This shot was taken just before our penultimate weekend in Iceland in 2010. The whole night had been washed out with rain and most of the morning. But toward the end of the stormy weather, the sun peeked through the clouds giving rise to this rainbow which lasted for several hours as we made our way with Orvar to Jokulsarlon. This specific mountain is located in the south east of Iceland nearing the approach to Skaftafell National Park.
We made the 40km dirt road trip from Godafoss to Aldeyjarfoss thinking that we had passed it at some point as the landscape was so barren. In the middle of this wasteland, the blue waters of Aldeyjarfoss roared over the edge of basalt columns. This was a remarkable location and if you can spare 2 hours of driving, I couldn't recommend a visit here enough! Marianne is located at the bottom of the image for scale. Chromatic aberration was a slight problem for the 7D and 10-20 for the very long exposures but I still like the result.
This was a picture taken just before dawn on a memorable morning at Hanson Bay on the South coast of Kangaroo Island. The morning started off with thick fog which eventually lifted. The clouds were grey and gradually lit crimson while the sea spray and fog also lifted. All the while, shadows across the dunes were a striking feature of the foreground.
The third quarter moon rises on the horizon and enters the "half pipe".
I made a big mistake with this startrail. For the second time in a row I forgot to dial in my custom white balance. The camera tries its best but the auto white balance setting leads to unnatural star colours. Until I get around to manually changing the white balance on all the RAW files this will have to do for now.
Some of you may be wondering why I didn't have my astrophotography setup out on a good night like this. The truth is I have had a back/hip problem for the last two weeks and I physically can not lift the heavy mount. Hopefully recover soon.
Canaon 60D Tamron 10-24mm @ 10mm Aperture F/3.5 ISO 800 245 times 30 second exposures Stacked in "startrails.exe" Final processing in PS CS3
Decided to just go crazy with this star trail image from a few nights ago. There was a fair amount of wind and a few clouds about so I didn't get my telescope out, but I couldn't resist the dark skies. I more did this shoot for the timelapse video which I plan to put online soonish, which is why the ISO is so high. I wanted to capture as much of the Milky Way as possible. But of course, I then couldn't resist putting it all together into a single image. The high ISO brought out some weird star colours so I thought I would make the most of them and increase the saturation and vibrance of the colours in the image. Pretty happy with how it looks. I would love to know what you think of the effect.
Very similar composition to my last star trail, sorry. I do have a few interesting locations in mind, but couldn't be bothered traveling to them this night.
Previous Star Trail
26/10/2011 Canon 60D Tamron 10-24mm Lens @ 10mm 254 x 35 secs exposures (total time: 2 hours and 28 minutes) ISO 4000 Aperture F/3.5 In-camera noise reduction off Continuous shooting mode with a remote cable release Images stacked in "StarTrails" Final processing in CS5.1
I love Autumn (Fall). Generally nice crisp clear nights. I have done a few star trails in the past but this is the first I have felt like sharing. If you look hard enough you should be able to make out a very small meteor strike.
This is a stacked image of 291, 30 second exposures.
Other camera info: Canon EOS 60D Aperture F/3.5 ISO 400 10mm Focal Length using a Tamron 10-24mm Lens
The Crescent Nebula, the roughly round thing in the bottom-right if the image, is an emission nebula located in the constellation Cygnus. Its form is due to a the fast stellar wind from a star colliding with and ionizing the slower moving wind ejected by the same star when it became a red giant around 400,000 years ago.
You need a very dark sky to see it and a big telescope. It is very faint and the eyes are not enough sensitive to the red light. There is only one site from where I saw it : the Col de Restefond in south-eat of France. One of the very best astronomy spot in the country. At 2500m high and far from the city lights the sky is awesome and we can see a lot of object better than anywhere else.
27 exposures of 10 minutes. Camera : Canon EOS 1000D unfiltered Telescope : Takahashi FSQ-106ED refractor. Mount : Takahashi EM-200 USD3. Guiding : Orion Starshoot Autoguider on a William Optic Zenithstar 66SD refractor. Outside temperature : 2°C Sensor temperature : 6°C Software : auto-guiding and acquisition with MaximDL, processing with Iris. Location : Col de Restefond, France
M81 and M82 are two famous galaxies that lies in the Ursa Major. A target of choice for beginners in astronomy. You should already know them, there are already in my gallery. In the lower left of the image you can also see NGC3077, a smaller galaxy.
