Monday, September 19, 2016

Shoot the Moon!

Date: September 16, 2016  
Time: 10:30 pm
Steve: "Hey did you know that there is a Lunar Eclipse tonight and tomorrow?"

Me:  "What?" (I run out the back door, leaving the door open. Luckily the security system hadn't been set.)

Steve:  "Yeah, but we won't be able to see it in the US.  Next one we see is Feb. 10, 2017."

Me:  (Running back inside,)  "Where's my camera?  The full moon is awesome.  I'm going to shoot the moon anyways!"  (Despite being in my pajamas and having just taken an Ambien, I haven't been sleeping lately, I gather up my equipment and run back outside.)

So I'm out there struggling to set up my camera on my tripod, which is tricky even though the moonlight is bright, I'm having trouble seeing. The  sleeping pill was starting to kick in.  As I'm fumbling with my camera settings, (I'm manually challenged and normally have to review what settings to use in these special conditions).  My thoughts are, I've got tomorrow to look up the right settings and try this again, so I'll just play around with the auto settings and see what I get.  I'm really starting to feel the effects of the Ambien, yikes. I finish up and hit the sack. WELL, the next night we have a thunder storm rolling in so it's cloudy, so my plan failed.  RATS!

This must be some kind of moon reflection but a curious affect! 

Sunday night we had a Waning Gibbous (below), a perfect time to practice!  To check for Moonrises you can use which predicted 9:00pm but from our house the moon showed up more like 10:00pm.
A good setting to start at is ISO 100, f/8 and 1/125 sec, used in the above shot. 
October 15, I remembered about the full moon and went outside to get some shots with the rapidly moving clouds. 

Now I need to think of a local landmark or setting to take photos of the moon and see what I can capture. 
Happy Click'n!

For Future Reference:
Quick Tips ~ 

*  Use a tripod and disable image stabilization on your lens.
*  Use  the timer or  a remote shutter release to reduce shaking further.
*  Decide on a location ahead of time.
*  Set on Manual and start at ISO 100, f/8 and 1/125 sec.

Next Supermoon November 14, 2016

Lunar Photography Exposure Guide (@f/16)
ISO Film SpeedFull MoonGibbous1st QuarterThick CrescentThin CrescentEarthshine
2001/1251/601/301/151/840 to 80 sec.
4001/2501/1251/601/301/1520 to 40 sec.
8001/5001/2501/1251/601/3010 to 20 sec.
16001/10001/5001/2501/1251/605 to 10 sec.
32001/20001/10001/3001/2501/1252 to 5 sec.

Article Links ~
Lunar Eclipse
Full Moon
Night Sky
Northern Skys 
Moon and Lunar Eclipse
Cresent Moon  (ISO 400, f/8 and 1.6 sec.)
Shoot the Moon  (By Gary Hart)

Friday, June 10, 2016

Grayhorse School Adventure

Gray Horse school built by WPA in 1939 in Fairfax OK closed in 1962. It was primarily to serve the local American Indian community in and around Grayhorse.
Crazy find in my mother's school! Why do people dump their trash like this, it is so disrespectful to the Osage Indians. It really bothers me to find this stuff. Grayhorse School is on the Osage Reservation in Oklahoma, not too far from our home. Remember the movie, "Osage County" with Julia Roberts and Merrill Streep? Well, this in the same county. This is my favorite shot taken when exploring this abandoned building. I'm still wondering if it was worth the tick bites!
Happy Click'n!

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Merry Christmas to All!

I haven't posted in a great while, mainly because
I've been trying to keep up with life and I needed to cut back
to survive the stress and such...enough said.
I want to share something for the season,
here is a great poem for photographers by
Steve Gettle who is a nature and wildlife photographer.

Merry Christmas to all, Good Luck and Good Light!
T’was the night before Christmas, when all through the house.
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
in hopes that new photo gear soon would be there.

The photographers were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of great light danced in their heads.
Dreaming of new images that they would soon make,
great pictures of wildlife, field, forest, and lake.
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see, what was the matter.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
made magic the light on the objects below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
but a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer.
With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St Nick.
I grabbed my camera and snatched up my flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash
I must get this shot and I must be real quick,
I push down the shutter but alas there’s no click!
I can’t believe my luck, the batteries are dead,
where is that spare set, I think in my head.
A fresh set of lithiums I have in my bag,
If only I could get there, man what a drag!
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof,
the prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
I think to myself I know his next play,
down the chimney he’ll come, today is the day!
I grab the fresh batteries and say a few prayers,
I load up my camera as I dash down the stairs
I hit the landing and stopped with great awe.
Standing before me I must relay what I saw.
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
and his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of new photo gear he had flung on his back,
all kinds of new gadgets filled out his great sack.
His eyes-how they twinkled! His dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
I stood there slack-jawed utterly dumbfounded,
my camera at my side all my plans were confounded.
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk.
With a twinkle and a nod, up the chimney he rose
I fired off the camera. All I got was his toes.
Once he was gone I snapped out of my trance
I smiled as I realized I had missed my big chance.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,
“Merry Christmas to all, Good Luck and Good Light!”
Remember, ready your camera and keep it near, 
but don't forget to
Enjoy Christmas' Special Moments 
and have a Wonderful New Year!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Macro Mondays ~ Picnic

   This week's Flickr Macro Mondays theme is "Picnic". 
Interpreting themes into macro/closeups can be tricky
even during a normal week.
Last week was emotionally draining,
making it difficult to be creative, but I persevered
which gave my mind a bit of a break.
Photography can be a great escape.
Where to start? Well, my own back yard 
seemed to fit my schedule best.
I grabbed a bottle of wine from the fridge along with a glass
and got started...
one of our mosaic planters matched my color scheme
and tied it all together.

