There is a lot of air traffic before 10PM. All of these contrarian trails need to be deleted before posting an image, but the excitement at 6AM is hard to contain, right?
New time stack with a new lens. First night cloudless, waxing moon and Mars as closed as it will be for the next two years. 7:30pm to 1:30am, not by choice but by battery charge. 8 seconds exposures at f5:6 at 200 ISO, every 30 seconds. Incandescent bulb white balance selection, because it works well with highway high discharge lamps.
After some time thinking about HDR, and doing HDR, I wanted to do star trails again, but finding the right night seemed impossible. Even on a beautiful night in Moab, during spring break, 15 miles away from town, in a secluded inn inside the Colorado river canyon, even then things did not line up. So for two nights in a row, checking that there will be no rain whatsoever, I have left the camera in the yard, pointing to the North Star with the intervalometer set on the camera. This example comes from 1 shot per minute at 200 ISO, 4″@f2.8 and focusing at infinite. From 10pm to 5am, that makes around 360 shots that I merged with starstax (for Macosx) and change the hue -180 degrees because no one likes highway orange flood lights.
Tgdaily brings us a Stanford paper about overcoming the physical limitations of our DSLR lenses.
Up until now we have been capturing light. What Ren Ng is proposing is to store per pixel the length of every ray of light hitting the sensor from the object pictured. In this fashion we almost have infinite depth of field and we only need computation power to extract the information for the depth of field needed. The final display will depend on the tastes of the viewer.
Imagine that, touch panels connected to enough power so the viewer can interact with the art in display, altering the artist point of view. Far out.
Can’t wait for the future.
For i have sold my first photograph! http://us.fotolia.com/id/2530358
Ansel, here I come! And thanks to the intrepid soul that bought the digital copy.
Ok, so what were the chances of doing so? Quite high apparently:
Both pics merged without too much hassle or distortion.
Proud photographer moment
How: Open night picture in GIMP. Open day picture as LAYER. Move the layer until the columns of the new Houston Downtown YMCA match. Merge down. Save As.