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#51 Brian Luenser

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Posted 27 November 2008 - 09:19 AM

Thanksgiving morning. With the sweet smell of a "turkey-like" product in the middle of it's 90 second cycle in my condo microwave. (This ain't thanksgiving at the farm.)

I am heading to the farm, however. (Wife's grandmother's farm in Arlington.) I will hear stories from her 98 year old Grandma talking about her early Thanksgivings on her dad's cotton farm, where The Parks Mall is now located. At the time, it was a long drive from Arlington. Now it is Central Arlington. Her current farm was from her husband's family. (Grandpa) I speculate there are not many more hundred acre family farms left in Arlington. But I am heading to one. Her family came from Tennessee in a covered wagon in the 1890's to buy the land. They have been farming it since. May take my camera gear and post later.


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Posted 27 November 2008 - 11:06 PM

QUOTE (monee9696 @ Nov 27 2008, 09:19 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>


Is there something funny about the horizon line of this photo or is it my computer/monitor?

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Posted 28 November 2008 - 12:30 AM

QUOTE (Matt615 @ Nov 27 2008, 11:06 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (monee9696 @ Nov 27 2008, 09:19 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>


Is there something funny about the horizon line of this photo or is it my computer/monitor?



Air pollution. Wide angle lens makes it less apparent but also concentrates it. Was completely still this morning. I was surprised by the level of pollution in the direction of Dallas, as most people were off today and then I remembered what causes it. Fire. In people's fireplaces. Bad on Thanksgiving. VERY bad on Christmas and Christmas Eve. One of the few unregulated sources of raw air pollution left.
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Posted 28 November 2008 - 07:44 AM

He could be talking about the "fish eye" effect with that lens. It is shot at 13MM which is very wide and any long lines will bend slightly, or a lot, according to how close to the subject the camera is. Beautiful shot.

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Posted 28 November 2008 - 05:47 PM

QUOTE (Matt615 @ Nov 27 2008, 11:06 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Is there something funny about the horizon line of this photo or is it my computer/monitor?


Are you talking about how above the horizon the image is sharp and the colors are breathtaking, but below the horizon it's almost as if there's a film over the image? It seems most noticable where the horizon is reflected on C-B. And actually it looks like it might be a few pixels above the horizon. Maybe we have the same monitor.

Maybe I can talk the Mrs. into moving into a high-rise for health reasons. Who wants to breathe that gunk?

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Posted 28 November 2008 - 05:50 PM

Must be the pollution. Everything above the horizon line looks crisp; where things below seem to be hazy. The line even goes across the CB building; it is jet black above the line and a greenish below.

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Posted 29 November 2008 - 09:11 PM

Not that you need any suggestions when it comes to photography, but I bet you could get some great shots of the crescent moon, Jupiter, and Venus in the SW sky just after sunset over the next few days.

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Posted 30 November 2008 - 12:15 AM

QUOTE (gdvanc @ Nov 28 2008, 05:47 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Are you talking about how above the horizon the image is sharp and the colors are breathtaking, but below the horizon it's almost as if there's a film over the image? It seems most noticable where the horizon is reflected on C-B. And actually it looks like it might be a few pixels above the horizon. Maybe we have the same monitor.


Exactly!


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Posted 30 November 2008 - 07:54 PM

QUOTE (JBB @ Nov 29 2008, 09:11 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Not that you need any suggestions when it comes to photography, but I bet you could get some great shots of the crescent moon, Jupiter, and Venus in the SW sky just after sunset over the next few days.



I'll take your great idea and trump it! Waxing Crescent Moon, Jupiter, Venus AND The Chesapeake Building lit for Christmas.
The only option left was the flying saucer to the right.


Jupiter is the lower planet, venus the upper planet.

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Posted 27 December 2008 - 09:31 AM

As the cold front (Storm Front) was moving through downtown this morning I took these three shots. As the front moved through, we were left with clean dry air for the first time in weeks. In one hour the temperatures went from 72 (The all time record high low was 60) to 54 and the dew point fell 20
Produced a nice clash of climates for these front pics.






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Posted 11 January 2009 - 09:00 PM

Two quick shots of tonight's Waning Gibbous Moon rising over Near North Dallas.





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Posted 11 January 2009 - 09:35 PM

monee9696: Your pics are jaw dropping stunning! I don't even know how to comment. Congrats. Gasp.....

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Posted 23 January 2009 - 11:39 AM

Thank you ramjet for your too kind comments. A woman that works with my wife showed her your comments. (She had already seen them but acted surprised.) I need to remind this woman to only show my wife the nice comments!

