This star trails image is a composite of 125 images taken using an intervalometer to trigger the camera every 16 seconds. The individual image exposures were 15 seconds long at f/2.8, ISO 1600, using a 14mm ultra-wide-angle lens. I positioned my camera to place the polar (North) star above the steeple.
Capturing the photos took about 30 minutes. In Photoshop I stacked the images to create the trails.
The light on the cemetery markers is caused by another photographer who turned on his car lights (a REAL no-no) while I was doing this. I have another version of this image that eliminated the lights (they were on for just two frames), but I kinda liked this one.
How often do we fail to notice the beauty of the “small things” in nature?
Such is the case with insects drawn to lights at night. Their flight (seeking what?) seems futile and beyond understanding — hardly worth a second look. But, how about a TWO-second look? That’s what I did to capture this image.
Using a tripod and a telephoto lens and a two-second exposure, we are able to get a different look into the world of insects and their behavior. Some of those random and, to us, pointless flight paths now are seen as almost ballet-like. Others could be the antics of an aerobatic pilot. Still others appear to be the frantic flight of beings possessed. The briefest of pauses as the wings change direction now appear as “barbs” along a piece of wire, perhaps. There is so much to see even in the minute parts of nature.
The more I study images like this one, the more intrigued I become. I was honored to have Earth Science Picture of the Day use this image on October 30, 2009. It also garnered the award for Viewers Choice photo for the month of October.
On Saturday, January 18, the Trinity Arts Photo Club held its first field trip of 2014 at the Fort Worth Stock Show to take in the sights and capture a few images while doing so. If you like anything that is Western, this is the place to be in January in Fort Worth. The weather was fabulous too.
After collecting ourselves, we started in the livestock exhibition buildings, wandering among sheep, cows, steer, horses and pigeons. Yes, pigeons. We had opportunities to photograph the owners grooming and cleaning their animals as well as putting some of them (generally horses) through their paces. I never knew that the animal fashionistas used industrial sized hair dryers to groom their beasts at an event like this, but they do. Since the livestock are in buildings, some with windows and some without, we were presented with various lighting challenges, depending on which building we were in.
After taking images from every imaginable angle of occupants in the livestock buildings, we made our way out to the Midway, where children of all ages were riding rides, playing carnival games and eating food that rots your teeth. But no…even on such a beautiful day, the crowd on the midway was sparse, making is tougher to photograph the various rides in motion…since they were often not in motion. But we gave it the old college try, and made the best of it under the circumstances, getting some nice images in the process as you see below. Tripods were an absolute necessity for sharp shots, especially after the sun went down. They also allowed for long exposure images of the spinning rides creating blurs and bringing the lights to life in the process.
Overall, it was a great first event for all that attended and we hope to see many more club members at future events.
After trying two times and being stymied due to unforeseen circumstances, we finally attended the Chinese Lantern Festival at Fair Park in Dallas on the night before it closed. Thanks to Groupon, five of us made it in for half price. I was surprised by the mass of humanity waiting in line before the opening and also the number of people inside once the exhibit opened.
We arrived at the opening time of 5:00 so I could capture some images before, during and after sunset. The lantern exhibit was not lit up when we arrived so we were able to see the various lanterns before and after. Once the sun went down and the sky took on that dark blue shade, the lanterns were lit. It was quite a sight. There were more cameras per square foot (most smart-phone cameras) than I had seen in some time. There were also a fair number of “more serious” photographers like me that toted around their tripods with their favorite flavor of camera on top. It was really the only way to capture good images once the sky darkened.
From a dragon created from 10,000 dinner plates and eating utensils, to a lantern that looked like the Statue of Liberty to the various ants, pandas, longhorns and other plants and animals I looked for interesting angles and views to shoot. There was ample opportunity to capture reflections in the lagoon, but hard to get shots without people somewhere in the image. I found it to be very creative and interesting and hopefully the photos I included here provide a look inside for those that were not able to attend.