I was planning to photograph the solar eclipse on sunday, however I am reading you must use a solar filter. (My plan was to use a welding filter.) Hand held in front of my lenes. Now I am afraid this is not the proper protection for the camera sensor. Has anyone tried anything other than the recomended solar filter? I wasn't expecting to get my best shot ever, but wanted to try for something. As of right now I have cancelled my plans.
It has been several months since my last post and since I have been out photographing. Shame on me! I went to the Chinese New Year parade in San Francisco on 2/11/12. I had a great time. It was crowded and colorful. I wont say I got award winning shots but I had a good time trying. To see more of the photos look on page Chinese New Year 2012.
I tried star trails once again. This was a night of misstep after misstep. Just when I thought I had the technique figured out I messed up everything I touched. This is an hour shot on film. The pink line is an airplane. I hope I get a good one soon, it is getting cold out. I plan on trying again in a week so will post my progress. (or lack of.)
I said I would post a picture of my first sucessful star trails. On this night it was a moon rise at 3 AM. so only had the stars and some light polution from Yosemite Valley. The shot was from Glacier Point. I used a flash light to light up the forground. I shot three different cameras. Two digital and one film. The best shot was from the film camera (shown below.)
Last week I made my third unsucessful attempt to shoot star trails. I learn a little with each failure. (One lesson is not to believe everything posted on the internet.) I hope to go out in about 10 nights for another try. If not this month then another. I will get an image I am proud to post.
Today I posted some of my pictures from SF Gay Pride. I put them on a special page because I had so many. I will leave this page up for awhile. (Maybe thru the summer.) I try to support gay rights as well as every minoritys rights to be treated equal. I think the world will be a better place when we all stop thinking our way is the only way.