A few pics from this cloudy morning. Was surprised by this rainbow to the North. (Double) with no rain that I knew of. A bit fuzzy as my tripod does not go around the corner. (I need one that does!)



Then to the South, it was looking like this... (strange watching the Sun heading North again.)


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Posted 23 January 2009 - 12:09 PM

Has anyone else had a moment of nerdery like I did this morning? As I was noticing the beautiful sunrise and the double rainbow while driving into FW on 30 west bound, I thought to myself, "I wonder if monee will get any pictures of this."

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Posted 23 January 2009 - 10:07 PM

QUOTE (JBB @ Jan 23 2009, 12:09 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
"I wonder if monee will get any pictures of this."


Constantly. I especially behave when walking around Sundance anywhere in view of the tower.


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Posted 02 February 2009 - 01:52 PM

The Skies are kind of a silly category for this shot but got tired of looking for the Thread, "Strange appendages coming out of Fort Worth Helicopters."

I can see the huge spotlight. I can see the FLIR (Front looking infrared radar) on the front, but what the heck is the blue appendage coming through the windshield. (See check mark.)

Took this shot with my 400 5.6 from my balcony yesterday afternoon.



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Posted 02 February 2009 - 03:15 PM

I may be way off the mark, but I would guess that is some type of antenna.

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Posted 02 February 2009 - 03:50 PM

That could be their Lojack receiver antenna. I am also pretty sure it's an antenna - unless monee9696 has also taken up archery. rolleyes.gif

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Posted 04 February 2009 - 04:22 PM

QUOTE (Papaw @ Feb 2 2009, 04:50 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
That could be their Lojack receiver antenna. I am also pretty sure it's an antenna - unless monee9696 has also taken up archery. rolleyes.gif

That's actually for cutting wires. Just in case they happen to fly into one. I'm pretty sure all commercial helicopters have them. There's supposed to be one on the bottom too but they had to take it off to mount the camera.

I can almost make out who's working that day.

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Posted 04 February 2009 - 05:21 PM

QUOTE (stgo2019 @ Feb 4 2009, 04:22 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
That's actually for cutting wires. Just in case they happen to fly into one. I'm pretty sure all commercial helicopters have them. There's supposed to be one on the bottom too but they had to take it off to mount the camera.

I can almost make out who's working that day.


I hadn't thought of that, as it looks like it's coming out the side of the cockpit, but I guess it is coming out the front. Your right, the other ones I have seen have one on the bottom also.
An interesting short article about a few of the capabilities of their camera: http://blog.wired.co...helicopter.html

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Posted 11 February 2009 - 09:55 PM

A shot of tonights waning gibbous moon. I am really excited today. Figuring out where the moon rises and sets has always been witchcraft for me. Tonight I finally found a calculator for figuring this out. (US Navy data site) Of course very location specific. The Moon is nothing like the sun where you can guess where it will rise and set by knowing the time of year. Easy. The moon has a mind of its own. Of course it is pure math or the US Navy couldn't tell me exactly... just voodoo math. I have seen it. Did not recognize half the symbols and was a paragraph long. Anyway, I finally know where it will rise and set. And I will be able to plan my location for the shots I have in my little head. BTW. Form Fort Worth today, the moon rose at 93.3. Yep. Behind the stinking Carter Burgess Building. But tomorrow night? 101.4

A bit of Carter Burgess in this shot.




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Posted 11 February 2009 - 10:24 PM

Great shot. Hey monee, There is a real neat program you can download that has all the planets, stars, constillations, their location relative to you 24/7 in real time:

http://www.stargazing.net/astropc/

I have used this for years and it is amazing.


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Posted 15 February 2009 - 06:14 PM

Saw this guy patrolling downtown this afternoon. Rats beware! Hawk, I think.
I do think it scared off the other birds.




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Posted 15 February 2009 - 07:37 PM

Good shot but next time get him to turn his head towards us. biggrin.gif

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Posted 19 February 2009 - 07:52 AM

Waning crescent moon was rising at 3:42 this morning over Cedar Hill. (Internal alarm clock) The seeing conditions were not good as well as it was too windy. (ie,. my building was swaying in my 6 second exposures) But here are two shots of inferior quality anyway. My wife got on me for getting up so early. She said I would be crabby today. I told her to shut the Hell up.

Guess I would have to title this baby, MOON ON A STICK


Switch from 800mm to 400mm. (My 2x was now at my feet on the balcony. Watch out below.)

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Posted 02 March 2009 - 09:40 AM

March 2 sunrise over Downtown. Though terribly predictable, I am always surprised by how fast the sun seems to be making its march to the Northern skies. As you can see, I will not see the sunrise for a week or so as it will be coming up behind the Carter Burgess building for me. In the Fall when it heads behind this building it is welcome relief from the heat. In the Spring we want to move this tall building...


