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Old 08-03-2011   #101
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Holy awesome!!! love the pika and the owl and everything in between! WOW!! How long was your exposure on the stars?
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Holy awesome!!! love the pika and the owl and everything in between! WOW!! How long was your exposure on the stars?
Thanks!

This particular star exposure was 30 seconds, ISO 4500, f/4 (it was dark!). I did other ones using bulb mode that were lower ISO, and up to about 5 minutes (312 seconds to be exact). While there is definitely less noise in the longer, lower ISO ones, there started to be enough star movement (earth rotation) to be annoying... even in this 30 second one you can see movement, but at least it is not too bad. Unfortunately I am limited to using ultra wide angles for this sort of shot, since the relative star motion on a wide angle is much less than on a normal or telephoto lens, given the same amount of time.

I have thought about making a DIY equatorial mount (I have all the electronics experience, the only trouble would be designing the actual mechanical parts of it) to compensate for earth rotation and allow for longer shots at longer focal lengths without star motion... I may still end up doing it, but it would probably be a fair bit of time, expense, and storage space (when it is all finished; our home is not the largest!). Thus I am still undecided on whether I should do it or not... although I have seen some amazing images from similar setups, including galaxies, etc.

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sensational set. Love the Milky way shot and that waterfall
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OK, here's my latest update... this one focuses on portraits / people:


What Light Through Yonder Window Breaks?
We went to check out the ruins of an old hospital near Downtown, as a potential portrait location in the future. I would say that it definitely holds promise!

Monica, my trusty and always willing model / wife, can be seen here posing in a window.



Lost in Thought
Maija on the walk up to the garden. As soon as she gets to the cabin, she insists on eating grass her entire stay.



Meet Terran
Terran Olson, born Aug 28 2011 at 4:32 AM via emergency C-section after about 36 hours of contractions. This was taken 2 minutes after birth, in the operating room.


Big Sister
Maija has been looking forward to being a Big Sister (yes, the way she says it makes it clear That It Is Capitalized) for months, and finally the wait is over. Here she is holding her new brother, Terran.



Big Leagues
We tried a studio-style shoot with Terran today. This is one of the shots I liked best. Using 85/1.8 at f/8, with a single flash camera left, shooting through a 1m diameter diffuser.
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The glove looks big enough to catch and cradle the baby.

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The glove looks big enough to catch and cradle the baby.

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I was hoping to fit him inside, but he is a bit too big for that... I think his sister could have fit, but she was 2 lb lighter and 2 inches shorter
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Old 09-05-2011   #107
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Here's one more from yesterday, keeping in the portraits theme:


Fake Fur (Redux)
Another attempt with the fake fur backdrop. This time I attempted to fix the problems from last time. First (and most important), I made sure he was really asleep. Second, I reduced the clutter by only having one color for the background (no black this time). I picked white instead of black so that his dark hair could frame his face.

Lighting was similar to the last shot, a single off camera flash (camera left) for key, shot through a 1m diffuser, for a cheap-and-dirty softbox effect. I used the on-camera flash for fill, at about 1/3 the intensity of the key light. I meant to shoot at f/8, but I forgot to stop down, so this was shot at f/4; given that there is only one subject here, though, the depth of field at f/4 was sufficiently thick to ensure his entire body was in good focus.
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You have adorable children and have created some lovely keepsakes.
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You have adorable children and have created some lovely keepsakes.
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what an adorable addition to the family! Congrats! such a cutie pie!!!


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