Cinco de Mayo sunset and astro experiments

What a beautiful (probably smog enhanced) sunset at my friends house here in Larkspur.  Wasn’t focusing too much on photos (more on just chilling after a tough couple of weeks) but was able to capture several with a 55mm prime f1.8 Carl Zeiss lens.  

Going for the shallow depth of field to blur the background. f1.8, 1/6400, iso100, 55mm.

Rampart Range, Perry Park and Devils Head. f8, 1/160, iso100, 55mm

Devils Head and contrail. f8, 1/125, iso100, 55mm

Devils Head and “X” marks the spot! f8, 1/60, iso125, 55mm.

Love how the moon flares with this lens. 15sec, iso1600.

We were watching for the eta Aquariids shooting stars, and it was time to go home, so I made a fireball :). This is actually the moon. 15 sec, iso1600.

These are fairly noise due to the digital zoom with the 55mm lens. I’ll go back and shoot these with a telephoto sometime. This is the Front Range west of Denver. f8, 1/60, iso160, 55mm

Another perspective. Lookout Mountain in Golden is in the lower left. f8, 1/60, iso200, 55mm.

Playing at the Sunshine Ranch

Had a hell of a great day hanging out with a great friend, and our sons. Did some typical father/son stuff like shoot guns at cow patties and soda cans; dug for petrified wood; went through the old dumps in the gullies on my buddy’s new property, set up a chicken coop, and had BBQ for dinner. Also got to take some pictures of his amazing cat!

Sunset Ranch, Palmer Divide, Colorado.

Ha, caught him in the act!

Ha, caught him in the act!

Teddy is one cute farm cat!

Teddy is one cute farm cat!  I can just hear him purring in this photograph!

Interesting trash down in the ravine.

Interesting trash down in the ravine.

Interesting trash down in the ravine. I guess if you own land you don't need to pay for trash removal?

Interesting trash down in the ravine. I guess if you own land you don’t need to pay for trash removal?

Nice lenticular at sunset over the beautiful view of the Colorado Front Range!

Nice lenticular at sunset over the beautiful view of the Colorado Front Range!

Awesome, vivid colors during this sunset!

Awesome, vivid colors during this sunset!

June 9, 2011 Adams/Morgan County Supercell

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Joined up with this great storm north of Bennett. It took it a while to get going, but once it did it took on great structure. Followed this storm until its eventual demise south of Fort Morgan. Went northwest of Fort Morgan after dark to get some great lightning that this storm and others to the west were putting down.

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After dark is when the action started to happen.  Great lightning in several locations accompanied this storm!MorganSupercell2011-0172 MorganSupercell2011-0162

I especially like this lightning and how it formed a heart shape…

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The sunset was awesome too.  All around a great chase!

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