Monday, August 18, 2008

Creative Photography, Night Fall


Something different again for Black holes, thought I would enter one of my shots in Creative Photography's weekly photo contest.

As I was on my way to our astronomy club's dark site to image the Perseid Meteor Shower, I noticed a little shack in the middle of nowhere, one side dark caused by the impending night the other side light caused by the Sun's last rays before it set in the west, looked cool, got a get a pic, so I slowed down looking for an off road to get the image before I lost the light and the moment. As I was doing that I noticed the guy behind me wasn't of like mind and almost ran into me, I think he must have known me, he waved at me and everything, at least I think that's what he was doing.

When you spend a lot of time under the stars one of the most beautiful times is when day turns into night, the stars, planets and Milky Way slowly start to appear with the darkness, working their way from the east to the west as if taking their place on stage ready for another Celestial play to begin once again.

Just got off the phone with Dr. Tony Phillips of SpaceWeather.com, we are so going to do lunch sometime, seems another aurora is happening tonight, never had both auroras and a bright Moon in the same image, should be interesting as the Moon takes away from the night, we shall see.

46 comments:

Two Feathers said...

I think this might be one of my favorite pictures! Wow!

Also, I had planned to email my address to you so that I could snag one of those Hannah Montana 3D glasses - but no can find said email.

I thought it was possible to email you through your blogger profile - but not today. As there seems to be no "contact me" link of any kind.

So - oh well.


I came here to tell you that and VOILA! before my very eyes this new post appeared! And I'm well... wowed - is that a word?

Bob Johnson said...

Hey Shirley, thanks so much, my email is bjohnson555@hotmail.com.\m/\m/\m/\m/.

Swubird said...

Hi Bob:

Great post. I loved the shot of the building beside the road. I looked at Elaine's winning image, and I think you have a good chance of winning the contest too. At any rate, you have my vote.

Good luch, and remember...

Happy stargazing.

Roger said...

\m/Great job Bob!\m/ Its about time you entered a Creative Photography contest.

Thank you for your submission and \m/welcome to the dance\m/

Chica said...

My cat loves your photos in the sidebar, she's just a kitty. hehe.

I love the top photo in this post to. :)

The Supplicant said...

Excellent shot Bob. You are demonstrating a great eye for what most people don't see. What I love is the fact that your shots are uniquely yours and not an attemt to copy what you've seen elsewhere. Kudo's to you my friend.

As for buddy waving ... how many fingers did you see? :-)

~JD

Sherer said...

Ah friendly drivers up in canada eh? I laughed aloud when i read that. good stuff - i like the photograph.

And the dramatic opening of the heavens every night is truly a breath-taking event to behold as the mighty planets make their appearnce followed by the rest of the celestial gang!

Daryl said...

Wonderful shot


:-Daryl

Patti said...

Great photo and definitely creative. :-)

I agree with you on the transition from day to night. And the change from night into day is also beautiful.

Susanne49 said...

It is very creativ, Bob! I like it, I like all your wideangle shots or do you use the fisheye?

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks swubird, glad you like the shot, I'm happy when I am able to pass on a moment before it's gone.\m/\m/

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks Roger, thought I'd put this one in, one of my favs.\m/\m/

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks Chica, I have a cat too, she mostly sleeps, not really into pics the way she used to be,lol.\m/\m/

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks JD, I think that's what it's all about, trying to pass on to someone else something you think is cool, and do it like Frank said, "My Way", lol.\m/\m/

Bob Johnson said...

Lol Jesse, it wasn`t like it was the end of the world, eh, being an amateur astronomer like moi, you would know about the transformation, always looking when it`s going to be just right for the old telescope.

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks Daryl, and thanks for dropping by.

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks Patti, you are so right, the transformation from night to day is just as remarkable, kind of sad for me, usually means back to work and reality,lol.

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks Susanne, yep, my fav lens, the Tokina 10-17 mm fisheye zoom lens, never leave home without it,lol.

Drowsey Monkey said...

Cool photo. What if the world looked like that to us... weird. After a few drinks, maybe, lol.

napaboaniya said...

:glasses: Cool picture!
Good luck in this week's contest!!

Ralph said...

Using the fisheye it appears as if some heavenly body is sitting menacingly above the plains...

Well, not that menacing or foreboding. Actually nice in B&W. A winner!

Bob Johnson said...

Lol drowsey, I'm beginning to see everything as through a fish eye lens, even without one.\m/\m/

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks napaboaniya, and thanks for dropping by,\m/\m/

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks Ralph, glad you like the shot.\m/\m/

Bond said...

Eerie and splendid all at the same time.

good luck this week

Dianne said...

I loved when you said you think the driver behind you was waving!!

here in NY/NJ people wave all day long ;)

I love your photo - that little house is standing still in time!

Ruth said...

That's very dramatic - good luck! I like how the dark turns to light in the image.

I laughed at the guy waving too, hehe.

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks bond, appreciate the comment.\m/\m/

Bob Johnson said...

Lol, thanks Dianne, so happy that everyone is so understanding there as well.\m/\m/

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks Ruth, I thought it was so nice of him to wave,lol.\m/\m/

João Soares said...

Nice blog.
Keep the good posts.
Hugs from Bioterra (Portugal)

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks joao soares, hope I'm pronouncing that right,lol, thanks for dropping by.

Tatiana said...

absolute beauty, such a gorgeousness Bob, and I so dream to be able to see and shoot beauties fo the kind some day. thanks for the great info too, as your blog and the stories, photos and videos you share is one of my favorites :)Have a great week ahead Bob!

Linda said...

What an absolutely wonderful shot!

I love pictures of day becoming night, they just have a feeling to them that no others do.

Good luck in the contest - great entry!

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks Tatiana, hey I do what I can,lol, you have a great week too.\m/\m/

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks Linda, and thanks for dropping by!\m/

aura said...

:greenalien: :S

All the best bob! Stunning pics

shirley said...

Hey Bob, just a quick note to let you know that I uploaded a present for you over at shirleytwofeathers, it's a picture of that nebula we were talking about last week. And if you don't remember which one - you will when you see it. LOL. :))

By the way - when will you know about the Contest results?

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks Aura, glad you like the pic.\m/\m/

Bob Johnson said...

Lol, Shirley, hello, not a nebula, but I get the idea.Thanks for the mention\m/\m/

Marvin the Martian said...

Glad you didn't get rear-ended! He was probably giving you the finger. In Texas, he'd probably have shot at you. ;-) You would have been in no danger, though, because he would have been drunk. LOL!

Bob Johnson said...

Lol. you crack me up marvin, glad I'm not in Texas.\m/\m/

Peter said...

Looking through a camera allows us to focus on things that we consider special and important in our lives.

Capturing that image and sharing it with others with or without the same heart, is just as special and important. Thank you!

Take Care,
Peter

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks so much Peter, and so well put.\m/\m/

Will said...

That one I had to blow up to really check it out. The grainy quality is perfect for the landscape. It could have been taken 80 years ago.

I am certainly jealous of all the auroras you get to witness up north!

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