Camera Setup for the Equinoctal Skygrid

Data Representation

Got some last-minute kinks worked out, and the camera is in its housing and set up on my deck, ready to snap pictures of the sky. One such is right here:


Lovely image of clouds at dusk, in case you’re wondering what that is we’re looking at. Here’s a couple pictures of the installation itself:


And here’s a shot from the time-lapse camera itself, of me taking its picture:


I’m a little blurry because it’s not really set for close-up images. : )

Turbine Stills, not Time-Lapse

Wind Turbines

I went this morning to see if I could get a time-lapse movie from the location in Ten Hills Park under the commuter rail bridge, but there was barely any wind and the turbine was parked. Since I was there, I figured I get some sunrise stills:

Sunrise-Turbine BladeEdge TurbineCloseup

That’ll be it on the turbine images until I get back from California.

Some Older Images From My Silver Past

Scientific Exploration, Silver Photography

I recently entered a call for entries at the Nave Gallery, for a show that was interested in alternative process (non-digital) photography. Back in the day, I burned quite a lot of Tri-X and Plus-X film in my trusty little Minoltas, and also dabbled in HIE, which was Kodak’s 35mm infra-red film. Fortunately for me I was using those Minoltas, because enough infra-red gets through plastic camera bodies to fog the HIE, and both those cameras were made of aluminum back in the 70s.

HIE will record visible light, too, so I used a 780nm filter, which looks just like a piece of black plastic. I taped the filter to the lens so I could flip it up out of the way to compose the shot, then flip it back down to take the picture. I never knew exactly what happened when the shutter clicked until I got the film developed.

Here are the two images that were accepted into the show: “Globe & Window” and “Vent & Yucca”. I may post more images later on.

Sometimes The Turbine Just Stops

Time-Lapse, Wind Turbines

I went with everything ready, batteries charged, sensor cleaned, and got some good footage… until the wind died and the turbine stopped. I only included a minute’s worth of still turbine frames at the end, but it was more like half an hour before I decided to quit while I was ahead. Alas, I didn’t make it til sunset, again.

And here’s the composite image:

Another Slow-Shutter Time-Lapse

Time-Lapse, Wind Turbines

Here’s another time-lapse of the McGlynn turbine, again shot near sunset, and again, the battery died before the sun could actually set. I’ll use the double battery pack tomorrow to make sure that doesn’t happen again. To keep the shutter speed slow while preventing over-exposure, I invested in a neutral-density filter and a polarizer. (The polarizer is why the sky looks such a deep blue here.) It looks like I should invest in a sensor-cleaning as well, since there’s a giant black dust spot in all the frames. But I’m still pretty happy with this video.

And here’s a composite image of all the frames I took, with the dust speck removed: