Moon Rise and Ice On A Salty Lake

Blue Hour Moon Rise

Moon rise Mono Lake, New Years Eve

New Years Eve moon rise at Mono Lake

2018 has already gotten off to a great start, as I enjoyed a great sunset at Mono Lake on New years Eve, then the “supermoon” moon rise at Mono Lake on New Years Day. The angles and timing of the moon rise vs. the sunset seemed to work out well for Mono Lake for both dates. On the first evening, the clouds interfered with the moon rise, but clearer skies to the west let the sun’s light through, for a great sunrise.

The second night, the moon was a little bright relative to the landscape as it rose, but the view of it was uninterrupted, so I was able to capture a nice sequence of moon rise shots as the moon rose over Mono Lake’s interesting “tufa” calcium carbonate rock formations.

One of the most fascinating details, particularly on the first night, was the ice forming on the surface of the lake. Temperatures were close to freezing, but Mono Lake is nearly 3X saltier than the ocean, so ice would not normally form on the lake at that temperature. Mono Lake’s tufa rock formations form underwater, where springs deliver calcium-laden water. I noticed in places where fresh water was upwelling to the surface, spreading out and then freezing as it cooled. Apparently in the winter when there is little or no wind to encourage mixing, the fresh and salt water does not necessarily mix well and the less dense fresh water rises tot he top and can freeze. You never know what interesting things you’re going to see next as you spend time outdoors!

Mono Lake Icy Sunset Reflection

Mono Lake Icy Sunset Reflection

The other photos from the sunset weren’t too shabby either. I’m so fortunate to live surrounded by such great scenery and weather!

Eastern Sierra landscape photography.

New Years Eve sunset reflection at Mono Lake, California.

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Weather Time-lapse: Lenticular Clouds Forming in the Eastern Sierra

Lenticular clouds are my favorite weather phenomenon, and my favorite to photograph and produce movies of. Fortunately we get them several times each year.

Here's the complete story of some we had earlier this week through sunset, in photos and video on my blog:

#landscapephotography #weather #timelapse #photography

Weather Timelapse: Lenticular Clouds in the Eastern Sierra

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Four Nights of Perseid Meteors (time-lapse video)

New blog post, including my new video of this year's Perseid coverage:

#perseid #meteorshower #timelapse #landscapephotography

Perseid Meteor Shower 2015

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Perseid Meteor Shower 2010-2012

The annual Perseid meteor shower is considered to be active from July 13th to August 26th, peaking around the night of August 12-13. The weather and moon phase don't always cooperate to offer great viewing conditions, so it can take time to accumulate enough photos to put together a long time-lapse video.

In 2014 I assembled time-lapse clips from the previous recent years to set to this song "While the Sun Was Sleeping" by Life Audience.

#perseid #meteorshower #astronomy #science #astrophotography #nightphotography #timelapse

Originally shared by +Jeff Sullivan

2014 Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight!
In honor of the 2014 Perseid Meteor shower peaking tonight, I offer you time-lapse clips from the 2010-2012 Perseids in the first 1:49 of this video. All of the footage in it was compiled during my travels in recent years. I hope that you enjoy it!
You can see more of my time-lapse videos on my YouTube channel here:
#perseidmeteorshower #perseids2014 #timelapse

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Milky Way Rise (time-lapse video)

Here's one of the time-lapse videos I created, using 470 images captured over 4 hours, from when the Milky Way rose until the approaching dawn brightened the sky.

#timelapse #milkyway #nightphotography
+Jeff Sullivan Photography

“Milky Way Rise Over Joshua Trees in California’s Mojave Desert” by jeffsullivan. Archived and rights managed by Nimia.
The camera pans to follow the Milky Way as it rises over the eastern horizon, behind Joshua trees in the Mojave Desert.

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Geminid Meteor Shower Peaks Today and Tomorrow

The annual Geminid meteor shower is one of the strongest of the year. Here much of the American West is under storm clouds, but I assembled a draft time-lapse video featuring Geminid footage, mostly from 2012 when viewing and shooting conditions for this shower were last favorable.

#science #news #astronomy #geminids #meteorshower
+Death Valley Workshops #timelapse #photography

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2014 Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight!

In honor of the 2014 Perseid Meteor shower peaking tonight, I offer you time-lapse clips from the 2010-2012 Perseids in the first 1:49 of this video.  All of the footage in it was compiled during my travels in recent years.  I hope that you enjoy it!
You can see more of my time-lapse videos on my YouTube channel here:
#perseidmeteorshower   #perseids2014   #timelapse  

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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
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: 

Here's another time-lapse video, showing the moon rising behind Half Dome:

Eclilse video on +YouTube

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Seasons of Topaz

Seasons of Topaz is my latest time-lapse video, with "Sierra Wave" lenticular clouds, pogonip ice fog, rain, snow, sunrises, sunsets… a year's worth of weather in 3 minutes:

The music, used with permission, is "Odyssey" (instrumental version) by +The Wyld , as heard accompanying McDonald's commercials during the Sochi Winter Olympics.  
Drop by their Google+ page and say "Hi": 

Thanks in advance for shares, +1s and comments!
#weather   #YouTube   #timelapse   #nevada   #nvmaglove  

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Meteor Shower from Comet ISON?

Robert Lunsford of the +American Meteor Society recently posted details on a possible meteor shower from Comet ISON passing near the earth's orbit on its way towards its rendezvous with the sun.  I had heard that the earth could reach the debris in the January 12 -15 time frame, so I went out early on 3 mornings to see what I could pick up.  I've condensed hundreds of photos from those nights into the HD video below.  

As illustrated in a diagram on Robert's post here, the incoming meteors were expected to appear to radiate out from a point in the constellation Leo:
Meteor Activity from Comet ISON?

Meteor trails look longer away form a meteor shower's radiant point though, so the first two nights I shot north to minimize star movement and northeast in case the movement of the earth through space caused extra collisions with comet dust to the east.  On the third night I trained my 24mm lens on Leo and I used a sky-tracking mount to follow the constellation while shooting almost continuously for hours.  I did capture a bright and colorful meteor trail, but its length and direction, along with a second meteor captures 10 minutes earlier, implied that its radiant point was across the sky near the Big Dipper, so those were more likely to be late arrivals from the Quadrantid meteor shower which peaked on January 3.

So did I catch any meteors from ISON?  I swear that I can see little flashes in my original images as they were getting down-converted in resolution to video, but it's hard to peer into 22 megapixel images to detect the smallest details on a 2 megapixel monitor.   Even my video gets compressed for re-broadcast from video hosting sites, so it's even harder to show others what I captured.  The question might not be definitively answered until I re-examine the results some time from now when I can re-process the images in "4K" video format and can view the 4X higher resolution video on a 4K monitor (4096 or 3840 resolution).

The increasing brightness of the moon and its later rise times started interfering with meteor viewing on the third night, so I decided not to shoot on the fourth night.  I've shot dozens of meteor showers in the past, but this time I was particularly focused on trying to capture the faintest of meteors, so it was good to "push the envelope" and develop new insight and techniques which can fine tune my meteor shower shooting in the future.  

Next I'll write a post on my +Blogger blog showing a photo of that large and colorful likely Quadrantid meteor next to Leo:

To see more of my time-lapse videos from more major meteor showers, drop by my +YouTube channel:

#cometison   #astronomy   #astrophotography   #timelapse   #science  

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