I entered the “Insomnia Photo” [link no longer exists – 1/2014] contest, which may end up being more of a popularity contest than anything. The judging will be based on “peer” votes — the top three peer-voted pictures will get prizes, and the top 25 of the peer-voted pics will get passed along to the judging panel. Oh, and the “list all” entries page lists the pictures in order of the “points” they’ve received through the peer voting, so early votes will set up the pictures that get the most voters.
Anyway, go vote for my picture here. You can find it by title, “Tenacity”. You probably need an Apple ID to vote, but if you’ve purchased songs on iTunes, then you already have one, plus it’s free to sign up.
Oh, and this might be a direct link to my pic [link no longer exists – 1/2014].
Spring starts this evening at 8:07!
When I got home from the dentist this morning, I saw these white flowers had poked through our brown front yard. They must be ready for spring as much as I am.
I posted last week that a paper in Duluth, MN wanted to publish a picture of mine, but I wasn’t sure if they had published it. Well, yesterday I recieved an envelop containing a copy of the Duluth News Tribune from March 8, and my picture was there! Yay.
A couple nights ago I got an e-mail from a journalist, Robin Washington, from the Duluth News Tribune asking if they could use one of my photos of Rio the dolphin from the Minnesota Zoo. Turns out that Rio died this week at 35 years old, and this journalist was writing a short piece on Rio and an encounter he’d had with the MN Zoo dolphins years ago. I agreed, as long as I got a copy of the paper.
Robin also left a message for me at work, which I listened to yesterday he admitted that it sounded like a weird request, apologized for stalking me, and promised that it wasn’t a crank call.
I looked for the article on-line yesterday, and it was there in an article titled “…as another Minnesota ballplaying great passes on.” Unfortunately, my picture is not on the on-line version…not sure if they used it in the paper or not, but if they did, Robin promised to send me a copy.
So, now I have a photo published in a Russian magazine, and maybe one published in a mid-size town newspaper. Maybe I should add these to my resume!
Armed with my new camera and clear Canada skies, I made my first attempt at astrophotography tonight.
One big challenge was the 40 cm of snow on the ground coupled with a 5-inch tall tripod. Andrew and I borrowed a plastic tray from his mom for me to set the camera on. However, this meant that I either needed to point the camera and see what came out, or crouch in the snow to see if I could figure out what was in the lens. I did the former, so bascially I didn’t know what would come out until the shutter closed and I looked at the resulting picture.
I set the shutter to stay open for 60 seconds (the maximum allowed by my camera). I didn’t set the film speed, but I think it was on ISO 50 — unfortunatley, I think that’s the least light sensitive. The next time I try this, I’ll step through the different ISO settings and the shutter settings. I also want to get a taller tripod.
Bolstered by this, Andrew and I decided that it wasn’t quite as cold as we’d thought. I took a couple pointed straight up at the sky, and caught Auriga, Taurus and the Pleiades (click on the image to get to the Flickr pages with the constellations marked).
Andrew and I think we might try and go back to Creek Crossing Farm, where we stayed for our honeymoon, and play around with my camera sometime next year. Maybe we could time it with a meteor shower — that would be way cool.
I finally caught up with some of my photo albums: