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By adamg on Sat, 08/17/2019 - 12:49pm
Rick Macomber watched the waning gibbous moon from Fort Pickering Light at Winter Island in Salem last night.
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Right time, Right Place, Right Equipment
Right photographic vision and
Right photographic vision and skill!
I agree... I bet I have all
I agree... I bet I have all the same equipment he has and (not to pat myself on the back but here I go) I think I take some rather good shots but I am not producing this shot. Even if you put it right in front of me. It is not nearly as easy as just taking a camera and going (snap) when you see something pretty.
Also the whole "right place" thing gets a little tiresome. Most of my great shots were planned out in advance. Most photographers who do shots like this that I know study astronomy, weather, boat and plane patterns. They have apps for trains and subways so they know when they will be going by. They scope things out in advance so they know that spot is where you can get that amazing shot. Some of my most popular shots are my second or third attempt at lining up the same series of events. PLUS unless you have ever tried to follow the moon for a photo shoot you do not realize how quickly it actually moves across the sky. You can't even take a good one minute long exposure with the moon around because it will literally have moved enough to destroy the shot.
I read an article about a year ago about a lighthouse photographer. He literally spent hours tinkering with light levels, setting up lights and stuff to get a shot. Perfect, building just right, stars in night sky. He had to time it to avoid the light rotation, too.
Then there is this masterpiece
This shot was planned in precise detail, including test climbs and test shoots:
I've found planning ,
I've found planning , planning, planning are huge portions of getting good photos. Then there is turning into the swerve when the shit hits the fan...
I remember that eclipse. It was my birthday and I only decided I was going to experience it two weeks prior. So I read up, made filters , got ready. The plan was to drive to South Carolina to visit my second cousin who has a house on the beach but then the weather reports shifted two days prior. I made a decision to shift my trip to Kentucky and booked motel rooms as I went. When I couldn't book a room near totality I booked one two hours away and then drove in the morning of and booked one for that night because most people left right after the eclipse.
I ended up with amazing shots but just of the eclipse. I'm already planning my shots for the next eclipse to hit the US, it will cut through Maine and I'm trying to figure out the path because I want to try to get a shot of it over a lake.
I’m pretty sure it’s going to
I’m pretty sure it’s going to go right over Mt. Katahdin. That’s where I’ll be.
I saw that and have friends
I saw that and have friends who are serious hikers and do so all around the country and world. I emailed them when I saw that it would cut right over, I would love to see those photos. I will look for yours as well!!!
Yep, Katahdin. Also,
Yep, Katahdin. Also, Burlington, VT. I hear there's a big lake there :)
I thought about Burlington
I thought about Burlington and even Buffalo but am not sure if I want to be anywhere close to a major population center. I presume that everyone from those communities will go out to the best spots to watch and add in the tourists who also will flock to major population zones.
Ham and pineapple
Ham and pineapple.
Pineapple should be banned from Pizza
Don't like the pineapple?
Don't order pineapple. More for me.
Trust me on this
Pineapple and green olives.
I remember a place near Central Square in Cambridge in the 70s /early 80s called Bel Canto. It was popular with the MIT crowd. The specialty was deep dish pizza with walnuts on top. It was an acquired taste but it really wasn't bad.
It's pepperoni with extra cheese. I don't know why they cut of the crust though?
That hits my eye like a big pizza pie.