The Camera Lies

I have been trying for a couple of weeks to find a program to properly combine several of my lightning shots to make one dramatic shot.

Photoshop won’t work right for what I want and I had all but given up when I tried a star stacking program that I have had for months and got exactly what I wanted.

It’s funny how what we perceive as the wrong tool for the job is actually the right one for it.

The Milky Way

For the past couple of nights I have been trying to get a shot of the Milky Way in the southern night sky. So far I’ve had the lights of Needles, California drown out the first set and, after driving 45 miles south,  a freaking big ass cloud come out of nowhere and block out the Milky Way.

I’m cursed and going to take a little break from trying to catch a shot of the Milky Way and instead concentrate on sleeping.

Yes, tonight I will not be wandering the desert. Instead I will be kicking back and doing nothing. This should last about 5 minutes.

Anyway, here’s a couple of the shots of the Milky Way I got before the bastard cloud moved in and ruined the evening.

 

Laughlin Trail

I went out to get some pictures of the storm damage in Laughlin, Nevada and wound up finding this trail instead. The trail is only about a half mile long but a lot of work went into it. Add to that, with all the storms we’ve had someone has to be maintaining this.

The trail tapers out right here

Up above the trail you can see where part of the hill gave way during the storm we had last week.

I would have gone farther up to explore more but the state of California blocked my path to adventure. For all of you locals, I was just south of the Aha Macav turnoff for the Avi.

This is one of the things I love about living in the desert. You can start out your day, heading off to do whatever you’re going to do, and, the next thing you know, you find yourself going down a dirt road and finding something cool.

If I had my way, and could make a living at it, this is what I would do for a living. Adventuring, photographing, finding strange new places, that what I’m all about.

A Morning in Bullhead City, AZ.

This morning I got up far too early for a sensible human being and drove off to catch some pictures of the sky over Bullhead City.  It was a great morning for photography, cool, hardly any wind, and not a cloud at all.

This morning’s excursion was to see Jupiter, the moon, and Venus form a triangle in the predawn sky.

Here we have Jupiter and the moon waiting on Venus.

Venus arrives and I get quite a few shots. I won’t post all of the 439 I took, I think you’ll have enough to see with these here.

This is the town of Laughlin, Nevada. I had to take this shot because the lights make the town look like a Christmas tree. Yeah, I didn’t sleep and my brain is mush so I could be seeing things for all we know.

And, finally, we have sunrise. I decided to mess with settings and give you a different kind of sunrise. Enjoy.

Venus and Jupiter

This morning was the conjunction of Venus and Jupiter. A conjunction is when two objects in the night sky seem to be close to each other when they are actually millions, if not more, miles apart.

This morning’s conjunction of the two brightest planets in our night sky is the last time these two will be this close until August of 2016. Here are a couple of shots of the pair.

On a side note, I hate this cheap ass tripod and cannot tell you how glad I am that I will have a new one by the end of the month. 37 pictures and only four came out at due to the wobble.

 

Lightning

When the monsoons roll in we get quite a bit of lightning. One of the hardest things I’ve tried to do with my camera is get a shot of daytime lightning.

When this storm rolled through it made it nice and easy for me to get plenty of lightning shots. It was a crazy afternoon and evening full of thunder and lightning, something I enjoy.

On a side note, we have a local coffee shop called Javalinas. They had a contest for best lightning picture and somehow I lost. If any of you know the folks at Javalins, let them know I feel robbed!

 

Advice

People, I’m going to offer some really good advice this morning.

If your mechanic tells you not to do 60 in 1st gear because it’ll wreck your engine, you should listen.

If your computer tech tells you not to download that program because it’ll screw up your computer, you should listen.

If your plumber tells you not to flush plastic bags down your toilet because it’ll screw up your plumbing, you should listen.

You should NOT do the exact opposite of what your service person says and then complain because you broke your stuff. It’s not your service person’s fault that you didn’t listen, it’s yours. Being a responsible adult sucks but sometimes you have to suck it up and do it.