Though the thunderstorms the night before my shoot did cool us off,
the humidity was hard to tolerate and soon I retreated inside.
I played around with plasticware before giving up for the day.
Though my concerns are still with me,
the weight of them is a little lighter.
Taking time for hobbies is great medicine!
Equipment used Canon EOS 60D camera and 
my lens is EF 100mm f2.8L Macro IS USM.
Like a challenge?
Join Macro Mondays on Flicker, here.
I also shared with these Macro groups (no theme):
 "Macro Monday 2" a Monday photo gallery (here),
and a Sunday photo gallery called "i heart macro"
 (here, closed for two weeks, Aug.2).
"If ants are such busy workers,
 how come they find time to go to all the picnics?"
- Marie Dressler

Happy Click'n!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Macro Mondays ~ Pareidolia

                           This week's Flickr Macro Mondays theme is "Pareidolia". 
"Pareidolia is a psychological phenomenon that makes a simple sound or image into something far more noteworthy. The human brain is masterful in organizing visual data into meaningful and significant shapes. It is a way to make sense of random or ambiguous patterns where none really exists. Some common examples are seeing animals in clouds, monsters in cracks on the wall, or gnarly faces on tree trunks."
Such a fancy word for a simple game
we as children loved to play.
I remember summers spent laying on the cool freshly
cut grass, imagining all sorts of things in
the white billowy clouds...

Confused? Here is a gallery that might help.

When looking outdoors for something that would
fit our "pareidolia" theme, I didn't turn up much.
I had more luck
hunting for something to photograph
in my husband's tool chest...
Is Mr. Bill grounded? Oh No....such a worrier.
(electrical plug)
woof, I found a pack of dogs.
(Box cutter blades.)
While working in the yard this week I did find
"the Elephant Man"*.
(Tumbled rock.)
“Oh the things you can find, if you don’t stay behind!”
~ Dr. Seuss
Equipment used Canon EOS 60D camera and 
my lens is EF 100mm f2.8L Macro IS USM.
Like a challenge?
Join Macro Mondays on Flicker, here.
I also shared with these Macro groups (no theme):
 "Macro Monday 2" a Monday photo gallery (here),
and a Sunday photo gallery called "i heart macro" (closed for two weeks).
"I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. 
Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life 
through the wrong end of a telescope. 
Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life's realities."   ~  Dr. Seuss
Happy Click'n!
*  History oJoseph Merrick is here.  His story was made into a film that impressed me greatly.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Sunday Selfies ~ Mom!

One morning last week I heard Mom in the kitchen
laughing really loud, so I went in to see about it.
Before I knew it, 
she slapped this thing on my head...
good lord, what is it?
Mom Trumped me!
Have you heard about "Trump your cat" (here)?
Well, I got Trumped and needed to share 
the humiliation with a selfie.
Sheesh, its a good thing I'm so good natured or I'd bite someone!

No cats were harmed, just abused (not really) with love...
Katie got brushed and her favorite treat beforehand
then loved on and tuna for dinner!  She's the best cat ever!
Join "Sunday Selfies Blog Hop"
at "The Cat on My Head" (here)
a wonderful cat blog dedicated to, you guessed it, cats!
If we treated everyone we meet with the same
 affection we bestow upon our favorite cat, they, too, would purr.
~  Martin Delany
Happy Click'n!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Macro Mondays ~ Just Texture

                           This week's Flickr Macro Mondays theme is "Just Texture".
"What is texture? Texture is how the surface of an object appears to us. It’s the consistency of the surface of that object….the “feel” of the object. In photography we see texture typically by how light travels across the objects surface. The light makes the texture visible. The light gives the illusion of the surface’s texture." 

(Backlight, textured spheres in front of window, rainy day)
Texture in art is defined as "an element of art, it is used to
 describe either the way a three-dimensional work actually feels when touched,
 or the visual "feel" of a two-dimensional work."
As part of  Flickr's Macro Mondays group
I'm always experimenting and learning,
which keeps photography exciting for me!
Equipment used Canon EOS 60D camera and 
my lens is EF 100mm f2.8L Macro IS USM.
Like a challenge?
Join Macro Mondays on Flicker, here.
I also shared with these Macro groups (no theme):
 "Macro Monday 2" a Monday photo gallery (here),
and a Sunday photo gallery called "i heart macro" (here).
"Tip Guide" Reference ~  Notes for photographing "Texture"~
1)  Look for low light.  Low light that skims across a surface really works well to show off texture by emphasizing the differences over a surface by giving them distinctive light and shadow.

2)  Sidelight is good for texture.  Light coming directly form the side of your subject will provide strong shadows where they are needed to show off texture.

3)  Backlight might be good for texture.  A high backlight that skims across the surface of the subject will bring out texture. If backlight is too low, your subject will only be in shadow and texture will not show up.

4)  Strong direct light from the sun does really well with textures.  Light from clouds or sky does not.

5)  Front light is bad for texture.  Front light, light from behind your camera that is directed at the subject, fills in shadow, eliminating texture.

6)  Harsh sidelight can be a problem.  When light creates large shadows and harsh bright areas that compete with the detail of the textured areas, texture will be obscured.

"I aim for an abstract element of a realistic subject and 
use texture to add interest and suggest depth." - Margaret Roseman

A great article on photographing texture, isn't just for macros but still applies, at with some wonderful examples here.
“When people ask me what equipment I use 
 – I tell them my eyes.”  Anonymous
Happy Click'n!

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