When we went to pick up our daughter from overnight camp this summer, I noticed a ton of dragonflies in the sky above us. So while we were waiting for our daughter to say her goodbyes, I wondered if my Fuji X-T1 could focus on these tiny, speedy objects. Most of the time, it couldn’t, … More Swarm of dragonflies!!!
When I went to check our square foot garden this evening, I spotted 3 dragonflies zipping around. They didn’t immediately fly away, so, naturally, I ran to get a camera to try to capture some closeups if possible. One of them stopped and stayed still for several seconds. Here are a few more angles that I … More Dragonflies in the garden
A while back, I read an article about improving low light photography when you don’t have a tripod or can’t stay long enough to set up a tripod. The method was to take multiple photos hand-held at high ISO and performing a median stack on the images. This sounded promising, so I wanted to put it to … More Improving image quality with median (is it worth it?)
A few years ago, I read about using a stacking method to remove tourists from busy tourist destinations. This method required Photoshop (or another commercial program with median stacking), but I wanted to find out if I could do it with freeware. I settled on using Imagemagick which is a set of installed scripts that … More Erasing people with median
Two days after my previous brief photos session with the spider in the parking garage, I found myself face-to-face with it again, but instead of a cloudy day, it was bathed in morning sun. This gave me a 2nd opportunity to capture it and its web. Again, the shots were around 4-6 inches away with … More Spider at sunrise
I’m not a fan of spiders, but I am fascinated by them. This spider was by my car when I arrived at work and I took a quick moment to shoot it… with a camera. 🙂 As you can see, there isn’t many options for placing a dark background behind the spider to make the … More Spider having a snack
I was recently able to capture a sunrise including some pre-dawn stars… … and I wondered — what would happen if I sent these files through Starstax? If I sent the entire set, the brightness of the ending frames blows out the final image (which is not a surprise since it is an astronomy program … More Starry sunrise with Venus rising and starstax