Tag Archives: Canary islands

Lunar Eclipse, September 2015

After the weather fiasco during Perseids, I was hoping that the weather for the lunar eclipse will be decent in Canarias. Well, it looked just so so. I was tempted to drive up to the caldera, but then it looked like it might be drizzling there, so I stayed home, hoping for some decent weather. Let’s say that driving from Las Canadas at night is not something you want to do every night. The road’s long, curvy and at 4 a.m. the sleep is kicking in.

So front porch become my little observing platform. I have quite a decent view of the Moon, so I just simply assembled the little telescope and camera with tripod at home and I waited.

The weather was moody. The clouds were passing quickly, well, providing at least some windows. What was bit unsettling was soft rain, but as long as it’s soft. I can survive. So peaking through the holes in the clouds, I got my shots. Soon after the Moon entered the totality phase, the clouds became more frequent, so I gave up. The result, taken with Canon 7D & Canon 70-200mm L IS USM @f/2.8, 200mm and ISO 200 is below.

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Lanzarote, March 2015

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The last of the big Canarias for me to visit. The rough surfaces, earthy colors and ever-present volcanos are sights which are hard to forget. There’s a lot of energy there in the landscape, which is hard to describe but … Continue reading

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Fuerteventura, January 2015

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I’ve spent long weekend on Fuerteventura, the island of package resorts and barren wind eroded old volcanos. The deserted places and rough landscapes are beautiful, while the resorts are just a parade of ugly uniformity. Nevertheless, there’s one thing which … Continue reading

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La Palma, May 2014

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An amazing trip for stars, nature and amazing places. La Palma is always surprising and always beautiful. It’s never the same. The goal of the trip was to see the most amazing sky and places and we sure have succeeded. … Continue reading

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El Hierro, October 2014

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People used to believe there is an end of the world somewhere. Up till certain time, it was thought to be on El Hierro, the westernmost island of the Canary archipelago. It’s a love at the first sight. Wild nature, … Continue reading

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Gran Canaria, May 2014

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Keeping up with my plan of visiting all the islands of the archipelago this year, I ended up spending a long weekend on Gran Canaria. The ‘tourist mecca’ of Canary islands. Interwoven with roads but still hiding beautiful places for … Continue reading

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La Palma, September 2013 & February 2014

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So on the way to explore Canary islands, I visited also La Palma – the steepest island in the world. So farm I’ve visited twice, once for pure joy and once for observations, hence pure work. It’s an amazing place … Continue reading

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La Gomera, March 2014

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No matter where you live, you always keep telling to yourself that the places close by are ‘to be visited later’. And then you move away, realizing how much you’ve missed and suddenly those places are hard to visit. So … Continue reading

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Tenerife 2013

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So, for a while, there wasn’t any picture from Tenerife. I’ve decided to assemble the pictures from the last year, of places I liked and mostly hiked. Some of the pictures were published here as single shots, so this is … Continue reading

La Palma Sky

Okay, life was going crazy fast lately and still is, but I just wanted to share some images I’ve taken not-so recently, during the trip to La Palma (September 2013). The daily ones are still to come, but the mission was to take pictures of the night sky of La Palma, one of the best ones in the world (yes, I mean comparable with Chile and Hawaii).

I’ve actually learned quite a few things during that trip: apparently I don’t mind heavy backpack, as long as it’s full of my photo stuff and I can freeze down for a picture. Anyway, one of the more painful things I’ve learned is that I’ve hit the limitations of my camera. If I take my Canon 7D & 15 mm Fisheye lens, the result will never reach the quality of Canon 5D Mark III with essentially the same settings. Hence whomever wants to send me the note saying ‘your image’s noisy’, buy me a better camera and I’ll prove you I can do better.

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So picture above, from Roque de Los Muchachos observatory. It’s a single shot, 20s exposure @f/2.8 and ISO 4000. Which I think is pretty impressive. The yellow spot on the lower left side is lights from Santa Cruz, the bright spot over the horizon, casting shadow on the water is Venus. Actually you can even see  Zodiacal light going through Venus, pointing to the Milky way (brighter area going above the horizon). The red and green glow is a natural glow of our atmosphere, called airglow. And the bright bridge is the Milky way… looking into the galactic center in Scorpius.

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Since combining the images with a foreground is tricky, I’ve combined only one image of the milky way with no foreground (that’s to come in the future). It’s a combination of 15 images, ISO 4000 and using dark frame. As in the previous pic, the red glow is our own atmosphere.

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Okay, with this picture, I’ve learned how ‘bad’ is my camera compared to the 5D MIII, since we were shooting from the same spot and guess what, I have the noise… But anyway MAGIC telescope and Milky way is a cool combination, worth of almost spraining my ankle in the dark :)

I also got into experimenting with time-lapse. So if you want to check my super short one, go fot it on vimeo.