Night of the Persiods

Submitted by: 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

 

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New Years Eve

Submitted by: 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

Russell Falls, Tasmania

Submitted by: 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

www.photosymphony.com

Venus and Moon

Submitted by: 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.

©LeRoy Zimmerman 2007

www.photosymphony.com



Southern Cross

Submitted by: 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

www.photosymphony.com

Eclipse Collection

Submitted by: 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 147° west, the now eclipsed moon was still near enough to the 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.

©2008, LeRoy Zimmerman

Backlash

Submitted by: LeRoy Zimmerman at Tue Jan 9 19:35:01 2007 UTC

Sometimes it doesn't take much to make a nice photo. A simple looping

arc, turning back on itself alone in the sky. Often hard to grasp the

hundreds of miles away it all is from where we are standing. The lower

end of the aurora arc near the horizon is at least 500 miles away from

my camera, and the upper end is probably about 150 miles away. Such a

wonderful magical feature of this planet of ours. Are we lucky or what?

©LeRoy Zimmerman www.photosymphony.com

Sky Rider

Submitted by: 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

Submitted by: 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

Incoming!

Submitted by: LeRoy Zimmerman at Fri Nov 24 18:14:01 2006 UTC

April 2003 www.photosymphony.com ©LeRoy Zimmerman

High Lights

Submitted by: LeRoy Zimmerman at Sat Nov 25 01:35:01 2006 UTC

March 2003 www.photosymphony.com ©LeRoy Zimmerman

In the Line of Fire

Submitted by: LeRoy Zimmerman at Fri Nov 24 18:32:02 2006 UTC

March 2003 www.photosymphony.com ©LeRoy Zimmerman

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