Friday, October 31, 2014

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

International Space Station

Last evening I photographed the International Space Station (ISS) for the first time. I receive emails from NASA on when the ISS will pass over my area, and I have watched it pass over numerous times, but this is the first time using a camera (Canon 7D, with Canon 15-85 lens). I used Bulb mode, with manual focus at infinity. The photo was obviously taken when using a tripod. I used a remote release cord.

The photo has these specs: 28s, f/5.6, ISO 500, 17mm.

The sky was dark, about 45 minutes after sunset. Even with a dark sky, to my eyes, the camera's sensor picked up so much light, with a long exposure, that the sky is light. I used a curves adjustment in Photoshop to darken the sky while trying to lighten the satellite track.

The ISS reflection is more visible in a darker photo, so if I wanted a longer streak, I probably would need to take several shots.

The colored leaves were an unexpected treat in the dark sky.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Fall colors

Fall colors on Yellow Springs Road, in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania.