My sister and I, along with her two kiddos, hopped into a rented Ford Fiesta last Thursday and headed to Las Vegas to see our dad.
Reno, Fernley, Fallon, Schurz, Hawthorne, Mina/Luning, Tonapah, Goldfield, Beatty, Indian Springs, Las Vegas…mostly at 75-80 mph. With a few “I have to use that sagebrush! NOW!” stops.
I started taking photographs at Walker Lake. Hold onto your seat and wipe the bugs off your teeth. When you see the fuzzy dark spots…those ARE bugs as I shot through the windshield.
Will post pics on the way back from Las Vegas in another post.
We had a beautiful sunrise this morning…if it wasn’t for the fact that I did a huge backwards stretch in my chair I wouldn’t have seen it. LOL! Grabbed my camera and ran outside, setting off the door alarm (before 7 am and the doors were still locked) as I did. Sheesh.
The moon and Mars this morning…taken on the way into work.
Then the moon yesterday morning, also right before entering my work building.
A BIG THANK YOU to all the wonderful photographers over on Facebook’s EarthSky group for guiding me on what settings to try. You are the BEST!
Last night, around 18:08, I gave the manual settings ISO 400, 1/1000, F5.6 a try on my Panasonic Lumix FZ150 and this is what I got:
***Note*** No tripod yet (hopefully it will come today or tomorrow); hand held; no cropping; I did run it through PhotoShop’s Cooling Filter (80). Does my camera have a great zoom or what?! 🙂
Click on image for a closer view.
I saw on EarthSky that there would be a great pairing of the moon and Venus so I took my camera out to the backyard yesterday evening…and promptly decided my tripod, that I’ve had for 25+ years, needs to be upgraded. LOL! I tried though and here are a few shots using my Panasonic FZ150.
PLEASE CLICK ON PHOTOS FOR CLOSER VIEW! 🙂
To set things up…a picture of STAR WALK app on my iPad.
Da Moon ~ around 5 pm using just the auto setting on my camera and hand held.
This one around 7-ish pm.
UPDATE: From EARTHSKY today:
When you look at a crescent moon shortly after sunset or before sunrise, you can sometimes see not only the bright crescent of the moon, but also the rest of the moon as a dark disc. That pale glow on the unlit part of a crescent moon is light reflected from Earth. It’s called “earthshine.”
🙂 That’s what I caught in this photograph!