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

Posts tagged “science

Searching the Heavens

Radio Telescope, VLA, Very Large Array, Astronomy

A radio telescope, part of the Very Large Array, in Socorro, New Mexico.


Listening to the Heavens

Radio Telescope, VLA, Very Large Array, Astronomy

A radio telescope, part of the Very Large Array, in Socorro, New Mexico.


One Small Step For Man…

Full Moon

…One Giant Leap For Mankind.
July 20, 1969
47 Years ago today.


Searching the Heavens

Radio Telescope, VLA, Very Large Array, Astronomy

A radio telescope, part of the Very Large Array, in Socorro, New Mexico.


VLA

VLA, Very Large Array, New Mexico, Radio Telescopes, Astronomy

VLA – The Very Large Array.
Radio Telescopes in New Mexico scan the heavens.


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.


The Moon…

moon

…during the day.


Scanning the Heavens

Radio Telescope, VLA, Very Large Array, Astronomy

A radio telescope, part of the Very Large Array, in Socorro, New Mexico.


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.


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.)


Moon Landing – July 20th

apollocapsule

Happy anniversary.


Science Fiction

water

“Capt’n! We’re entering a worm hole and the engine ain’t responding!”

“Don’t worry, Scotty. I’ve got a plan.”

“Well, I wish you’d tell me Capt’n.”

“I will, when we get to the other side.”


Self-Portrait

I may look like this someday. Just wanted to give everyone a heads up.


Solar Eclipse

The photograph was taken during an eclipse in 1994. My camera was a 35mm, shooting Kodachrome film. I don’t remember the telephoto lens that I used, but I do know that it had a UV filter attached. I know that because that is what caused the internal reflections visible above. In retrospect, I do think that the reflections look cool.

I post this photograph to celebrate NASA’s successful landing on Mars today. I am very excited!


International Space Station

One of my more difficult assignments.


Fossils

Recently I photographed students hard at work, looking for fossils in a creek in Central New Jersey. An area of interest for me has always been science – especially astronomy – so I was excited to be working on this project. The area where we were standing was once a coastline. They found shark teeth and other marine life specimens – I don’t remember all the scientific names that were hurled around – but they did discover a lot of “leavarites”. That’s short for “leave-it-right-there”, aka, it’s not a fossil.