Friday, October 26, 2012

Starry Night...

I went out about midnight to find a place away from town to try and photograph the Orionid meteor shower. The sky was clear and the moon had set a little earlier.

I found a large oak tree, framed the shot and made exposures of about 25 seconds.
I was trying something new for me. In the past I had used low iso settings and long exposure times of minutes and hours to create star trails. This time I was using an iso of 3200 and 25 second exposures to try and capture the sky more as the eye sees it.
I was seeing lots of meteors but wasn't able to capture them in my images. I did capture this photo of light from a farmhouse diffused through trees.
It was a beautiful night to be out in northern Wisconsin.
Before heading home I found this large white pine tree in a field. I still didn't capture the meteors as they fell just out of frame, but I heard several packs of coyotes singing in the distance. All in all it was a very good night.


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

No pain in the aspen

Many trees had already lost their leaves by the time decent fall color showed up near Clam Lake Wisconsin.

So I was pleased to find this stand of quaking aspen
Looking resplendent in gold against the blue afternoon sky. 

I was near Clam Lake to try and photograph wild Wisconsin elk and finally found a lone bull just after sunset.


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Still no elk, but a little fall color

I hadn't had much luck photographing Wisconsin elk near Clam Lake.

So I decide to try the fall color. 

I found pockets of maple trees with beautiful leaves of gold and orange.
As a few clouds moved across the sky.
After photographing the colorful trees I resumed my search for elk before the sun set.
I didn't find any elk, but I did capture these jet contrails reflected in the water at sunset.
And a little bit of color just before dark.