14 Aug 2018
Here’s something fun: around 10 years ago, my family went to Cape San Blas, FL for a week. I was just getting into photography – I had a Canon 20D, a wide angle lens, and no idea what I was doing. But the views of the Milky Way from the beach were spectacular. I tried taking some long exposures, but between the noise of my relatively old crop sensor and the heat, the results were riddled with noise and hot pixels. I gave up and never posted any of the shots I got that night.
Skip forward ten years, and here I am playing with astrophotography and learning all about image stacking. It occurred to me I might be able to salvage the original data. I had the 10 original raw images and I gave it a whirl. I was stunned by the results!
On the left is an example of an uncorrected frame I got that night. On the right, the result of stacking & cleaning up. Modern software is pretty cool.
- Camera: Canon EOS 20D
- Lens: EF-S 10-22mm (shot at 10mm)
- ISO: 3200
- Aperture: f/3.5
- Shutter Speed: 30”
- Total Exposures: 10
- Software: DeepSkyStacker for stacking, darktable for levels correction & post-processing.
06 Aug 2018
Somewhat a break from the normal fare here: I bought a telescope! I pointed it at the moon and some planets, which is probably about the extent of its capabilities.
Jupiter – and technically all four moons (though at this resolution admittedly they are hard to differentiate from pixel noise).
21 Jul 2018
From the archives: lightning during a storm downtown – pre-Pinnacle tower and with the Encore under construction. And before I learned how to clean my camera sensor, clearly.
19 Jul 2018
13 Jul 2018
12 Jul 2018
11 Jul 2018
21 Jun 2018
These are as close as I get to selfies.
20 Jun 2018
18 Jun 2018
Dancing at Robert’s Western World - Fan Fair 2018
15 Jun 2018
Lower Broad, taken shortly before our photographer stepped in a pothole and sprained his ankle.
14 Jun 2018
Paradise Park, Opening Night, March 2007
I didn’t realize the extent to which people considered Paradise Park a cultural cornerstone of downtown Nashville – which I suppose it is, at least in the 4AM corn dog territory.
So, rest in peace, Paradise Park – home to cheap pitchers, and, for a long time, this guy:
13 Jun 2018
12 Jun 2018
06 Jun 2018
From this end it’s almost possible to see some of the old printer’s alley left. Though personally I still prefer the old painting over the reproduction.
23 Feb 2018
It was foggy out so I took photos of the fog and stuff with the fog.
14 Feb 2018
22 Aug 2017
A few photos of the solar eclipse, taken from near Gallatin, TN (close to the center of the path).
Money shot of the diamond ring:
Closeup of the totality:
Nice closeup showing some of some prominences:
More pics (more than are necessary really) on my flickr site.
I also put together an animation of the eclipse, which I didn’t really plan, so it’s a bit choppy:
29 Mar 2017
I like this photo, but mostly just because the sign in the bottom right corner really speaks to me. I totally didn’t even see it at first.