Saturday, December 31, 2011
I hauled my camera and tripod down to the cemetary behind
our house the other night and took these shots with the
astrophotography settings. This kind of photography is
Pretty, yet kind of creepy! The temperature was in the low 30's
and by the time I got back up to the house, my fingers and toes
were numb :0) Was worth it to get these pictures.
Friday, December 30, 2011
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
More night time shots taken using the settings in my previous
post. I took both of these pictures well after dark. I had my
camera and tripod set up in our back yard looking toward the
back of our house. I love the surreal look of these pictures.
Sky and stars above the arbor in our garden. The streak toward
the top right of the photo is a jet flying over. The skies will be clear
tonight and I'm looking forward to taking more pictures. It's
amazing what the camera sees that the human eye can't see at
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
This is one of my first attempts at astrophotography. Terry sent
me a link to a webpage about this type of photography because
he thought it might be something I would be interested in, and
he was right. I was surprised at how easy this is to do. The
following are the camera settings I used to capture these stars
in the night sky on December 2nd.
- Program Mode - Set to Manual.
- Autofocus - Turn off, or set to Manual.
- White Balance - Set to Daylight or use a
- custom white balance (especially if your
- camera is modified).
- Drive - Set to One Shot.
- ISO - This is discussed in detail in a following section,
- but generally should be set to 1600 or 800 for long
- exposure deep-sky astrophotos.
- Metering - Generally doesn't matter, but you can try
- setting it to Spot if you are shooting the Moon or Sun
- (with proper filtration)
- Exposure Compensation - Set to Zero, no exposure
- compensation. Doesn't really matter because you are
- not using autoexposure.
- Shutter Speed - Set to the exposure you want, up to
- 30 seconds can usually be dialed in directly. For longer
- than 30 seconds, set to Bulb. On some cameras, Bulb
- may be a separate exposure mode setting, or it may be
- accessed on the shutter speed dial past the 30 second
- Self Timer - If you don't have a remote release, you
- can use the camera's self-timer to trip the shutter so
- you don't have to touch the camera, which will help
- reduce vibrations and possible star trailing.
Monday, December 26, 2011
Friday, December 23, 2011
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Monday, December 19, 2011
I wish I had a creek running through my backyard. So peaceful!
I could've stayed here all day.
“Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your
hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall,
it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants
to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is
patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember
that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can't
go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.”
~ Margaret Atwood, The Penelopiad
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Friday, December 16, 2011
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
We found our perfect tree at Savage Tree
Farm. We've been going there for the past 4
years. It's kind of fun cutting down your own
tree. We got it up and decorated last weekend
much to the delight of our cat, Bullet, who
loves to lay under the tree and gaze up at all
the lights. You can see him in this picture. So
far he's been pretty good around the tree. He
will occasionally bat one or two ornaments down,
but that isn't a problem because they're plastic :0)
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Monday, December 12, 2011
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Friday, December 9, 2011
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Monday, December 5, 2011
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Friday, December 2, 2011
My niece, Kelly and her hubby Kerry welcomed Knox William
Kimbrough into the world at 4:07 am this morning. He weighed
in at 7lb 15 ounces. Congratulations guys!!!! You done good :0)
Here he is sporting his cute Santa hat.
I'm looking forward to meeting my new great nephew!