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A Lenticular Cloud Over New Zealand

April 7, 2009

“A Lenticular Cloud Over New Zealand”
© Copyright Chris Picking

This amazing photo entitled “A Lenticular Cloud Over New Zealand” was taken by Chris Picking looking southwest over the Tararua Range mountains in North Island, New Zealand. This photo was shown on the Astronomy Picture of the Day on January 21, 2009. Click the photo to see a larger version.

Of course, the cloud shape and appearance is striking, but I also like the blue of the sky and the green of the mountains, which help make the cloud even more spectacular. According to the Astronomy Picture of the Day, several clouds in the photo are stacked into one lenticular cloud, formed from air moving vertically off the mountains.

The cloud reminds me of something a barista might create at the top of a latte.

If you like sunrises, moonrises, clouds, stars, and watching the sky, then you might also like the video below entitled “The Sky In Motion” by Till Credner, shown on the Astronomy Picture of the Day on December 31, 2008.

I’ve written before about the Astronomy Picture of the Day and if you like this photo and this movie, I think you’ll also like the others listed below. Be sure to click the photos to see larger versions.



Lick Observatory Moonrise

February 24, 2009

“Lick Observatory Moonrise”
© Copyright Rick Baldridge

This stunning photo shown above was taken by Rick Baldridge in October 2008 as the Full Moon rose behind Mount Hamilton, east of San Jose, California. Both the Moon and Lick Observatory, which is perched at the top of the mountain, are lit by the warm color of the sunset.

This photo was featured on one of my favorite websites, the Astronomy Picture of the Day, on December 12, 2008. I don’t know what equipment was used to take this photograph, but the explanation at the Astronomy Picture of the Day refers to the image as a “lovely telescopic view”; it’s a very close-up photo of the Moon and of the Lick Observatory, so it probably was taken with a powerful zoom lens on a DSLR or with a telescope and camera adapter.

I’ve written before about the Astronomy Picture of the Day and if you like this photo, I think you’ll also like the others listed below. Be sure to click the photos to see larger versions.


From Moonrise to Sunset

November 26, 2008

“From Moonrise to Sunset”
© Copyright Miguel Claro

One of my favorite websites is the Astronomy Picture of the Day. Most of their photos are “out of this world”, but they occasionally show some “down to earth” photos for people who aren’t interested in “seeing stars”. I’ve written about the website before in the Photobird Daily, in “Planets Ahoy!” and an article entitled “Astronomy Picture of the Day“.

The photo shown above entitled “From Moonrise to Sunset” by Miguel Claro is very unique in a couple of ways. First, the panoramic photo shows the Full Moon rising in the eastern horizon at the far left while the Sun sets in the same photo at the far right. It’s pretty cool. 17 digital photos are stitched together to follow the horizon in Lisbon, Portugal, taken on November 13, 2008.

The photo shown above is only a very small part of the entire photo. You actually need to click this link to go to the Astronomy Picture of the Day for November 22, 2008 to see the entire panoramic photo. When you get to the website, be sure to read the caption and use the horizontal scroll bar at the bottom of your web browser to scroll to the right to see the entire photo.


Astronomy Picture of the Day

August 27, 2008

“Aurora Persei”
© Copyright Jimmy Westlake

If you like astronomy like I do, then you’ll like the Astronomy Picture of the Day. Every day, NASA shows a different picture related to astronomy, whether it’s a photo of a distant galaxy from the Hubble Space Telescope, or a photo of an eclipse, or a photo from an event on one of the planets in our solar system. They also include a description of the picture. For example, in the photo above entitled “Aurora Persei“, astronomer Jimmy Westlake captured the bright Perseid meteor passing by an auroral glow over Colorado in August of 2000.

Here’s more of my favorites that were recently shown on the Astronomy PIcture of the Day:


While we’re peering above the stratosphere, check out this photo below from The Big Picture, which I wrote about a couple of weeks ago in regards to its photos of the 2008 Olympics Opening Ceremony. From the photo series “The Sky, From Above“, this photo shows a dust storm over the Sahara Desert. I don’t know about you, but looking at this picture makes me feel pretty small and insignificant. Very humbling.

