Sunset on June

Literally. The Sun is setting on June.

We are in California for a family wedding and the sun is setting on a totally different part of the horizon than what we see in the winter. Grabbed this snap a couple hours ago at the usual hangout for sunset photos – Hueneme Pier.

The details: Fujifilm X-E2 with Fuji XF55-200mm @200mm. 1/420th @ f6.4, ISO 200

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July 2018

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Run of the Mill

A recent trip took us to visit family in Colorado. While there, we visited the town or Marble. The Marble Mill Site is the location of what was a massive fabricating mill constructed over 100 years ago.

The marble quarried here was of excellent quality and was used for the exterior of the Lincoln Memorial and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.

The details: Fujifilm X-E2/xf 18-55 @34mm, f/9, 1/600 sec ISO 200

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April 2018

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Luna Lander

Pretty much didn’t go out and photograph anything in February, but I remembered this photo from Delaware a couple years ago and thought I’d use it. This is one of those stories that starts out “There I was…”

This was the same day that I was out in Delaware’s Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge when I saw the two fox kits.

Feeling pretty good for having seen the foxes, some herons and an egret, I was wondering what else I could come across when I spotted this Luna Moth clinging to a tree. It was quite a ways off the trail, but the color stood out very distinctly against the bark.

The details: Fujifilm X-e2/xf 55-200 @200mm, f/4.8, 1/200 sec ISO 3200

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March 2018

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As a matter of fact, it’s all dark

August was amazing. Had to go see a man about an eclipse.

I was fortunate enough to get in with the Eclipse Mega Movie Project  and that community had a lot of resources and advice for shooting an eclipse. Exposure charts. Field of View Calculators. Weather forecasts. Lots of technical, sciency stuff. In addition to the technical details, there was discussion about traffic, alternate plans in case of inclimate weather and how much food and water to pack in the car.

I fretted about it for a while and eventually decided to concentrate on the photography and ignore the rest. That there would be no traffic, no clouds, no problems. Packed the cameras and the daughter and headed to my Dad’s place in Idaho Falls.

Using Baader solar film, I made filters for my Fuji 55-200 and a Sigma 600mm F8 lens mounted on the old Pentax Spotmatic Dad gave me.

Filters on, we started shooting at First Contact and when totality approached, checked the framing and focus and removed the filters. After all the study of exposures, it ultimately came down to “F8 and be there” or in my case, F11 and be there. Started at 1/4000th and worked my way down, taking one frame at every shutter speed on the camera. Each slower speed exposed more and more of the corona. The plan was to go back up through the shutter speeds, but at this point I wasn’t even really paying attention to the camera. It was just change the shutter speed, press the shutter release, repeat.

Of all the images, this is my favorite. Taken at the end of totality, it shows the corona, a couple prominences and the diamond ring.

The details: Fujifilm X-E2 with XF55-200 @200mm. 1/125th @f11, ISO 200

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September 2017

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Off into the sunset

We visited Santa Marta, Columbia on our vacation back in May. This shot of the lighthouse on Isla El Morro was one of the last frames of the day as we set sail for our next port.

The details: FujiFilm X-E2/Fuji XF 18-55 @50mm 1/1000th @f7.1, ISO 200

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July 2017

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What a colorful world

We just returned from a vacation – a cruise through the Panama Canal (LA->Ft. Lauderdale) and it was, as you might expect, quite incredible. We had stops in Mexico, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Columbia and Aruba.

While in Costa Rica, we visited the Natuwa Macaw Sanctuary where they work with injured and otherwise vulnerable birds. Its good work these guys do and you can find out more on their website.

In addition to having Macaws recovering in huge aviaries, many are rehabilitated and released back into the wild. There are a bunch that hang around the sanctuary – perhaps it’s the presence of so many of their brethren that makes them comfortable with staying. Either way, they’re beautiful birds.

These two scarlet macaws were keeping an eye on our group as we toured the grounds.

The details: FujiFilm X-E2/Fuji XF 55-200 @120mm 1/40th @f4.2, ISO 400 (This baffles me a little bit – I thought I had set the camera to increase the ISO if the shutter speed dropped below 200. So that wasn’t working or I had it set wrong. Aside from that, I have no idea how this is a clear shot. I simply shouldn’t have been able to hand hold 120mm @1/40th of a second exposure. Oh well – I’ll take it)

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June 2017

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