Mars-dance Over Sundance
Had an amazing time in the Canadian Rockies last week. While most days were photographically challenged due to wildfires in the area, this night was remarkably clear and calm. As we pulled up to the Sundance Range sitting across from the third Vermillion lake I was dead set on catching some Perseid meteors. I lined up the dock in the middle of my shot and just let the intervalometer run for an hour or so. Then I just sat back and enjoyed the show as mars traversed it's way from the left peak to the right. I knew it wasn't the peak day for the Perseids but I knew a few had certainly crossed into my frame. I had to hold back and not immediately check the camera.
Tech Details: a7rIII | LAOWA 15MM f2 @ f2.8 | 15s | ISO 5000
Sky is a stack of 23 shots for noise reduction.
Also blended in an exposure where the water was a bit more calm since it had a better reflection than the base exposure where mars is centered with the dock.
Lastly I aligned and blended in the 4 meteors from other shots into the image. .
Special shout out to @danibanff for the great workshop! Your local knowledge was invaluable. If anyone is in the Canmore/Banff area, look her up.
As the forest fires rages on, it’s not been a happy hunting ground for us night photon chasers. If finding clear skies was not challenging enough, it’s harder to find smokefree clear skies. The weather just cleared a bit for us to light paint this lonely barn in the Alberta prairie lands. A meteor and the Andromeda galaxy was an added bonus.
The 1% moon through the clouds 🌙 I stayed up until 5:30 in the morning to get this shot with my telescope. The 1% moon was something I had never seen before! It’s about as thin as it can possibly be and it is difficult to spot visually, but can be seen if you know where to look. This moon is about 18 hours away from being totally new.
با دیدن این منظره به خودم بالیدم و یک خستگی چند ساله از تنم در رفت.
روزی که شروع به عکاسی نجومی کردم خودم بودم و خودم وقتی توی یه استان کوچیک باشی و کسی نباشه که بخوای ازش چیزی یاد بگیری خیلی سخته، برای یک کارگاه یک ساعته بابک تفرشی @babaktafreshi باید تا تهران بکوبی بری برای کارگاه های توآن @twanight باید بیست ساعت بکوبی بری تا زنجان. ولی همه این ها خوب بود و پر بار.
روز اولی که عکس های نجومی و آسمان شب رو نشون افراد مختلف میدادم همه با تعجب نگاه میکردن ولی امروز وقتی که برای یه برنامه رصد و عکاسی آسمان شب فراخوان میزنیم چیزی حدود 15 تا عکاس میان که همگی با عشق و علاقه میخوان آسمان شب رو به تصویر بکشن.
این یعنی یه قدم روبه جلو یعنی واسه هدفی که پیش گرفتم یه کم موفق شدم همه اون شب بیداری ها و ... یک نتیجه ای گرفتن حداقل.
به امید روزی که این علاقه مندان بیشتر و بیشتر بشن و همه با آسمان شب آشتی کن 😊
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Photo credit :@ahmad.r.dehkordi
"To be a star, you must shine your own light, follow your path, and don't worry about the darkness, for that is when the stars shine brightest.
Always do what you are afraid to do."
--Ralph Waldo Emerson
Since there was no phone service, a couple buddies of mine agreed to meet me at the Ancient Bristlecone Forest, located at 10,000 feet off a remote dirt road, at 11:30 PM to take some astrophotographs. Sure enough, clouds rolled in and they got rained on, so they left early. Not knowing this, I made a 45-minute drive on a rocky road in the dark to go meet them. Needless to say, I was pretty bummed when they weren’t there. Since I had already made the trek, I decided to make the most of it. I set off on my own into the dark and hiked around, trying to make out the faint silhouettes of these ancient trees in the nearly pitch black night. I was the only person around for miles. After a little while, the clouds cleared and the Milky Way made an appearance overhead. I set up a time lapse for an hour and just laid there, on my back, on the rocky terrain with two winter jackets on in 30-degree temperatures, watching the Perseids meteor shower. I got to 17 meteors before I lost count. As I made my way back down the hillside, I spotted this dead bristlecone and decided to make a self-portrait with it. I’m constantly in awe of what the universe has to offer. It is relentlessly grim and yet simultaneously uplifting. When I first got to this place, I was disappointed, but I left feeling a tranquil sense of calm.
Old boab on the road to El Questro. I drove here on a dirt corrugated road over two small river/creek crossings to discover I had left my SD card from my camera still in the card reader back where I was staying. Damn! So I turned around and went back to get it. Canon 6D, 14mm AF Samyang lens, 20 secs, f2.8, ISO 6500