Now this is how you do astrophotography in the nation’s capital. Joseph Gruber took note of what time the International Space Station would be passing over the city last Thursday (which you can look up here or sign up for alerts), then set up his camera where he could get the perfect backdrop. He combined multiple exposures for the final image. If you’re interested in trying some night sky photography, read these tips by local photographers.
Don’t forget to head over to Right Proper Brewing in Shaw this coming Tuesday for our February happy hour/meetup. We hope to see not only the usual Exposed DC crowd, but also our friends from IGDC, APA|DC, ASMPDC, and the Leica Store!
- Tomorrow four D.C. photographers – Clarissa Villondo, Alex Schelldorf, Matthew Brazier and Michael Andrade – will stage the the 9:30 Club’s first pop-up music photography exhibit.
- Photographers are complaining about a little yellow car ruining their photos of the picturesque English village of Bibury.
- Brad Wilson takes studio portraits of wild animals, and here PetaPixel publishes a ton of his owl portraits. And they are intense.
- Andrew Fladeboe will see Brad’s owl portraits and raise you his stunning series about working dogs called “The Shepherd’s Realm.”
- Arlington Arts Center was awarded a grant to operate for the next two years.
- Colossal has a 10-minute documentary about photographer Michael Paul Smith, whose “broad life experiences lead him to the creation of Elgin Park, a fictional 20th century town filled with miniature 1/24th-scale models of cars and buildings. Smith mixes his carefully crafted model sets with die-cut automobiles and real-life backdrops, taking advantage of an optical illusion known as forced perspective.”
- In narcissistic self-cannibalism news, the selfie toaster – eat your own face, on a slice of toast!
- A pilot crashed his plane, killing himself and a passenger, because they were distracted taking selfies in the cockpit.
- The F-35 Lightning II fighter gets ice in its beard during extreme weather testing at a U.S. Air Force laboratory.
- “Last week, Commander Chris Hadfield (of International Space Station fame) tweeted this image, asking what could have caused such strange columns to form in rocks.” So Erik Klemetti answered.
- Nikon will reportedly announce a special version of the D810 full frame DSLR next week that’s designed specifically for astrophotography.
- A look inside the first book illustrated exclusively with photographs. Biologist Anna Atkins used sunprints inside her 1843 book Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions. Beautiful.
- Photographer Manu Brabo has been embedded in Ukraine covering the conflict in and around Donetsk for several weeks.
- Tiger camera traps in India have captured way fewer than they’d hoped.
Christmas week, whether you celebrate or not, is often one punctuated by lots of downtime, so we’ve got some great reading and even better pictures to keep you busy through the weekend. And of course, we assume you’re taking some of that time to pick your three best D.C.-area photos to enter into our contest? Submissions close on midnight January 8 (and be mindful of our suggestion to make your Flickr account now and upload a few images, even if you aren’t ready to submit them to our contest group, because it can take a few days for Flickr to approve your account and make it viewable to the public — i.e. us!) Do you have questions about the contest or what you should enter? Ask us in the comments or at info [at] exposeddc.com.
- The Washington City Paper’s Louis Jacobson tells us what he considers the best photography exhibits in D.C. in 2013.
- Vivian Maier was a pioneering street photographer who became a household name when a couple of guys stumbled upon nearly her entire life’s work in 2007 and launched an immensely successful Kickstarter to film a movie about her. Now you can view her contact sheets online.
- Using tilt-shift to create “Tiny universes” made out of pictures of the big universe. This one is for the astro-nerds.
- A young Syrian photographer who freelanced for Reuters was killed while covering the fighting in Aleppo last week.
- Speaking of young Syrians, HIPA, a Dubai arts foundation, worked with child refugees in a Jordanian camp, giving them cameras and lessons on how to use photography as a form of communication. Incidentally, HIPA also runs a photography contest open to anyone in the world over 18 that closes on December 31, 2013, is free to enter, and offers nearly $400,000 in prize money.
- The headline “Photographer Finds Cockatiels, Jesus in NYC Basements” definitely had us clicking through.
- The famed horse track, where thoroughbreds like Seabiscuit and Citation once ran, has closed.
- A Washington, D.C. family poses for a Christmas portrait in 1918.
- We need every publication to start doing this: The New Yorker posts all the bizarro photos they dug up while doing research in 2013.
- You probably saw this link posted on Facebook by every photographer you know last week. These cheetsheets are even more beautiful than they are helpful.
- Looking to develop some film? Local Darkroom has what you need, wherever you might be.
- The only thing wrong with this photo gallery of Dominic the pit bull puppy cuddling animal patients as they come out of surgery is that we can’t reach through the screen and cuddle Dominic right back.
- A new book, Dorothea Lange: Grab A Hunk Of Lightning, takes a look at documentary photographer’s life.
- Well this is pretty terrible. A San Diego male tiger killed its mate while attempting to breed. If that’s not your cup of link tea, how about this photographer getting a scary view of a tiger shark with its jaws wide open.
When you think of astrophotography, you probably think of mind-blowing Hubble images, but you don’t need a billion dollar space telescope to image the night sky. In fact, most hobby photographers have all they need already in their bag, or can cheaply rent from a local camera shop. And right now you have a unique opportunity to get started. Comet ISON has been visible with the naked eye just before dawn for the last few days, and may get even brighter before it reaches perihelion, its closest point to the sun as it swings around, on November 28. If ISON manages to survive its close encounter, you might get a second chance to catch it in camera over Thanksgiving weekend.
Or try your hand at night sky photography almost anytime with the moon, which was full on Sunday night and will start to reveal its shadowy craters as it wanes for the next couple weeks. To get you started on your first night sky shoot, we asked some practiced local photographers, Phil Yabut, Brett Davis, Brian Mosley, Pablo Benavente, and Exposed’s Sanjay Suchak for their advice.
Exposed: What do you like to photograph in the night sky?