Earthshine crescent

So the sunset didn’t amount to much, but then the moon appeared.

I was so hoping that last night’s sunset would be as awesome as the one ten years ago so I could post a glorious photo today and wonder at two sunsets on the same day a decade apart. While it looked promising, I either missed the peak colour or there wasn’t much to get excited about.

As it got darker I suddenly had a thought: I’d checked the phase of the moon a couple of days ago and figured that by now it must be visible in the evening sky. I went back out onto our balcony and there it was: a gorgeous slender crescent, with more than a hint of earthshine. Camera time! I really like the fact that there are some clouds in the sky, and the moon is even shining through them. Very photogenic.

As a side note, I think Earthshine Crescent sounds like it would be a lovely road to live on 🙂

Today’s sunset

Today’s sunset from a decade ago.

Trawling through the archives in search of more throwback Thursday shots, I found this nice sunset from April 27th, 2007: exactly 10 years ago today 🙂 I took a big panorama of the same sunset, which I combined with Autostitch, and was mostly happy with it. Fast forward ten years, and I had another go at processing the images (in DxO this time), and then combined them with Hugin. Now, that didn’t work quite so well – Hugin is definitely a more discerning program when it comes to combining photographs to create a panorama. Since this panorama was taken with our old compact camera (Canon A80), I had little control over things like the focus, and I think Hugin interprets such data at face value, so it’s not surprising that it didn’t work quite as well. I’ve since learned to focus the camera once and then turn off autofocus for any panoramas.

However, you have to look pretty closely to see the errors. Sure, if I were printing this larger, then I’d want to ensure the photos were matched up as closely as possible, but for showing on the Internet, a few pixels here and there aren’t going to show. Despite that, I think it’s still a nice picture.

Vancouver sunset, 27 Apr 2007

A moment of colour

Last night’s sunset when the sun peeked under the clouds for a few short minutes before dropping below the horizon.

I’m sure I’ve commented on this before, but it seems to happen quite often in Vancouver that a grey day ends with a brief spell of intense sunset colour. We were walking back towards the car after a wander from Jericho to Locarno Beach when we noticed the sun had dipped under the cloud layer, lighting up everything around us a dusky pink. We walked down to the water’s edge, the tide just beginning to recede after peaking an hour earlier, and watched the waves lap against the shore, the white foamy tips of each breaking wave casting a fleeting mountain-like shadow on the wet sand which reflected the deep coloured sunlight, the underside of the cloud deck now lit up a fiery pink. So pretty.

I took a couple of dozen shots hoping to capture the right wave, but none really worked. In the end I liked this composition – though this version is cropped for the Instagram format, which weakens the line of the water that I had carefully placed across the image (in the full image the water’s edge extends to the bottom right of the frame)… Oh well. The original will go up on Flickr at some point!

Another sunset

Well that was quite the sunset tonight! Great clouds over Bowen Island lit up by the last light of the day.

I’d been watching the clouds all day hoping that sunset would provide a nice photo op. And I wasn’t disappointed! Such a lovely towering cloud over Bowen Island, and lit up perfectly by the setting sun. There was another big cloud over Cypress Bowl that looked to me a bit like one of the space invaders, but perhaps that was my imagination getting the better of me.

Sunset double

I love how the light changes so quickly at this time of year – two views of Crown and Grouse taken 9 minutes apart.

I had another photo in mind for posting today, but when I processed it I decided that it just wasn’t speaking to me. Thankfully, the sunset provided a great photo-op. I took a couple of photos as the light changed, but couldn’t decide which one to post. Furthermore, choosing one would have meant posting a photo with a 16×9 ratio, which just doesn’t work with Instagram, so I had the idea of combining the two photos into something with a portrait orientation. I fiddled with the photos to get exactly the same crop and pasted the two into a new image.

I still like both for different reasons, and I’ll probably put both on Flickr in their full glory.

Sunset on a view

Last light on Mt Seymour – another throwback Thursday shot from my picture-a-day project 5 years ago. You can’t see this view on campus any more thanks to the new student union building.

I remember finding this view of Mt Seymour from a particular spot on the UBC campus, and during my photo-a-day project, I often walked out near the end of the day to watch the light change colour as the sun set. Even if it wasn’t worth a photo, it was usually worth seeing.

Moonrise in motion

Time lapse video of Wednesday’s moonrise over Robie Reid and Golden Ears – made a few mistakes but it worked out well enough 🙂 🏔🌝

OK so I know I posted the full video with the previous post but I couldn’t resist posting it on Instagram too. As I mention above and in that post, I did make a few mistakes that I’ll correct next time. In no particular order I think these were:

  • I didn’t clear the memory card beforehand – the video stops where it filled up, but the timelapse program (and the camera!) kept going and didn’t report any problem
  • I should have used manual focus – the focus hunts a couple of times during the video, which is pretty distracting.
  • Actually I should have used manual everything for the camera – I should have checked my exposure time for my best aperture and just set it accordingly.
  • Next time I’ll shoot a shorter interval – one photo every 10 seconds isn’t enough, so I’ll try 5 seconds to aim for a smoother video.

I think that’s about it. Nevertheless, I’m still quite pleased with how it turned out! A bigger learning curve comes with the video editing software – iMovie doesn’t really think the same way I do, so it’s taking a bit of fiddling to work things out. We’ll see what the next one brings!