10-travel-photos-2011/

2010 Top 10 Travel Photos
http://www.jeffsullivanphotography.com/blog/2016/01/01/top-10-travel-photos-2010/

2009 Top 10 Travel Photos
http://www.jeffsullivanphotography.com/blog/2015/12/31/top-10-travel-photos-2009/

2008 Top 10 Travel Photos
http://www.jeffsullivanphotography.com/blog/2015/12/30/top-10-travel-photos-2008/

2007 Top 10 Travel Photos
http://www.jeffsullivanphotography.com/blog/2015/12/30/top-10-travel-photos-2007/

2006 Top 10 Travel Photos
http://www.jeffsullivanphotography.com/blog/2015/12/30/top-10-travel-photos-2006/

#landscapephotography #deathvalley #travelphotography #Canon

 

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Sunset Moon Rise Coming December 24

Mono Lake moon rise November 16, 2013

A few times each year, the moon rises at just the right time to be visible during sunset, while there’s enough light on the landscape to capture that in the photo as well.  That will happen this month on December 24, Christmas Eve.  I’m not suggesting that you ditch the family to go chase the moon, just step outside at sunset, look to the east, and you’ll have one more reason for the night to be a particularly memorable one.

If you might also want to photograph the moon, I’ve collected some notes on this blog post that I started in 2006:

How to Plan Great Full Mooon Rise and Set Shots
http://activesole.blogspot.com/2006/11/plan-ahead-for-great-full-moon-rise-and.html

I’m not sure if we’ll head down to Mono Lake.  I’ve been going there for decades and my kids have been going there for all of their lives, so it holds a lot of sentimental value for us. It’s pretty close by, so if the weather is nice, we may head down there.  The light could be particularly nice around: 4:35 – 4:55 pm.  Ping me on social media if you’re down there, in case we’re standing a few feet down the shore from each other!

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Moon, Venus Comet Conjunction

As I predicted six days ago, the conjunction of the moon, Venus with Comet Catalina was pretty cool this morning, and it'll get even better to pursue tomorrow morning:
http://activesole.blogspot.com/2015/12/moon-comet-catalina-venus-conjunction.html

#Canon #Astrophotography #comet #Catalina

Moon, Comet and Venus Continue Their Dance

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