Monthly Archives: November 2012

Day #1795

Posted by Caz on Thursday, 29th November 2012

Day #1795 Title: Heavenly Bodies
Location: Ingatestone
Camera: Canon EOS 7D / 100mm EF f/2.8 L IS USM
Notes: I have been meaning to try my hand at some star trails for most of the year, as it is Treasure Hunt theme #45. Tonight was finally the night! Very cold, I first had to scrape ice off the car before I went anywhere this evening! Then I headed to a spot which I hoped would be reasonably free of light pollution. Wrong! It didn’t help that there was a full moon, which pretty much overwhelmed any images made looking east, especially with the 10-22mm wide angle. So I tried my hand looking west, with the 100mm prime, in the hope of accentuating the stars’ movement in the  sky. Thanks to this excellent article on how to choose your exposure, I got some good initial pictures quite quickly. Then it was just a case of waiting. This is a composite (stacked with the free Startrails.de software) of 50 x 30s exposures @ f/2.8 and ISO 160. I took more, but the later images were obscured by thin high cloud, so I discarded them. Originally I was rather annoyed that I’d randomly chosen a region of the sky where aircraft regularly pass, but when I built the stack, I actually quite like the result (the straight lines on the left)! I was also amazed at how vivid the different colours are for each star trail. I nearly froze to death, but I’ll be having another go soon (probably when the moon is new).
One Year Ago: Day #1429
Two Years Ago: Day #1064
Three Years Ago: Day #699
Four Years Ago: Day #334

Day #1794

Posted by Caz on Wednesday, 28th November 2012

Day #1794 Title: Just A Leaf
Location: At home
Camera: Canon EOS 7D / 100mm EF f/2.8 L IS USM
Notes: I’ve been chained to my desk for most of the day, nose to the grindstone. During a brief non-raining respite to make a cuppa this afternoon, through the kitchen window I noticed this little leaf on the decking outside. I just had to nip out to make a picture.
One Year Ago: Day #1428
Two Years Ago: Day #1063
Three Years Ago: Day #698
Four Years Ago: Day #333

Day #1793

Posted by Caz on Tuesday, 27th November 2012

Day #1793 Title: Face Down November (Inclement Weather Edition)
Location: Heybridge Basin
Camera: Canon EOS 7D / 10-22mm EF-S f/3.5-4.5 USM
Notes: This wasn’t the location I originally had in mind for this month’s Face Down Tuesday. Initially I was going to shoot it at Paper Mill Lock which is about 5 miles from home, but I tried driving there today only to find the road closed due to severe flooding. No chance of getting anywhere near. So I journeyed further down the canal – all 13 miles – to the outlet at Heybridge Basin where it empties into the Blackwater Estuary via a tidal lock. Hardly a soul about today – and not surprising – due to the persistent drizzle. I was lucky to get this in the bag and drive home again before the deluge started in earnest once more.
One Year Ago: Day #1427
Two Years Ago: Day #1062
Three Years Ago: Day #697
Four Years Ago: Day #332

Day #1792

Posted by Caz on Monday, 26th November 2012

Day #1792 Title: I ♥ Light Painting
Location: At home
Camera: Canon EOS 7D / 10-22mm EF-S f/3.5-4.5 USM
Notes: I’ve had a very long work day today. Waving some flashing lights about in a darkened room this evening was about all I had time for! I liked the heart shape I managed to make with my “coathanger flasher” tool.
One Year Ago: Day #1426
Two Years Ago: Day #1061
Three Years Ago: Day #696
Four Years Ago: Day #331

Day #1791

Posted by Caz on Sunday, 25th November 2012

Day #1791 Title: Long Past Their Best
Location: Hanningfield Nature Reserve
Camera: Canon EOS 7D / 100mm EF f/2.8 L IS USM
Notes: These caught my eye as I was taking a walk in Hanningfield Reservoir Nature Reserve. I loved their golden colour against the creamy smooth bokeh in the background.
One Year Ago: Day #1425
Two Years Ago: Day #1060
Three Years Ago: Day #695
Four Years Ago: Day #330