Security Patrol on the Dodson Farm

Security Patrol on the Dodson Farm

Cole and Jeff did some recreational shooting at our “dueling tree” after putting up the exterior Christmas lights today.

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Tiny Planet Second Attempt

Another attempt at a “Tiny Planet” photo. I put the camera a bit higher in hopes of getting a better view of the wetland. I also combed my hair and put on a real shirt.

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“Tiny Planet” Jack out standing in his field, surrounded by Marsh Marigolds

This is a “little planet” photo. It is my first attempt at one. They make 360 degree cameras that can capture a 360 degree panorama with 2 fisheye lenses. You can do a variety of things with them including fun effects like this. Right now you can get a used Ricoh Theta S very cheaply, because they have their new model Theta “V” being released in the next week or so. I just wanted to play with one. This was taken in my wetland area. I am surrounded by Marsh Marigolds which are in full bloom now.

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Eclipse 2017 Sunspots visible during early phase of eclipse

This was taken with a solar filter on the lens.    It allowed me to get the early phases of the eclipse.   You can see some sunspots on the surface of the Sun.     According to wikipedia, “Sunspots are temporary phenomena on the Sun’s photosphere that appear as spots darker than the surrounding areas.  They are regions of reduced surface temperature caused by concentrations of magnetic field flux that inhibit convection.”

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Eclipse 2017 with solar eruptive prominences.

According to NASA,

A solar eruptive prominence is a filament of plasma comprised of electrically charged hydrogen and helium.

I processed this image by dialing down the white flare and bumping up the saturation on the prominences.

Eclipse images may seem inappropriate for a farm blog, but it is nature and I did view it from my farm.

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Eclipse 2017 video from phantom 4

This video basically shows our house during the eclipse as seen from the air.  We set up on the pool deck to watch and enjoy the eclipse.    I was taking pictures with a couple of camera from the corner of the deck.   Lorraine helped me manage the solar filter for the camera.    George Kopp put a couple of drones in the air just before the totality.  Libby took some pictures as well.   It was amazing how dark it got.    For the video, I sped up the time of total darkness just so it would not be so boring looking at a dark screen for so long.  You might notice the image jumping around a bit.  That is just the movement of the drone magnified by the increased speed of the video.

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More Eclipse Images

Three more images.    Big bloom, then a red glow as the sun starts peeking out from behind the moon and finally a big sun flare as the sun starts to come back in its full glory.    The middle image show something called “Baily’s Beads”.   (I have also seen this spelled Bailey’s beads)  At the very beginning and end of totality, the irregularities of the lunar surface allow sunlight to shine through more in some areas than others.   This briefly creates an effect that (sort of) looks like a string of beads.    Francis Baily explained this phenomenon in 1836.

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