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”
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.
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.
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.
It’s a long weekend Monday here in Canada, so I went for a nice long bike ride today. 23km and change, in a bit under two hours. There was quite a wind out of the east, so I’m happy with that time.
I had my camera with me, and so I snapped a couple photos: a goose landing in the river, above, and a train under the 1st Street bridge, below.
I didn’t get a photo of the family in the not-yet-open splash park on 1st Street south of Richmond (Kinsmen Park, I think), making do with a water-gun fight.
I went for a bike ride today, down to the research station and back. While I was at the station I snapped a shot of the moon above a row of pines.
My nephew Isaac was in town this weekend for a volleyball tournament. I went over to the gym today and got a few photos of him in action.