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Another Night Mission Another Night Mission

I’ve been trying to photograph an Iridium Flare for a while now, but it never seems to work out. Rain/clouds have been the biggest reason. With the end of the Iridium flares fast approaching, I gave it the old college try on Wednesday morning.

Albino Trash Cat (Update In Comments) Albino Trash Cat (Update In Comments)

This fellow has been living in our back yard. We first spotted it when it was a wee little thing, no bigger than a kitten. Now it’s about the size of an average cat. I’ve been contacted by someone who runs an opossum sanctuary. I think they want to trap and rescue it as albinos are vulnerable as they stand out more.…

ISS Fly-Over Of St Petersburg! ISS Fly-Over Of St Petersburg!

After Thanksgiving dinner, we went to a movie. Before the movie, I shot a movie. The International Space Station was going to be passing overhead while we were killing time between eating and the movie.

It's A Bird! It's A Plane! No, It's... It's A Bird! It's A Plane! No, It's...

ISS! The International Space Station! And a not-so-secret secret spy satellite. And there is a plane in the header image. And there are probably some birds in those trees. But that’s beside the point.

Midnight Mass Midnight Mass

I went to midnight mass on Saturday night. It was a glorious cathedral in which the eternal battle between light and dark raged on. Blessed be the Holy Trinity of Shutter Speed, Aperture, and ISO.

Taking It To The Streets! Taking It To The Streets!

(DISCLAIMER: There are political things in some of these pictures, but this isn’t meant to be a political post. It’s just pictures of things that happen to be political.)

Two Photos, One Spot Two Photos, One Spot

These two pictures were taken from the same spot, minutes and 180 degrees apart.

Make A Wish Make A Wish

Went out to shoot some Orionids and star trails and got mostly clouds. Boo.

There Are No Stars Or Rockets In This Batch Of Pics!  There Are No Stars Or Rockets In This Batch Of Pics! 

I hit the mean streets of St. Petersburg on Friday and Saturday. I didn’t know what I was looking for, but I knew I’d know it when I saw it.

Good Night, Moon.  Good Night, Moon. 

The setting waxing crescent moon dipping to the horizon just ahead of the galactic core of the Milky Way last Friday night.

An Addendum To The Macro Battle Post An Addendum To The Macro Battle Post

I was taking pictures of the kittens the other night and used the 18-300mm lens. This shot was at 280mm and f/6.3 (1/200 and ISO 1000).

Done And Done Done And Done

After two weeks of working on frames, getting mattes made, and a midnight repair session, these are done.

I’m A Moron. I’m A Moron.

I was drilling a small guide hole for new handing hardware on a framed print that is getting dropped off at a gallery Monday. I didn’t realize how far over I was drilling. I drilled right through the front of the frame. I should have been a hair over, drilling behind the thick part, not the thin curved area. 

iPhone Pics iPhone Pics

I haven’t been out taking pictures with the DSLR this week. I’ve been rehabbing frames for some stuff that got into a gallery show. I’ll post about that after I’ve got all five done. But I have taken a decent amount of pictures with my new phone.

Some Lightning (Finally) And Yet Another Rocket Some Lightning (Finally) And Yet Another Rocket

Last Saturday night I drove back over to Cape Canaveral for yet another rocket launch. SpaceX was sending up the Telstar 18 Vantage communications satellite. It was supposed to be cloudy but clearing up around the 11:28 pm launch time. That didn’t exactly happen, but it all worked out in the end.

Macro Battle! Macro Battle!

After taking those dragonfly pictures last whenever, I realized that I was not using the 18-300mm lens to its full potential. As pointed out by Agrajag, it seems you can get awfully close to the subject with the lens at 300mm.

Reflecting On Things Reflecting On Things

Ventured out to downtown for a thing on Sunday. I wasn’t going to bring my camera but a little voice in my head told me I probably should. I threw on my 50mm and headed out.

Dragonfly!  Dragonfly! 

Caught this little dude hanging around in the backyard a few days ago. Thankfully it stayed put while I grabbed my camera.

Baby Trash Pandas And A Few Meteors Baby Trash Pandas And A Few Meteors

A few days ago, there were three baby trash pandas chilling in the banyan tree in our backyard.

Finally Got This Shot!  Finally Got This Shot! 

I attempted this shot back in June but got clouded in.

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