Comet- PanStarrs

Comet- PanStarrs, originally uploaded by dmzajac2004-.

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Tonight a friend and I went out to try and photograph PanStarrs the Comet that is passing through our hemisphere right now. I couldn’t see it with my naked eyes until the last few minutes I was shooting. Prior to that I was shooting on faith that I had it in my frame. When I thought I had I was so excited, but I really was happy when I got my frames uploaded and saw it.

We have another chance to see it tomorrow night as viewing promises to be good as well.

A little information about PanStarrs-
Discovered in June 2011, comet 2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) bears the name of the telescopic survey that discovered it — the less than mellifluous sounding "Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System" which sits atop the Haleakala volcano in Hawaii.

"Since its discovery a year-and-a-half ago, observing comet PANSTARRS has been the exclusive dominion of comet aficionados in the Southern Hemisphere, but that is about to change. As the comet continues its well-understood and safe passage through the inner-solar system, its celestial splendor will be lost to those in the Southern Hemisphere, but found by those up north." ~ NASA
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Nikon D700| Nikkor 80-200mm @200mm| f4| 4 seconds| ISO 400| Manual Priority| Tripod

Danbo’s First Peek!

Danbo’s First Peek!, originally uploaded by dmzajac2004-.

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I’m so excited he came so much faster than I was told to expect him! He’s so cute I splurged and bought one for an early birthday present.

Nikon D700| Nikkor 24-70| Hand-held| Daylight Eiko 4600 bulb through shoot through umbrella camera right front.

Long Billed Curlew or Whimbrel?

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I saw this one in Moss Landing.
I’m not sure if this is a Curlew after looking at my bird book and reading the description of the Whimbrel. Anyone know for sure?

Nikon D300s| Nikkor 80-200@ 200+ 1.4x Tamron TC| f8| 1/500s| ISO 500| Manual Priority| Hand-held

The wreck of Palo Alto

The wreck of Palo Alto, originally uploaded by dmzajac2004-.

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I was fooling around in Lightroom and don’t have much recent work imported so I played with an image I took last year, and forgot all about!
The more I use Lightroom the more I like it. I wonder if the day will come when I use it more than Bridge/ACR? I like the sliders and the workflow for me is just like using ACR. The thing I’m not entirely sure of is the catalog, exporting stuff. I think if I make each shoot its own catalog I’ll be able to deal with it better.

For the History Buffs below you’ll find information about the wreck:
"Docked at the foot of a pier, Palo Alto has gone to the birds, so to speak. It was built at the Oakland shipyard in 1918 as a supply ship for the World War I effort. The war ended before she ever saw service and with time on her hands, she was sold to the Seacliff Amusement Company of Nevada, and towed in 1929 to what would later become Seacliff State Beach. A casino and dance hall, arcades and entertainment were featured on this monster party boat until its owners went belly when the Great Depression rocked the world in the early 1930’s.

Today, the Palo Alto lays in pieces on the floor of the Monterey Bay, tenuously connected to a fragile pier which was damaged in recent storms. One of the most photographed landmarks of the region, birds have discovered a haven not accessible to humans. Take a pair of binoculars to watch the hundreds of birds that sit on the ship. Beach facilities where you can enjoy watching birds include a beautiful stretch of sandy beach, covered picnic areas with barbecues public restrooms, trailer campsites and an interpretive center which has natural and local cultural history exhibits."

Nikon D300s| Nikkor 17-35@17mm| 10seconds| ISO 640| Manual Priority| Tripod