Keegan’s best photos of 2014

2014 was a great year for my photography. My short trip to Colorado opened up new opportunities in scenic photography and I got some great time lapses. The spiders were abundant, and I even worked on my portraits a bit.

To start off I have to post time lapse I took near Stonewall, Colorado. I think it’s one of the coolest things I’ve done. Make sure to see it in HD, or click here to see it on YouTube.

I got some great stills from Colorado, too:

IMG_2902_3_4

IMG_2696_697_698_699_700_701

IMG_2462_3_4 - IMG_2459_60_61_blended_fused

 

And of course, some Milky Way Shots

IMG_4947

The spiders were out in force the year, and I spent a few weekends hunting for Salticids

20140901_IMG_2019

20141025_IMG_6955

20140614_IMG_1394

I also saw a few Crab Spiders

20140726_IMG_1858

20140726_IMG_1862-2

20140809_IMG_1885

I worked a bit on my Astrophotography

m45

andromeda

And i took a self portrait using just Moonlight

IMG_2854

Big-eyed salticid

I saw this one earlier this year at the Chesapeake Arboretum. She was a very friendly subject and let me take quite a few photos. Taken with my Canon 5dII, mp-e 65mm, and mt-24 ex.

 

20140831_IMG_1967-2

20140831_IMG_1982

20140831_IMG_1964

20140831_IMG_1991

20140831_IMG_1996

20140831_IMG_1981

20140831_IMG_1980

20140831_IMG_1992

 

East Coast Star Party Oct 2014 – Spiders

The spiders are always out later in the year down in North Carolina. Saw a few great jumpers on a fence. I’ve had great luck with that fence over the years. All photos taken with my Canon 5dII and Mp-e 65mm lens.

20141025_IMG_6954

20141025_IMG_6939

20141025_IMG_6942

20141025_IMG_6955

20141025_IMG_6946

20141025_IMG_6949

East Coast Star Party Oct 2014 – Deep Sky Objects

Had a wonderful time at the East Coast Star party last weekend. I spent a lot of time searching for new objects, my favorite of which was NGC 891. I took a lot of photos, and got frustrated at the wobbliness of my astrophotography telescope a few times. But, I did manage to get a few good shots. I saw some spiders, too, I’ll post those shortly.

All of these photos were taken with my Canon 5dII mounted on my newt, and guided with a Celestron g5sct. I was mostly testing the ISO limits of my camera, so I didn’t go for image quality. Still trying to figure out the best settings for my gear.

First, the Andromeda Galaxy. A big improvement over my first attempt. 6 light, 2 dark, ISO 5000, 60s exposure.

andromeda

The Orion Nebula turned out quite well.
m45

A noisy pinwheel. This was only two frames, my gear was getting too damp to use. Still turned out neat.

m33

 

Day two of photography. This is my new favorite object, NGC 891.

ngc891M74.

m74

 Taken through a Thomas M. Back refractor. A stunning scope, incredibly sharp. This is the sun, with a massive sun spot, larger in diameter than Jupiter.

IMG_6747

Colorado 2014 Part 4: Stonewall

This is the final set of photos from my trip to Colorado in September, 2014.  I took over 6000 photos, many of those HDR and time lapses. I learned a lot about scenic photography, something I am new to, and a whole lot more about exposing properly for the milky way. This was the best vacation I’ve taken, and I can’t wait to go back.

First, another time lapse. This was taken by North Lake, a few miles north of Stonewall. The same lake, actually, where my Milky Way Time lapse was taken. I love the clouds in the distance, if you look closely you can see rain falling. Make sure you’re viewing it in HD. This spans 3 hours of photos.

This is a 6 shot HDR stack, taken from the top of Stonewall. The hike was precarious and rather dangerous, but worth it!

IMG_2902_3_4

A few shots from North Lake, near Stonewall. Same place as the above time lapse.

IMG_4920_1_2_3_4_5

IMG_2969

IMG_2963_4_5_6_7_8

During the day Sunday, I drove around quite a bit, and met this friendly horse. See the nose in the top left? Not so friendly, protective parent.

IMG_2941

IMG_2929

IMG_2935