Featured Photos - Michael Rudolph

Featured Photos

Star Tracks I


I have always been fascinated with pictures of star tracks and decided one very clear night to run a few experiments. Trusty intervolvometer in hand, sturdy tripod and little more than a good guess as to north, I snapped away for about 40 minutes. Not bad for a first time experiment.

Looking forward to finding a nice setting and trying this again.


Some images look much better in black and white than in color. The soft tones of their hands, in contrast to the background, draw your attention to them. The very limited depth of focus also draws your eyes to the fingers and how they are interacting. Their hands convey tenderness, security and contentment. 

Hands

Star Tracks II

Another attempt at capturing star tracks, this time with a structure in the foreground. OK its not the most interesting structure but it was pretty convenient and I think the picture came our pretty good.

Sixty images were captured over a 30 minute period to construct this shot. Each exposure was 25 seconds long with the camera sensitivity at ISO2200 and an aperture setting of f/5.0. The red tint apparent in the picture comes from brake lights on passing cars. A flashlight was used to brighten some of the nearby trees. I can't be certain, but I think aliens also visited this picture.

It's an investment in time but fun and rewarding.


The image below was taken in Kyoto, Japan during the peak of the "Red Leaf" season. The Japanese Maple trees are beautiful and attract large crowds of people. This was taken in the Gion section of Kyoto and the young lady  in  traditional Kimono and makeup attracted the attention of all those around her.   

Kyoto

A mild December day in White Clay Creek in northern Delaware/southeastern Pennsylvania.


White Clay Creek in Delaware/Pennsylvania is a beautiful place to get some outdoor time. I took  advantage of some pretty Spring weather this weekend to try long exposures shots with an ND filter. Unlike my December adventure, this time I did not put my foot in the water.

The images below are my first experiments. Learned a lot from this experience, its a lot like taking nighttime shots; composition is challenging, exposure requires some trial and error and the water motion/appearance is really impacted by exposure time. Also learned its much more comfortable keeping your feet out of the water.  


During my travels I have been in places where one picture could not possibly capture the scene. Recently I have experimented with stitching multiple pictures together in Lightroom to create a panorama. I have included a couple of examples below:

Slieve League

Slieve League

After the Storm

From the Top of Penobscot

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