Saturn’s Rings

Saturn, the planet, is 1.2 billion kilometers away from Earth. Today evening I just had to cover a distance of 4 meters, from my couch to the patio, to take pictures of these rings. Well you can say counterfeit Saturn rings. I was enthralled to see the clouds arranging themselves in a circular ring pattern and the good old Sun lighting them from behind, giving them an apparent look of the aforementioned rings.

Saturn's Rings Rebel T3, Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM

Saturn’s Rings
Rebel T3, Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM

A sight to behold Rebel T3, Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM

A sight to behold
Rebel T3, Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM

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Super Blood Moon…

…well nearly. I missed the astronomical event of the year. A total lunar eclipse took place between September 27 and 28, 2015 but I was probably snoring in my bed when the reddish Super Blood Moon was casting its eerie glow on us Earthlings. Anyway I was quite prepared the next day and made this exposure using the Canon 75-300 mm lens. This is not as red as the Super Moon but it is a fair enough evidence for my personal records.

For another such lunar exposure which I made in 2014 visit here.

Super Moon Rebel T3, Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III

Red Moon
Rebel T3, Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III

In The Display Windows

Took the following photographs at different display windows in the Franklin Park Mall, Toledo, OH.

Note on post-processing. I processed these photographs in Adobe Lightroom 6, my first experience with LR. And guess what? I am throughly convinced as to why LR is the best image processing software out there. Post-processing was like a cake walk. Thanks Adobe for making this master piece of a software available to us.

M&M Rebel T3, 24mm, f/2.8 @ 1/200

M&M’s anyone?
Rebel T3, 24mm, f/2.8 @ 1/200

Toys Rebel T3, 24mm, f/2.8 @ 1/500

Toys
Rebel T3, 24mm, f/2.8 @ 1/500

Mannequins Rebel T3, 24mm, f/2.8 @ 1/400

Mannequins
Rebel T3, 24mm, f/2.8 @ 1/400

Celestial Arrangement

21st March 2015 was a special day for astronomers, sky-observers and enthusiasts alike. First it was the Vernal Equinox, second it was a solar eclipse and third was that Venus, Mars and our Moon could be seen placed very close to each other.

For me it was serendipity. Samarth pointed at the crescent moon and I ran to capture it with the Canon 70-300 mm. It was only after I saw the photos on the laptop did I realize that the red dot could be planet Mars. A simple Google search confirmed that indeed it was Mars. Also I came to know that the bright spot above Moon was Venus. To make things more serendipitous my camera also captured the trail of a shooting star!

Venus (top center), Mars (red dot right of Moon)

Venus (top center), Mars (red dot right of Moon)

Shooting star top right hand side

Shooting star top right hand side

Mars, red dot right of Moon

Mars, red dot right of Moon

The Crescent

The Crescent

Extravehicular Mobility Unit

Known in layman terms as “Space Suit”, the Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) is actually a personal spacecraft. It has 14 layers between the astronaut’s skin and the vacuum of space, in three assemblies: the liquid cooling garment assembly to keep the astronaut from overheating, the pressure garment assembly to retain air pressure within the suit and the thermal micrometeoroid garment assembly to reflect the sun’s heat and stop small bits of flying space debris. Other luxuries in the suit include a one liter drink bag, providing water during space walk and a maximum absorbency garment (an adult diaper!) for those awkward moments of life.

The following photograph was taken at the National Air and Space Museum.

Space Suit Rebel T3, 29mm, f/5.6 @ 1/160

Space Suit
Rebel T3, 29mm, f/5.6 @ 1/160