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Tonight's Moon:  Tonight was the club's (Ford Amateur Astronomy Club) first "Beginner's Night" of the year (we do these once per month on the Saturday nearest to the 1st Quarter moon and invite new users to bring scopes if they'd like help with them.  It's also just a good excuse to get out and observe for anyone -- even if they don't need help learning to use a telescope.)  

We had a pretty good crowd tonight even though the skies were marginal... so marginal, in fact, that we didn't get to observe very much before it completely clouded over on us.  

BUT... in that time, we did manage to sneak in a few objects and one new member was interested in learning to take images.  So I took the opportunity to demonstrate how to take one of the easiest images to learn... the moon.  

This image uses the "Loony 11" rule... at f/11, you'll get a correct exposure if the shutter speed is set to the inverse of the ISO setting (e.g. at ISO 100 use 1/100th... at ISO 200 use 1/200th, etc.)  My scope is a TeleVue NP101is (f/5.4) but I was using a TeleVue 2x "Powermate" which brings it up to an f/10.8 equivalent (close enough to f/11).  The camera is a Canon 60Da.  This is ISO 100 and 1/100th sec exposure -- single frame (nothing stacked.)

Enjoy!
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Nicely done Tim!!!
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Venus & Mars or... why you should always double-check the weather.

Yesterday there was a close arrangement of the crescent moon, Venus, and Mars.  Venus and Mars were only about 3/4º apart in the sky.  I didn't get to see it because it was overcast. 

Tonight, however, was the actual "conjunction" of Venus & Mars (the "conjunction" occurs when the "right ascension" value of their coordinates happens to be the same -- even if the "declination" component is different.)  They are just slightly less than 1/2º apart in the sky.  The full moon is roughly the same 1/2º from edge to edge, so if you could imagine overlaying the full moon on this image, it could cover Venus and Mars.

Of course... I thought it wasn't going to be clear, so I didn't even bother to look.  As +Leon Shaner and I were heading out to dinner, I took 2 steps out my door and immediately looked up (astronomers always look up) and was surprised to find a pristinely clear sky.  SO... U-turn back into the house to grab the camera and a 300mm lens.  

I was able to shoot just a handful of images, pressed for time and completely unplanned.  I had to move the tripod once because they were headed into the tall trees on the far side of the street.

These are a bit over-exposed (which is why you see the diffraction spikes coming off Venus - those are caused by the shape of the aperture blades on the lens.)  I wish I would have had more time to get a better capture and from a better location.  
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Lucky! I looked out twice and it was heavy clouds each time.
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It's days like this that I regret not owning one of these.

The storm has passed... according to the folks who maintain the "official" precipitation amounts, we received 16.7" of snow (and I can't argue with that based on how much I had to clear and the number of cars that got stuck just on the street corner outside the house.)

This plow is parked in the Henry Ford Museum -- just a mile or two from the house.  I think that's a for-sale sign in front of it (or maybe they'd at least let me borrow it for a few hours.)  :-)
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Used to see these every now and then in the U.P.  Sometimes I miss those days.  (laughing)
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While 10-14" of white stuff is piling up outside, here's something to remember warmer days.

This is the "Torch Lake" -- a restored engine previously used in northern Michigan for mining but is currently running in Greenfield Village at The Henry Ford.  

#steamysunday is curated by +Paul Pavlinovich and +Shelly Gunderson page +SteamySunday
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Mine is still Anyone for the top two settings
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Hmm... this could be a bit risky.  I'll tell you what... send the whole thing to me and I'll "test" it and let you all know if it's safe to eat.  :-)

#foodporn  
 
For me bread baking is therapeutic and weekends are a perfect time to bake a bread. One bread that I keep returning to is the Bundt pull apart parmesan and garlic bread. I can say this bread has got the looks😊 . It is amazingly soft and extremely tasty. Isn't it beautiful?
Recipe link. . http://goo.gl/frHbAx
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This is the second of three food items from the Bistro 222 food shoot.  This time it's the salmon.  I'm not a big fan of fish, but I confess I do like the nice char going on in the salmon.  
Camera & lighting details:  Canon 5D III, EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM.  I'm in the restaurant so I took advantage of nicely diffuse (moderately overcast day) lighting from the right, but added in two reflectors on the left and a soft-box from above.

#foodphotography   #foodporn   #foodie
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Nice bokeh, +Tim Campbell. =D
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Amazing what you can do with sound!
 
Cymatics:  Study of visible sound co vibration.

#technology     #science   #awesome   
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Forever Sinking Boat by Julien Berthier.
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Berthier’s original muse for the project was an abandoned yacht that totaled 6.5 meters. Back In 2007, he split the vessel down the middle and added a newly constructed keel so that the former dream yacht now sails at a 45-degree angle
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I made a short video (6 mins) showing the path of asteroid 2004 BL86 as it flies by the Earth tonight to aid in locating the position of the asteroid.  The time stamps shown in the simulation are US Eastern Standard Time.
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That's a clever use of wine glasses... I'm thinking I still prefer them right-side up and filled with wine, but that definitely comes in as a close 2nd! ;-) Thanks for sharing +Valerie Clark ;-)
 
Simple table decorations
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I do that at Christmas time with ornaments under the glass. It looks very classy 
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And here's the last of the three shots... this time it's the lamb shank.  I wanted that front edge and bone to be nice & sharp and selected the bottle of Nickel & Nickel cabernet because I liked that the green accents highlighted the brussels sprouts on the plate.  

Canon 5D III with EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens.  Broad natural light from the right, balanced with two reflectors on the left and a soft-box from above to boost the reflectivity of the juices on the meat.

#foodphotography   #foodporn   #foodie  
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Last weekend I did a food shoot at Bistro 222 -- one of +Leon Shaner and my favorite local restaurants.  Here's a dish from the lunch menu... "Eggplant on the Run" served with frenched, fried potatoes with a light amount of truffle and rosemary.  I'll post three shots from the shoot, all used the same camera & lens and very similar lighting.
This was shot with an EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens (one of my favorites for food shots) and my Canon 5D III.  
This was shot in the restaurant on a moderately overcast day with broad diffuse lighting coming from the right.  I started with that, then added two reflectors to bring up the left on the food at left, but I realized I needed just a bit more lighting from above so I added a softbox with a flash, but slightly dialed back so as to not look top-lit.

#foodphotography   #foodporn   #vegetarian  
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Awesome!!!
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In my non-professional life, I'm an avid amateur astronomer and member of the Ford Amateur Astronomy Club in Michigan.  I also enjoy astronomy outreach.  I am also a planetarium operator & presenter for the Hammond Planetarium at Henry Ford Community College and participate in other outreach events as they arise.

I'm also a photographer, having worked in the photography industry in my younger years but now only shoot for personal enjoyment.

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