Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Kuiper Observatory

Well - up on the mountain again. Can't seem to get enough of these things! Its approaching the New Year. 10 years ago I was up here for the change of the millenium - still the same after a decade.

So here is a couple of portraits of the beast - a 1.5 meter F/13 telescope built initially to survey the moon for Apollo landing sites. Still being used by astronomers today researching the remote environs of the universe . . .






All images were taken with a Canon 5D mark II | Sigma 12-24mm rectilinear zoom | ISO 200 | ~1.6 seconds @ F/8

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

On the Cover

A couple months ago, Dave Olsen of Zocalo Magazine contacted me about using one of my more "creative" Downtown architectural shots on the cover of Zocalo Magazine. Here is a peek - pick a copy up at some of the finer dinning areas around town!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

What a Hoot

I'm not a wildlife photographer. I don't like chasing animals through the wilderness; being cold, being hot, being wet . . . you get the picture. However - if the animals come to me - well, I might put out some minimal effort on their behalf.

While outside tending to the pool in the backyard, I happened to look up to see a magnificant Great Horned Owl hangin out in the palm tree next to the cement pond. It was smallish - probably a juvenile - but he allowed me to setup my wimberly mount and my 400mm lens to photograph him. :-)





Thursday, December 17, 2009

Submillimeter

Spent the last couple days on Mt. Graham again preping the VATT for the next observer with my colleage CJ. Had a few minutes in the late eveing to do some "portraiture" of the Submillimeter telescope (our next door neighbors on the mountain). Here are a few shots I got. The first is a two image combination of the center of the Milky Way taken last summer at Kitt Peak and a twilight shot of the SMT. Thanks for lookin.