Category Archives: Night Photography

Happy 4th from Cape Poge

Fireworks in Edgar Town across Vineyard Sound

Happy 4th to all. I am spending a few days with a dear friend in Cape Poge (a semi-private island off Chappaquiddick.

Photographed with the Panasonic Lumix S1R and the Lumix 24-105 f/4 lens. Exposure triad: f/8, 4 sec, ISO 640.

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Milky Way Arcs Over Bar Harbor

Milky Way – a 7 image panorama

Captured from the top of Cadillac Mountain last weekend, June 16, 2018. Please click on the image for a larger rendition.

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Lumix GH5 Image Stabilization

 

Big Red Lighthouse, Holland State Park, Holland, MI.

This image was captured last night July 30, 2017 at 9:45.  Panasonic had sent me the relatively new 12 – 60 mm f/2.8 – F/4 Leica lens to show at SWMCCVC so I decided to take it out for a test.  The lens is absolutely amazing but what is more amazing is the GH5 and it Dual IS II when combined with this lens.  I tried this shot by holding the camera and framing the image using the articulating screen.  I did not get very good results so I brought the camera up to my eye and used the EVF.  The extra anchor of my face worked.  The lens was at 34 mm (68 mm FF equivalent). The exposure triad is f/3.8, 1 sec at ISO 200.  I was not very sure if this was going to work but it sure did.  Post processed to correct the horizon, pull back the highlights and open up the shadows a little.

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July 2, 2016 Fireworks in Boston

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All images captured using the Panasonic Lumix GX85. Horizontal frames were captured using the Lumix 7-14mm f/4 lens while the vertical frames were captured with the Lumix 14-140.

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Fireworks

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The 4th of July weekend is next.  The weather forecast for the Greater Boston area looks good so why not try photographing fireworks.  In addition to the annual Boston Pops concert and fireworks, the Boston Harbor Fest will also have a fireworks display on July 2, 2016.  Here is an excerpt from the festival site: “Various sailors will decorate their boats and light up the Inner Harbor on Saturday, July 2nd. Live music on Long Wharf will lead up to an incredible fireworks display over Boston’s Inner Harbor.”

Here is a link to my tips page for photographing fireworks.

 

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Cape Cod, Yellowstone and The Grand Tetons

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Just finalized the 2016 Fall Photo Tours and Workshops in Yellowstone and The Grand Tetons National Parks and Cape Cod.

Yellowstone and The Grand Tetons – October 1 through October 8, 2016 – Details Here

Cape Cod – October 12 through October 16, 2016 – Details Here

In addition, the September 2016 Iceland photo tour and workshop is nearly full – two spots are available – Details Here

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PANASONIC LUMIX G LEICA DG SUMMILUX 12mm, F1.4 ASPH Lens announced

leica 12mmFollowing up with the release of the exceptional Leica 100 – 400 mm nature and wildlife photographers’ dream lens, Panasonic has announced a new Leica 12mm (24 mm equivalent on MFT bodies) f/1.4 weather sealed wide-angle prime lens.  Suitable for great landscapes and with this f/1.4 speed it will be ideal for astro photography.  This will be Panasonic’s widest non-fish eye prime lens in the MFT lineup.  Hope to have one in my kit for my Iceland workshop in September.

It will be available later this summer for $1300 (rounded).

Here is the press release:

NEWARK, NJ (July 1, 2016) – Panasonic unveiled a new LEICA DG SUMMILUX 12mm/F1.4 ASPH. (35 mm camera equivalent: 24 mm) digital interchangeable lens for Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera based on the Micro Four Thirds standard. The new 12mm wide-angle lens enables photographers to capture beautiful group, event, and nature photography. It also allows indoor shooting in low lighting and produces an impressive, natural defocusing effect with its F1.4 aperture. In addition, the LEICA DG SUMMILUX 12mm/F1.4 ASPH. boasts a rugged, splash/dust-proof design (when combined with splash and dustproof LUMIX G Mirrorless camera models) to meet the needs of a wide-range of photographic situations.

