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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Comet Lovejoy (C/2014 Q2) Hunting



Hello again readers! As you probably know my nearly two year old post on Comet PANSTARRS, I enjoy the challenge of trying to see comets, especially when they are supposed to be bright enough to be seen by the naked eye.

Over the past few days I have been trying to see Comet Lovejoy (C/2014 Q2) from our backyard, but did not have any luck. Although the temperature outside is cold (right now it is about 15° Fahrenheit) I decided to try to capture some shots of the comet with my camera because I was not able to see it with my eyes alone or with binoculars, but I think that may have been because I was looking too close to Orion (which is a great frame of reference, but all of the photos I saw online made it seem like it was closer to Orion than it actually is).

I took these shots with my 70-300mm lens, and I included what I think is the best "raw" shot, as well as a shot with Orion's belt and sword labeled, as well as the comet, and then an enlarged version of the comet only. The length of the exposure caused some star trails, but out of the shots that I managed to take before I got too cold, I think this one came out the best.

Hopefully you have clear, dark skies and you are able to see the comet in the coming days. I hope the frame of reference helps too, and be sure to look farther away from Orion than you would expect!



Comet Lovejoy (C/2014 Q2)



Highlighted Orion and Comet Lovejoy (C/2014 Q2)



Closeup of Comet Lovejoy (C/2014 Q2)



Here is a good article with some nice telescope photos of the comet as well!



Monday, December 15, 2014

Another Riverwalk Christmas



Hello again readers! It is kind of hard to believe that Christmas is only ten days away! I hope all of your shopping is done (or mostly done, at least)!

This is a photo that I took back in November of 2011 on the Riverwalk in San Antonio. This was the first year that they changed from the horrible red lights to the more colorful (and, in my opinion, better looking) LED lights.

This photo was taken just outside of La Paloma, which is a Mexican restaurant. It was taken over three years ago, but I think that I waited for about 15 minutes to get a shot with minimal pedestrian traffic as well as not having any of the water taxi boat lights in the shot. If you look closely under the bridge you can also see the Texas flag colored table canopies from The Republic of Texas Restaurant as well!

Another Riverwalk Christmas





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Friday, August 8, 2014

Partly Cloudy Milky Way



This photo was taken while in vacation this past July in Emerald Isle, North Carolina. We stayed in Emerald Isle for a week and during the entire week this was the only day that was decent enough to attempt to get a couple of night time shots with the Milky Way. As we were shooting more and more clouds seemed to appear and this was one of the last shots that we took before calling it a night.

I particularly like this shot because it captured the rising moon which makes the lower left portion of the shot much brighter than the rest of the photo. I used some of the lens correction settings in Canon's Digital Photo Professional to try to reduce the "fisheye" appearance and ended up creating a slightly warped effect with the stars. Rather than trying to reduce that effect I decided to keep it and ended up with the following photo.

I didn't get as many good shots of the Milky Way as I had hoped due to the clouds and am still working on going through all of the photos to see if there is another shot that I might post, but I am quite pleased with how this photo came out and wanted to share it. I hope that you enjoy it!


Partly Cloudy Milky Way




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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Rise of Tuffy

This photo was taken at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, Maryland this past weekend. The elephants playing in the pool were, by far, the highlight of this particular visit. Although it was not terribly hot outside, all four of the elephants (Felix, Anna, Samson, and Tuffy) enjoyed playing in the pool for about an hour. Felix, Anna, and Samson were contained in the pool on the right and Tuffy was all alone in the pool on the left. One of the keepers was keeping an eye on the elephants to ensure that the elephant's play time did not escalate to something more hostile, especially between Felix and Samson. If you would like to read more about the elephants you can visit the Maryland Zoo's elephant page and if you would like to read more about Samson you can read more about him here.


Rise of Tuffy




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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Chomp!


The subject of today's post is a crocodile from the Cape Fear Serpentarium in Wilmington, North Carolina. The Serpentarium is home to a wide array of animals but primarily features snakes, including some rare and very deadly snakes. The snakes are rated by a "skull" system in to inform visitors on how deadly the snake is. One of the snakes (the name of the species escapes me right now) had some very exquisite coloring to it and my girlfriend asked if we could bring it home "because it only had three and a half skulls" My answer, of course, was no. :)


The crocodile in this photograph stood very still, but you can see some blurring in the lower neck where the crocodile moved and breathed during the time that was needed to expose this shot. I tried my best to remove all of the elements of the protective glass, but you can see the reflection of the multicolored lights in the crocodile's eye (I left that in because I think it looks pretty neat!).


If you are in the Wilmington, North Carolina area I highly recommend paying the Serpentarium a visit. There are not many places where you can see exotic snakes such as the Bushmaster in the U.S., and each snake animal on display has a good deal of information printed on display plaques so you can learn more about them. You can even see some of the staff feed the snakes if you are so inclined!


Chomp!




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