On the weekend I rode a bit over 20km. I didn’t have my Canon with me, but my phone’s camera is pretty decent. I really liked how the basketball hoop turned out; I have something of a thing for entropy and abandoned spaces, and this shot made my ride for me.
Last night was clear, at least until I got to my shooting spot, about 15 minutes south of town. Even with the clouds sliding across the sky, I still managed to get a few decent shots of the galaxy.Continue reading “The Milky Way on a cloudy night”
I watched some Rocky & Bullwinkle and dozed off on the couch, both things I think Dad would approve of.
Last weekend, as Jupiter approached opposition, I went out into the backyard with my camera and tripod to see if I could get a photo of it.
Behold, Jupiter and the four Galilean moons. As near as I can work it (thanks to this handy calculator), we’ve got (bottom-left to top-right) Io, Europa, Ganymede, and (way off to the side) Callisto. The photo was taken June 7, 2019, just before 11:15PM Central Daylight Time, if you want to check my calculations.
Photo info: 1 second exposure, 250mm, ISO 1600, f/5.6. Photo taken in RAW format, processed with Darktable. Cropped from a larger image to show the detail.
Update: I’m feeling a little slow, eh, because I only just now noticed that it’s Amazing Stories that reviewed Parallel Prairies. Amazing Stories just reviewed my writing.
Darren Ridgley, one of the editor of Parallel Prairies, just tweeted a link to a new review of the anthology. It appears the reviewer enjoyed my little tale of dementia and alien visitation:
What makes this story fun to read is Vincent’s determination to protect Charlie from the agents. […] Amusing. With a tinge of sadness.R. Graeme Cameron
He also liked the anthology as a whole:
This anthology features a collection of stories ranging far wider than I anticipated. There is, perhaps, a Canada-wide tendency to underestimate Manitoba. […] Amazing what stories the contributors wrested from its soil. I confess this book exceeded my expectations. Well worth reading.R. Graeme Cameron
If you’d like a copy of Parallel Prairies, you can get it from McNally Robinson.
A lovely early-summer morning, especially in the wake of the previous morning’s discovery.
I’m still learning how to process RAW images using Darktable on Linux. I think I’ve found a few good tutorials, but I need more practice. I’d like to learn how to remove noise without sacrificing the sharpness, for example. (Maybe I need to shoot at lower ISO and then stack and align the photos?)
Anyway, I shot this south of Brandon on the evening of May 31st (or maybe really early on the morning of June 1st). Enjoy!
This weekend I joined the Brandon Kinsmen club in putting on the 2019 Ride for the Breath of Life, supporting the research done by Cystic Fibrosis Canada.
It’s a poker-derby ride, about 200km in length, with stops in Brandon, just outside Minnedosa, Sandy Lake, Rapid City, and then back to Brandon.
I was the official photographer, and so I drove the whole route, stopping every so often for some photos.
It’s probably not even bad advice.