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Posted 02 March 2009 - 11:50 PM

Hill Country (from Park Road 4)





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Posted 03 March 2009 - 01:07 PM

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Hill Country (from Park Road 4)


Sunset. Check. Waxing Crescent Moon. Check. Venus, close and bright. Check. Couldn't you get Santa and his 8 (8?) reindeer in the picture? Or at least a UFO out of the Burleson area?

Very nice picture Bob!
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Posted 28 March 2009 - 01:08 PM

Very cloudy this cold windy Saturday morning. With just this one opening allowing a little sunshine through.


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Posted 28 March 2009 - 01:14 PM

I'll bet your house was swaying this morning.
I noticed this was shot at 75mm, what lens are you using now?

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Posted 28 March 2009 - 01:43 PM

QUOTE (Papaw @ Mar 28 2009, 02:14 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'll bet your house was swaying this morning.
I noticed this was shot at 75mm, what lens are you using now?


That was my new 70-200 2.8L IS . (bought 2 weeks ago with my 5D MK II) Then this week I bought a 17-40 4.0L and a 50 1.2L. Left over from my XSi, I am able to keep my 400 5.6L. Those plus my 2x that works on my 2 bigger lenses. I am very well covered from 17 to 800mm. Loving each of them. The one I am the most surprised by how good it is was the cheapest, the 17-40 4.0L. Just amazingly good to me. And less than half the price of the others. Got everything at Fort Worth Camera. Not just comparable pricing to the internet but they are the only people in the country that I could find some of these lenses. Figure that. Never can figure why you can't buy lens like the Canon 50 1.2L without getting on a waiting list. The only lens I wanted they did not have was the 35 1.4L (which I gave up on and instead bought the 17-40 and 50.) When I pulled out my Rebel XSi Wednesday morning I realized most of my shots from my treehouse here are under 20mm. But then as long as I got the 17-40 to fit that bill I figured I would go straight to the 50 and forget the 35. I DOOO love that 50 1.2 . I don't think I have posted any pics with it yet, but just a matter of time. I told my wife this morning that I wish I had a quarter for each time I switch lenses this weekend. I would already have several bucks. She told me she would give me a quarter for each hour I didn't have camera gear all over her dining room table. I can't help myself... She is also reminding me how I was going to sell my Rebel XSi and it's lenses. Oh ya.

And thanks for pointing me towards the 5D MK II. Thrilled with it!
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Posted 28 March 2009 - 05:17 PM

You have a quality glass collection now, I would keep the Rebel as a second body and it could cut down lens swapping also.
The 70-200 is one of Canon's top lens and I use it more than the 24-70 for weddings now.
I imagine you can leave your flash in the bag with the 1.2.
I can see the IQ difference of the 5D MK II in your forum shots, very nice.

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Posted 28 March 2009 - 08:44 PM

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I can't help myself... She is also reminding me how I was going to sell my Rebel XSi and it's lenses. Oh ya.


Hey Monee, If you want to unload some of those lenses you used with the Rebel let me know.....


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Posted 29 March 2009 - 07:33 PM

A quick shot of Jupiter at 6:30am this morning. 400mm 5.6L + 2X. ISO 6400. From my balcony.

Here is Jupiter and at least 3 of its moons.

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Posted 29 March 2009 - 10:51 PM

Well Jupiter's cool, but...

QUOTE
Very cloudy this cold windy Saturday morning. With just this one opening allowing a little sunshine through.


Holy cow, you can see Dallas from your window!

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 09:53 AM

QUOTE (avvy @ Mar 29 2009, 11:51 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Well Jupiter's cool, but...

QUOTE
Very cloudy this cold windy Saturday morning. With just this one opening allowing a little sunshine through.


Holy cow, you can see Dallas from your window!



Yes. And speaking of Dallas, here is a shot from this morning. I put this in the Skies thread as this is more about a pretty sky than Dallas or something else. This is an unusual case of taking one picture and making 3. To me it is 3 different pictures. To someone else it may be 1 or 20.

Here is the Main picture. (70-200 2.8 IS, handheld @ 200mm IS on)


Here I cropped it to mostly a pic about Dallas and the sweet spot of the sunrise.


And here is that little plane over Arlington or so.

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Posted 01 April 2009 - 08:03 PM

A shot of Venus this morning with my 400 x2 in the East while waiting on the poky sun to rise through Dallas.

You may be thinking you have seen better pics from the Hubble. No disagreement. The point here is, this was taken with my camera. From a balcony.


