I am very keen on astrophotography, atmospherics and nature photography.The passion for photography has been with me for 60 odd years and is still as strong as ever.My first camera was a 127 format given to me when I was 8yrs old, my father showing us how to develop film, in the bathtub, needless to say it became stained much to my mothers annoyance.I guess my profession, Radiography, was a natural way to combine taking pictures with a hobby, most radiographers in my training years had cameras so we all took photos and compared them, always striving to outdo each other.I have always had an interest in Infra-Red photography and we used to play around with IR film in the B&W days, of course we have advanced so much in the digital world of IR I had my camera converted for IR only...it was a bonus as the exposures are as if it was a white light camera. Fast shutter speeds and the resulting images are sometime bad but mostly intriguing. Although I enjoy my work in helping the patient the time has come at the end of 2014 to drop to three days a week, get out on my motorcycle(s) and take a few more photos of the natural world.
Uploaded by: astrophotographer
Wednesday January 25, 2012
Awamoa, New Zealand
Caption: At long last an aurora. It has been a couple of years since we last saw one in Oamaru and even though the aurora was not bright it was well worth the trip to the beach at 11:30pm. The heavens were sparkling like jewels and the added bonus was the colour saturation in the aurora. 120 second exposure f4.5 ISO 800.
Model: Canon EOS 40D
Orientation: top - left
Resolution Unit: Inch
Software: Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows
Compression: JPEG compression
Exposure Time: 81 sec.
Exposure Program: Manual
ISO Speed Ratings: 800
Exif Version: Exif Version 2.21
Shutter speed: -6.34 EV (APEX: 0, 80 sec.)
Aperture: 4.34 EV (f/4.5)
Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
MaxApertureValue: 3.62 EV (f/3.5)
Metering Mode: Pattern
Flash: Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode.
Focal Length: 10.0 mm
Color Space: Uncalibrated
Focal Plane x-Resolution: 4438.36
Focal Plane y-Resolution: 4445.97
Focal Plane Resolution Unit: Inch
Custom Rendered: Normal process
Exposure Mode: Manual exposure
White Balance: Auto white balance
Scene Capture Type: Standard