I like this photo because, one, you can see the curvature of the Earth, which provides a sense of tangibility, like a ball that we can pick up. Two, you can see the ground, which provides an unusual change of perspective, since we’re not accustomed to seeing the ground this way. And three, you can see the clouds, which are normally huge and above us, obviously, but in this picture they’re quite small and below us, like a spill on the kitchen floor. Fascinating perspective.

What do you think of these photos? Please let me know in the comments.

Dust storm over the Sahara.
© Copyright NASA


Photos of the 2008 Olympics Opening Ceremony

August 12, 2008

“Drummers perform during the Opening Ceremony…”
Photo by Adam Pretty / Getty Images

Were you able to make it to the 2008 Olympics Opening Ceremony in Beijing? No? Me neither, unfortunately.

It looks like we missed a great show though. Interestingly, I don’t recall other Olympics Opening Ceremonies looking as good as this one.

I recently found The Big Picture at, the website of The Boston Globe. The photo series at The Big Picture are stunning and spectacular. Some really awesome photography there. I also really like the layout of the photos.

Check out this photo series of the 2008 Olympics Opening Ceremony in Beijing.


Hot on the Campaign Trail

April 3, 2008

Photo Credit: Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

If the presidential primary season has taught us anything, it’s certainly reinforced our notion that it’s a long, strange trip to the White House. This primary season is especially peculiar because it’s the first dust-up since the 1928 election when both Democrats and Republicans have had neither an incumbent President nor Vice President in the running. Not only has the campaign season been long but it’s also certainly been the most expensive to date as well. And it has been laden with enough twists and turns along the way to rival even the most mind-baffling episode of Lost.

It’s been interesting to watch how each candidate’s fortunes have either risen or fallen, with some rising again, in this uniquely American way of vetting a politician for the highest office in the land. And yet, imagine yourself for a moment as a photographer assigned to one of these candidates’ press pool. How do you find novel ways to visually tell the story of your assigned candidate when each whistle stop and stump speech is practically indistinguishable from the last?

Take a look at this slide show on The New York Times website, which shows how some press photographers rose to meet the challenge, creating interesting and artful compositions, many of which may be remembered long after the dust on the campaign trail has finally settled and the mud has stopped being flung and we finally know, at long last, who will be our forty-fourth president.

White House Storm

February 8, 2008

The White House Overlook at the Canyon de Chelly National Monument in northeastern Arizona is run by the Navajo nation. The name “Chelly” has an interesting derivation: According to Wikipedia, it comes from the Spanish borrowing of the Navajo word “Tseyi” which means “Canyon” or, literally, “Inside the rock”. The landscape consists primarily of beautiful red sandstone, including the famous White House Ruin and Spider Rock, while the canyon floor is carpeted in green chaparral and succulents.

Each month, Alain Briot, of, offers a Print of the Month for sale on his website. Each print ships with a master file on CD that shows how Alain has optimized the image he’s selling. Having the master file on CD will help you understand how Alain creates the resulting photograph.

Print Number Fifty-Seven is this stunning shot of the White House Overlook as a desert thundershower roils by, imbuing the red rocks below with resplendent patches of light. The rock stratum look like lines of fat in finely sliced cuts of USDA Prime beef.

But the best part is you can own a 16×20-inch print of this photo. Alain sells it matted for $295 and framed for just $100 more. Each purchase is backed with a unique year-long 100% money back guarantee.

What do you think: Which of Alain’s Prints of the Month is the most impressive to you?

Inside the Nikon Factory

December 28, 2007

Nikon Sendai

If you’ve ever been curious about what goes into the manufacturing of a state-of-the art digital SLR camera, be sure to read Rob Galbraith’s article. Rob was in Tokyo recently for the launch of the D3, Nikon’s revolutionary full-frame professional digital SLR camera, and he toured the factory as part of the launch.

Amazingly, each Nikon D3 is comprised of 2,000 parts, and the Sendai manufacturing plant, which Rob toured as part of the launch, employs 11,000 people and is now producing 12,000 D3s each month!

Aren’t the photos provided by Nikon reminiscent of Intel’s bunny suit ads of several years ago?

Q: Are you planning on purchasing a D3? Of what you’ve heard so far about the Nikon D3, what features are you most interested in?