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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Having Fun in the Dark


The first night of the Gemini meteor shower was really nice to watch. However, catching a falling star with the camera proved to be like chasing a fleeting shaft of light thousands of miles away. It's literally a shot in the dark. I did manage to capture a couple of faint trails, but not the bright streaks that my eyes saw.

On Thursday night, I decided to try something a little different. First I set up the camera in a different spot where more of the sky was visible.  I wanted to do some test shots before I set the camera for continuous shooting. After a few shots of the new moon at sunset, I waited until the sky got nice and dark.  

 
What ended up happening was not part of the original plan. A plume of smoke from a nearby fire began creeping in from the right of the scene. It was too dark for the smoke to show up in the picture until I shined the flashlight on it. Then look at what happen:





I turned the camera in the direction of the smoke and painted it, along with the trees in the background, with a flashlight.




The second starlight show turned into a painting with light experiment. I had fun standing in a dark field with the flashlight pointing it at the trees and pressing the shutter button. More practice is needed to get better results, but hey, it's a great way to spend an evening doing it in the dark.

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`Kt

Light is the first element of creation

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Buy a Print, Save a Plant


This time of year is the time for giving. If you are so inclined to give to a worthy project, here's an idea. The North Carolina chapter of the Nature Conservancy is to raising money for a baseline survey of the Venus flytrap population in the Green Swamp preserve located in the southeastern corner of the state. This plant is found no where else in the world except in a radius of about 75 miles of Wilmington, NC


I'm helping the cause by donating 100% of the profits from the sale of items from my online photo gallery at Redbubble.com from now until December 15th. The project goal is to reach  $5000. For compete details check out this site Venus Flytrap - A charismatic...plant?!
 which includes a video about this amazing plant hosted by Sara Babin. Sara has a blog A Place Like No Other where she talks about her work with TNC. Her recent post  is about me and the Buy a Print, Save a Plant campaign.

If you would like to contribute, visit my gallery at Redbubble.com and click on Shop to see the list of products including cards, prints, and posters. Redbubble guarantees 100% satisfaction for all products you buy. I'll be happy to answer any questions you may have.


PS: you can make a direct contribution to the Venus flytrap survey project and receive a complimentary gift from Sara. Below are the different funding levels and gifts:

Fund $20 and more
A Nature Conservancy sticker and a thank you card from Sara!

Fund $50 and more
A copy of North Carolina Afield, a guide to TNC preserves of North Carolina (amazing book), and a thank you card from Sara!

Fund $100 and more
A signed and framed photo of a Venus flytrap by Skip Pudney, a copy of North Carolina Afield, a guide to TNC preserves of North Carolina, and a thank you card from Sara! 

Fund $500 and more
Guided Green Swamp tour with me and Skip Pudney to see Venus flytraps and other carnivorous plants in their natural habitat, a signed and framed photo of a Venus flytrap by Skip Pudney, a copy of North Carolina Afield, a TNC sticker, and thank you card from Sara!



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