Moon, Jupiter and Venus Conjunction at Mono Lake

One of my photos from this moon and planet rise event has been published as the lead photo in an article in the August 2017 +SkyandTelescope Magazine by Don Olson, page 68. A description of Don's work to decipher a poem by Lord Byron appears on the Texas State University Web site, along with a copy of the photo:
'Celestial Sleuth' identifies Lord Byron's stellar inspiration

Here's their description of the photo:
"On August 23, 2014, astrophotographer +Jeff Sullivan observed the Moon with Jupiter nearby in a morning twilight sky. Glitter paths below three celestial bodies reflect in the waters of California’s +Mono Lake in this morning twilight scene captured by astrophotographer Jeff Sullivan. Venus, at lower left, has just risen above the distant hills. Jupiter, with its Galilean satellites visible, stands higher in the sky, just below the stars of the Beehive Cluster, M44. The faint glow of Earthshine appears on the “dark” part of the waning crescent Moon. Automobile headlights illuminate the tufa rocks on the shore of +Mono Lake in the foreground."

Astrophotographers and astronomers may recognize Don's name as the professor who publishes yearly predictions of lunar rainbow "moonbow" dates and times for Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls in Yosemite National Park.

For more photos from the event and a description of my planning process involving +SkyandTelescope, +Universe Today, +EarthSky, and +The Photographer's Ephemeris see my original blog post covering the event:

I can't wait to see the magazine!

#astronomy #astrophotography #ShotOniPhone #iphoneography


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Shot on iPhone

It is said that the best camera is the one in your hand… and often the fastest to your hand is your smartphone!

I've started iPhone albums on G+, and on Flickr as well:
#iPhone #landscapephotography #iphone6Splus #iphoneography


In Album iPhone 6S+ Photos

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Sample Photos, iPhone 6S+

I'm not sure if I have a G+ album for photos from the iPhone 6S+ that I picked up last fall. I can't seem to find the album in the G+ Photos tab, but when I go to post photos an iPhone 6S+ album is offered, so let's see where these photos go when I add them to it.

#iphone6s #iphoneography #landscapephotography


In Album iPhone 6S+ Photos

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Death Valley's Other Superbloom: Insects

The "super bloom" of flowers in Death Valley has created a corresponding rise in insect life as well! I've added a few insect macro photos to the front of my iPhone 6S+ album.

#macrophotography #iphone6splus #iphoneography #deathvalley #olloclip


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iPhone 6S+ Samples: Added 20+ from Death Valley

Sometimes grabbing a mobile phone is more convenient than changing lenses in a dusty, pollen-filled environment. I can also use accessory lenses without the complications of getting dust on my sensor. I've added a couple of dozen new photos to my iPhone 6S+ album on Google Photos so you can see some of the shots I've tried it on lately.

#iphoneography #deathvalley #superbloom #landscapephotography #macro #photography #photographyworkshops

iPhone 6S+ Photos
49 new photos · Album by Jeff Sullivan

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Early Bloom in Death Valley

There are early wildflowers with above average density in some portions of Death Valley this week. Heat may cause the current flowers to wither a bit, but some areas that received water haven't really started showing much yet, so there could be another bloom coming in many areas with more "normal" timing in a few weeks. In a normal season however wildflower blooms can be scattered and weak, so unless we get more rain from this El Nino weather pattern, the current dense areas could well turn out to be the peak for the park in 2016.
#landscapephotography #iphoneography


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Wildflowers Last Weekend in Death Valley

Over the weekend I was playing with the +olloclip lenses I bought for my iPhone 5S about 18 months ago, and came up with some fun results!

#iphoneography #macrophotography #deathvalley
+Death Valley Workshops

Originally shared by +Death Valley Workshops

More Death Valley Wildflowers, 2015
Mostly iPhone 5S photos in this batch. I'll have more DSLR images soon from my 2nd and 3rd 2015 Death Valley visits.

