I want to create a combined one, but ended up making 3 ‘strips’ that I hope to combine later.
(I’ve figured out how to stitch the image in photoshop, but not how to export it properly… I’ll send the 1.4 Gig PSD to whoever asks for it)
I blame my
addiction interest in photography on my parents.
It’s as good an excuse as any, and fits into the standard blame game stereotypically associated with therapists. Though there is some reason behind my fascinations.
My mom had a SLR of some glorious make (I don’t know the model, it got stolen when I was about 13) and all I remember about it was “Cameron, Don’t Touch!”. That being said it was a wondrously heavy piece of glass and metal, that was so much more interesting than using binoculars. You could twist the huge barrel tele-zoom lens and see things (usually birds) that were almost too small to see with the naked eye. “Oh look at the XXXXXX” with a finger pointed at some spec in a tree somewhere… only to be shown a huge difference though the camera. Add the Flash with that stereotypical sound of the flash and subsequent capacitor charging, or the mechanical click of the shutter release on an old analogue SLR and it was quite the experience using it.
Apparently the camera also had a somewhat storied history behind it… Purchased for $100 with the trade in of my mother’s existing camera at Expo ’67 on a cross country road trip by my mother, and her sister.
My dad (the Zoologist) however had something that was just as incriminating. Every year my grandmother would give my father a yearly subscription to National Geographic for Christmas. It would seem that the stack of National Geographic’s my dad had stacked throughout the house would always be taller than I was. But within were amazing photos from around the world. Pictures of Africa, or the Outback (along with stories my dad told of his childhood in the Australia), or amazing shots from the bottom of the oceans.
I still distinctly remember shots of lightning on the African plains on the glossy pages of National Geographic. (It’s something I’ve tried to replicate before.. at least the prairie version).
Anyways this story brought it all back…
No it’s not a photoshoped image….probably just a significantly long exposure…
Incase I want to take pictures of something 18 to 32 miles away…..
Canon 1200/5.6L USM
Need something longer? A Canon Extender EF 1.4x boosts the beast up to a 1680/8, and the Canon Extender EF 2x will get you to a 2400/11. For what it’s worth, if you couple this lens to a Rebel XTi or EOS 40D you end up with the 35mm-equivalent of 1920/5.6, a 2688/8 with a 1.4x extender, and a 3840/11 with a 2x extender. If you need to focus any tighter to your subject you’ll have to hop a plane and fly there.
It’s a good thing I don’t have that much money floating around or I could be a danger to myself.
Stopped down to f/8 and f/11 it’s actually quite remarkable. How remarkable? From midtown Manhattan we were able to read the street signs on the corner of JFK Boulevard East and 43rd St. in Weehawkin New Jersey when viewing image files at pixel resolution. It’s important to keep in mind when you are shooting images of objects literally a mile away or further you start contending with haze, smog, and heat radiation that can greatly diminish the image quality of the best optics, especially during warmer months.
One of my goals when buying a DSLR was to get shots of Lightning, Fireworks, and Star trails. I’ve now completed 2 of the 3.
Unfortunatly I discovered I need more practice photographing fireworks, but it’s kinda hard to do since the big shows are kinda rare.
I took 140 pictures during the 10 min show, but bumped the focus half way though by accident, and as such a lot of my better pictures (After I adjusted the exposure and aperature for the brightness of the fireworks) come out blurry. They look good minimized or marginal at the size they show on my blog, but full size they’re pretty blurry.
Now to trek out on a clear night and get a good long exposure picture of the stars!