Harvest Moon

Bellamy Harbor Park

Yep, the moon is a difficult object to photograph. Especially when the sky is dark and the moon is full. I generally have better results when the moonrise is slightly before the sunset. This allows the sky to retain some lighter colors and the exposure can encompass the moon’s brightness. Most of my compositions with the bridge did not pan out like I had hoped. It was a cool idea which I will explore at my next opportunity.

I switched out the lens on the camera to one with a longer reach and started exploring different views of the moon by itself. I was not happy with any of the images of the moon against a black sky. When I walked back to the car I noticed the water tower was set to a constant color. Hhhmm? Is there any view I can use with the water tower?

I walked down the sidewalk until I isolated the water tower and the moon. There it is. I was getting a little excited as I thought my moonrise goal was a bust. Dang! The moon is still overpowering the lights of the water tower. Oh well, one exposure for the moon, another for the water tower and pray I can do something with these two in post.

It was not as easy as I had thought (it never is!). Plus, this is the Harvest Moon! I should have a view of the moon over a barn or field full of pumpkins. Next year I’ll plan better.

Harvest Moon
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 300mm f/4.8-6.7 II, 1/60s, 132mm, f/8, ISO 400

My Story of Perseid

Astrophotography

Tuesday night was the night! If you wanted to see the Perseid meteors, every source I found insisted it should be Tuesday night about an hour before the moonrise. I headed out around 9:30pm after sitting through the rains that rolled through my area. The sky was clear and I was determined. Too bad Mother Nature loves a good joke…

When I arrived at my first stop I immediately saw two meteors as I was getting the camera out of the car. Awesome! This is going to be great! While I was able to capture a few images, I didn’t see another meteor. And then the fog started to roll in. At first I thought I was tired and my vision was a little blurry and then I realized the sky was being obscured from the horizon upwards. The first image is my best from Tuesday.

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; No Show

No Show
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 25s, 12mm, f/2.8, ISO 3200

  

I was determined not to give up on Tuesday. I drove higher into the hills around Holland Patent hoping to get above the fog. I found a location, setup the camera, focused on the stars and grabbed a few captures before I was foiled by the fog again. This time is was close to 11:30pm, so I headed home. Hopefully, Wednesday will be better.

Wednesday came and the sky was clear again. I ventured out around 9:30pm with a single destination in mind. I returned to the hills above Holland Patent and setup along a pasture fence. The first image below is my first exposure after adjusting the focus. I felt lady luck was with me tonight. There is really no good way to capture an image as soon as you see the meteor, at least for me. My best option was to trigger the exposure every minute and wish for a little luck. I didn’t always see every object crossing the sky but the camera caught quite a lot. Some of the streaks I assume are satellites.

After capturing a few good meteors I adjusted the camera composition to include both Ursa Major and Minor. The image below with only stars was my first attempt at a composition and I happened to get lucky. The second image has a couple of small meteors near the fence in the lower right corner. By 11pm I decided to call it a night and head back home. If the weather permits I might head out again…

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Lucky

Lucky
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 25s, 12mm, f/2.8, ISO 3200

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Persistence

Persistence
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 25s, 12mm, f/2.8, ISO 3200

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Not Yet

Not Yet
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 25s, 12mm, f/2.8, ISO 3200

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Ursa Minor & Major

Ursa Minor & Major
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 25s, 12mm, f/2.8, ISO 3200

NEOWISE and Ursa Major

Astrophotography

I had to get in on all the fun. Or at least give it a try. I have not achieved very good results in the past with astrophotography. I attempted a few different meteor showers but my results have not driven me to pursue it further. Until last night…

Comet NEOWISE is currently putting on a very good show in the Northwestern sky. If you can find the constellation Ursa Major (Big Dipper), you should be able to spot the comet below it. Last night the comet was visible with the naked eye although using the camera definitely increased its visibility.

This version of my E-M1 camera has a Starry Night auto-focus mode which I will be reading up on today and heading back out tonight to see if I can improve this photo. I’m also going to be taking a drive around the back roads looking for some interesting compositions to include with the comet. Hopefully, I’ll have more images to share tomorrow…

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; NEOWISE and Ursa Major

NEOWISE and Ursa Major
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 20s, 12mm, f/2.8, ISO 3200