Solar Eclipse 2017

August 21, 2017 A photography friend and I met at the Grayrocks Reservoir area, east of Wheatland, Wyoming to capture the solar eclipse. According to published info, this area would achieve totality – 100% coverage – for just under 1 minute. We actually found a relatively uncrowded area to set up our gear.

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Sunset over the bluffs prior to the eclipse

I had 2 cameras – my Sony A7M2 with the f4 24-70mm lens for the partial phases using stacked 10 & 16 ND filters . My Sony A77 had the unfiltered 70-300mm with a 2x teleconverter to capture totality. (And some weird halo effects post totality.) The results are shown below.

As the moon covered more of the sun (starting about image 8 below), the temperature began to drop and light started to dim. The coyotes and crickets started making themselves known about this time, too. As totality peaked it was like a deep greyish blue dusk. The bluffs were lit by a smaller version of the colorful cloud band seen the night before. And people cheered! It was an incredible experience and difficult to find the right words to describe the experience.

Have you heard of the crescent effect? The last image shows the shadow crescents that appear through the tree leaves during the event. I have seen images of colanders being used for the same effect. Makes for some interesting patterns!

We did not capture post totality in an effort to avoid the waves of traffic from Casper and Glendo State Park that we expected. Talking to folks who were in Glendo we heard stories of 4.5 hours just to get out of the park and then another 7-8 hours to return to Denver! We left around 12:30pm and were home by 4:30pm. Good timing.

Having arrived the night before to claim out viewing area, I took the opportunity to shoo the Milk Way a bit, with a timed exposure as well as a few standard shots.

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Milky Way Season Begins

It was a cold February night/morning for our trek down to Eleven Mile Canyon State Park and Reservoir, but the location was ideal to capture the first Milky Way images of the season with a new moon night. We had enough time to capture images from both sides of the lake despite the galaxy not rising until 3:30 am.

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Milky Way Over Lake George

Milky Way Night

First trip out to 11 Mile Reservoir/Lake George, Co to capture some Milky Way. A clear cold night with a bit of humidity didn’t preclude the capture of some interesting images. While waiting for the Milky Way to rise, again we played with star trails.

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Milky Way Over Paint Mines

Milky Way Season Debuts!

Saturday, April 2, 2016, we officially kicked off the Milky Way hunters photography season.  An all night trip to the Paint Mines Interpretive Park, near Calhan, Co, yielded some interesting results. While not as agile as the other two shooters, I was able to scramble up and down to some interesting viewpoints. Even experimented with some new techniques and equipment for some very long exposure shots.

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July Night Skies

Milky Way over Roxborough

The night skies this July during the old to new moon period of the month were, for the  most part, clear enough to grab some decent images of the Milky Way over Roxborough Park. As a general rule, when shooting the sky and stars, I start at 800 iso, around 20 seconds, f2.8 with a Rokinon 14mm lens. I tweak the time and ISO as needed to get the effect or exposure I want. A bi to light painting is usually done to bring out the foreground a bit. Post processing is done in LR6CC.

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Milky Way over Roxborough State Park

Milky Way Photography

Caught a good night to shoot some stars over Roxborough State Park this weekend. For being this close to Denver, I was pleased with the captures. Several of the later captures were from Guanella Pass and roadside near Evergreen.

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