Taken at the Bronx Botanical Garden.
Saw this little spider wandering around this orange flower. I got closer to the him and I could see it was aware of my presence by the way she was swinging her front legs.
On thee Poconos mountains for Christmas day. Quite different compared to this place in the Summer. The lake even look much drier and the beach had no kayaks in sight. Well, it is Winter, and it is quite nice to have the very distinct seasons. Each one is special in a certain way.
For the last weekend before Christmas, we just decided to go where everybody was going: Dyker Heights in Brooklyn (really cool neighborhood with lots of xmas decorations) and to look at the Christmas tree at Rockfeller Center. It was so crowded, specially because the weather was unusually warm. But at least we crossed those from out todo list and won't have to do this again for the next couple of years, specially because more likely it will be much colder. But definitely worth it to get everyone into the xmas spirit.
Officially is not Winter yet, but definitely feels like it, with snowy days and very low temperatures. So the snow bring inconveniences but a lot of opportunities to take pictures:
There are so many reason to photograph flowers: they are beautiful, they come with a great variety of shapes and colors, and one of my favorites: they don't run away when you are about to press the shutter button (you just have to be more careful on windy days). And because they don't really move, they are excellent subjects to practice lighting and composition.
The effects of light pollution unfortunately prevent the majority of the people, who tend to aggregate around big cities, to enjoy looking into the sky at night and be able to see an infinite number of starts and even the arms of our milky way. That become evident when we recently went upstate NY where, comparing to Long Island where we live, there is much less light pollution and enjoyed a clear sky full of starts like I have not seen in a long time. It was still not perfect, but being able to better distinguish the milky way arms in the sky was already a great bonus.
It is sunny, that's what this flower shot reminds me, but here we are at 24F (-4C). Brrrrr...
At the Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center at Jones Beach, I joined other astronomers to try to witness a partial solar eclipse. But the forecast was not favorable. Lost of clouds in the sky and, specially when I arrived there, the wall of clouds in the horizon made me think we were out of luck. Luckily, we had some breaks in the clouds just enough to see the Moon's shadow "taking a bite" of the Sun. I still remember the excitement of everyone there when we got a first peek of the event. I guess everyone was just feeling very grateful to be witnessing that.
I wouldn't call myself an astronomer. I just showed up with my DSLR camera, but this is one of the those astronomical events that all you need is your naked eyes (well, using some special Sun gazing glasses in this case). And here goes a special thanks to the Amateurs Observer's Society of New York (AOS) for organizing the meet up and providing the Sun gazing glasses.
As for taking pictures and making videos, the clouds actually did more good than harm. Specially on the short video I created of the eclipse, it wouldn't be the same with the moving clouds across the Sun. So, I guess we had just the right dosage of them.
At 800mm, using a Canon 100-400mm lens with 2x teleconverter, and windy, I have to learn how to stabilize the camera better even when placed on a sturdy tripod. But Final Cut X's Stabilization worked wonders.
And here is the video: