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  • Thursday, July 30, 2009

    SkyWatch Friday; Columbus moon

    A few nights ago I was able to capture these photos of the
    waxing crescent moon. All pictures were captured with my
    Olympus attached to my tripod. I used the night setting for the
    first picture. I wasn't pleased because it clearly wasn't what I saw
    in the sky. I switch to auto without a flash and slightly adjusted
    the ISO. Now that's what I was looking at when I saw the moon in
    the south Columbus sky. Enjoy

    *Click images to enlarge

    Monday, July 20, 2009

    My World Tuesday; Photo transformation

    My Olympus Master 2 program has a free download addition that
    allows you to transform your photos into cartoons, watercolors or
    oil paintings.
    The watercolor

    The cartoon

    and the oil painting.

    *Click images to enlarge

    Saturday, July 18, 2009

    Stillness of the Night...

    Nick and I traveled to Cleveland on Thursday evening to
    watch our son play hockey. As I was leaving the arena I couldn't
    help but notice how still the night was, and the three flags I
    photographed seem to capture that.

    *Click image to enlarge

    Thursday, July 16, 2009

    SkyWatch Friday; Helicopter in the sky

    Once in a while a loud aircraft, of some kind, will fly over our house.
    We live very close to Rickenbacker Airport and we get to see all types of
    planes flying over our heads. This, however, was a police helicopter. And
    if you enlarge the second picture, you can see an officer leaning out looking
    at the ground.

    *Click images to enlarge

    Monday, July 13, 2009

    My World Tuesday; Random leftovers

    Covington Kentucky. It reminds me of the old Sands
    Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

    *Click images to enlarge

    Thursday, July 9, 2009

    SkyWatch Friday; Until the Next Thunderstorm

    These are last of my lightning
    photos until the next thunderstorm.
    The first 4 were captured with the
    Olympus Evolt E410 adjusted to action/sport
    setting with the flash turned off.
    Nick, acting as my photo partner, used the
    Nikon COOLPIX L18 also set to action/sport to catch
    the last picture.

    *Click images to enlarge

    Wednesday, July 8, 2009

    Still learning....the moon

    I had a lot of fun adjusting the Olympus and trying capture an interesting picture. Earlier in the day I googled "how to photograph the moon with a digital camera" and a plethora of sites appeared. I felt like Goldie Locks, one site was too technical, another site tried to sell me a book and yet another was for antiquated 35mm cameras. Then I searched in blogs and found enough info to get me through the evening without purchasing an expensive telescope and lens adapter so my camera can capture the mountains, valleys and craters of the moonscape. The one tip I did not heed was having a pad and pencil handy to make note of the different adjustments. Some of the photos could be better or clearer if I knew what mode and ISO settings I had taken them in the first place. Oh well, I'll better prepared on July 22nd.
    *Click images to enlarge

    Tuesday, July 7, 2009

    Full Moon Columbus

    Prior to my (learning period) attempt at capturing fireworks, I was
    able to snap some good full moon photos. I'll be out again tonight
    with the tripod and Olympus. A (barely visible) Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
    will occur tonight and I'm going to see if I can capture something
    interesting in the night sky.

    *Click images to enlarge

    Monday, July 6, 2009

    My World Tuesday; Trying to Capture Fireworks

    One of the things I like most about using the Olympus, is the
    ease and simplicity of the camera. Last night was the first
    time I tried to capture fireworks. The Evolt E-410 has multiple
    settings to fit every situation, including a specific "fireworks" mode.
    I had no intention of trying to capture fireworks this year, but I passed
    by my family room window at dusk and saw the full moon rising in the
    eastern sky. So, again I set up the tripod on the deck and captured
    some awesome moon shots (to be posted later). Then the residual,
    residential fireworks appeared. I quickly changed lenses and adjusted the
    shooting mode to "fireworks"and waited.....
    I did learn a lot and I'll be better prepared next time they light up
    the night sky. ENJOY!

    *Click images to enlarge

    Thursday, July 2, 2009

    SkyWatch Friday; 4th of July with Old Glory

    If you happen upon my town in central Ohio, you'll see
    many signs that July forth is being celebrated. These
    are just a few that I was able to capture this week.
    G-d Bless America!

    *Click images to enlarge