I came across a Rainbow Scarab in East TX, and decided to take a few minutes for some hand help macro using the Sony 70-200 G-Master on my RIII at: 1/250 sec, f/18, 200mm, ISO 320. The day was as sunny as they can get in Texas, so I could stop the aperture very significantlyContinue reading “Rainbow scarab”
While mowing I came across a very young fawn, hiding in the tall grass. Does hide their fawns while they go foraging, when the little ones are still too young to escape a predator. The new born fawns relie on hiding more than running, and they usually can be approached very close. Of course, whenContinue reading “Fawn”
While roller blading on White Oak bayou, within Houston city limits, I met a Nutria family: a mother and 3 juveniles from this year. All swimming in the bayou under the watch of a red eye turtle. I later got closer to the mother, while the youngsters were hiding in the drain.
Humming birds reside year round in Texas, and in many places in the country, one sees feeder in backyards. I decided to try that at our East Texas place, got a feeder from Walmart and filled it with sugar syrup before hanging it in a tree. It did not take long for a couple hummingContinue reading “Filming hummingbirds”
Whooping cranes are the tallest bird in North America, with over 7 feet of wing span. There are still around 500 individuals (506 in 2020 according to US Fish and Wild Life services) living in the wild, so they are also one of the rarest. Yet there are not too difficult to see in theirContinue reading “Whooping Cranes”
This fall and winter was dedicated to imaging the Cepheus area with a Hydrogen Alpha narrow band filter. However, at the low latitude from where I observe, Cepheus gets low on the horizon pretty early in winter. So I had to find another target to image during the late night. I decided to revisit anContinue reading “Visiting the Horse Head nebula in Narrowband”
Damselfiles (demoiselles) are smaller than dragonflies, and when at rest, they fold their wings over their bodies, unlike dragonflies who spread them open and flat. I found a few of them while visiting a creek in East Texas and took some time to do some Macro pictures.
Wild life in the city is amazing. Yesterday a Tiger Swallow Tail butterfly graced us with its presence for a few minutes, in the middle of Houston. I took the opportunity to play with the Sony 70-200 f/2.8 and Sony A7RIII and improvised, a few pictures in my front yard, all hand held. In macro,Continue reading “Tiger Swallow tail”
When close to both their perhelion and to Earth, comets can have a fast motion relative to the background sky. This is also the time when they are the brightest. If using very fast optics (the C11 + hyperstar, at f/2 for 280mm of aperture is well suited), it is possible make a video ofContinue reading “Objects moving in the sky”
A blazar is an active galactic nucleus with a relativistic jet (a jet composed of ionized matter traveling at nearly the speed of light) directed towards the observer. CTA 102 is a blazar-type quasar discovered in the early 1960s in the constellation Pegasus. It is also one of the two great false alarms in theContinue reading “Taking a picture of the most luminous blazar flare ever recorded.”