#wildflowers #deathvalley #californiaphotography


In Album Death Valley 2015

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iPhone Bokeh

Sometimes I pull out my cell phone to capture a shot, either to take advantage of the depth of field, to capture a simple panorama with no extra steps, to use a fish eye or macro lens in my pocket, or simply to record a place, thing or moment conveniently without having to get out a DSLR.

My iPhone 5S has been close to full for months now, so I can either clear out many of the images and videos, or I can (delete them all and) trade up to an iPhone 6+. I've been very impressed with the photos I've taken on +Lori Hibbett 's 6+, but I'm close enough now though to whatever might come out from Apple in the Fall, either a 6S or 7, that the other possibility is waiting for something even better.

#bokeh #iphoneography #iphone5s #landscapephotography


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An iPhone Visits a Ghost Town

It sounds like the setup for a joke, but the punch line is… as a camera it did pretty well! The park hasn't touched most of the interiors in decades, and they don't want anyone even disturbing the dust. So having a light "camera" that is easy to maneuver can be particularly handy for low angle perspectives and hard-to-reach places where a big camera would be awkward.

As in past years, most of our Bodie workshops in 2015 bundle six hours of sunrise & interior access with another six to seven hours of sunset and night shooting. Our June 11 date is nearly full, but the others have room at the moment:

#Bodieghosttown #nightphotography #photographywhorkshop #iphoneography +Bodie Photo Workshops


In Album Bodie State Historic Park, California

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Moon, Saturn and Venus Conjunction at Sunrise

Jupiter, moon and M44 Beehive Cluster rising yesterday, August 23.  A short while later Venus joined them, below Jupiter.

The Internet, mobile phones and social media can provide some interesting opportunities at times.  I learned about a close Venus – Jupiter conjunction coming up on August 18 from the SkyWeek+ app from +Sky & Telescope.  I looked up more information, and found an excellent planning guide by +Universe Today.  I shot the August 18 conjunction, only to have Universe today include it moments later in their write-up on the event!  I looked up more articles, discovering a mention in an +EarthSky article of the moon joining them in the sky on the morning  August 23.  But there would be a nice practice day August 22, which I shot.  As it turned out, EarthSky included my Aug 18 Venus – Jupiter image in an excellent planning guide to the August 23 event.
Venus Rising to Join Jupiter and Moon
I checked my app The Photographer’s Ephemeris to confirm a good composition for the moon rise angle at Mono Lake.  I then checked the StarWalk app and determined that the last of the three celestial bodies rising on the 23rd,Venus, would be rising at 4:53 at Mono Lake.  So I arrived onsite yesterday at around 4:30, I was moving my cameras into position around 4:45, and I was just getting my exposures settings set as the moon rose next to Jupiter and its moons (above).  Venus was the next to arrive (right), and its light was colored bright red in the atmosphere choked with smoke from fires in the American West.

Mono Lake sunrise moon rise by Jeff Sullivan

A car arrives and illuminates the scene

Apparently no other photographers had planned to shoot here, although one car did pull in and leave its headlights on briefly, providing some unplanned light painting on the tufa-strewn shoreline.  The sky gradually brightened as twilight “blue hour” progressed, and the view of the moon became more clear and it tone more white as it rose above the densest slice of atmosphere.  Venus increased in apparent brightness as it rose, and hints of the approaching sunrise could be seen on the horizon.

As the planets and moon rose together, I had to zoom out to a wider 70 mm focal length to fit them in comfortably.  Incresed color in the sky was offset by the relative fading of the planets as the sky brightened.

Later this week we’ll have this sort of opportunity all over again as the crescent moon yields to the new moon, then becomes a crescent again as it switches to the night sky, and moves close to Mars and Saturn.  I’ll talk more on that in a following post here on my blog, and I’ll post updates on Twitter (@jeffsullphoto, @DSLRAstronomy) as well.

Mono Lake sunrise by Jeff Sullivan

The moon, Jupiter and Venus as dawn approaches on August 23

Here’s one of my last shots of the moon with Jupiter and Venus last Saturday as the sky continued to brighten:

#astronomy #news #iphoneography #astrophotography

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