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

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 I really thought this was my PocketCHIP’s time to shine, but gphoto2 was pretty out-of-date.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
Josef Haydn with the Church of Mariahilf
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Statue of Josef Haydn on Mariahilfer Str. Vienna, Austira

EXIF
ExposureTime 1/320
FNumber 8.0
Description Statue of Josef Haydn on Mariahilfer Str. Vienna, Austira
Title Josef Haydn with the Church of Mariahilf
FocalLength 14.0 mm
CreateDate 2017-05-14 06:15:07
GPSLongitude 16.353131
Lens 14mm f/2.8-1.4
ISO 125
GPSLatitude 48.199364
Model NIKON D610
Make NIKON CORPORATION
GPS Link View in OpenStreepMap
Osprey at Boulder County Fairgrounds
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Osprey sitting on a pole on the North East side of Cattail Pond in Longmont, Colorado.

EXIF
ExposureTime 1/1600
FNumber 5.6
Description Osprey sitting on a pole on the North East side of Cattail Pond in Longmont, Colorado.
Title Osprey at Boulder County Fairgrounds
FocalLength 200.0 mm
CreateDate 2017-05-06 19:05:52
Lens 70-200mm f/2.8
ISO 800
Model NIKON D610
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Male Western Meadowlark
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Male Western meadowlark on a fencepost at McIntosh Lake, Longmont, Coloardo.

EXIF
ExposureTime 1/320
FNumber 4.0
Description Male Western meadowlark on a fencepost at McIntosh Lake, Longmont, Coloardo.
Title Male Western Meadowlark
FocalLength 200.0 mm
CreateDate 2017-04-23 06:15:05
Lens 70-200mm f/2.8
ISO 1600
Model NIKON D610
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Red-Winged Blackbird Silhouette
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Male red-winged blackbird against the sunrise at McIntosh Lake.

EXIF
ExposureTime 1/4000
FNumber 2.8
Description Male red-winged blackbird against the sunrise at McIntosh Lake.
Title Red-Winged Blackbird Silhouette
FocalLength 200.0 mm
CreateDate 2017-04-23 06:08:44
Lens 70-200mm f/2.8
ISO 1600
Model NIKON D610
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Male House Finch
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The house finch is pretty common at my bird feeder. This particular finch came to scope me out while a female house finch (not pictured) was investigating the far end of the feeder.

EXIF
ExposureTime 1/160
FNumber 4.0
Description The house finch is pretty common at my bird feeder. This particular finch came to scope me out while a female house finch (not pictured) was investigating the far end of the feeder.
Title Male House Finch
FocalLength 200.0 mm
CreateDate 2017-04-19 10:56:40
Lens 70-200mm f/2.8
ISO 100
Model NIKON D610
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Equirectangular Bluebell Trail
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This photo was taken from the middle of Bluebell trail, the Flatirons, Chautauqua park, Boulder, Colorado. Photo was taken using a Nodal Ninja NN3 MKII on a Sirui T-025X carbon fiber tripod.

The image was created from 144 photos that were lens-corrected in Darktable, averaged using enfuse, and stitched using hugin. Created with 100% open source software.

EXIF
ExposureTime 1/60
FNumber 8.0
Description This photo was taken from the middle of Bluebell trail, the Flatirons, Chautauqua park, Boulder, Colorado. Photo was taken using a Nodal Ninja NN3 MKII on a Sirui T-025X carbon fiber tripod. The image was created from 144 photos that were lens-corrected in Darktable, averaged using enfuse, and stitched using hugin. Created with 100% open source software
Title Equirectangular Bluebell Trail
FocalLength 14.0 mm
CreateDate 2017-04-16 08:26:06
GPSLongitude -105.29006
Lens 14mm f/2.8-1.4
ISO 100
GPSLatitude 39.996313
Model NIKON D610
Make NIKON CORPORATION
GPS Link View in OpenStreepMap
Meeker from McIntosh Lake at Sunset
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Edited with all FOSS software, blended from three exposures: +0, -2, +2. Darktable and GIMP.

EXIF
ExposureTime 1/20
FNumber 16.0
Description Edited with all FOSS software, blended from three exposures: +0, -2, +2. Darktable and GIMP.
Title Meeker from McIntosh Lake at Sunset
FocalLength 70.0 mm
CreateDate 2017-03-11 18:38:23
Lens 24-70mm f/2.8
ISO 100
Model NIKON D610
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Bald Eagle at Union Reservoir
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Shot with a manual focus Nikon Nikkor 70-210mm f/4.5-5.6 that I got for $40. 210mm, f/4.5.

EXIF
ExposureTime 1/400
FNumber 0
Description Shot with a manual focus Nikon Nikkor 70-210mm f/4.5-5.6 that I got for $40. 210mm, f/4.5.
Title Bald Eagle at Union Reservoir
FocalLength 0.0 mm
CreateDate 2017-03-04 08:34:49
Lens 0mm f/0
ISO 100
Model NIKON D610
Make NIKON CORPORATION