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.
You’re not getting tired of these, are you? I hope not, because I’m not planning to stop.
This one was shot in the wee hours of Friday, from about 12:10 – 1:10 AM, behind cabin 650 at Elkhorn Resort. You can see the International Space Station streaking by (I saw it go overhead, too, and I waved to the crew). Also, there’s a short meteor streak in the lower third, on the far right.
Nerdy details: 219 images @ 15s, f/2.8, 16mm, ISO 800. No dark frames. Stacked using a Startrails plugin for GIMP.
I’m watching the first episode of George Clooney’s adaptation of Joseph Heller’s Catch-22, and I’m realizing I need to reread the book.