Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Tuesday - The Hot News Today

Good Morning Moonshine,

Hold on one minute gang - I not talking that Kentucky backwoods concoction - I'm talking Lunar eclipse. That's right, right here this morning about 5:30 A. M. I was up about 5 A. M. this morning to check on a few things for a shoot today, and LaDawn clicked on the TV. There it was, the announcement that we were at the beginning of a total lunar eclipse right outside our front door. I grabbed my Canon 30D and 70-300mm D/O IS lens - this gave me a 480mm optic with which to shoot the moon (with the camera-of course). Check out the images.

Now I did a Google search before I posted these images and there were none posted yet, so you, dear readers, are bearing witness to the first images posted on the Internet of the Lunar Eclipse of August 28, 2007. Pretty cool stuff for a guy who loved astronomy in the second grade. I wonder if "Google Sky" will call today?

Anyway, on with some more news and tips ---

Fireworks Photography:
OK - Labor Day is right around the corner, and in this part of the woods, that means Cincinnati, Ohio's largest fireworks display of the year. WEBN and Cincinnati Bell team up to bring this "monster" fireworks display to the city every year. Over 500,000 people - about 1/3 of the metro population - turns out to see this event. You can see last year's entire show right here. So how do you shoot fireworks? I caught the article over at F1.0's site which gives a great little tutorial on the technique. Hey, if they are doing fireworks in your part of the world - grab the camera. Click right here for the article.

Balloon Cam:
A few weeks ago, I posted a story about this fellow that did kite photography - really nice images. You can revisit the post right here. But this "balloon cam", better known as SABLE - 3, really sets a much higher standard for alternate aerial photography. Check out this article and images (at 117,597 feet) and the technique right here. The page takes a while to load, but the images are stunning!

Cory Barker's Scatter Brush:
I ran across the video tutorial a few weeks ago over at the PlanetPhotoshop site. Cory Barker, the "Laddie" on Photoshop TV, keeps this site fresh and full of good info. His "Scatter Brush" technique featured in this video is more that just producing a cool result. It's also a great tutorial on how to use custom brushes in Photoshop. Click here to watch the video. It fascinating just to see how he moves through the steps - well worth the visit.

That's it for today everyone - been up too early today - got to catch a few ZZZZZ's before my shoot. See ya' tomorrow --David

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