Posts Tagged: Nikon D800

The Vending Machines

The Vending Machines

Fri 02.28.14 – Good night, February. Hello, some proper rain and wind.

Photo of the vending machines taken by Ms. Jen with her Nikon D800 and a Nikon 50mm f1.4G lens.

Moon rising over Gecko Pad, Glamis

Moon rising over trailers

Sun 12.22.13 – Photo of the Moon rising over trailers at Glamis sand dunes Gecko Pad campground taken by Ms. Jen with her Nikon D800 with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens at 9:54pm. Double click on image for lightbox.

A view from the dark skies of Glamis: The Andromedia Galaxy

Andromeda and Perseus wide field, double click for lightbox large version

Photo taken by Ms. Jen at Glamis Sand Dunes Campground Pad 2.5 with her Nikon D800 and Nikon 50mm 1.4G lens.

Sun 12.22.13 – In my endeavor to see and photograph dark skies at least once a quarter, thus in the last 31 hours I took a trip down to the far part of south-eastern California in the Imperial Valley near Brawley to photograph the night sky from 7-9pm before the moon rose.
Yes, folks, I went to the famed sand sports playground, the Glamis sand dunes with its accompanied cult of Bacchus and Gasoline, to take astro photos. It was well worth it.
It was even worth the darned drunks from The Point Camp bugging me while I was trying to take this wide field photo of the Andromeda Galaxy and the Milky Way with my Nikon D800 and a nifty fifty Nikon 50mm 1.4G lens with no special astrophotography equipment or mounts.
I was racing against time, as the moon was rising and the sky was about to be filled with more light than would allow me to photograph such gems as the Andromeda Galaxy (just below center), the Triangulum Galaxy (top left), C28, and the Perseus Double Cluster (above top right).
The sky was so dark and full of stars that is was near impossible to pick out the constellations at the zenith. And the Dark Sky folks label Glamis as a “Blue” “Rural sky” – due to the lights of Brawley, El Centro, Mexicali, and Blythe nearby. Amazing!
The Andromeda Galaxy was a faint, elongated blurry cotton ball to the naked eye and looked like a Galaxy in my binoculars and through the Nikon lens.
Happy days.

Angry squirrel is defending his palm tree! His Tree! Not yours!

Angry squirrel is defending his palm tree! His Tree! Not yours!

Mon 12.16.13 – Yesterday morning when I went on my photowalk at The Huntington’s gardens, this squirrel rumbled me. He made a great deal of noise, tail thumping, and evil glares to let me know that I WAS VIOLATING HIS TERRITORIAL BOUNDARIES. It was very funny and cute.
Photo taken by Ms. Jen with her Nikon D800 and the Nikon 50mm 1.4G lens.

The Lesser Goldfinch of Christmas Present

A lesser goldfinch in a tree at the Cactus Garden at the Huntington

Sun 12.15.13 – I went up to the Huntington Library and Gardens early today for a much needed respite and photo wander around the gardens. Upon hearing the distinctive goldfinch song, I looked up into a nearby tree and saw a pair of Lesser Goldfinches rubbing their beaks on the branches. They were lovely.
I am glad that the goldfinches are back for the winter.
Photo taken by Ms. Jen with her Nikon D800 and the Nikon 50mm 1.4G lens.

A Friday Afternoon at the Huntington

White and Orange Koi fish amongst the lotus pads
Orchid Tree in full bloom Leaf window at the Huntington's Chinese Gardens Pomegranate bonsai tree with fruit at the Japanese Gardens Koi fish at the Lily Ponds The end of the lotus blooms

Photos taken by Ms. Jen at the Huntington Gardens with her Nikon D800 and a Nikon 50mm f/1.4 lens.

Fri 09.28.13 – Today my Mom and I went up to the Huntington Library and Gardens in San Marino, even though it was still a late summer’s heat, for the Member’s Preview of Face to Face.
If you would like someone to join you to do a docent tour of why Flemish and Florentine painting from 1460-1490 is both significant and comparable, please invite me along as your docent, as pre-internet I was a painting and art history major with some residual expertise in this era.

Caught in the Act

Lukas, post-nap, caught in the act of lifting the black out curtain to see the excitements of the driveway.

Photo taken by Ms. Jen with her Nikon D800.

Mon 09.23.13 – Today I babysat Lukas while Erika took Oma Sabine to the airport for her flight back to Germany. Lukas napped during the whole of my babysitting adventures with my only duty to stick his binky back into his mouth mid-nap when his cries were heard over the baby monitor.
After Erika returned from LAX and Lukas finished his nap, we could hear little sounds of movement and a few cries over the monitor and then looked at the video monitor and saw that he was upright and looking out the curtain, so I grabbed my Nikon D800 camera and snuck into the room as quietly as possible to capture a photo of his viewing the outside world.
I was semi-successful in my quick photo, the door creaked a bit as I entered and Lukas looked at us with surprise as I took the photo. I am still very happy with the photo as the light is lovely, Lukas is in profile, and I got the moment after the moment.