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8th October 2014

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Our near neighbor, the moon or Luna, found itself sulking in earth’s shadow on October 8, 2014.

When in shadow, it became possible to see our most distant neighbor that is visible to the naked eye: Uranus (lower left).

Uranus takes 84 years to orbit the sun, but has a 17 hour rotation period.  Unlike all the other planets in our Solar system, Uranus’s axis of rotation is tilted 97 degrees and as a result those in the northern hemisphere of Uranus experience 42 earth years of darkness followed by 42 years of sunlight.  Oh, and wind on Uranus reaches over 500 mph.

We got it good here on earth!

Our near neighbor, the moon or Luna, found itself sulking in earth’s shadow on October 8, 2014.

When in shadow, it became possible to see our most distant neighbor that is visible to the naked eye: Uranus (lower left).

Uranus takes 84 years to orbit the sun, but has a 17 hour rotation period. Unlike all the other planets in our Solar system, Uranus’s axis of rotation is tilted 97 degrees and as a result those in the northern hemisphere of Uranus experience 42 earth years of darkness followed by 42 years of sunlight. Oh, and wind on Uranus reaches over 500 mph.

We got it good here on earth!

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30th July 2014

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Not a star trail, but created using the same tools.  This is 198 images stacked together in lighten mode.

It helps to correctly determine the direction of cloud motion, here the clouds were drifting toward me and overhead.

Not a star trail, but created using the same tools. This is 198 images stacked together in lighten mode.

It helps to correctly determine the direction of cloud motion, here the clouds were drifting toward me and overhead.

Tagged: timestackAlvisoMarinasunsetAdvancedStackerPLUSStarCircleAcademyCaliforniaportaldoorwayclouds

28th July 2014

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I was hoping to collect photos for a timestack, but conditions were not ideal.  Had to “settle” for this.

I was hoping to collect photos for a timestack, but conditions were not ideal. Had to “settle” for this.

Tagged: PortaldoorwayAlvisoSunsetcirruscloudsCaliforniamarshpark

18th July 2014

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The Advanced Stacker PLUS can be used for much more than Star Trails. This is a Matt Molloy inspired stack of exposures during sunset stacked using Long Streaks mode.  If you want to get a copy of the Photoshop plugin see http://advancedstackerplus.com 

Look carefully and you’ll see how I suffered from not having my intervalometer handy.  

This is about 100 shots taken at 10 second intervals.  All were f/11 ISO 160, 1/160th of a second.

The Advanced Stacker PLUS can be used for much more than Star Trails. This is a Matt Molloy inspired stack of exposures during sunset stacked using Long Streaks mode. If you want to get a copy of the Photoshop plugin see http://advancedstackerplus.com

Look carefully and you’ll see how I suffered from not having my intervalometer handy.

This is about 100 shots taken at 10 second intervals. All were f/11 ISO 160, 1/160th of a second.

Tagged: fotostatASPAdvancedStackerPLUSStarCircleAcademyAlvisoCaliforniasunsetstutterportaldoorwaymarshcloudsstreakswispsorangeblueraysbeams

17th July 2014

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After sunset, Amtrak makes its way to San Jose during the blue hour.

After sunset, Amtrak makes its way to San Jose during the blue hour.

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17th July 2014

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Over the next day or two we’ll be posting 3 images from this location. This is the “Vanilla” view - that is, straight up normal image. Later that evening we grabbed a shot in the opposite direction and I will post that next. Finally I’ll post a shot that Matt Molloy calls a “TimeStack” showing the cloud movement here.

Living in the San Francisco Bay Area we seldom get much in the way of interesting clouds. The weather options are generally “blue” or “fog”

This view is of the Marina Park in Alviso.

Over the next day or two we’ll be posting 3 images from this location. This is the “Vanilla” view - that is, straight up normal image. Later that evening we grabbed a shot in the opposite direction and I will post that next. Finally I’ll post a shot that Matt Molloy calls a “TimeStack” showing the cloud movement here.

Living in the San Francisco Bay Area we seldom get much in the way of interesting clouds. The weather options are generally “blue” or “fog”

This view is of the Marina Park in Alviso.

Tagged: fotostatAlvisoCaliforniamarinadoorsunsetportalwalkwaycloudsorangebluemarshvanilla

30th June 2014

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The 5 Most Used Photo Enhancement Techniques - Part 3

The 5 Most Used Photo Enhancement Techniques – Part 3

Out Darn Spots – Cropping

Beware cropping too soon. It is an easy way to get rid of problematic areas of the frame, but might bite back!

One obvious way to remove encumbrances is to crop them out. As tempting as it seems to crop the photo first, we generally leave cropping to the end of the effort for several reasons which we enumerate here:

  1. Sometimes clients (i.e. you) want an image in a…

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28th June 2014

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My friend and co-conspirator in StarCircleAcademy,Eric Harness, was the first to make a meal of this lovely place (https://www.flickr.com/photos/27306359@N07/4686956007/)

I gave it a shot at the same time Eric did, but Eric’s light painting was superb… mine… not so much. In the years since Eric shot this, I’ve vastly improved my light painting skills AND have been using a better light. What light?  Hang on, that’s not the important part!

Since Eric did this, I’ve seen others make lovely images here, including my friend Jim Patterson.

Where is this? Alabama Hills at the foot of Mount Whitney near Lone Pine, California.  The motivated will be able to find it but it does take some hiking!

About that light… I’m using a Halogen light which has a nice warm tone. The warm tone of the light is important, but more important is the HOW:  http://starcircleacademy.com/2012/09/lightpainting-101

My friend and co-conspirator in StarCircleAcademy,Eric Harness, was the first to make a meal of this lovely place (https://www.flickr.com/photos/27306359@N07/4686956007/)

I gave it a shot at the same time Eric did, but Eric’s light painting was superb… mine… not so much. In the years since Eric shot this, I’ve vastly improved my light painting skills AND have been using a better light. What light? Hang on, that’s not the important part!

Since Eric did this, I’ve seen others make lovely images here, including my friend Jim Patterson.

Where is this? Alabama Hills at the foot of Mount Whitney near Lone Pine, California. The motivated will be able to find it but it does take some hiking!

About that light… I’m using a Halogen light which has a nice warm tone. The warm tone of the light is important, but more important is the HOW: http://starcircleacademy.com/2012/09/lightpainting-101

Tagged: fotostatRipOffarchdoubleAdvancedStackerPLUSstacking1minStarCircleAcademy

26th June 2014

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Pointy Land and the Milky Way. See HERE for photo details and story.

Pointy Land and the Milky Way. See HERE for photo details and story.

7th June 2014

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Philosophy of Advanced Stacker PLUS

Philosophy of Advanced Stacker PLUS

ASP14e-500

Coming soon…

Our 14e release is imminent. But after looking at our survey results and the most recently reported issues, we thought it wise to provide some hints to help you use the current software and to help you understand tradeoffs we made.

Our most commonly reported issue is something we struggled with. In an attempt to help users understand features we caused confusion. What are we talking…

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