Friday, July 30, 2010

Amur Leopard take Mully410's Photostream over 170,000 views

Amur Leopard DSC_7190
Originally uploaded by Mully410

This Amur Leopard shot suddenly received over 3000 views yesterday and today. Thanks everyone! That puts the Mully410 Flickr Photostream over 170,000 views.

Today, I managed to photograph a rare event at work (rare in that I don't always have my camera). Check out the slideshow below. Warning...if you don't like seeing mouse guts, move along.

I saw this hawk on a flagpole yesterday. I decided to bring the DSLR today knowing the chance I'd see it again would be remote. I saw it on the top of the light pole as soon as I pulled into the parking lot. As I approached, I took some shots (just to be sure I got something in case it took off). Within a minute or two, it swooped down to grab a mouse right in front of me. After it secured its prey, it proceeded to the top of another light pole nearby. For the next several minutes, I watched as it tore apart and ate the little mouse.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Fireworks on Independence Day 2010

Sunset Fireworks DSC_5470
Originally uploaded by Mully410

Well, I didn't get the shot with ISS that I was planning. I didn't even see it. However, I did get some cool shots. I think the one above is my favorite.

Here is the whole set:

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Independence Day Photo Challenge - ISS and Fireworks

Fireworks and Moon
Awarded 2nd place by NASA lunar scientists and artists
Originally uploaded by Mully410

Tonight will be a rare (maybe unique?) photographic opportunity. For those in the mid-west of the United States, the International Space Station will fly over between 9:52pm and 9:58pm or so. What makes this rare or possibly unique is that it's Independence Day. That means fireworks.

I scouted out a spot where I will be for the fireworks tonight. I've been reading up on how to properly expose shots for fireworks and have been experimenting with photographing the ISS for years now.

ISS will look like a fast moving point of light. If you've seen satellites fly overhead, ISS will look just like that but brighter...sometimes a whole lot brighter. Since it moves at about 17,000 miles per hour, it will be fast and obvious.

Tonight, July 4th, 2010, ISS will become visible in Minnesota at 9:52:42pm CDT at 310 degrees (North West) at an altitude of 10 degrees. It will reach its peak height at 9:55:04pm CDT at 4 degrees (North) at an altitude of 22 degrees and move to its end at 9:57:27pm CDT at 58 degrees (East North East) and 10 degrees altitude. If you know your constellations, ISS will pass through looks like a "W" in the northern sky. Here is a nice applet from NASA to help you track ISS and other space flights.

Now that you know where and when ISS will pass, the big challenge will be to properly expose your shot. You'll only have about 5 minutes. I'm not exactly sure what I'm going to do other than a small aperture and long exposure, perhaps 1-2 minutes, with and ISO of 400-800 or so. I suspect the fireworks might be over exposed with such a long shot but I'm not sure exactly what's going to happen. Be sure to turn off your in camera long exposure noise reduction or your camera will spend half the pass doing calculations.

Give it a shot and post your best. I'm very curious to see how people handle this challenge.

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