3.29.2006

Cappadocia

Well, we got lucky. We just saw a total solar eclipse. I really don't have the words to describe it. Here are a few pictures of Cappadocia in general and also one picture from totality. I didn't get exactly what I wanted but I promised myself that I wouldn't screw with the camera and miss the eclipse. I used about 30 seconds or so shooting and spent the rest of the 3.5 minutes just enjoying the emotional impact of the thing, which was immense. I certainly have stories to tell.


This used to be someone's home. More on Cappadocia...

This is the dome of one of rock cut churches.

Part of a beautiful valley vinyard.. I shot a full panorama of this valley but the stitching will have to wait to I get home.

Last, but most certainly not least, the totality portion of my eclipse sequence. Like the suntrail shots below, I will add the exposures of the phases to this image but, again, that will have to wait until I get home. Overall, the experience was simply astounding - the reactions of the people, the 360 degree sunset, the chill in the air - I just can't describe everything I felt.

So.... who wants to go see the 2009 eclipse with me in Japan? :)

3.26.2006

Archaeology Museum

Artifacts at the museum...




-Canopic Jars from Egypt
-Lions from the processional way at Babylon
-Close up lion
-World's first peace treaty
-My patron saint, Athena





Hagia Sophia


I saw the light.

Istanbul by Dawn

I slept for about 3 hours on the plane. After getting in at about 10pm, we walked around for a while and I managed to fall asleep by about 12:30. Then I woke up at 3am and lay in beg, begging for sleep for two hours before going out to photograph the sunrise.

Pictures:
-Hagia Sophia at sunrise
-The Blue Mosque with the first rays of morning on it
-Close up of same
-Outbuilding of Blue Mosque with rising crescent moon

3.21.2006

Mammatus Clouds

This link is amazing... the photos aren't mine but they are truly remarkable.

Mammatus Clouds

3.19.2006

Suntrail II

Here is another attempt at capturing the motion of the sun. I used the 17-85mm lens instead of the 10-22mm and the sun seems to come out much more round. This is probably the combo I'll use for the eclipse. Each image of the sun is taken filtered, 10 minutes apart. One image is taken with no filter to image the scene and then a few more are taken with the filter again to finish the trail.

3.18.2006

Suntrail

My first experiment with compositing filtered images of the sun. Eight filtered exposures at 6 minute intervals and a single unfiltered image, composited using the "screen" function in Photoshop.

I hope to use this technique to capture the total eclipse on March 29th. I'm still not happy with the distortions that the filter introduces to the shape of the sun.

3.13.2006

Flattened Spherical Pano, Chabot

Now things are getting interesting.

This shot was taken using a sperical panorama head and then flattened. It is a mosaic of over 20 images, stitched together using software.

One can also view the file as a movie that you can pan around in. This is the beginning of my panorama photography, mostly designed for the planetarium dome.

3.08.2006



Fairly self-explanatory, I should think. This is a 122 year old telescope at my work. It is pointed towards Mars and the Pleiedes are visible to the left of Mars.

This is the same telescope I used to shoot the moon mosaic.
Playing with water and neutral density filters. This is a concrete drainage ditch downtown in Orinda.
Here is my next attempt. This is actually a blend of an IR image and a visible light image. The tree is in the hills near my house.

This is my first experiment with infrared photography. Despite appearances, there is no snow in the image. It's just my backyard on a cruddy afternoon.
I shot this image of the moon from my work through the 8" telescope, Leah. Used as a lens, the telescope is equivalent to a 2873mm f/14. This image had to be taken in sections and was then stitched together. Its native resolution is massive and could easily be printed at about 3' x 3' with no significant image degradation.
This is where I work. The dome houses a 90 year old, 20" refracting telescope. For more info, click on "Chabot" under my links.
Here is the statue that the weathered bronze came from. The idea was to make it look like a kallitype but it didn't quite happen that way....
When I first got my new camera, I started deliberately trying to shoot as much as I could. Sometimes the results were a little weak but I really like this one.

It is a piece of heavily weathered bronze from the base of a statue. It was interesing on its own but I tweaked the colors in Photoshop.