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Lunar eclipse April 15, 2014
Running back out for sunset...
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Total Lunar Eclipse Tomorrow Night
Depending upon where you live on the planet, a lunar eclipse will occur starting either late April 14 or in the early morning hours of April 15.  NASA provides the times in Universal TIme (UT):

For viewers in North America, here's the approximate timing for viewers on the West Coast (PDT time zone):

10:58pm (Mon) partial lunar eclipse begins
12:07am (Tues) total lunar eclipse begins
12:47am (Tues) maximum lunar eclipse
  1:25am (Tues) total lunar eclipse ends
  2:33am (Tues) partial lunar eclipse ends

The moon will actually start to dim around 9:55 pm as the moon starts to enter the earth's penumbra, the dim edge of the earth's shadow, and it won't fully exit the penumbra until 3:36 am.

The moon will be very high in the sky during this time, and a program such as +PhotoPills can help you plan shots at these times, to line up the moon with natural or man-made objects: Here's an example of a time-lapse video I captured in 2011, where I aligned the moon in eclipse passing right past the tip of the Transamerica Building in San Francisco: 

I'm providing these old photos of mine from 2007 to show you that you can get decent results without needing the latest or most expensive DSLR camera.  I captured these on a 10 megapixel Canon Digital Rebel XTi manufactured in 2006, and here are some notes I took afterwards:
Lessons Learned: Photographing the Lunar Eclipse
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Death Valley Photographer's Sandbox
Mesquite Flat Dunes are a great place for photographers to go play!  If you click on the picture you can see a little tiny person up on the dunes, dwarfed by their immense size.

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Well that was the name I had thought of giving my Band 30 years back...................." Heavy Rock Loose Sand".
This photo brings back memories.
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Last Light on Death Valley
As seen from the Panamint Mountains last weekend.  You can see how little of the salt flats became wet enough to re-crystallize into a fresh, white surface.  Death Valley is many miles across, so it looks like it's a 1.5 to 2 mile walk to the large expanse of white salt.  Fortunately you can find smaller patches along the sides of the salt flats.

I'm working on my fall/winter photography workshop schedule, and will put the Death Valley dates here:
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Wow beautiful picture and smart u
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What if Google+ Offered A Revenue Model?
Google+ is doing pretty well so far, but part of the success of +YouTube is having a strong community of content creators, many of whom make a full time living creating content for YouTube.  What if people creating some of the better content for G+ had a business model here whereby they could contribute more, perhaps even full time?  

Why not let people on G+ opt in to see a few ads on the screen, perhaps in exchange for gaining access to premium features (higher circle limit, etc.) and seeing premium content?  Would you opt in for either more features or more/better content?
YouTube, Google+ & LinkedIn Drive the Most Engaged Referral Traffic

...according to this study released by +Shareaholic. While Facebook and Twitter each drive more traffic to sites, Shareaholic found that on the whole visitors from Youtube, Google+, and LinkedIn:

1. Spent more time on site
2. Visited more pages on sites
3. Had a lower bounce rate

...than traffic from other major social networks, including Twitter and Facebook.

HT +Vic Gundotra 
Social discovery and sharing platform Shareaholic today released its first report examining engaged social referrals. Since many of us spend an egregious amount of time using social ...
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If only they had listened to us in the beginning! lol
+Alex Schleber yea I have a friend who is not a photographer and has been on the SUL since it first came out. She's been on it still, even though she hasn't posted in a year.
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Lunar Eclipse Time-lapse, Catch One April 14/15, 2014
Below is an example of a time-lapse video which you can capture during a lunar eclipse, and here are a couple of blog posts introducing time-lapse photography:

Create a Timelapse Video on Your Digital Camera
Create a Timelapse Video of a Meteor Shower

#lunareclipse   #astronomy   #astrophotography   #timelapse   #tutorial  
Timelapse Video of Lunar Eclipse - Transamerica Building Conjunction
Astronomical predictions for the moon and a few basic geometry calculations predicted that the moon would reach the top of the Transamerica Buidling from this shooting location, which I located on +Google Earth using +The Photographer's Ephemeris

When +Panoramio's +Gerard Sanz and I arrived early to shoot a timelapse sequence, the moon traveled right to the top of the building, as predicted!

Here's a blog post with more examples of moon-object alignments: 

Here's another time-lapse video, showing the moon rising behind Half Dome:

Eclilse video on +YouTube
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Hey +Jeff Sullivan, how do you manage your exposure when doing a full timelapse of the lunar eclipse from full moon to partial to full eclipse?? Do you do it all manually and fix the exposures to eliminate flickering later? Or some bramping is involved? Thanks!
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More Endangered Than Most
Desert tortoise populations have declined up to 90% in recent decades due to human activities such as housing developments, energy development and grazing.  They spend up to 95% of their time in burrows, where they may get trapped or succumb to heat if the burrow collapses due to a vehicle or large animal.  They like sandy soil, and when visiting sand dunes people can cause these collapses.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manages endangered species, and many desert tortoises are on land administered by the Bureau of Land Management.  A center was established by the BLM to care for desert tortoises, mainly surrendered pets.  

