Day 324 (19 Nov 2012) Meteor over Avery Point Lighthouse

A couple weekends ago I was talking with my friend Shannon from SeeingSpotsPhoto about her lighthouse project, and that inspired me to shoot the Avery Point Lighthouse in Groton, CT tonight.  The moon was just under 1/2 and I wanted to try my new-to-me 75-300 mm zoom to try and make the moon larger over the lighthouse.  However, the moon was not in the right place (I would have has to be swimming to get the angle I wanted, lol).  However, the constellation Orion was in the perfect location to shoot with the light house.  I tried several perspectives, trying to keep the shutter speed at 25 seconds or less to minimize star trails while having a sufficient exposure.  And during one exposure a meteor blazed almost directly over the top of the light house, and IN THE FRAME!!!  It’s intensity changed as it flared in and out before dying.  It was one of the most spectacular meteors I’ve seen, and I got it on the image!!!!  I was (still am) so excited I texted Shannon and some other photog friends right away (past 10pm, lol).  So, here it is for you to see, as well 🙂

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18 mm, 25 sec, f/3.5, ISO 100 (Avery Point Lighthouse Meteor)

This is one image, no layering, not combining, just some minor tweaks in Lightroom.  A bucket list shot, if I do say so myself 🙂

Day 29 (29 Jan 2012) Zooming Stars

Good evening!

I decided to try to have a little fun with tonight’s photo.  I’ve shot photos in the past where I zoomed while the shutter was still open, but never tried it on a longer exposure of stars.  It might be more interesting when there is no moon out (but I’m not staying up that late tonight!).

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18 –> 55 mm, 30 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200, EF-S 18-55mm IS kit lens (Zooming Stars)

Day 21 (21 Jan 2012) Day 2 at Sunday River

It’s hard to beat a day snowboarding; the pure speed, pushing the edge of control, and enjoying God’s creation!  I’ve always enjoyed being outside, and a physical challenge.  This gives me both 🙂

I wanted to get some vista views today, but the peaks started out shrouded in mist, so I just took some photos at the base (both in the morning and at night).  Even without going too far from the comfort of the lodge, there was plenty to shoot, but since it was cold, I limited my time outside (esp. tonight, when I was just wearing jeans and a light jacket in the 8 degree night).  I hope you enjoy them.  And as always, any feed back is appreciated (not just the good stuff, I am always looking for pointers on how to improve).

2012_Jan_21_Sunday River_01018mm, 1/50 sec, f/8.0 ISO 100, EF-S 18-55mm IS Kit Lens (Under the Chair Lift)

I realize now that I should have used my speed light and fired it off from the left side to help accentuate the chairs.  This is a learning experience, so next time 🙂
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20 mm, 30 sec, f/8.0, ISO 800, EF-S 18-55mm IS Kit Lens (Chair Lift Under Orion)