I take a lot of photos. I have no idea how or where to host them. Here’re some recent’ns.

Sagrada Família Vertorama
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Interior HDR Vertorama composed of 15 bracketed photos taken hand-held inside Sagrada Família in Barcelona, Spain.

Technical

15 photos, 3 exposures -1, 0, +1 EV, lens correction applied in Darktable, blended using align_image_stack and G’MIC to create 5 HDR images. Imported to Hugin to create a vertorama.

EXIF
ExposureTime 1/160
FNumber 2.8
FocalLength 14.0 mm
CreateDate 2018-05-17 07:33:55
Lens 14mm f/2.8-1.4
ISO 1600
Model NIKON D610
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Statue of Liberty
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A pretty overcast day, flat altostratus clouds made for a totally boring background that I completely blew out. On the plus side, the Nikon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 that I rented was more than up to the task of taking a nice sharp picture of the statue.

EXIF
ExposureTime 1/320
FNumber 8.0
FocalLength 300.0 mm
CreateDate 2018-03-28 10:32:43
Lens 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6
ISO 100
Model NIKON D610
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Orion Cloud Complex
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Orion cloud complex from my back yard.

Equipment

  • Nikon D610
  • iOptron Skyguider Pro
  • 11 Frames captured at ISO 800, 45 seconds, f/2.8
  • Processed using all libre software.

Software

  • Debian GNU/Linux buster
  • Siril (GPLv3 license)
    • Global Star Alignment (deep sky)
    • Sum Stacking
    • Winsorized Sigma Clipping – all images in sequence
    • Background Extraction
    • Color Calibration
    • Auto stretching
  • Raw Therapee (GPLv3 license)
    • LAB noise reduction
    • Cropping
  • GIMP 2.8 (GPLv3 license)
    • Saturation
    • Sharpening
EXIF
ExposureTime 42.2
FNumber 2.8
FocalLength 200.0 mm
CreateDate 2018-03-10 21:35:40
Lens 70-200mm f/2.8
ISO 800
Model NIKON D610
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Waning Gibbous
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Taken from my backyard, bortle 6/7 zone

Equipment

  • Nikon D610 using T-Ring at prime focus
  • Celestron NexStar 5se
  • 41 Frames captured at ISO 800, 1/500 sec
  • Processing
  • Processed using all libre software.

Software

  • Debian GNU/Linux buster
  • Siril (GPLv3 license)
    • Image Pattern Alignment (Planetary Full Disk)
    • Sum Stacking
    • Best Images (planetary) — 50% of frames (21 images)
    • Wavelets Transform — BSpline, 1st plan 25.00 and that’s it
  • Raw Therapee (GPLv3 license)
    • LAB noise reduction
    • Cropping
    • White balance
EXIF
ExposureTime 1/80
FNumber 0
FocalLength 0.0 mm
CreateDate 2018-03-04 00:13:35
Lens 0mm f/0
ISO 125
Model NIKON D610
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Snowflake Macro
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Had the day off today for President’s Day. Decided to spend it hunched over taking macro photos of snowflakes. This was taken using 3 extension tubes totaling 68mm. I found that I needed auto-focus very much so I decided to forego doing reverse-lens work, although I think the additional magnification would have been nice to have. This is an averages stack of 3 aligned images.

EXIF
ExposureTime 1/5
FNumber 11.0
Description Had the day off today for President’s Day. Decided to spend it hunched over taking macro photos of snowflakes. This was taken using 3 extension tubes totaling 68mm. I found that I needed auto-focus very much so I decided to forego doing reverse-lens work, although I think the additional magnification would have been nice to have. This is an averages stack of 3 aligned images.
Title Snowflake Macro
FocalLength 50.0 mm
CreateDate 2018-02-19 15:52:18
Lens 50mm f/1.8
ISO 100
Model NIKON D610
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Orion Nebula, M42
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This is the Great Orion Nebula, M42. I realized this is fairly easy to see with a sufficient optical boost from my backyard which is roughly Bortle 6/7. This is my second night trying to image this object (or any DSO, actually).

This is a stack of 10x88-second exposures (roughly 15 minutes total exposure time). Polar-alignment on my SkyGuider Pro proved to be a bit difficult (once I added the camera and counter balance I had to re-align), so this 15 minutes is the result of me fiddling for an hour and a half or so. I did all the processing for this photo using libre software. Camera/lens correction in RawTherapee, aligned using align_image_stack in Hugin, average stacking using G’MIC, final stacked image tone curve/RGB curve/saturation adjustments in RawTherapee.

