There was a solar eclipse in March, and all I saw was cloud. I was prepared for this, of course, what with living in the UK these days. But all was not lost! I still got a photograph (indirectly) of the whole thing in the form of this time-slice, which shows a period of about three hours from left to right. I wrote a Python script to do all the legwork for me, which I’ve put on GitHub should anyone want it. Continue reading
Ok, so Venus isn’t an extrasolar planet (exoplanet), but I thought this would be a cool thing to try. A while ago I put together a time-lapse movie of the 2012 Transit of Venus. More recently, during a public talk on exoplanets, I saw a video someone had made to demonstrate the transit method used to detect planets around other stars. The video looked a bit like my time-lapse, except that it was a simulation. I thought, “why not try to get a real light curve from my transit footage?” Continue reading
I had my camera with an 85mm lens on it at a fireworks display last weekend. Not the easiest focal length for fireworks and I didn’t have a tripod either, so I tried something a bit different and got the fireworks reflected in the harbour. Some of them look quite funky!
I’m pretty much fuelled by coffee, but last year I developed an extra habit: whenever I was served a fancy frothy coffee at a café (you know.. cappuccino and the like), I would take a photo with my iPhone. And here they are in date order!
Here, I just had a stab at making a cinemagraph of the Anglo-Australian Telescope (AAT) using frames from colleague Ángel R. López-Sánchez‘ excellent time-lapse movie “A 2dF night at the Anglo-Australian Telescope”. Ángel is an astrophysicist at the Australian Astronomical Observatory (AAO) and spends a lot of time using the AAT for his research.
As for the image, I made it with Adobe After Effects.
Fix it in post. It’s a common phrase in photography and one which is widely recognised as landing you in hot water if you’re not careful. Fix it in post-production, fix it after the fact. “Hm, I’ll just fix that in post.”
Well when I spent a day taking a few hundred photos of Venus crossing the sun last year with the intention of creating a time-lapse but without a tracking system, “fix it post” was my mantra by necessity. For 7 hours I followed the sun across the sky just by nudging my camera mount this way or that. As a result the sun was in a different place in every photo. The fact I wasn’t standing on the equator at the time meant it rotated too. Continue reading