Posts Tagged ‘photography’

Lunar Eclipse

Lunar Eclipse of 2010 Dec 21, taken at 01:53 -- Canon 40D 300mm f/5.6 ISO 1600 1.3s (edits: cropped to 50%)

I am supposed to be coding vertical cross-sections off of a 3D tomographic volume. Instead, I am chillin’ (somewhat literally) outside and enjoying the celestial expo.


Photo Gallery: Puerto Rico

In the midst of a prolonged Winter spill in Oklahoma, and the rest of the United States for that matter, I didn’t need much convincing to go to Puerto Rico for a gravity survey. Though it was mainly for work, we did get a chance to stop by the beach near the Aguadilla airport.

Puerto Rico 2010

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Photo Gallery: Oklahoma Ice Storm

I can’t believe it. My first ice storm! It’s not so pleasant: the cold, the wind, the loss of electricity, etc. After the brunt of the storm passed, I decided to beat cabin fever and took my camera for a walk to school.

Oklahoma Ice Storm

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Photo Gallery: China Revisited

The year started off with a return from Hawaii, and another visit to China. The trip was a great scientific endeavor, but I could say less for my photographic ventures. I saw my third solar eclipse, but was working that day so I didn’t bring my camera (RATS!). The setting was surreal as the pollution made viewing the eclipse possible without the need for optical doohickeys such as a pinhole projector. Oh, how I regretted not taking my camera that day.

I try to expand my photographic boundaries every trip I make. Although, I didn’t take much photographs this time around, I did learn a lot about photography. One that comes to mind is the importance of tripods. I took a light-weight tripod for the convenience of traveling, but sacrificed (what could have been) a good shot because of it. Lesson learned. Never again.

Bird's Nest

At least a few of the shots came out passable… Maybe.

Photo Gallery: Testing the waters in Hawaii

Hawaii 2010Hawaii, so many beautiful things to see. BUT, I was too busy stuffing my face with local food that I didn’t have much time to take photos. Coming back to the islands has become somewhat routine. I come home, stay at my mom’s house, and gain 20 pounds while I eat my way through island favorite (more on this late). This time around, I wanted to do something different.

Mainly due to the great influence of Chinese culture, I believe the state of Hawaii is the only state in the union to welcome each new year with ridiculous amounts of fireworks/firecrackers. The flares, smoke, and noise are ubiquitous at the stroke on midnight – and we wouldn’t want it any other way. I remember the weather report on New Year’s Eve: Partly cloudy with a chance of showers on the windward side throughout the day, with heavy patches of smoke appearing after midnight. Seriously, if you think dropping a ball in Times Square is exciting, come and stay in Waimanalo for new year celebration.

With that said, I took the opportunity to try firework photography. I’ve never done it before – “How hard can it be?”, I thought. Well, I’d say 2 of about 80 shots turned out well – but you be the judge. For that, I’d like to thank my anonymous neighbor for setting off the beautiful aerial fireworks. Note: aerial fireworks are not exactly legal in Hawaii (unless you have a commercial permit or something), so shhh…

I also tried capturing some high dynamic range (HDR) photographs, but these were hand-held ventures due to my lack of a tripod at the time.

Photo Gallery: China & Alcatraz

I had completely forgotten that I updated the photo gallery to include some shots from my December trips to China and Alcatraz. D’oh! I’ll leave the pictures below without captions, hopefully they’ll be self-evident as to which is which.

China 2009

Alcatraz 2009

Photo Gallery: GSA 2009

The Geological Society of America (GSA) hosted its annual meeting, this year, in Portland, Oregon. I was lucky enough to take a short afternoon hike around Multnomah Falls before the week-long conference began, and was able to take a couple of photographs. Okay… by a couple, I really meant three.

Oregon 2009

Later on, I got to the hotel room just in time to catch the afterglow, which is the Album’s cover shot (above). I forgot to pack a tripod, so my HDR mission is still incomplete. Perhaps on my next trip: China!