EXIF
ExposureTime 88
FNumber 2.8
Description This is the Great Orion Nebula, M42. I realized this is fairly easy to see with a sufficient optical boost from my backyard which is roughly Bortle 6/7. This is my second night trying to image this object (or any DSO, actually). This is a stack of 10x88-second exposures (roughly 15 minutes total exposure time). Polar-alignment on my SkyGuider Pro proved to be a bit difficult (once I added the camera and counter balance I had to re-align), so this 15 minutes is the result of me fiddling for an hour and a half or so. I did all the processing for this photo using libre software. Camera/lens correction in RawTherapee, aligned using align_image_stack in hugin, average stacking using G’MIC, final stacked image tone curve/RGB curve/saturation adjustments in RawTherapee
Title Orion Nebula, M42
FocalLength 200.0 mm
CreateDate 2018-02-17 20:34:58
Lens 70-200mm f/2.8
ISO 400
Model NIKON D610
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Jumping Spider
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Jumping spider I found wandering around my counter this morning. Taken with the pop-up flash on my camera and a 12mm extension tube (and then heavily cropped). By the time I got my external flash and my 20mm extension tube my friend the spider was gone.

EXIF
ExposureTime 1/250
FNumber 2.8
Description Jumping spider I found wandering around my counter this morning. Taken with the pop-up flash on my camera and a 12mm extension tube (and then heavily cropped). By the time I got my external flash and my 20mm extension tube my friend the spider was gone.
Title Jumping Spider
FocalLength 70.0 mm
CreateDate 2017-12-29 08:31:51
Lens 24-70mm f/2.8
ISO 640
Model NIKON D610
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Bald Blue Jay
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Evidently…in late summer each year juvenile blue jays exhibit a very unusual molt pattern. The things you notice when you have a bird feeder :)

EXIF
ExposureTime 1/800
FNumber 5.6
Description Evidently…in late summer each year juveniles blue jays exhibit a very unusual molt pattern. The things you notice when you have a bird feeder :)
Title Bald Blue Jay
FocalLength 400.0 mm
CreateDate 2017-08-25 13:16:00
Lens 70-200mm f/2.8
ISO 1100
Model NIKON D610
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Solar Eclipse
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The view of a 93.8% solar eclipse from Sandstone Ranch in Longmont, Colorado. These photos were taken from 10:23 AM MDT – 1:14 PM MDT. The center of this image is the peak of 93.8% of the sun obscured at 2017-08-21T11:47:39-06:00.

Gear

eclipse camera setup (the big blurry spot is a scratch on the lens of my Nexus 5x)
eclipse camera setup (the big blurry spot is a scratch on the lens of my Nexus 5x)
  1. Nikon D610 - full-frame DSLR that I’ve had for a few years
  2. Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II - longest lens I own
  3. Nikon Auto Focus-S FX TC-20E III 2x Teleconverter - gave me an effective 400mm focal length
  4. iOptron SkyGuider Pro - this canceled out the motion of the earth relative to the sun, so didn’t have to worry about constantly realigning my camera.
  5. Thousand Oaks 77mm threaded mylar solar filter
  6. ThinkPad x230 acting as a shitty intervalometer

“Software”

(notice the quotes)

I used my ThinkPad x230 as a shitty intervalometer rather than my x220 as I have no faith in the battery life of the x220. I really thought this was my PocketCHIP’s time to shine, but gphoto2 was pretty out-of-date. Updating to stretch proved to be a bad time, as one might expect. I used gphoto2 to take 7 pictures every 4(ish) minutes at different exposures using a bash script I wrote:

#!/usr/bin/env bash

starttime="$(date +%s)"

# 4 Minutes intervalometer
sleeptime=$(( 4 * 60 ))

gphoto2 --camera='Nikon DSC D610' --set-config autoiso=1

while /bin/true; do
    # Shutter delay 1s to avoid mirror-up shake
    gphoto2 --camera='Nikon DSC D610' --set-config d06a=2
    gphoto2 --camera='Nikon DSC D610' --set-config f-number=f/8 \
        --set-config capturetarget=1 \
        --set-config shutterspeed=0.005 \
        --set-config iso=100 \
        --set-config imagequality=3 \
        --trigger-capture
    sleep 1

    # Turn off shutter delay
    gphoto2 --camera='Nikon DSC D610' --set-config d06a=3
    gphoto2 --camera='Nikon DSC D610' --set-config f-number=f/8 \
        --set-config capturetarget=1 \
        --set-config shutterspeed=0.00125 \
        --set-config iso=100 \
        --set-config imagequality=3 \
        --trigger-capture
    sleep 1

