Night

Paris – City of Light

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I was browsing through my photo collection when I found two from Paris. In one, a 0.6 second exposure captured the beam from the illuminated Eiffel Tower. The second was a 25 second exposure for the light trails from the nearby cars.

Fortunately, both were taken on a tripod from the same location. It was only in later in reflection that I realized that I could blend the best of both into one photo.

Parisian Sunset

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Paris at sunset from Sacre Coeur. Too many people to set-up a tripod, but a better shot would have been to wait an hour for the city lights to come on and blend those into this frame. Maybe next time.

Blue Hour View of Paris from Sacre Coeur

Camera: Nikon D800
Lens: Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED

ISO: 100
Focal Length: 70mm
Shutter: 1/80s
Aperture: f/2.8

Mid-Autumn Festival 2017

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Tonight was the Mid-Autumn Festival. I grabbed the older, but higher resolution D800, but regretted it immediately. When mounting a DSLR to a telescope, having a tilting screen makes all the difference in terms of comfort. Crouching down to view the screen is no fun.

Full Moon

The other hiccup of the night was discovering that once again, Nik Collection no longer works in Photoshop. This time, it was the High Sierra MacOS 10.13 upgrade that killed it. I’m testing out Luminar right now.

SFMOMA and Yerba Buena Gardens

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SFMOMA

I only had the Really Right Stuff Pocket ‘Pod with me tonight, so I had to resort to using whatever flat, stable surface was available. This photo was an exercise in focus stacking with one frame on the water feature and the other on the large buildings in the background.

Camera: Nikon D800
Lens: Nikon 24mm
ISO: 100
Focal Length: 24mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Shutter: 4.0s

Moscone Center

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At Moscone Center in San Francisco experimenting with light trails. I used one base exposure for the overall scene and blended in several longer exposure frames that captured the streaks of headlights passing under the bridge.

Moscone Center, San Francisco

Oracle Campus at Redwood Shores

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I stopped by Oracle at around the blue hour tonight. From the other side of 101, the buildings appeared to be clustered together. However, as I crossed the overpass, it became evident that these were separate and distinct buildings.

Camera: Nikon D800
Lens: Nikkor AF-S 16-35mm f/4G ED VR
ISO: 100
Focal Length: 16mm
Aperture: f/6.3
Shutter: 30s
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Waxing Gibbous Moon

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I’m looking back at some older photos and experimenting with different post-processing techniques. I had taken this waxing gibbous moon photo last year on May 12, 2015. For comparison, this photo of a 97% waxing gibbous moon was taken a day later. This most recent edit looks much sharper.

Full Moon

Memorial Church at Night

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I will have to retry this experiment in a different location. The objective was to take a photo of the stars within an urban environment. For the night sky, the exposure settings were ISO 6,400, f/2.8 and 20.0s. For the church itself, the exposure settings were ISO 100, f/2.8 and 0.4s.

The problem I encountered was all the nearby lights that were pointed at the lens would cause some severe glare, particularly at those settings.

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Silicon Valley Milky Way

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I headed out tonight hoping to see the Perseid meteor showers. The big challenge was finding a location that was relatively dark in Silicon Valley. Just a few miles up the foothills, I stopped at a turnout and was greeted with a view of the Milky Way. Every few minutes, the passing cars would zip by and illuminate the trees along the roadside.

I did see a few meteors flash across the sky. The ones closest to the horizon were the most impressive. However, I found the Milky Way to be far more enchanting.

Silicon Valley Milky Way

Camera: Nikon D800
Lens: Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G AF-S ED VR
ISO: 3,200
Focal Length: 17mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Shutter: 1/20s