Lunar Eclipse 28. September 2015

I was very unsure about photographing the lunar eclipse. The only tele lens I have is cheap Tamron 70-300 with awful load of chromatic aberation. And it is not long enough. The afternoon was all cloudy but the sky cleared later in the evening. So I somehow managed to move myself outside into the damn cold night. The magnification was not great at all so I’ve decided to try a timelapse. The result is pretty ok for the first attempt of such task.

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Some of the test shots before the timelapse.


And here we go – 29 minutes with 4 frames per minute, 25 fps video.

Balloons and autumn mist

I love the misty autumn with its foggy landscapes and bright colors. But Im usually too lazy to get up early enough. However, ballooning is all about the early morning and late afternoon flights. The advantage is a lot of traveling in the landscape and plenty of time to do some nice pictures. I doubt I will do better misty landscapes this autumn then I already did during my balloon chasing business. All the pictures are form Vysocina region in the Czech Republic.

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Hot air balloon creeping over the misty forest in the early morning.

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The road into the mist…

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Sunrise over the early autumn foggy landscape.

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Another misty landscape with forests and meadows.

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Hot air balloon in the clouds in the late afternoon.

Alpine adventure

The last week of July was dedicated to mineral collecting trip to the Alps. Unlike the last year, we had pretty nice weather all the time in the Mont Blanc massif. Our base camp was significantly higher this time and we managed to make some long trips over the glacier to the peaks around. The irony is that the best crystal pocket was discovered just about 15 minutes from our base camp. However the last day was really nasty weather, lot of rain and cold wind. The weather forecast promised another 3 days of rain, so we had to cancel our planned visit to other alpine localities in Switzerland. Despite the shortened program, the hikes, collecting minerals and photography conditions were simply great.

glacier in the french alps

You have to hike up the loooong glacier to get to some promising spots.

glacier in the mont blanc massif

Awesome views but also hard work to carry all the stuff up to the base camp.

camping on the alpine glacier

Camping on the upper part of the glacier.

alpine peaks and the glacier

Fresh snow covered the peaks during the night thunderstorm.

steep glacier and peaks

Climbing these steep and cracked glaciers is not that easy – you bet there is a reason why alpine minerals are so expensive!

sunset in the alpine camp

Sunset in the cold base camp.

crystals from the alpine pocket

Some quartz crystals mined from the pockets called alpine clefts.

smoky quartz cluster

Sometimes you got lucky and find such nice cluster of smoky quartz just laying on the glacier.