New Years Eve
LeRoy Zimmerman at Fri Jan 2 15:30:01 2009 UTC
New Years Eve at Fairbanks, Alaska. -40F, -40C. The city is buried in
ice fog, but the celebrations continue in spite of the cold. A very
cold night, but some very warm hearted souls.
Photo ©LeRoy Zimmerman 2008 www.photosymphony.com
Night of the Persiods
LeRoy Zimmerman at Wed Aug 13 03:50:01 2008 UTC
Hoping for the best, I went out into our very short Alaskan night
looking for some incoming meteors. It was the first clear night in
weeks, and on the drive out I saw my first star of the new winter, saw
a meteor, even a weak aurora band. When I got to my shooting location
the aurora band had vanished but I could also now see the first
noctilucent clouds of this new returning darkness. I decided to shoot
the noctilucent clouds, of course hoping for an incoming meteor. But
I never saw another the rest of the night. Must be something about the
northern latitude here at 65° north. But the evening was worth
putting 'on the card'. Here is what it looked like last night.
Photo ©LeRoy Zimmmerman 2008
Russell Falls, Tasmania
LeRoy Zimmerman at Sun Mar 2 19:03:01 2008 UTC
Here is a shot I took at night of Russell Falls, in Tasmania. I was
at the waterfall in total darkness, a quiet fall at the head of a
small steam in therainforest. It was so dark in the rainforest you
could not see you hand in front of your face, you could only hear the
falls off in the darkness about 40' away. You could see the star like
patterns of the glow worms on the walls of the small gorge. Like
looking into the stars.
For the shot, I first turned my flashlight on the falls in order to
get a focus point for my camera. Then in total darkness I opened the
camera for 30 seconds, and while the camera was open I began to
'paint' the scene with my white LED light, constantly moving the
light across the scene, painting the falls, some of the moss covered
walls, the nearby tree fern, and some of the foreground rocks.
Feeling somewhat like an artist, I realized I was lifting the image
from the night.
With the beauty of shooting digital, I could instantly review my
shots in the dark, to see what needed either more or less light, and
how to build the shot in the camera. I could not see the final
'scene' as I was shooting, I could only see the small spot that was
illuminated by my white LED light. It was up to me to decide where to
put the light, and how fast or slow to move move the light, how long
to let in linger in certain spots. My flashlight now became my brush,
and it painted the scene to life in the camera. And darkness was
necessary for that shot, it could not have been done without the
night. Here is how that evening came out.
Photo ©2007 LeRoy Zimmerman
Venus and Moon
LeRoy Zimmerman at Wed Feb 27 20:27:01 2008 UTC
This is a shot from a West Bay, a western facing beach on Kangaroo
Island, South Australia. This shot was taken the night of the spring
equinox March 2007. Both the moon and Venus make up the sky, while
fishing boats have come in to anchor for the night in the protected bay.
Â©LeRoy Zimmerman 2007
LeRoy Zimmerman at Wed Feb 27 07:50:01 2008 UTC
Almost one year ago I was camping in Australia, in New South Wales,
on the coast in Pebbly Beach park. It was after dinner in the
campground, the darkness comes quickly near the equator. I looked up
through the eucalyptus trees above the camp, and there through an
opening in the canopy sat the Southern Cross. What a site to see for
us northerners. I just had to try a shot of what I was seeing. But
a straight shot through the trees left so much of the sky solid
black, as many of the stars were hidden behind the trees. So I got
out my white LED flashlight and started 'painting' the trees with
light during the 30 second exposure. Thank god for digital, as I was
instantly able to check how I was doing, and make the needed
corrections until I got things right. Well this image is what came
out of that night. A long enough exposure to bring in the stars, and
enough LED lighting to bring out the lovely trees that were covering
the campground that night. Sometimes night photography is just too
much fun, especially when warm enough to do in a t-shirt and shorts!
© LeRoy Zimmerman 2007
LeRoy Zimmerman at Fri Feb 22 01:15:01 2008 UTC
As the eclipsed moon rose here in Alaska, it was not visible through
the twilight sky. Somewhat discouraging to say the least, but in
about 1/2 an hour later the darkness began to take over the sky, and
the now fully eclipsed moon began to show through. Shooting from
147Â° west, the now eclipsed moon was still ï¿¼near enough to
horizon to include some landscape along with the red glowing moon
hanging in the sky. It was worth the wait, and worth the short drive
to Cleary Summit, just a short 20 miles north of Fairbanks, Alaska.
Â©2008, LeRoy Zimmerman
LeRoy Zimmerman at Sun Jan 7 05:31:02 2007 UTC
In the 23 years I have been filming auroras, I have only managed to
capture 5 or 6 meteors. This pano taken quiet a few years ago
contained a meteor I had never noticed since I was placing my attention
on the center frame, the frame containing the main aurora.
Last summer as I prepared this image for presentation in my Aurorium
theater here in Fairbanks, I discovered this 'undiscovered' meteor.
What a nice surprise. Time to share with the rest of you.
Photo ©LeRoy Zimmerman www.photosymphony.com
The Aurora Collection
LeRoy Zimmerman at Fri Dec 22 05:54:01 2006 UTC
This composite panorama is made up of 12 aurora panos surrounding an
airbrush painting done by Scott Thom. This painting depicts how the
earth with active auroras might be viewed from space, showing both the
aurora borealis and aurora australis.
LeRoy Zimmerman ©July 2005 www.photosymphony.com
LeRoy Zimmerman at Fri Nov 24 18:14:01 2006 UTC
April 2003 www.photosymphony.com ©LeRoy Zimmerman
LeRoy Zimmerman at Sat Nov 25 01:35:01 2006 UTC
March 2003 www.photosymphony.com ©LeRoy Zimmerman
In the Line of Fire
LeRoy Zimmerman at Fri Nov 24 18:32:02 2006 UTC
March 2003 www.photosymphony.com ©LeRoy Zimmerman