Tuesday, July 19, 2011


On the mountain again - workin' on the 60" telescope, waitin' for the clouds to go away, watchin' the sunset and the lightning from 9000 ft.

Friday, July 15, 2011

20 minutes with Becky

It's rare when a photographer dad gets asked by his 23 year old daughter if he'll take her picture. As such, I was granted twenty minutes of her time today in broad daylight to photograph her.

In the backyard - trashin' the sun with two 1600ws AlienBees, I managed to get these shots . . .

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Selene behind Kitt Peak

This morning at 04:37 am from a calculated position on Sandario road, I got to see this sight. The atmospheric seeing was atrocious at the 2 degree elevation of the event from the desert floor - but . . .

This image was taken from 25 miles away from Kitt Peak. The larger of the two domes in the silhouette is the Mayall 4 meter telescope. The dome is 187 feet tall. This shot was obtained using an 800mm lens @ F/5.6.

A montage of images from the event . . .

Monday, July 4, 2011


After admiring Dean Ketelsen's amazing Kitt Peak sunset images, last month I had an idea for a spectacular image of the Moon setting behind the 4 meter Mayall telescope on Kitt Peak. I predicted the where, and when this would happen and subsequently made this image. The image is real - the only photoshop used was to composite the individual 7 frames of the scene taken at 1.5 minute intervals. Unfortunately clouds obscured the moon just prior to the actual silhouette.

The images were obtained with a Canon 5D mark II camera attached to a 400mm lens and 2X teleconverter for an effective focal length of 800mm.