    # Shutter delay 1s to avoid mirror-up shake
    gphoto2 --camera='Nikon DSC D610' --set-config d06a=2
    gphoto2 --camera='Nikon DSC D610' --set-config f-number=f/11 \
        --set-config capturetarget=1 \
        --set-config shutterspeed=0.005 \
        --set-config iso=100 \
        --set-config imagequality=3 \
        --trigger-capture
    sleep 1

    # Turn off shutter delay
    gphoto2 --camera='Nikon DSC D610' --set-config d06a=3
    gphoto2 --camera='Nikon DSC D610' --set-config f-number=f/11 \
        --set-config capturetarget=1 \
        --set-config shutterspeed=0.00125 \
        --set-config iso=100 \
        --set-config imagequality=3 \
        --trigger-capture
    sleep 1

    # Shutter delay 1s to avoid mirror-up shake
    gphoto2 --camera='Nikon DSC D610' --set-config d06a=2
    gphoto2 --camera='Nikon DSC D610' --set-config f-number=f/11 \
        --set-config capturetarget=1 \
        --set-config shutterspeed=0.02 \
        --set-config iso=100 \
        --set-config imagequality=3 \
        --trigger-capture
    sleep 1
    gphoto2 --camera='Nikon DSC D610' --set-config f-number=f/8 \
        --set-config capturetarget=1 \
        --set-config shutterspeed=0.125 \
        --set-config iso=100 \
        --set-config imagequality=3 \
        --trigger-capture
    sleep 1
    gphoto2 --camera='Nikon DSC D610' --set-config f-number=f/8 \
        --set-config capturetarget=1 \
        --set-config shutterspeed=0.5 \
        --set-config iso=100 \
        --set-config imagequality=3 \
        --trigger-capture
    sleep 1

    sleep $sleeptime
done

endtime="$(date +%s)"
totaltime=$(( endtime - starttime ))
echo "Total time: $totaltime"

Overall I was happy with this setup. You can see sunspots in each of my images fairly clearly. So what changes for the 2024 eclipse? Longer lenses never hurt anyone: I wasn’t a huge fan of the teleconverter and I felt that I lost some sharpness. I’m also not sure that I didn’t lose some sharpness with my solar filter, too.

EXIF
ExposureTime 1/200
FNumber 8.0
Description The view of a 93% solar eclipse from Sandstone Ranch in Longmont Colorado.
Title Solar Eclipse
FocalLength 400.0 mm
CreateDate 2017-08-21 10:17:27
GPSLongitude -105.037979
Lens 70-200mm f/2.8
ISO 100
GPSLatitude 40.152786
Model NIKON D610
Make NIKON CORPORATION
GPS Link View in OpenStreepMap
Adult male broad-tailed hummingbird
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Hummingbird that frequents my feeder. Sounds like a little UFO zooming around my backyard.

EXIF
ExposureTime 1/1000
FNumber 5.6
Description Hummingbird that frequents my feeder. Sounds like a little UFO zooming around my backyard.
Title Adult male broad-tailed hummingbird
FocalLength 400.0 mm
CreateDate 2017-08-07 16:33:25
Lens 70-200mm f/2.8
ISO 3200
Model NIKON D610
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Lily
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A lily Blazey potted last weekend.

Used a 12mm extension tube to focus a little closer in this instance.

EXIF
ExposureTime 1/200
FNumber 13.0
Description A lily Blazey potted last weekend.
Title Lily
FocalLength 200.0 mm
CreateDate 2017-07-07 17:06:55
Lens 70-200mm f/2.8
ISO 320
Model NIKON D610
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Yellowjacket on a bougainvillea
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Saw a lethargic yellowjacket on a bougainvillea in my yard this morning.

EXIF
ExposureTime 1/800
FNumber 0 (f/16)
Description Saw a lethargic yellowjacket on a bougainvillea in my yard this morning.
Title Yellowjacket on a bougainvillea
FocalLength 0.0 mm (70mm, reversed)
CreateDate 2017-06-24 09:29:03
Lens 0mm f/0 (Nikkor 70-210mm f/4.5-f/5.6)
ISO 3200
Model NIKON D610
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Bushtit
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Super tiny bird that kept attacking its reflection in the window of my office. I went outside and there were a group of these tiny birds in my bushes. I think it is a bushtit.

