Friday, May 25, 2012

A couple more pictures I've managed to process from my trip to Bryce Canyon National Park: Annular eclipse with an eclipse shaped lens flare:

Burning Ring of Fire
Partial eclipse against the treeline as the sun sets while still being partially eclipsed:

Eclipsed Sunset

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Annular Eclipse, Bryce Canyon 2012 - Maximum Annularity

(Yep, Chris took this) The eclipse has reached maximum annularity with just a thin "ring of fire" showing around the edges. An annular solar eclipse happens when the apparent size of the moon is smaller than the apparent size of the sun.

Annular Eclipse, Bryce Canyon 2012 - Maximum Annularity

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Bryce Canyon By Night

I couldn't resist the urge to sneak over from my room at Bryce Canyon Lodge to the Sunset View which was a short walk, even though I had to get up early the next morning. I was not originally planning on doing this, but there were a lot of stars out so I thought I might have a shot at some astrophotography even though it had been cloudy earlier. As you can see, there are some clouds visible in this 10 minute exposure. I was surprised that there was so much light in the sky that I was able to expose the hoodoos of the canyon decently. I was also surprised by the light polution is pretty obvious in this picture. There are a couple communities nearby, evidently adding a bit of extra light to the sky. It was super chilly, but the results are surprisingly satisfying to me.

Bryce Canyon By Night
(Click the photo to embiggen)
- Posted by Noelle for Chris

Friday, May 18, 2012

Some pics that Chris posted to twitter today

For those of you who are interested, Chris twitters as @thechrispaduan. You can follow his twitter for more pictures. In the mean time, here's a little bit of what he posted today (I sent him to bed without photo editing today because he claims that he is getting up at dawn to take pictures. Sigh.) Anyway, the following probably came off of his phone and are more to wet your apetite for the pro-camera, edited versions later:

Red Canyon
Bryce Canyon - Sunrise Point
Hoodoos From Sunset Point
Inspiration Point Near Sunset

Chris is out in Utah Photographing the solar eclipse!

Here's a flickr set of his first few hours in Utah when he visited Pioneer Square and the Mormon Temple there. 

Salt Lake Mormon Temple


In case you are interested in the Eclipse part, we will have an "Ring of Fire" eclipse on Sunday, May 20. You can go here or here to figure out what time where you are (if it will happen for you), and here's a test shot he took of the sun the other day to make sure he could get it to happen (there are both sunspots visible as well as the clouds that were laying over the sun at the time):

He happens to be in utah, because Bryce Canyon is directly in the center path of the eclipse, so he will be able to take pictures of both a National Park that he loves as well as this really cool event!

Here's an pretty interesting short video about the eclipse and what will hapen:
Either He or I will post more pictures as they come in!