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Posted 04 April 2009 - 08:10 AM

Not to get all artsy here but I like this shot of Venus I took yesterday morning. The full picture had Dallas at the bottom. A close crop showed the phase of Venus. This is a medium crop because I liked the gradations of color right were Venus was located.


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Posted 06 April 2009 - 07:41 PM

I am thinking this is as good as a moon shot as a guy can get standing on a very windy balcony on a swaying building with only a camera. Took this shot at 8:30 this Monday evening. A waxing Gibbous Moon, of course. (Yes you can tell be looking at the picture) Take a look!

400mm X2, Cropped

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Posted 06 April 2009 - 08:00 PM

monee9696-
This is the best moon shot I have ever seen that was not connected to a telescope. The detail is amazing and I can imagine the movement you must of had in that tower with the wind.
People don't realize how bright the moon is, but what else could you get a perfect exposure of at night shooting f11 - 1/400?
Another great shot. excl.gif

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Posted 07 April 2009 - 01:48 PM

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monee9696-
This is the best moon shot I have ever seen that was not connected to a telescope. The detail is amazing and I can imagine the movement you must of had in that tower with the wind.
People don't realize how bright the moon is, but what else could you get a perfect exposure of at night shooting f11 - 1/400?
Another great shot. excl.gif


Thank you. And you are sure right. Taking a pic of the moon is the one time I pay no attention at all to any automatic settings. I was slinging the shutter speed dial in the faster direction so fast I have a blister on my finger today. Really bright. And the moon is too small for my cameras exposure settings to correct for. (taking a bit of an average with a black sky.) I just keep dialing up the shutter speed until I see some detail.
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Posted 07 April 2009 - 03:34 PM

I know our world is a round sphere. But why is the moon also round ? I guess Monee's photo's are creating more questions than answers.

Thanks for letting us see what you see through your lens !

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Posted 10 April 2009 - 10:10 PM

QUOTE (360texas @ Apr 7 2009, 04:34 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I know our world is a round sphere. But why is the moon also round ? I guess Monee's photo's are creating more questions than answers.

Thanks for letting us see what you see through your lens !


You're welcome 360. You are my main photographic inspiration.

Here is another shot of the Moon. But instead of great detail, this gives you none. But a bit of atmosphere. This is a full Moon trying to shine through both clouds and smoke. But it is still kind of pretty.


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Posted 10 April 2009 - 11:50 PM

Why are Earth and the Moon round/ Quite simply, objects in space strive to achieve what physicists call a hydrostatic equilibrium. Accordingly, anything above a certain mass will achieve hydrostatic equilibrium by conforming itself into a sphere.

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Posted 11 April 2009 - 08:39 AM

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Posted 14 April 2009 - 07:17 AM

Two pictures for you here this morning.

Shot of Venus with the Carter Burgess Building (Dallas at its side)


And then the contrail of a jet over Arlington or so just before sunrise.


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Posted 16 April 2009 - 09:06 PM

WOW!!! Another awesome shot Monee. Thanks for providing the forum with these continuingly amazing pictures.

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I am thinking this is as good as a moon shot as a guy can get standing on a very windy balcony on a swaying building with only a camera. Took this shot at 8:30 this Monday evening. A waxing Gibbous Moon, of course. (Yes you can tell be looking at the picture) Take a look!

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Posted 17 April 2009 - 11:58 AM

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WOW!!! Another awesome shot Monee. Thanks for providing the forum with these continuingly amazing pictures.


Why Thank You very much!
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Posted 06 July 2009 - 12:57 AM

Saw this on Vimeo:

"Galactic Center of Milky Way Rises over Texas Star Party"

A bit over 9 hours of (mostly night) sky compressed into a 48 second time-lapse video.


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Posted 06 July 2009 - 06:06 AM

QUOTE (gdvanc @ Jul 6 2009, 01:57 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Saw this on Vimeo:

"Galactic Center of Milky Way Rises over Texas Star Party"

A bit over 9 hours of (mostly night) sky compressed into a 48 second time-lapse video.


Surely fascinating indeed. And from nearby in Texas.

That is part of an interesting Forum. If you want to checkout some egg-heads, it is in astronomy.

Was glad I was able to find out exactly how he did it. He kind of left me when he stated he modified his Canon 5D (AA screen modified to record hydrogen alpha at 656 nm) I'm afraid I might have modified my hydrogen alpha at 657. newlaugh.gif

I found interesting the control of time exposure. I love time lapse photography and have been a bit disappointed that my Canon cameras could not natively do them like my Kodak camera could. Then he explains "Exposures were controlled by an interval timer shutter release (Canon TC80N3)". Never thought of an external device to control time lapse shots. I think this is a toy I need...

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