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Aug 2013

Focus Stacked Rose


Evening folks…some of you might recall a while back I was playing around with 'focus stacking' of photos. Focus stacking is a post-processing technique that enables you to extend the depth of field beyond what is available in a single shot. Basically you focus your lens on the front part of the object. Then focus the lens a little bit farther into the object, take another shot, continuing until the farthest part of the object is in focus. I saw this rose in the yard today and thought it might be fun to try this method get more depth of field on this rose.


Lagoon and Trifid Nebula (M8 and M20)

Sum M8-M20 w BS

Evening folks…a number of people have been asking if colored objects seen in my Milk Way photos are real objects. Well, they are indeed for real….Happy The other night after returning from a great show in Portland I pointed my telescope to the Lagoon and Trifid Nebula also known as M8 and M20. These are two of the most colorful objects you can see in my Milky Way shots. This photo represents about 4 hours of light collection.

The Trifid Nebula M20, on the top, is a combination of an emission and reflection nebula. Hot young stars in the southern part of the Trifid have excited the hydrogen atoms in the surrounding gas, causing them to emit red light. In the northern part of the Trifid, in contrast, the stars are not hot enough to excite the gas; the blue glow is the result of starlight being reflected by a myriad of dust particles. Some dust lanes which are not illuminated by starlight run in front of the red parts, forming the famous Trifid lines.

The Lagoon Nebula M8 is an emission nebula. It got its name from the shape of the dark lane crossing through the its center. In M8 a lot of small dark globules, the so-called "Bok globules", which may eventually condense into stars, can be found sprinkled throughout the nebula on photographs. A cluster of young stars which is superimposed on M8 originates from the nebula. The brightest part of M8 is named the hourglass region.

So there is todays science lesson….Happy


'Blue' Moon with Aircraft


Evening folks…We live on one of the approach routes into Logan and I have been try to catch an airplane traversing a full or near full moon for a while now. Well I got lucky the other night with the full 'Blue' moon and was able to capture this photo.


Doe in Meadow


Evening folks…this is a photo I took four years ago today while on an old woods road in Bowerbank, ME. Even though this print is not a big seller, I really like the setting of the doe with all the Golden Rod, Red Clover and whatever the white flowers are in this scenic little meadow….Happy


Sunset Over Beaver Pond


Evening folks…I was too tied on Sunday night after a great show at the Bolton Fair to head North for the Perseid meteor shower. After watching the weather forecast and watching satellite images yesterday afternoon, I thought there might be a small window. So I loaded the equipment and headed to Beaver Pond in Woodstock, NH. As I thought the fair weather clouds melted away, resulting in a great sunset . Everything was coming together, then I spied the clouds coming in from the west around 9:30 PM. There was a small window just not long enough, only about an hour! I chose this location to be able to photograph the Perseid looking North and a shot of the Milk Way looking South.

Best laid plans…but I did get a get see and photograph nice sunset….Happy There is alway next year...


The Cairns


Evening folks…man has had a fascination with rocks from the dawn of time. And still to this day folks still enjoy playing with rocks. Rock cairns have long been the standard for trail markers, wonder where this trail leads!


Milky Way Rising Over The Raven's Roost


Evening folks…'Milky Way Rising Over The Raven's Roost' when I headed to Schoodic this past week, this was the photograph I was after…Happy It took 3 nights to get the shot since, the alignment of the Milky Way was only there for about an hour. The best time was at around 10 PM, the first night a band of clouds came in at sunset and remained until around 11 PM. The second night a fog bank rolled in. And on the last night I was able to get the shot in just before a storm came in from the West. I can't wait to see what this one looks like on metal!

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Technical details:
Canon 5D III 16-35mm f/2.8 lens using a iOpton Sky Tracker mount.
Single 3 minute exposure @ ISO 640 @ f/3.5 while light painting the foreground.


Schoodic Eagle


Evening folks… it wasn't all about the landscape up on Schoodic. One morning I spotted this eagle perched on some rocks and spent about 30 minutes photographing it. In this photo it was talking to it's mate that had just flown into view and perched in a tree about 1/4 mile away. Shortly after this photo this eagle joined it's mate…Happy


Milky Way Over Schoodic Point


Evening folks…the main reason for going to Schoodic Peninsula was to photograph the night sky. Maine has some of the darkest skies East of the Mississippi River. Though the air isn't as dry as in the Southwest it still makes for some nice imaging…Happy

Here is a photograph of the Milky Way rising over Schoodic Point. The biggest challenge was keeping dew from forming on the lens and salt spray! If you look closely you can see a meteor burning up in the atmosphere. I viewed a number, some may be early Perseid meteors from the up coming shower peaking on August 12-13.

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