Comet McNaught at Sunset

troutstreamingtroutstreaming Monkey with a cameraPosts: 116Registered Users Major grins
edited January 14, 2007 in Landscapes
Nothing spectacular, as I needed some longer glass than the 135L that I had with me, but here are a few landscapes with comet -really, the little blurry thing is the comet... Different white balance and level of aggressiveness picking the blackpoint account for the diffences in the image appearances. Full gallery here: http://www.troutstreaming.com/gallery/2346355

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  • ian408ian408 More wag. Less Bark. Posts: 21,214Administrators moderator
    edited January 13, 2007
    Cool!
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  • gusgus Major grins Posts: 16,209Registered Users Major grins
    edited January 13, 2007
    Rubbish !! Very spectacular. How many people have a photo of that ? thumb.gif
  • NikolaiNikolai Darth SLR Posts: 19,316Registered Users Major grins
    edited January 13, 2007
    Great shots!
    Nothing spectacular, as I needed some longer glass than the 135L that I had with me, but here are a few landscapes with comet -really, the little blurry thing is the comet... Different white balance and level of aggressiveness picking the blackpoint account for the diffences in the image appearances. Full gallery here: http://www.troutstreaming.com/gallery/2346355

    I didn't know it was possible to see it THAT clearly!

    I will look for it now:-) thumb.gif
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  • DeeDee Major grins Posts: 2,981Registered Users Major grins
    edited January 13, 2007
    Very nice!
    You got some nice contrast going there!
  • troutstreamingtroutstreaming Monkey with a camera Posts: 116Registered Users Major grins
    edited January 13, 2007
    gus wrote:
    Rubbish !! Very spectacular. How many people have a photo of that ? thumb.gif
    Hi Gus,

    Thanks for the kind words - the reason that I led with 'nothing spectacular' is that absent the description in the subject line that there is a comet in these sunset shots, I am not sure that a casual observer would see much but mountains at dusk - the next point of interest is likely to be the ferry or the shoreline lights (depending on the image) or in the case of a few that are in the gallery but not posted here- birds. With a smaller field of view I still could have kept most if the other elements and the comet, just by its increased size would have been more obvious.

    I am not so much dissapointed with these pictures as I am in not having captured what is most likely a once in a lifetime scene to its full potential.

    From what I read all of you southern hemisphere shooters should be ready, as after it reimerges from behind the sun it is done making appearances on this 'side' of the globe and these images were all done with a 20D and a 135L at 1/30 - 1/200, ISO 800, at F2 or 2.2 handheld or braced against a wall. So a clear evening, some longer glass, and a tripod should net some great comet images. I was hoping to be able to make a second trip down Friday evening with a tripod and the 70-200 with a 1.4 extender, but a front slipped in through the high pressure system and brought in low clouds to the west so I had only the one opportunity.

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  • gusgus Major grins Posts: 16,209Registered Users Major grins
    edited January 13, 2007
    From what I read all of you southern hemisphere shooters should be ready, as after it reimerges from behind the sun it is done making appearances on this 'side' of the globe


    People are shooting it here now (in other areas) however for the first time in years & i mean years we are looking at about day 10 in almost full overcast in Brisbane ! Lets hope the cloud is gone in a few days & that the comet survives the trip around the sun.
  • mmrodenmmroden Major grins Posts: 472Registered Users Major grins
    edited January 13, 2007
    so wait, where were these taken? They're very cool. Would it be possible to take something like this in the LA area, maybe up on Mulholland or the like?
  • troutstreamingtroutstreaming Monkey with a camera Posts: 116Registered Users Major grins
    edited January 13, 2007
    mmroden wrote:
    so wait, where were these taken? They're very cool. Would it be possible to take something like this in the LA area, maybe up on Mulholland or the like?
    These were taken from sea levvel (a fishing pier) about 10 miles north of Seattle and are looking west across Puget Sound at the Kitsap Penninsula (close) and the Olympic Mountains.

    Andy
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  • NikolaiNikolai Darth SLR Posts: 19,316Registered Users Major grins
    edited January 14, 2007
    McNaught Comet, SoCal edition
    mmroden wrote:
    so wait, where were these taken? They're very cool. Would it be possible to take something like this in the LA area, maybe up on Mulholland or the like?

    I think it possible, since I just did it:-) deal.gif mwink.gif :ivar

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    Few more shots are here: http://nik.smugmug.com/gallery/2349848

    I must say, this shoot was probably the coldest one I expereince in this area (44F=6.7C, and windy) - what's wrong with this place? eek7.gif

    Enjoy!
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