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Darryl Van Gaal
Works at Automotive manufacturing.
Attended Pauline Johnson Collegiate & Vocational School
Lived in Waterford, Ontario
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The Virgo Cluster

The Virgo Cluster is the closest cluster of galaxies to our own (about 70 million lighrt years to the center).
It not only contains over 2000 galaxies, it also has a noticeable gravitational pull on us!!!
See more of my deep space and landscape astrophotography images at www.darkclearskies.com

This image is around 1 hour of total exposure shot using a +Nikon USA  D7000 and an
+Orion Telescopes & Binoculars  ED80T CF telescope
The Virgo Cluster has a diameter of approximately 15 million light years which is only is only a bit larger than our local group, however it contains 50 times the galaxies.
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A call to all my birding friends

a quick shot from my back porch,  I'm thinking that this was a N.A. Kestrel?

Anyone....
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yes, the forefront bird is a hawk, I'd have to look up his under belly coloring to know which one
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I really really really need help with Namecheap pointing to my smugmug account....

anyone, Bueller, anyone......

**EDIT**  Figured out!!!!
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+Darryl Van Gaal Now that's the tip, thanks pal! All photographers, unite!
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Glow Sticks and Lesson Learned
While taking this image a while ago I found myself originally annoyed by the group seen in the lower left of the image.  The were a small group of 20 somethings tossing around some glow sticks.

I decided to snap off a few images anyway even though I realized that this groups antics would be difficult to remove in Post.

About 30 to 45 mins after this shot the group had moved on....  apparently they were moving on right past the location where I was shooting.  It was in the minutes to come that I came to realize that my original irritation was misplaced.

The leader of the group was an extremely friendly young man who insisted upon calling me Sir as he offered me one of the glow sticks from the group.  I politely refused the offer, only to have this group of very friendly and polite people insist that in order to enjoy the rest of my night, I would have to accept the offer.

After taking a ring of glow sticks the group asked me several questions about what I was doing with a camera in the dark.  I explained to the group that this area was a "Dark Sky" location and that if they looked in the right direction (which I instructed them on) that they would be able to see the Milky Way.   They were extremely grateful for my information and I had learned an important lesson about sharing the environment with everyone, even if they don't share the same passion as myself.

I don't know the name of the young gentleman from Toronto, Ontario. But I'd like to publicly thank him for teaching an old dog a new trick.

Reflecting upon this encounter I see how my original irritation was misguided!!!

Lesson learned!!!
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+John Dusseault thanks :)
+William Parmley thanks for your kind words William!
+Betty A Thank you kindly!
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Here is an image with very minimal post production work.
The only adjustments here are color balance and a tiny bit of contrast boost.  Essentially this is almost as it appeared  off the card.

I thought people might be interested to see an image with almost no PP
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I did notice you'd mentioned that, +Darryl Van Gaal​. You also mentioned that the adjustments were minor compared to others. I did understand they weren't pristine, right off the card, but close with a hint of correction, as it were.
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Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.
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A 20 second exposure as the night rises.
ISO - 100
Camera - Canon 6D
Lens - Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD  @  15mm  f/2.8
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Simply amazing
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Ever wonder how this happens?
It's explained in the description of the photo at my new site darkclearskies.com

or below on the photo
Thanks to ice crystals high in the Earth's atmosphere, we occasionally get to see this phenomenon called moon rings. Sunlight that is reflected off of the surface of the moon focus the light into a ring, resulting in this striking scene.
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http://www.darkclearskies.com/ has officially launched today!!!

Let me know what you think of the design....
Lots of work to do still, but I think it's a pretty good start!
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Looks great!
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Glow Sticks and Lesson Learned
While taking this image a while ago I found myself originally annoyed by the group seen in the lower left of the image.  The were a small group of 20 somethings tossing around some glow sticks.

I decided to snap off a few images anyway even though I realized that this groups antics would be difficult to remove in Post.

About 30 to 45 mins after this shot the group had moved on....  apparently they were moving on right past the location where I was shooting.  It was in the minutes to come that I came to realize that my original irritation was misplaced.

The leader of the group was an extremely friendly young man who insisted upon calling me Sir as he offered me one of the glow sticks from the group.  I politely refused the offer, only to have this group of very friendly and polite people insist that in order to enjoy the rest of my night, I would have to accept the offer.

After taking a ring of glow sticks the group asked me several questions about what I was doing with a camera in the dark.  I explained to the group that this area was a "Dark Sky" location and that if they looked in the right direction (which I instructed them on) that they would be able to see the Milky Way.   They were extremely grateful for my information and I had learned an important lesson about sharing the environment with everyone, even if they don't share the same passion as myself.

I don't know the name of the young gentleman from Toronto, Ontario. But I'd like to publicly thank him for teaching an old dog a new trick.

Reflecting upon this encounter I see how my original irritation was misguided!!!

Lesson learned!!!
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Share for the group
 
Here is an image with very minimal post production work.
The only adjustments here are color balance and a tiny bit of contrast boost.  Essentially this is almost as it appeared  off the card.

I thought people might be interested to see an image with almost no PP
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Look like a rainbow after a rainy night with a lil sparkle
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I thought the group might like this shot I took facing west shortly after Nautical Twilight.
 
Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.
Desmond Tutu

A 20 second exposure as the night rises.
ISO - 100
Camera - Canon 6D
Lens - Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD  @  15mm  f/2.8
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Into the Sunset
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This is so lovely!
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Work
Occupation
Coatings (Paint) defect analyst.
Skills
SPC, Coatings Defect Troubleshooting and Resolution
Employment
  • Automotive manufacturing.
    Defect Analyst (QSA), 1989 - present
    Automotive coatings C.S.I. - If something is there that shouldn't be, I'm your guy!
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Previously
Waterford, Ontario - Brantford, Ontario - Georgetown, Ontario - Sarnia, Ontario
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Is it dark out yet?
Introduction
Darryl is a photographer that has a special ardency for the night sky.
He specializes in both landscape and deep space astrophotography, his work has appeared as the NASA APOD as well as being seen in science and astronomy publications.

His involvement on Google Plus and his “Tips and Tricks” section on his blog are a testament to his willingness to share what he has learned during his growth as a landscape astrophotographer with other photographers who are willing to learn.

Why do I spend hours alone, capturing images of the night sky? 

In short, because I can, and because I care!!

Back in 1600’s when Galileo Galilei was looking through his homemade telescopes and publishing books about his findings, the night skies were so dark that the Milky Way Galaxy, Jupiter and Venus were bright enough to cast shadows on the ground.

Today most people in North America have never seen the Milky Way, it’s not that the stars are any less bright today, it’s that the glow from artificial light, and polluted skies are affecting our ability to see the stars.

In 2003 when the Northeast blackout occurred, 911 operators in North American cities received calls about a  “Strange Silvery Cloud” in the night sky.  For many, that was the first, and the last time they’ll ever see the milky way with their own eyes.

Unless we, as the caretakers of the earth, start using dark sky friendly lighting and take measures to reduce both the light and air pollution we release into the skies above, we may be one of the last generations able to see the Milky Way.

If my work inspires at least one person to become an advocate for the night sky, it will have been worth every second of time I’ve spent alone in the dark, or in the cold, with my lens pointed skyward.

Darryl W. Van Gaal

Bragging rights
No need for me to brag.
Education
  • Pauline Johnson Collegiate & Vocational School
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