Two-Day Old Moon – iPhone Capture

•May 26, 2020 • Comments Off on Two-Day Old Moon – iPhone Capture

(iPhone 8 capture using 25mm eyepiece projection
on 8-inch Newtonia/Dobsonian Telescope)

Last night looked like it might be nice and clear so I broke out my 8-inch Dobsonian Telescope. It’s an old classic from Coulter Optical and still works pretty well. It was a really lovely evening and the highlight was the two-day old crescent moon that appeared out of the twilight a little while after sunset. Starting to get the hang of the iPhone attachment.

Work Boats in the Town Dock, Annapolis

•May 10, 2020 • Comments Off on Work Boats in the Town Dock, Annapolis

I’ve been scanning some of my old negatives to see what is there. Here’s an image from about 1990, give or take a few years.

Old House (IR)

•May 8, 2020 • 1 Comment

Mumma Farm

•May 8, 2020 • Comments Off on Mumma Farm

I’m still messing around with the Panasonic G3 infrared converted camera.

Harpers Ferry Hilltop Overlook

•February 26, 2020 • Comments Off on Harpers Ferry Hilltop Overlook

My outing last Sunday took me to the Hilltop Hotel overlook, which I love to visit on occasion. I am continuing to get to know the new (to me) Panasonic G3 infrared converted digital camera.

Up to this point the images have not been that obviously IR images because of the lack of green foliage. but this has picked some of the effect on the trees on the far side of the Potomac River.

Halltown Post Office

•February 25, 2020 • Comments Off on Halltown Post Office

The Halltown Post Office sits at the intersection of Route 230 (Shepherdstown Pike) and Halltown Road in Halltown, WV.

Image was captured with the Panasonic G3 infrared camera and processed with Lightroom and Photoshop. Because it is the middle of winter and the trees have no leaves, the most obvious characteristic of IR images is the rendering of green foliage as white.

Halltown, WV Chapel

•February 24, 2020 • Comments Off on Halltown, WV Chapel

The Halltown Union Colored Sunday School is tucked off Halltown Road off of Rt 340 in Halltown, West Virginia.  it is a quaint chapel that dates to 1901. It is currently existing in what Tillman Crane refers to as a “state of arrested decay.” That means that it could use a significant restoration, but it is being maintained so its condition will not deteriorate further.

The image was captured with my latest infrared converted camera, a Panasonic G3 micro 4/3 digital camera. It’s the fourth IR camera I have used and, like all of the previous cameras, I’m still learning it’s characteristics. Each one has had a slightly different filter and sensor. Also, the post processing tools have changed significantly. Lightroom and Photoshop both have upgraded graphic processing engines and the new Luminar 4 offers a different but effective approach. This image was started in Lightroom with a little bit of perspective correction and cropping, and then finished in Luminar.

Burnside Bridge Panorama

•February 8, 2020 • Comments Off on Burnside Bridge Panorama

Burnside Bridge Panorama

This view of the Burnside Bridge from the overlook shows the advantage the Confederate defenders had in the battle for this Antietam Creek crossing.

The image is a two frame stitched panorama taken with my new (to me) Panasonic G3 infrared converted camera.

Cloudy Day

•February 4, 2020 • 2 Comments

First time out in the new year. I was trying out the new (to me) Panasonic G3 infrared converted camera I picked up recently on eBay.

IR photography typically provides a fantasy-like rendition of color and tonal relationships. The most common and obvious is that green foliage is rendered white. In January, there isn’t much foliage and the effect is much more subtle. In this case there is very little that would give away the IR camera. The output of he camera is almost pure monochromatic in spite of the fact that the raw files have a strong red cast to them. But the workup in Lightroom and Photoshop with the new Luminar as a plug-in gave me the tools to massage the image to bring out the texture in the active sky.

iPhone Astrophotography

•January 7, 2020 • 1 Comment
Moon photograph by iPhone September 19, 2019

The Moon photographed with iPhone and 120mm refracting telescope, September 19, 2019.

In a text message the other day a friend mentioned a new product to marry smartphones with telescopes. I remembered that I had dabbled with that recently so I found the image and worked it up for presentation here. I used a phone attachment accessory that cost something under $20.

The product my friend alerted me below is much more sophisticated and much more expensive, but really makes me curious about how it works

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