Integrating two aspherical lenses, two UED (Ultra Extra-Low Dispersion) lenses and an ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) lens, the lens system is comprised of 15 elements in 12 groups. The adoption of five special lenses makes it possible to meet the stringent LEICA standard for exceptional image quality with high resolution and minimum distortion. In general, flare is commonly seen around the periphery of a point source with many high-speed lenses when a large aperture is employed. However, the new LEICA DG SUMMILUX 12mm/F1.4 ASPH. achieves high resolution from the center of the image to the corners by suppressing this flare. Users can take advantage of this lens to shoot a brilliant night skies or night scenes containing illumination to capture true-to-life images with minimal blurring and distortion at the edges. The multi-coated lens elements also minimize ghosting and flaring.

Incorporating an inner focus drive system and a stepping motor, the new LEICA DG SUMMILUX 12mm/F1.4 ASPH. is capable of smooth, silent operation together with the camera’s high-speed, high-precision contrast AF system for both photo and video recording. It is also compatible with the sensor drive at a maximum of 240 fps to take full advantage of cameras with high-speed AF. This stunning AF performance is excellent for recording 4K videos, where precise focusing is essential.

The LEICA DG SUMMILUX 12mm/F1.4 ASPH. comes with an aperture ring for direct, intuitive aperture control. Nine blades give the aperture a rounded shape that produces an attractively smooth effect in out-of-focus areas when shooting at larger aperture settings. A highly reliable metal mount assures durability for repeated use. The lens mount, the barrel and the hood are all made of metal to provide a sleek, sophisticated design that matches the entire line-up of LUMIX G Digital Single Lens Mirrorless (DSLM) cameras.

Specifications:

Focal length 12 mm
Maximum aperture F1.4
Minimum aperture F16
Aperture ring Yes
Number of diaphragm blades 9
Elements 15
Groups 12
Special elements / coatings 2 aspherical lenses, 1 ED lens, 2 UED lenses
Minimum focus 0.20 m (7.87″)
Maximum magnification 0.1×
Autofocus Yes
Motor type Stepper motor
Weight 335 g (0.74 lb)
Diameter 70 mm (2.76″)
Length 70 mm (2.76″)
Filter thread 62.0 mm
Hood Yes
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Lucy Vincent Beach – Martha’s Vineyard

 

Lucy Vincent Beach Sunset

Lucy Vincent Beach Sunset. Exposure triad ISO 400, f/25, 60 sec.

Concluded a great photo workshop in Martha’s Vineyard yesterday.  A great group of photographers, and some great locations on the island.  Inclement weather did not prevent us from photographing the opportunities that were presented.  This image is one of my favorites where the last rays of the sun just kissed the rock on the shore at Lucy Vincent Beach.  We stayed on to do some light painting and astro photography before winding up for the night.  (More images to follow)

The Night Sky at Lucy Vincent Beach. 14mm, Exposure Triad ISO 1250, f/2.8, 20 sec

The Night Sky at Lucy Vincent Beach. 14mm, Exposure Triad ISO 1250, f/2.8, 20 sec.

 

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Day after New Moon

A different time

A different time

On a whim I set up the Swarovski scope to its lowest magnification at 30X.  The camera was the Panasonic Lumix GH4 set at ISO 1600, and 1/60 sec shutter.  The image when clicked on is the full frame from the camera 4680 X 3072 pixels.  The adjustments made to the raw file are: highlight recovery of -29, white balance adjusted to 5700 Kelvin (to taste),  noise reduction using Topaz Denoise version 6. A a touch of contrast and clarity to finish.  All this in the hope the weather stays good and I can get a few images of Jupiter this weekend.  I did not use a remote shutter release but will for the Jupiter images.

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Light of Cape Cod – Photo Workshop

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A 4 day 3 night photo workshop that includes lodging and site fees

Mid Spring in Cape Cod is a multi faceted photo opportunity with truly spectacular scenics and some wildlife.  The tourists have not crowded the roads and traffic is not a nightmare.  This very special workshop is for all levels of photographers from beginner to advanced.  The Cape provides some of the most incredible landscapes and seascapes and the light during spring is exceptional.  We will explore and photograph the Cape’s classic sea shore, sand dunes, light houses and some wildlife (including migratory birds).  We will determine schedules and locations based on weather forecasts, tides and sunrise/sunset times.  We may even explore the opportunity to do some night photography.

(CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS)

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