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Astronomy Domain [Resurrection] (Solar Eclipse, a little touch of IR)

Discussion in 'Night, InfraRed, and UltraViolet Photography' started by nfoto, Oct 11, 2005.

  1. nfoto

    nfoto Guest

    This image is for real. It is not directly an IR image, because I didn't use a dedicated IR filter, but my solar filter had low quality and passed quite a lot of IR.

    My son and I set up 3 cameras to cover the Solar Eclipse in May, 2003, one camera for UV , one for visual, and one for IR/visible. We shoot many hundred pictures before clouds terminated the event for us. On three of these images, 2 taken with the IR/visible and 1 with the visual camera, we observed strange shapes around the solar disc, occurring at the eclipse maximum. Now, were I superstitious I could have gained support for such beliefs by looking at the images, but in this case, I looked into the matter as a non-prejudiced scientist and found the explanation. Notwithstanding that mundane fact, the best of these three images had quite an impact when it was published and it has been printed for example in newspapers throughout Europe, with a total circulation of approx. 4 million copies. So those hours spent with intensive shooting paid of handsomely in the end.

    Without further ado, meet my impression of Astronomy Domain,
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    I hope this will clear the new level of censorship implemented on the Café.
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  2. Wow Bjorn, that is really something. Kind of scary really, it's appropriate that you bring that out before we get to Halloween. It looks like the moon is in pain with the intense heat from the sun. Very interesting.
  3. mind bogeling.
    how the HECK did you do THAT??????
  4. nfoto

    nfoto Guest

    Me? I'm just a Nikon shooter and press the release ever so often.

    Sincerely, no hocus-pocus here, except for lifting the details out of the shadows so that they become clearer. This is really what the camera and lens recorded.

    Why the image turned out this way is another discussion, of which I know the final answer.
  5. Are you really going to keep us in suspense with the answer??? Do I need to grovel and beg?
  6. SRA


    Jul 29, 2005
    Orem, Utah
    Great image or imgaes. Not to take away from the effort you put forth to produce this image but it reminds me of Ghost Busters.
  7. Joseph S. Wisniewski

    Joseph S. Wisniewski

    Aug 11, 2005
    OK, you knew someone was going to ask this: what is this "new level of censorship implemented on the Café"?

    And what is the reason for that interesting phenomona?
  8. nfoto

    nfoto Guest

    No more nudes for the two of us to exhibit here on the Café, I'm afraid :mad:  A true pity because I had (and still have) so many new, refreshing ones in store.

    As to the last question, the taking lens is a mirror design (hint).
  9. BigPixel

    BigPixel Guest

    Another list I visit frequently solved the 'nude issue' by setting up an "anything goes" photo category for nudes and other images some might find offensive or inappropriate. You got access by asking the list moderator for a key to unlock the area. The site shell is exactly the same as this site. Maybe we could institute an "anything goes" photo section here.
  10. nfoto

    nfoto Guest

    I make no secret that I consider the Café's primness in this matter quite silly and dare I say so, very American. The former solution in which you provided a link to the putative "offensive" picture should suffice. What will the next enhancement of censorship be? Being nice isn't always fostered by closing your eyes to reality.

    I better stop here before getting political, something also not tolerated in this forum.
  11. Wilk


    Jul 28, 2005
    If that flies, can I post a self portrait of me in a diaper and a binkie??? :eek: 

    Seriously, it sounds like it would be a good compramise, however, I am but a lacky :tongue:


    That is one amazing image. I have a sigma 600mm reflex (assuming that is the type of lens you used) but I'm embarassed to put it into my equipment list on my site... maybe I should change my mind, though I never really use it.
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  12. BigPixel

    BigPixel Guest

    I agree with you Brudda. I mentioned the "anything goes" locked area only as a possible solution here. I'm new and didn't want to go too far.

    I often got into trouble on the other list I mentioned as I like to discuss religion, politics, everything actually as it relates to photography. Like I often asked that group, what is photography if not a window on the human condition? And as such, isn't everything open to display and discussion?? Not yet in America as you mention Bjorn. It is silly to censor nudity. Last time I looked, there were two homosapien sexes on the planet each with slightly different plumbing. Big deal! Our images are about the beauty of this happy coincidence or grand design, however you want to view it.
  13. BigPixel

    BigPixel Guest

    .......depends on the diaper. :biggrin:
  14. Suggestion to BigPixel and nfoto: It is sooooooo easy to start a web site. So it would be cool if you guys went and set one up for the photos you want to post that are not postable here. I would visit it and learn from it and enjoy it because I personally am not offended by nudes and love Art and hate censorship and believe in free political debate. BUT, to ME, the issue HERE is that the Administrators of THIS web site have their rules, and we need to respect their choice to run a nude-free website. It is not necessary to break down every danged door in the quest for Freedom of Speech. The point is that you can go off and build your own danged door, remember??
  15. Chris101


    Feb 2, 2005
    Bjørn already has a very popular, useful and beautiful website at http://www.naturfotograf.com/ .

    The Cafe does not have an absolute prohibition on nudity or other types of photography, however images which should not be viewed by young children and the like should be linked to via a hyperlink, ranter than embedded into a post via [​IMG]. If someone does (accidentally, I'm sure) post an artistic nude, we will convert the embedded image to a link for them. *

    I hate censorship as much as the next leftie (well, I like to think of myself as a centrist) but as you point out Andrea, we need to respect the rules of the owners of this house. Thank you for pointing that out.


    Now, as for this image, it's hard to believe this is just the dark side of the moon, but there you have it. The 'Man in the Moon' trying to escape. I am however, going to censor the image for it's obvious phallic symbollism.

    * seriously however, if any obscenities or porn are posted, we'll delete it and probably discuss further action to be taken. Which Supreme Court Justice said that he was not able to define porn, but he knew it when he saw it. I think it was Brennan in the majority decision of Roth v US in 1957, that placed community standards as the test for obscenity. That is the same test that we use here at the Nikon Cafe.
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