May 10-12, 2013 Aussie Eclipse + Fridley Moon

 

May 10, 2013

“Outback” Bob Adams flew to Western Australia to view the Annular Eclipse that took place on May 10.  He wanted to be there for sunrise, and here is a look at one of his images:

 

MAY 10 2013  001bNikon D5000 with a Nikkor 55-200mm F/4.5-5.6G ED lens shot at F/32 and a 1/1,000 of a second shutter speed. ISO 200.  Focal length: 200mm (APS-C).

Bob took this image near the town of Newman.  Getting there was indeed, quite an adventure!  This image reminds me just how difficult it is to shoot into the sun.  Nevertheless, Bob brought home a winner.  The rays are a result of using a high aperture value (in this case, F/32) and pointing into the bright orb (you have no choice when taking an image of the sun).  The rays look like they are giving the Moon a contrail…cool!  I also love the ambient clouds nearby, and Bob also framed in some trees to give you some perspective and scale.  I say “well done!”  Another great celestial shot from Bob!

 

You can see Bob’s 2012 Annular Eclipse image taken in west Texas right HERE.  This image is featured on a 2013 astronomy calender for this very month!  My attempts at that same eclipse (from Brooklyn Park, MN) with some things I learned are found at this page HERE.

 

The music for today’s page is “Rock of Ages, The Definitive Collection”  by Def Leppard.  Back-to-back cuts “Bringin’ On The Heartbreak”/”Switch 625” are not to be missed on this Greatest Hits double CD package, which does admittedly, have some “misses” (I prefer their older material, before “Hysteria”)…

 

May 12, 2013

On the evening of Sunday May 12, I noticed a crescent moon and decided to have a go at it.  No, I wasn’t in the Australian Outback, but there is an Outback Steakhouse not far away, and I watched NASCAR driver Marcos Ambrose (he’s from Tasmania) race at Darlington on Tee-Vee Saturday night…that counts, right?

 

MAY 12 2013  001aNikon D7000 with a Tamron SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD lens/Tamron SP AF lens and 2X tele-converter shot at F/18 and a 1/5 of a second shutter speed.  ISO 100.  Focal length: 600mm (APS-C).  IMAGE CROPPED.

It was still twilight when I shot this, and I was hoping to get some blue in there and still retain the Moon’s definition.  It just wasn’t possible.  I should have waited for a totally dark sky to take this.

 

 

 

MAY 12 2013  003aNikon D7000 with a Tamron SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD lens/Tamron SP AF lens and 2X tele-converter shot at F/40 and a 1/5 of a second shutter speed.  ISO 100.  Focal length: 200mm (APS-C).

This image is more indicative of what the sky color was.  The problem is you lose the moon definition, but it’s still a decent shot.  I used a large aperture value here to increase my depth of field to get both the moon and the trees in focus.  in addition, I used my big Bogen “Honker” tripod to keep things steady.  Bob traveled very lightly in his voyage to Australia, and could not bring a sturdy tripod, so some of his images suffered from camera shake.  It was simply unavoidable given his situation.  He said he would have loved to have had the “Honker” come along, but “didn’t want to pay for a separate plane ticket” to take it!  “Honk, honk, honk…”

 

all images © Bob Adams and © Scott Woelm – May 2013