I Slept Through This! How Would You Have Felt? « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

I Slept Through This! How Would You Have Felt?

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We sailed twice on Monday and enjoyed two excellent sessions and a second consecutive colorful sunset. Today is Tuesday 28 February 2023. The long-predicted heavy snowfall began at about 4:00am. We are having breakfast (again) at the Duncan House Diner in town and will be on the boat for a very long session at 8:30am. We are all looking forward to a long-anticipated and epic day. This blog post took about 2 hours to prepare (including more than 90 minutes on the image optimization) and makes three hundred thirty-five days in a row with a new educational post written just for you. Wherever you are and whatever you are doing, I hope that you too have a great day.

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This image was created on 26 February 2023 by Bob Eastman. He used the tripod/Levered-Clamp FlexShooter Pro-mounted Sony Alpha a7R IV Mirrorless Digital Camera with the Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM lens (at 16mm). The exposure was determined via Zebra technology with ISO on the thumb dial. ISO 1000. Ten seconds at f/2.8 (wide open) in Manual mode. When evaluated in RawDigger, the raw file brightness was determined to be dead-solid perfect. AWB at 10:25:16pm on a very cold clear night.

Manual focus with Focus Peaking and Bright Spot Monitoring performed perfectly. Be sure to click on the image to enjoy a high-res version.

Northern Lights — Homer, AK
Image courtesy of and copyright Robert Eastman
Image optimization by Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

I Slept Through This! How Would You Have Felt?

According to the locals, the Northern Lights display in Homer on Sunday evening past was the largest and most intense ever. Kudos to blog-friend and first time IPT-er Bob Eastman. He had never photographed Northern Lights before, but did a bang-up job on the images. He even taped the manual focus ring after setting the focus. He had obviously done some studying beforehand. Bob said that he’d wished that he had a wider lens.” I know that he was going out to try to photograph the aurora which usually peaks at about 3:00am. My brand-new Sony 12-24mm lens was in my Think Tank bag locked up on the boat. The display began just after sunset at 7:30pm. The colors got more intense, and the lights were really dancing by 9:30. Bob was back in bed by 11:30!

The image optimization took so long as I opted to remove about one thousand lights on the headland, most in and surrounding the town of Homer.

Do note that the Levered-Clamp FlexShooter Pro has a bi-directional clamp; Bob was able to easily and securely mount his camera on the tripod by way of a Wimberley P-20 plate.

I asked Bob, “What were the most important things you learned on the first Homer IPT?” He stated, “Getting the exposure right, seeing the shot, and improving my image design and compositional skills.”

Bob, who attended the first IPT and will be joining me for the third one, has led a beyond amazing life. I will be sharing his life story and some of his eagle images in a future blog post here.

How would you have felt if you had slept through this event without even peeking out the window?


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