A new month and a new theme. Have a look at Themes >> Theme of the Month >> The Themes and you will discover that now it is all about “In Motion”.
Oh man, my head already started to spin with all the multiple possibilities. Luckily enough I was able to witness 2 weekends ago a very unique thing. I witnessed an annular solar eclipse which actually would have been possible to be seen from my porch.
Hey, that would have been already cool, but not enough. I had to go somewhere special for that and I choose Bisti Badlands.
This image took a lot of preparations to make sure that the event goes well recorded. Some (not all) technical details about this shot: I used a ND 400 filter which allowed me to turn down the camera by 9 stops. My camera was at manual, programmed to make a shot every 5 minutes with fixed settings at ISO 100, 1/4000s and f/5.6. The f/5.6 was intentional to avoid any star effect. The lens was also set at manual to avoid any bad auto-focusing. Once the sun was set I took a last shot to provide some colorful gradings in the sky to serve as a backdrop. I do not think that I have to elaborate further why I chose this image to get started on the theme “In Motion”.
Do you have the impression that you have already seen this hoodoo before? Right! Look here. Same hoodoo, different day and different mood. Funny that Didier took his shot 6 months prior and called it "Moon". Little coincidences, huh?
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This is so not fair, how are we supposed to followe and top this one?
It is a great start for the theme. This will be a more difficult theme, for it will take some planning to get a good shot of thing in motion. You certainly went the extra miles, I don't mean in just preperation, but also driving the distance to this location.
The Location and the hoodoo alone with that beautiful sky would be a great shot already, which will also fit one of our future theme of "Shadow and Silhouette" The addition of the moon phase just top it off.
Congratulation with this success, the result is awe inspiring. I only wish I have halft of your dedication in pursuing this image.
Hello Peter, Well you started this month with a very interesting shot. I read what you said you did, and I said HuH? So was this a series of shots and then combined? I am happy when I use a ND filter to take a shot of a waterfall. Ha Ha. OK, I believe what you did, but sounds like a lot of prep and I believe it was worth it, as you certainly have something here that most of us couldn't do. I have lots of capabilities on my Canon 7D, but am not sure it could do this, albeit there are many things possible. I tried a single eclipse shot several years ago, but I won't post it as I couldn't tell if there was motion. Great presentation. Have a great weekend. Regards, Roger
Then there's all here! For the first post on the month of the month, how to find best - (even if the motion is slow :-) - And what a technical success and more, explanation is perfectly clear, even for me who has difficulty understanding English! Of course this picture is going to join my favorite.
Have a good weekend.
Greetings from Paris and a big bravo for the "new" PF... and its convivialy.
This is a composite of 23 images. The camera was set to go off every 5 minutes. The lens was set at manual to avoid any messing up with the AF. So, the sun is not shot in close up. That is the natural size of it. Once the sun was set I did a last image to have all the gradients in the sky as a background.
Getting back home I put all 23 images together to present it all together.
Acabei de mostrar esta foto à familia e todos foram unânimes: hors concours . Fantástica !! A beleza da fotografia , a técnica(aqui, amigavelmente compartilhada por você) e a aula de astronomia fazem desta uma raridade de encantar os olhos. Quem sabe mais uma foto de um milhão de dólares!!
You made the right preparations, Peter, and did it in the right way. Superb study of sun motion together with the eclipse and the choice for the surrounding is very pleasant. Thanks for the explanations how you did it.
Lieben Gruss, Ulf
fantástica técnica e muita paciência parecem-me dois atributos essenciais para realizar semelhante foto com tanto sucesso. Muito bonito de ver as diferentes "faces"da lua numa diagonal perfeitamente conseguida e ainda para mais com um enquadramento de sonho.
Foi a primeira entrada para o tema deste mês e ou muito me engano ou haverá outra utilização do número 1 para coroar esta foto, e a ser, será concerteza merecido.
Ok, Peter, you win. An incredible combination of skill and timing; you had to know in advance that the hoodoo would be just below the sun's path - there is no way to correct the position once it's started.
And for those who may not know, this is around a 3-hour sequence - which means even more patience.
I never tried such kind of shot and I appreciated a lot your note answering to some of the questions I had; especially for the uniform sky. I understood now why you classified it in HPP.
Very good job and the result is worth. The kind of photo I would have printed on my Epson.
I remember the previous shot of Didier and it is fun to see how a same subject can be handled in so different way, adapting to the environment, weather, light and stars.
In the same spirit, I think to do a lighthouse shot, blending 2 shots: one to get stary sky and one for the lighthouse working with ray light. I guess it could also give something interesting. Waiting to go back in Bretagne to try it.
sevy (2012/06/25 14:23:28): The idea is to use high iso to get dots for the stars. I find it is more impressive than a star trail. But it could be discussed :-)pboehringer (2012/06/25 11:41:39): Your idea in getting a star filled sky with a lighthouse seems worthwhile to go back to Bretagne. Will you be doing a long exposure to have star trails or have a tripod with synchrone movement so that each star will appear as a dot including the milky way?