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No moon or planets

Years ago, I did a Moon series with 2000mm strapped to the front of my Nikon.  Poor seeing conditions, but a lot of fun.  It was something I’d wanted to try, and it planted the seed for wanting to really try my had at astrophotography.  Well, that time finally arrived with last week’s full Moon.

I borrowed a friends 900mm refractor with variable projection camera adapter, and another friend’s D300.  T-mount in hand and Mac tethered to the camera, I was ready.  Once I sighted the scope on the Moon, obviously the largest and brightest thing in the sky, I was excited.  There was more detail than with my old camera setup.  Looking at the edge of the disk, the craters really stood out with high relief.  Time for the camera setup.

Now was the moment of truth.  False.  Nothing but a big, fuzzy bright spot.  I added an eyepiece to the camera adapter.  It didn’t even seem to fit.  Futilely, I tried to focus.  I was getting cold.  To google…

I’ve confirmed that the camera adapter supports both prime-focal and eyepiece projection configurations.  There was also mention that it supported any eyepiece of from a certain series.  I found myself on the B&H site buying one.  It came in yesterday, and last night, I was back outside.  Again, the eyepiece didn’t seem to fit, nor could I focus.  I couldn’t even see the illuminated telephone pole some 500-1000 feet away when the camera was attached.

So far, no Moon, no Mars, no Jupiter.  I will get this to work, but maybe not for another three weeks.

Keys and wires

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Black and white, the keys hammer the wires.  Vibrations.  Tones.  Sound emanates.  Music moves us.

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Over the weekend, I went with my family to Buttonwood Farms for Sunflowers for Wishes.  They have 14 acres of Sunflowers, and sell bunches to raise money for the Make-A-Wish foundation.

It was a beautiful summer’s day.  The girls enjoyed seeing the sea of yellow, where they could have easily been lost in the 6 to 7 foot flowers had they strayed.  The farm’s homemade ice cream was a welcomed treat for all; the 40 minute wait worth while.

Let’s hope a child’s wish comes true.

Tropical

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It’s one of those days…

The thickness has broken, giving way to some beautiful air conditioning-free days and windows open, blanket-wearin’ nights.

I consider any photo taking opportunity a good one.  My Android phone has provided some unplanned ones.  Hopefully, I’ll take advantage of the full moon to redo my winter attempt at photographing the trees.  This time it may be the leaves instead of shadows.  As the moonlight playes with the leaves, it’s creating some really interesting textures.

I finally received the negatives from my Trees and Shadows post.  Nothing.  Both were completely blown out, over exposed.  I can’t say I wasn’t numbed, but quickly got over it.  The images are still vividly on display in my memory.  The glowing moon light.  The taste of the frigid air on my tongue, its sting on my face.  The highly contrasting tree shadows on the glistening snow.

Coffee Mug

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So I have this somewhat new-fangled phone with a camera on it.  Of course, I had to search for photography-related applications.  While playing with Retrocamera, I photographed my coffee mug with five different “cameras”. It’s kind of a fun app. The square format reminds me of my medium format camera with 6×6 back, and the feel of the “processed” images that of uncoated or early coated lenses. It’s not film, but I do like always having a camera with me, which is just a tad more difficult to do with my traditional gear.

Trees and shadows

I finally made it out!  A WINDY 17 degrees under a full moon.  Two sheets of FP5, 150mm wide open, and nothing but a dim, grey fuzz on the glass.  The moon became my focusing aid.  Almost there, a little more, stop.  The moon’s in focus; infinity stops.  Here’s where the guess work comes in.

The camera’s lowered into position to what I can only hope is well composed.  Preview’s closed.  First sheet, one second.  Second sheet, two seconds.

Now, as I thaw, the waiting begins.  When will I get toes sheets in for processing?  Then, there’s the time ’till they’re done, and I pick them up.  I guess it doesn’t really matter what ends up on those negatives.  I dusted off my camera, loaded the film holder, and took two pictures.

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