Some readers might be interested in astronomical events, so please take note of the lunar eclipse on Wednesday evening, June 15, 20h22 to June 16 00h02 CAT (GMT +2)
Here is a link to NASA’s PDF with all the relevant eclipse info.
The WITS Planetarium has more as does a story by ABC.
For photographers this is a unique opportunity. If you are into landscape, seascape or astronomy, I strongly recommend you try Stephen Trainor’s Photo Ephemeris application. You will need to install Adobe Air first and then Stephen’s app. Both can be obtained here or a link via my Free Web Browser Toolbar. I am using a Vivitar 500mm f/6.3 Mirror Lens, on my D90 (750mm with the 1.5x crop factor) mounted on a Manfrotto 393 Gimbal and 190XPROB Tripod. Tonight’s Lunar Eclipse can be found, tracked by & the application shows the following:
Photo Ephemeris – Lunar Eclipse 2011 06 15
This application is hugely useful for any ‘scape photographer. It is free (Donateware) and there’s also a paid iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch application and Android (ETA: Google Play) to take with you on the road.
It is extremely useful to get Sunrise and Sunset data as well as for the Moon. If used with the location tool, you can set yourself up for these type of shots…with a little planning and effort
The Mortal Moon – © strangeghost aka John Rummel – Click Image for a How To Shoot
A Night to Remember – © Shadowi6 aka Steven Fraser – Click Image for a How To Shoot
Places you can go in safety, get a meal & get advice from astronomers & clubs:
Astronomical Society of SA, Pretoria
Taal Monument, Paarl
Soutpansberg Astronomy Club, Makhado
Jive Media Café Scientific (Pietermaritzburg)
Hermanus Astronomy Centre
Aloe Ridge Hotel (Muldersdrift)
Mongena Game Lodge (Hammanskraal)
Casalinga Ristorante Italiano (Muldersdrift)
The Cradle Restaurant (The Cradle)
Hugo’s Place Restaurant (Kyalami)
Hoogland Health Hydro (Northern Gauteng)
Mount Grace (Magaliesburg)
River Place al Fiume Restaurant (Hennops River)
Melon Rouge Restaurant (Magaliesburg)
Contact me for tuition and tours as well as event photography!
Gear I use: Bodies: Nikon D-SLR’s / Lenses: Nikon, Sigma, Tokina, Vivitar
Filters: Hoya UV & Polarizing / Flash: Nikon Speed-lights / Bag: Lowe Pro
Tripods & Heads: Manfrotto / Grips, Triggers, Timers, Batteries: Phottix
Editing Plug-in: Topaz Labs Noise Reduction, HDR, B&W Conversion & more!