Early Sunset, July 2020

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July 5th, 2020, 7:33 p.m. local time

The picture may fool a bit, as this scene of a descending Sun overshadowed by incoming Western clouds gives no indication of how hot the day was, even within hour prior to Sunset.  The sunbeams and their highlights within the clouds are almost good enough for an oil painting.

Taken with my iPhone with minor edits in PaintShop Pro.

Solar Reflections

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October 1st, 2019, 06:55 a.m. local time

Welcome to October.  This morning showcased interesting cloud formations highlighted by reflections from the rising Sun.  Taken with NightCap on my iPhone, post-processed in PaintShop Pro.

Probably Looks Better from Space

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September 7th, 2019, 06:15 p.m. local time

Just an image from a September early evening walk in a park.  Taken with an iPhone and the NightCap app, with minor touchups performed in PaintShop Pro.

Another Morning Moon

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August 24th, 2019, 08:35 a.m. local time

These may be becoming redundant, but it was yet another great morning for capturing the daytime Moon, for as much as it is possible with a phone camera.

Today’s mage settings:

  • NightCap app on iPhone
  • f/1.8
  • 1/2075 sec exposure
  • ISO 24

More Morning Moon

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August 23rd, 2019, 08:10 a.m. local time

Another clear morning allowed for a Day 3 of photographing the Waning Moon.  I notice a little dark spot to the left of the Moon in the above photo, and wondered if it was a speck of dirt or problem with the smartphone itself.  But while examining the series of photos I took in immediate succession, it is undoubtedly a bird, as that speck is further left in the next image.

A clear forecast all day and evening may mean being able to point the big light gun towards Jupiter and Saturn tonight.

Today’s mage settings:

  • iPhone XS
  • NightCap
  • f/1.8
  • 1/2075 sec exposure
  • ISO 24

Moon and Clouds, and Trees and Sky

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August 22nd, 2019, 07:01 a.m. local time

Similar to yesterday’s picture – same time, nearly same location – here is this morning’s Waning Moon via the NightCap app on my iPhone.  The sky was not as hazy as yesterday, which comes through in the more vivid blue backdrop.

And like yesterday’s picture, some lunar surface detail was captured.

An aging Waning Moon means the current early evening skies are free of moonlight.  So the skies should be good for stargazing, if they are clear.

Image settings for reference:

  • f/1.8
  • 1/2075 sec exposure
  • ISO 24

Waning Moon and Clouds

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August 21st, 2019, 06:57 a.m. local time

There was a brief break in cloud cover over the past day, enough to reveal the Waning Moon this morning.  I took the above picture with the NightCap app on my iPhone, and did some very minor editing in PaintShop Pro.

This picture finally reveals the details of the Moon I have been looking for through the unaided iPhone camera.  I had the ISO down to 24 and exposure at 1/500s.  Here is a closeup:

Taken with NightCap.

Cloud City

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Winter morning over Chicago on January 9th, 2018.