Thursday, October 23, 2014

Pic of the Day

Sol:  Mass 332,830 times that of Earth.  Equatorial radius, 695,000 kilometres.  
Surface Tempreature, 6000 degrees celsius.  It is really cool, regardless of how hot it is!

     I arose to a beautiful fall morning with clear, blue skies.  It was the perfect day for the partial solar eclipse that is to begin at 16:45 CDT today.  However, while at lunch the sky changed drastically!  Clouds have moved-in, and now I am not sure that the eclipse will be visible at all.
     I shot this image at 11:30 CDT to test exposure and image quality for this afternoons shoot.  The sunspots in the lower right quadrant of the sun are solar storms. This gigantic storm has spewed a massive amount of solar particles toward earth, which in turn has interacted with our planet’s magnetic field and upper atmosphere.  This storm is the reason our northern neighbors are enjoying an incredible northern lights display.  Now, if the clouds will part for a couple of hours, all will be fine.
 UpDate:  Unfortunately the weather did not improve and clouds blocked the viewing of the eclipse.  Sure hope for better luck for the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse.
Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f4, 1/1000 second @ f8, Orion Solar Filter (over lens), ISO 800

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Pic of the Day

Black-throated Green Warbler, Dendroica virens:  Magee Marsh, Ohio

     Watching the fall warblers pass through has me reminiscing about the spring migration.  I shot this this bird from the boardwalk at Magee Marsh where the birds are, at times, at arms lengths.  This Black-throated Green was a little further away, but still willing to pose for his close-up.  Fall isn’t even over and I’m already dreaming of spring migration.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f4, 1/500sec @ f7.1

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Pic of the Day

"Here's looking at you, kid!"
The White eyes, of the White-eyed Vireo
White-eyed Vireo, Vireo griseus:  Magee Marsh, Ohio

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Pic of the Day

Chestnut-sided Warbler, Dendroica pensylvanica:
Magee Marsh, Ohio

     I shot this image in the spring at Magee Marsh, Just east of Oregon, Ohio.  This little guy was flitting through the dew-covered foliage looking for insects.  Over the last two weeks I have seen a lot of Chestnut-sided Warblers moving south.  They are in their fall plumage, but still just as beautiful.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 300mm f2.8 1/320 second @ f6.3

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Pic of the Day

Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Pheucticus ludovicianus:  
Hartwick Pines State Park: Grayling, Michigan
     A few days ago Rose-breasted Grosbeaks began pouring through north Alabama.  It takes about two weeks for the birds to pass through during the spring (when this photo was taken), and about two weeks during the fall.  Though the birds are in fall plumage, they are still just as beautiful.  Hopefully I will be able to get some photos before they move on to Central and northern, South America.

     By the way, in a previous post I mentioned that I have never had a Hummingbird Bird at my feeders after October 6th.  This year, the plethora of hummers I had left by October 5th.  However, I had half a dozen birds through the 7th.   Not seeing any hummers on the 8th and 9th, I was sure they were all gone.  But, on the 10th and 11th I saw a few hummers coming to my feeders.  These were obviously late migrants, and stopped at the feeders to refuel before moving on.

Nikon D7000, Nikkor 500mm f4, !/60th sec. @ f4

Friday, October 10, 2014

Pic of the Day

Ruddy Turnstone, Arenaria interpres; winter plumage:  Sanibel/Captiva Island, Florida

Nikon D7000, Nikkor 500mm f4, 1/1600 sec. @ f9

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Pic of the Day

Toklat River, Alaska
     I shot this image 34 years ago when I made my first tirp to Alaska.  I must say that, that first trip was my favorite.  My wife and I drove from Berrien Springs, Michigan; it was a round trip of over 13,000 miles.  We were young and everything was new and exciting.  If my memory serves me right, I shot this image of the Toklat River from (near) Polychrome Pass in Denali National Park.  The mountains in the background are part of the Alaska Range.
     I printed this image today as a demo for my Fundamentals of Photography class.  Because of the extended tonal range between the sky and the landscape, this image required lots of dodging and burning to properly print.  This is the first time I have printed from this negative, and I am quite pleased with the results.  In this age of digital imaging, I still love working in the darkroom and watching the silver image form on the photographic paper.  It truly is "writing with light."

Mamyia 645 1000s, 110mm lens, Exposure Unknown, Verichrome Pan Film

Lunar Eclipse

October 8, 2014,  Lunar Eclipse (partial phase)
shot from the campus of Oakwood University.
This image was shot through a thin layer of clouds

     I was up early this morning to photograph the total lunar eclipse, but the weather was not very cooperative.   I arrived on the campus of Oakwood University, (where I teach) where I shot this image.  The weather was very cloudy at my house, but was supposed to be better further west.  When I arrived on campus the sky was much better. However, soon after taking this image, the sky worsened, and the remainder of the eclipse was obscured by clouds.    Perhaps I will have better luck in April, 2015

Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm F4, 1/800 second f6.3;  Camera set to DX format