Whale watch

As we headed back towards shore a cloud front was starting to roll in.

In mid-September Jacqui and I went on a whale watch with Granite State Whale Watch out of Rye NH. The guides were very informative and pleasant to talk with about marine biology, an area of the natural world I know close to nothing about.

The white strip is very visible in this photo. Apparently they can swim up to 30 mph.

It was beautiful early-fall day, a clear blue sky that stretched forever over the ocean. The trip lasted over 5 hours and we fortunate enough to see a blue shark, a pod of about 50 atlantic white-sided dolphins, which swam all around the boat, extremely fast, close enough to hear them expel air. We were also lucky enough to see an endangered species of whale known as the northern sei whale (I believe that is correct), we also had some great views of a fin whale. Overall it was a wonderful time, and I look forward to doing it again sometime next year.

Passing the Isle of shoals as we head back to shore.

I didn’t take very many photos, I was mostly just trying to not miss anything and just experience the trip. But Jacqui took a few more and has some good ones here.

Two senators- archive photos

Two former senators, one would become the next president, whereas the other had a serious fall from grace.
I was browsing through some of my old archived photos on an external hard drive and came upon some of them, so here are a few.
In one of my first blog posts (click here) I wrote about some of the opportunities I had while working for the student paper at the University of New Hampshire.

Star Trails

I was finally able to get out and experiment with making star trails, this is the best result so far. Next time I need to increase the f/stop even more to decrease noise a bit. I angled the lens toward the north star, orienting it in the top left corner. The shutter was open for about 30 minutes. Some light pollution is visible in the image, especially towards the lower right corner. This was taken in Mont Vernon NH, a small town in a rural area, but apparently still too close to the city lights of Manchester. When I get back to Springfield NH I plan on taking advantage of any clear nights to experiment further with this, the night sky up there is quite nice. I am not sure that this is feasible it is to do star trails in Millbrook, NY, where there is quite a bit of light pollution, but I will try when get a chance. I used a fixed 50mm lens on this shot, set at f/5.0, ISO 100, exposed for 26.3 minutes. I can’t wait to try again.
Please offer any advice or insight on star trails!