In the last 2 days some many news reports have falsely implied that the BLM was euthanizing the protected wild tortoises.  The misrepresentation of fact must be intentional, since the Desert Tortoise Conservation Center clarified the situation in a press release months ago.

Aug 26, 2013
Statement Regarding Media Reports on Status of Desert Tortoise at the Desert Tortoise Conservation Center in Nevada
Recent media reports regarding the status of desert tortoises at the Desert Tortoise Conservation Center (DTCC) have implied that the FWS is currently euthanizing desert tortoises at the facility. We want the public to know that the FWS is not euthanizing healthy tortoises.
The DTCC was established in 1990 to receive wild tortoises in harm’s way from development and has taken in unwanted pets since 1996. Over 1,000 tortoises arrived at the DTCC each year, and approximately 98 percent of those are surrendered or stray pets. Science-based protocols developed for desert tortoises brought to the DTCC have been instrumental in helping the FWS maintain a healthy population of desert tortoise in the wild. Managing to recover desert tortoise, a threatened species, is a complex task in which all options need to be considered, and all risks and benefits to the species must be assessed.
Many pet tortoises, unfortunately, are diseased or otherwise in poor health, and run the risk of spreading disease to wild tortoises. These tortoises cannot be relocated to the wild, or otherwise contribute to recovery of the desert tortoise population. Sometimes euthanasia of unhealthy pet tortoises is necessary, but only as last resort, and only after we evaluate other options. All healthy tortoises at the DTCC will be relocated to sites that will support the recovery of the species.
Progress is being made on translocating the healthy DTCC tortoise population to the wild. A Programmatic Environmental Assessment is complete, and tortoises are already being translocated by the FWS to an approved site in Trout Canyon, Nevada. Public scoping for a second translocation plan was completed Aug 22, 2013, for a proposed translocation area south of Coyote Springs, Nevada.
The Animal Foundation (TAF), Lied Animal Shelter continues to take in unwanted pet tortoises from the public. However, the fact remains that the DTCC does not currently have the capacity or the funding to accept and care for additional tortoises.
Recovery of the desert tortoise in the wild continues to be our top priority. However we are deeply concerned about the growing number of unwanted pets, and will continue to work with our partner agencies toward finding a suitable solution for tortoises that cannot be returned to the wild.
Posted on August 26, 2013

The factual misrepresentations are coming up in a story about a Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy who reportedly owes $1.1M in grazing fees to the BLM, and who following decades of debate over the issue in federal court has been issued court orders starting in 1998 to pay the grazing fees or remove his cattle and to not interfere with removal operations if he fails to remove them himself.  The matter has gained national attention in recent days as people have flocked to the ranch to side with Bundy's resistance to the court orders.  Various political scapegoats are trotted out by media outlets with an agenda to promote, and many of the protesters onsite now resisting federal authorities are reveling in repeating the misinformation.  The incident could turn into quite a sideshow in the coming days.

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Nice photo BTW, death always makes for a strong image. Someone said the plight of the tortoise in this story is a "right-wing red flag", I agree with half of that statement.
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Death Valley Wildflowers 2014
The first 11 or so pictures are from my visit last week...
Another Difficult Year in Death Valley
Yet somehow the wildflowers manage to flourish.  you can find them now up to 5000 feet in elevation, and they're prolific in the 3000-4000 range in the Panamint Mountains this week.  

Here's the Spring in Death Valley album I've started on G+:

I'm working on my Death Valley National Park photography workshop schedule for fall/winter 2014, and I'll post the dates here:
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Miles of Dunes
Low dunes in Death Valley National Park.
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I was in Scottsdale at a conference. Nice! Forgot that, even thought of moving there.
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Venus Transit Across the Face of the Sun, June 5, 2012
The planet Venus passes silhouetted across the face of the sun, as the sun sets behind a juniper tree in the Sierra Nevada.  This was captured during the Venus transit event on June 5, 2012.  I ran around all afternoon placing the sun behind earth-bound objects, since the planet Venus wouldn't pass in front of the sun again for another 105 years!  I figured that a ton of people would have nice telescopic views of Venus and the sun, but it's not all that often that we can catch Venus as a planet along with earth-bound objects and the sun, all in one photo.

Here are more of my astrophotography images on G+:
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Beautiful shot.
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I'm a landscape photographer and workshop leader, currently researching and writing a guide to the best landscape photography locations in Southern California.

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