EXIF
ExposureTime 1/500
FNumber 2.8
Description Super tiny bird that kept attacking its reflection in the window of my office. I went outside and there were a group of these tiny birds in my bushes. I think it is a bushtit.
Title Bushtit
FocalLength 200.0 mm
CreateDate 2017-06-16 10:45:51
Lens 70-200mm f/2.8
ISO 560
Model NIKON D610
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Young Bull Moose
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A young bull moose wandered into the Moraine Park Campground at Rocky Mountain National Park.

EXIF
ExposureTime 1/80
FNumber 5.0
Description A young bull moose wondered into the Moraine Park Campground at Rocky Mountain National Park.
Title Young Bull Moose
FocalLength 200.0 mm
CreateDate 2017-06-03 19:43:43
Lens 70-200mm f/2.8
ISO 1000
Model NIKON D610
Make NIKON CORPORATION
State Opera House Vienna, Austria
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Night time view of the state opera house in Vienna, Austria. This view was the cause of the loss of the lens that took this image :((

EXIF
ExposureTime 3
FNumber 8.0
Description Night time view of the state opera house in Vienna, Austria. This view was the cause of the loss of the lens that took this image :((
Title State Opera House Vienna, Austria
FocalLength 14.0 mm
CreateDate 2017-05-18 13:18:10
GPSLongitude 16.368597
Lens 14mm f/2.8-1.4
ISO 100
GPSLatitude 48.204131
Model NIKON D610
Make NIKON CORPORATION
GPS Link View in OpenStreepMap
Pestsäule
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A column on Graben St. in Vienna, Austria. It is not a Christmas Tree.

EXIF
ExposureTime 1/40
FNumber 8.0
Description A column on Graben St. in Vienna, Austria. It is not a Christmas Tree.
Title Pestsäule
FocalLength 14.0 mm
CreateDate 2017-05-17 21:28:08
GPSLongitude 16.369675
Lens 14mm f/2.8-1.4
ISO 100
GPSLatitude 48.208657
Model NIKON D610
Make NIKON CORPORATION
GPS Link View in OpenStreepMap
Hofberg from Michaelerplatz
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A view of the Hofberg palace complex looking South West from Michaelerplatz

EXIF
ExposureTime 1/15
FNumber 8.0
Description A view of the Hofberg palace complex looking South West from Michaelerplatz
Title Hofberg from Michaelerplatz
FocalLength 14.0 mm
CreateDate 2017-05-17 21:16:40
GPSLongitude 16.366549
Lens 14mm f/2.8-1.4
ISO 100
GPSLatitude 48.20794
Model NIKON D610
Make NIKON CORPORATION
GPS Link View in OpenStreepMap
Museum of Natural History, Vienna
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Natural History Museum, built 1881 in Maria-Theresien-Platz, Vienna, Austria

EXIF
ExposureTime 4
FNumber 8.0
Description Natural History Museum, built 1881 in Maria-Theresien-Platz, Vienna, Austria
Title Museum of Natural History, Vienna
FocalLength 14.0 mm
CreateDate 2017-05-17 20:46:33
GPSLongitude 16.361255
Lens 14mm f/2.8-1.4
ISO 100
GPSLatitude 48.204944
Model NIKON D610
Make NIKON CORPORATION
GPS Link View in OpenStreepMap
Monument for empress Maria Theresien
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Monument for empress Maria Theresien in Maria-Theresien-Platz Vienna, Austria

EXIF
ExposureTime 4
FNumber 8.0
Description Monument for empress Maria Theresien in Maria-Theresien-Platz Vienna, Austria
Title Monument for empress Maria Theresien
FocalLength 14.0 mm
CreateDate 2017-05-17 20:43:04
GPSLongitude 16.361255
Lens 14mm f/2.8-1.4
ISO 100
GPSLatitude 48.204944
Model NIKON D610
Make NIKON CORPORATION
GPS Link View in OpenStreepMap
Neue Burg, Hofberg Palace, Vienna Austria
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Back side of Neue Burg, part of the Hofberg Palace complex in Vienna

EXIF
ExposureTime 1/80
FNumber 8.0
Description Back side of Neue Burg, part of the Hofberg Palace complex in Vienna
Title Neue Burg, Hofberg Palace, Vienna Austria
FocalLength 14.0 mm
CreateDate 2017-05-14 06:32:21
GPSLongitude 16.365428
Lens 14mm f/2.8-1.4
ISO 125
GPSLatitude 48.205018
Model NIKON D610
Make NIKON CORPORATION
GPS Link View in OpenStreepMap