The life of a corporate portrait photographer who likes to shoot just about anything.

Posts tagged “Outer Space

Comet Hale-Bopp

Comet Hale-Bopp - 1997

A friend asked me if I took photos of the SuperMoon/Lunar eclipse on Sunday (9-27-15). I had to tell her that I didn’t. I have been CURSED for years! Whenever there is an astronomical event on a specific day, it has “almost” always been OVERCAST. And, on Sunday, it was TOTALLY overcast again. The last time I took a lunar eclipse photo, and I’m not exaggerating, was in 1989.
In 1997 I was able to take photos of Comet Halle-Bopp because comets don’t come and go in 1 night. I had my Olympus OM-1 camera loaded with B&W film connected to my telescope. I took a series of shots, and not being sure of the exposure, timed them from 30 seconds to 2 minutes. Also timing those exposures was done the old-fashioned way because I didn’t have a watch with a second hand. I had to count  – 1 mississippi, 2 mississippi, etc. The film was developed and the photo printed in my darkroom.

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Radio Telescopes…

Very Large Array, VLA, astronomy, Radio Telescopes, Science, Outer space

…known as the Very Large Array (VLA).
Just outside Socorro, New Mexico.
As someone with an interest in astronomy,
(I have my own telescope)
I have wanted to see these telescopes for years.
I finally made. And it was “up close, and personal”.
And it was at sunset.


Walking on the Moon

moon

Today is the 45th Anniversary of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s walk on the Moon.


Lunar Eclipse

lunar-eclipse, blood moon

I’m a student of astronomy. I have my own telescope, great astronomy software – Starry Night – and look forward to those “special events” when they happen. Unfortunately, what seems like 99% of the time, it’s overcast when they occur by me. Case in point – the “Blood Moon” lunar eclipse that occurred the other night. When I learned of the impending eclipse, my first thought was, “Overcast”. And, sure enough, it was. And raining.

I saw and photographed a lunar eclipse once – in 1989. That’s when I took the photograph above. And probably the last time the sky wasn’t overcast. (Actually I’m kidding with that comment. I did also photograph Comet Hale-Bopp in 1997. THAT was the last time the skies weren’t overcast.)


NASA Discovers Planets

moon

NASA has discovered 750 new planets.
And, apparently, they counted the moon twice.
Go figure.


The Comet is Coming!

The above photograph was taken in 1997 of Comet Hale-Bopp from my backyard. I had my Olympus OM-1 camera loaded with B&W film connected to my Celestron telescope. I took a series of shots, and not being sure of the exposure, timed them from 30 seconds to 2 minutes. Also timing those exposures was done the old-fashioned way because I didn’t have a watch with a second hand. I had to count  – 1 mississippi, 2 mississippi, etc. The film was developed and the photo printed in my darkroom.


International Space Station

One of my more difficult assignments.