P52 21/52 One Thousand Five Hundred Seventy Five Seconds under the Stars

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P52 21 of 52 One Thousand Five Hundred Seventy Five Seconds undeTaken from Washburn Point in Yosemite National Park.

Last week while in Yosemite I shot the stars for an hour, but the Moon was out early and so bright, being nearly Full that it washed out the majority of the stars. I decided to make a return visit since the Moon wasn’t going to rise until midnight.

I thought I’d be alone up there after sunset, but there were two more star/night sky enthusiast there. It was really nice to have the company.
It was lovely meeting you both David, and Brian!

15 frames| 105 seconds each| stacked in StarStaX

P52 17/52 Spring Morning Sun

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Project 52 17 of 52 Spring Morning SunIt’s been sometime since I last made an image of the Sun so, I thought I’d dig out my Solar Filter and capture the Sun while it was still fairly low in the morning sky for this week’s Project 52 image.

There are two nice Sun Spots showing up in this image; one in each hemisphere. I’ll have to look at NOAA’s image and see how many they see with their bigger lens and better filter.

I had a nice surprise when I opened the Solar Filter’s box. I discovered the B+W ND Filter I’ve been looking for. I couldn’t remember where I put it, but knew I put it somewhere safe when I was boxing up the house to have new carpeting and flooring put in last October. I have been looking for this ND filter for months. I’m happy to have found it. I will use it next month when I return to Yosemite for my birthday hike.
Nikon D300s| AF-S Nikkor 300mm f4@ f20| 1/30s| ISO 200| Manual Priority| Matrix Metering| Tripod| Orion Solar Filter

Campsite 24

Campsite 24, originally uploaded by dmzajac2004-.Copyright © 2013 Deborah M Zajac. All Rights Reserved.

I’ve wanted to shoot my tent under the stars for about a year now. Last night the opportunity arrived. It’s not the shot I’ve imaged, but it was good practice and a great learning experience. As always there are a couple of things I’d do differently, but overall I like this shot.

I had a lot of fun hanging out with like-minded photographers last night, and I hope to do more shoots like this as the weather gets a bit warmer.

Nikon D700| Nikkor 24-70 @ 24mm|  f/3.5| 48 frames each 121 seconds| ISO 160| Manual Priority| Tripod| Developed in LR4.4| Stacked in CS6

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” Carl Sagan

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Even with all the light pollution I think this came out pretty well.

I was happy to see I still was able to get to my Internet server when I arrived home after midnight this morning. I hope this bodes well for my week. “)

Nikon D700| Nikkor 18mm AI-S| f3.5| 33 seconds| ISO 3200| Tripod