Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Big Bend Photo Workshop

I recently attended a TME photography workshop with Craig Tanner and Marti Jeffers in Big Bend National Park. It was an amazing experience and I thank all involved, especially my family back home who tolerated my absence for 10 days.

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I have a lot of photos to sort through, process, and edit. I'm posting a couple here that I editing during the workshop for critique.

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Stay tuned for more...

Photo to be Published in Tx Hwy 2011 Calendar

I just got word that one of my photos of the bracken ferns in Bastrop State Park (from April of last year) will be used in the 2011 Texas Highways calendar.

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Many thanks to Texas Highways for a second year in a row choosing one of my photos for use in their calendar!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Night Sky Time Lapse

And now for something completely different:

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This is a short video made from 297 photos taken over a period of nearly 45 minutes. Each photo was 8 seconds long (shot at 24mm, f/1.8, ISO 12.8k), and there was a break of 1 second between frames.

I turned off the long exposure noise reduction, but turned on the high ISO noise reduction. It did help some, but I still applied noise reduction in post processing. The files were shot as small JPGs. I contemplated shooting sRAW, but didn't want to deal with file sizes 4 to 5 times larger than a fine quality JPG.

This was an experiment to see if it could be done, and I think it worked quite well. The movie is a little jerky - probably a resut of 0.125 sec. per frame (i.e. 8 frames per second video). I'd like to redo this in the future with different software and perhaps make it faster (maybe 15 frames per second).