All posts by John T.

I went out last night attempting to photograph the northern lights and this is what I got. The forecast was saying the chances were good to see the borealis this far south. This is facing north and the milky way goes through the center of the image, the milky way center is behind me. I’m pretty sure the light swirls above the trees are clouds but the angled light area in the upper right hand corner could be the aurora. Underwhelming really. I took a bunch of photos and this is the only one with that light spot on the upper right. Fort Kent in far northern Maine would’ve been the place to be to get some good images. If you look closely at the right center of the image, just above the clouds, you can see the Andromeda galaxy.

I recently took a trip north to camp in my van for a night. The autumn colors were almost at peak. Even though I didn’t take any photographs because the weather conditions didn’t quite cooperate, I did manage to shoot some video footage. I did put together a Youtube video that can be checked out by clicking here.

I just spent some time in northern Maine on the north edge of Moosehead Lake. I camped out of my van which I recently bought just for that purpose. I stayed in a place called Seboomook Wilderness Campground, it had some amenities but internet was not one of them and I must say I enjoyed it. Being that far north, light pollution is almost non-existent so it’s an ideal location for astrophotography. This photo was taken near the boat launch where the campgrounds canoes are stored, the sky wasn’t completely clear but at least it wasn’t overcast.

4-24-17 Bluebird

This past Monday a bluebird was checking out a nest box I set out specifically to attract bluebirds. Now I’m hoping they actually use it to raise some young so I can get better photographs. They checked it out last year but chose not to utilize it. When a pair of chickadees started building a nest in the box, the bluebirds chased them off and the house remained empty.

6-7-16 Lobsterman Statue and Milkyway

I came up with the idea to shoot this image last year but before I did I saw a photo like it on someone else’s website. I didn’t want it to seem like I was copying an unoriginal idea so I never took the photograph. This year I reconsidered because even though it’s the same subject, everyone has their own way of seeing things. Last Monday after work I headed to Land’s End to take the picture. This is a blend of two images, one with the lens focused at infinity for the milky way and the second focused on the statue. For the statue I used live view and zoomed in on the head and by lighting it up with my flashlight I was able to see to get a sharp focus. Both exposures were 30 seconds at f2.8, there’s a building right behind me and behind the building there was a street light providing enough ambient light to illuminate the statue.