The goal of this acquisition was the faint dust that lies mostly in right half of the image. This a very faint reflective nebula that actually lies in a large part of the sky, from the north celestial pole to Ursa Major, the integrated flux nebula (IFN) A somewhat difficult target for a DSLR and this is my second attempt at capturing it.
50 exposures of 7 minutes. Camera : Canon EOS 1000D unfiltered Telescope : Takahashi FSQ-106ED refractor. Mount : Takahashi EM-200 USD3. Guiding : Orion Starshoot Autoguider on a William Optic Zenithstar 66SD refractor. Outside temperature : 2°C Sensor temperature : 11°C Humidity : 80-90% Software : auto-guiding and acquisition with MaximDL, processing with Iris. Location : L'Epine, France
Ten thousand years ago, a star exploded as a supernova. All that remains is the gas that formed the outer shell of the star and was ejected by the explosion.
This object is immense. We see here only a part when we could put 14 full moon. Its' easy to point with a telescope with the bright on the bottom-left of the image, 52 Cygni, magnitude of 4.2, visible naked eye. Well, you need a good enough black sky anyway. It is one of my favorite things. I love to stroll along its filament.
50 exposures of 5 minutes. Camera : Canon EOS 1000D unfiltered Telescope : Takahashi FSQ-106ED refractor. Mount : Takahashi EM-200 USD3. Guiding : Orion Starshoot Autoguider on a William Optic Zenithstar 66SD refractor. Outside temperature : 6.5°C Sensor temperature : 12°C Software : auto-guiding and acquisition with MaximDL, processing with Iris. Location : Col des Milles Martyrs, France
It takes 430 years for the light from Polaris (the north star) to arrive on earth... It travelled all that way to get sucked into the lens of my camera and chucked into my gallery...
306 photos stacked ontop of one another, then a panoramic making up the lower part.
F/3.5 - 8sec exp - ISO800 - About 40mins of the earths rotation.
As you can imagine it is pretty boring standing in a field for 40 mins in the cold... what really made it painful was the church about 30 meters away from me decided tonight would be a good night to ring its bells constantly for 30 of the minutes...
This photo reminds me that it pays to get yourself out shooting because you never know what the sky might do. I waded out into the water there for some different compositions and was standing on a crusty layer of white salt. I'm not sure how far off shore the salt deposits go, but it makes for a unique shoreline to be certain.
Great Salt Lake, Utah.
Canon 5D. 17-40 L. 2SS GND. CPL.
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I know this shot is very similar in composition to one of my other recent uploads, however slightly different processing on this one. I decided to upload both to get your opinions, to find out which would be most popular among the public.
I also forgot to mention the story behind this photo. I was shooting long exposures obviously when I felt this sudden burning feeling around my leg, I looked down and to my surprise were 7 bluebottle jellyfish stinging the hell out of my leg. I basically had two choices, either keep shooting and deal with the pain, or call it quits and miss the photos I have been wanting to get for a long time. I chose option A, and I'm very glad I stuck this one out. Anyway, that explains the title of this image. Hope you enjoy it, as much as I didn't enjoy taking it
Taken at cape Zavala, between Montenegro towns of Budva and Becici on coast of Adriatic sea
This was the third year in row that I missed the spectacular main event of Perseids meteor shower. Last two years it was full moon and this cloud storm came in and spoiled the fun. Never the less as soon sky cleared (two nights later ) I went to the prepared location and did this image. Unfortunately combination of light pollution and low ISO did not produce many meteor trails but a nice long startrail it did.
Canon 5dII Canon 15mm fisheye ISO 100 f2.8 330x32 sec ~ for total of approximately 3h of startrails Triggered with Magic Lantern 2.3 (IT WORKS like a charm)
Final image is two image vertical fisheye panorama ~ 180x180 degrees with stacked star trail on top and light painted bottom frame. Light painting was done by a hand held MAGlite torch(rocks) and a unsuspecting scuba diver who passed* by and lit the water. (*MANY THANKS FOR THAT WHO EVER YOU ARE!!!)
Developed in LR4 Stacked using Starstax Stitched using PTgui Processed in PSCS5