20140811

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014 shortlist revealed!




I am honored to have been selected for The Astronomy Photographer of the Year
shortlist of 2014.  The competition and exhibition showcases incredible images from
astrophotographers all around the world.  The winning images will be posted here:
http://www.rmg.co.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/astronomy-photographer-of-the-year
on 18 September, and will be on display at the Royal Observatory from that date.

View a selection of the shortlisted images here:





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20140605

I feel the Earth move…


I’m drawn to the geyser basin at night...  I notice things taken for granted during the day. The continuous, agonizing
gasps of fumaroles in the background.  Airplanes blinking from one horizon to the other.  Everything is coated
with a fine cold mist. And the rumbling felt beneath my feet me isn’t from visitors’ footsteps on the boardwalk...
 

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20140513

Prepare for the show

Beehive is a favorite spectacular geyser of Yellowstone, its unpredictability adds to its splendor.  I waited for the full moon to rise and enjoyed the night.  The fumaroles waved, and the stars trailed around the Polaris/ North Star.  That Beehive erupted during that time may have just been a coincidence --- or maybe I was on-to-something after studying the last few months of geyser eruption records.  Somehow, (wishful thinking perhaps) I figured there was a chance of the two coinciding between 10 and 2am.  I called a friend and let him know my plans and prepared to enjoy a long night…with a chance of a show. 

I visualized the image, composed accordingly and bundle myself and camera with heat pads and overcoats.  There is a lot of moisture amongst the thermals and the tripod became heavily frosted. I rarely use any hand lights out there because the white landscape shows well under starlight. So, it was a nice, calm quiet night.  Coyotes in the distance, gurgles nearby and a moist breeze that coated everything...

Moonbows are rare because moonlight is not as strong as sunlight that creates rainbows.  In this case the second moonbow is a bonus due to the clear full moon’s low angle and the fine mist of Beehive’s steam. 

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20140509

Framed by the Night

On cold nights in Yellowstone I look above Old Faithful and find myself amazed -- and stimulated to photograph that feeling. The depth of the stars and time…

Yellowstone, framed by the night, makes it easier to look beyond nearby buildings and imagine a time before electricity, cars and people… A gurgling, rumbling planet.

The Milky Way is estimated to be made of 400 billion stars and our Solar system, formed with one of those stars, takes 250 million years to complete a rotation around this beautiful
Galaxy.

The last time our Solar System was in this position in the Milky Way, there were dinosaurs on Earth.

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20140222

2 Challenges



The “experience” is ultimately more important than the “click” of a shutter.  

Challenge #1 is to appreciate the experience, right then and there.  To get out of my own way and allow the scene to be what it is.  When I finally "get it",  I feel lighter, at ease,  compassionate...elevated.   

Challenge #2 is finding a way to share that experience in a two-dimensional image.  I often wish I could photograph like song writers compose and novelists write.  ...compassion, chills down the spine, tingling skin and reawakening... 

When an image has the power to convey such experiences, 
evoke similar emotions --- it is a testament of the artist’s ability
to rise to those two challenges. 
And so, I challenge myself.....again and again.








Listening with the trees...
Out late with friends the last few weeks.
It’s agreed; we photographers are lucky and grateful to have these experiences.  

...at 2am and 10ºF there are no sounds of motors, tires humming on asphalt, or irreverent doors slamming.  At night you hear the thermals before you see them and coyote calls echoing in the distance.  A chunk falls from a 30ft pine bow -- it tinkles like a xylophone when it hits the hard crust of the snow covered ground.  And I think you can even hear the sky move... 

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~~~Bob