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Monday, July 13, 2015

Pelican Landing Post


Hello again readers! We spent the first part of July on vacation in Carolina Beach, North Carolina. I had a chance to take more beach pictures than I have in previous years and hope to be able to post them in the coming weeks.

This particular shot captures a post that I believe says "Pelican Landing", a lifeguard tower, a couple of beach goers setting up an umbrella, a lifeguard on an ATV, a couple of gulls, and a dragonfly (among other aspects). Of course, looking beyond all of that is the ocean and sand, which honestly is one of the nicest parts of vacation. I took this from a tripod fairly low to the ground and although I did take bracketed shots, I liked everything that was happening in this photo and just processed it with -2 and +2 using Digital Photo Professional. I then used Photomatix to create the HDR and the Nik tools to clean it up a bit.



Pelican Landing Post





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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

After the Storm


The subject of today's post is the interesting cloud formation and sky coloring that occurred after a line of thunderstorms went through Maryland on June 23, 2015. It dropped quite a bit of rain and there was a LOT of thunder and lightning. When it all cleared up though, it left this awesome looking scene!





After the Storm





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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Resident red shouldered hawk


Hello again readers!! The subject of today's photo post is a red shouldered hawk, which has taken up residence at the top of a large pine tree directly across from our home.  While we are by no means official avian experts, it seems that there is a male and a female who take turns in a very large nest at the top of the tree. We have been doing research as much as possible to try to figure out if there are baby hawks in the nest, but as of yet we have not been able to confirm whether there are baby hawks or not.  We have even contemplated procuring a drone for a look into the nest, as it is about 100 feet off of the ground, but we don't want to hawk(s) to injure itself in the event that it would attack the drone, not to mention the cost of fixing the drone if it were to be attacked.

The hawk has drawn a lot of attentions from black birds (probably either grackles or starlings) who are very noisy when the hawk is perched in a branch. I was hopeful that the hawk was going to smack one of the black birds with the branch it was holding in its beak, but after holding onto it for about two minutes it just let it go and it kind of pinballed its way down the tree finally coming to rest on the ground. It has been very interesting and awe inspiring to be able to see such large birds so close over the past few months. Hopefully there are some baby hawks (which would be some GREAT photos) but, more importantly, hopefully they move in and reuse the nest in the coming years!



Perched


Soaring





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Friday, March 6, 2015

Snowy Sunrise



Hello again readers!! By my unofficial calculation, we got about 8 inches of snow yesterday in Millersville, which I believe is the highest snowfall total since moving up here back in 2011. We also set a new record low this morning but with all of the snow and clear skies, cold temperatures surely were not going to hinder me trying to get a couple of good photos!


I took this picture from our front yard looking East. It took me a few minutes to position to tripod just right  to capture the shot that I wanted. I also had to wait for the sun to be centered perfectly between the "V" in the trunk. I took this shot with my 17-40mm lens. I took a series of three bracketed shots at f/22, and merged them using Photomatix Pro and did some additional editing in Photoshop Creative Cloud.


Snowy Sunrise





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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!