Making Carbonless Fuel From Water

Here is a slow motion video cracking (electrolysis)  of water (H2O) into its constituent elements Hydrogen and Oxygen. A great carbonless fuel if someone ever figures out how to crack it more efficiently. The electrode is in saltwater and the electrodes have a potential of 12V drawing a current of 2A.

Just collect the hydrogen and compress it into a cylinder and wall-a! A carbon free emission automobile. Too bad it takes more energy to produce the hydrogen than you can possibly get out of it. It would be an act of insanity to do something like that, oh… wait a minute… that is also true for ethanol production for use in automobiles. ;-{

Smooth Waterfalls Without ND Filters

Here is another example of using multiple exposures to provide silky smooth waterfalls without using very dark, and potentially expensive, Neutral Density (ND) filters to allow for longer exposures. The following image was taken without any filters using the smallest ISO setting available of 50, 19mm focal length, f/8.0 for maximum resolution, and an exposure of 1/20s. While I do like the motion of the waterfall as is, the silky smooth effect possible by using ND filters can easily be replicated without using them.


By taking multiple exposures of the exact same perspective, tripod use is an absolute must, and then using Photoshop to mean stack them (File -> Scripts -> Statistics and then selecting Mean in the drop down menu) by loading the multiple image set and have Photoshop do all of the work for you. In this case I used fourteen images, the above  image is but one in  the set.

stats_mean_stack_psWhich is the better image? I like them both, this method simply adds an additional tool to the creative toolbox without requiring any additional hardware.

Taken at Ash River Falls near Voyageurs National Park.


A Beautiful Mother

Here are a really cool pair of images showing the sacrifice a good mother is willing to do for her young. Notice that she is creating a scene upon my arrival, she is quacking and splashing violently, drawing my attention away from her youngsters. Successfully, several hundred yards away, she is clearly upset but yet not actually escaping my presence, instead she is still drawing my attention away from her young. (notice her shit dropping in the second shot)

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Again, these images showcase the Nikon D3s and its capability for low light shots. This time about a half hour before sunset, but in heavily overcast skies and drizzle. Handheld with the 70-200mm f/2.8 lens with the 2.0x teleconverter at ISO 6400, 1/500s, f/8.0, focal length 340mm.

Taken in Voyageurs National Park, Sullivan Bay.

Nikon D3s at 128000 ISO

Here are a couple of images of a family of Canadian geese showing off Nikons D3s’s incredible low light capabilities. The first shot was taken handheld with a Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR lens with a 2.0 x teleconverter at 400mm and the widest aperture of f/5.6 and a shutter speed of 1/50s with the ISO setting to 128000 and using spot autofocus. Note that the grain and sharpness loss due to the wide open aperture. These were also taken under fairly dark twilight conditions twenty-five minutes after sunset. I had no expectations that they would turn out at all.



Nikon’s D3s is (was) the ultimate low-light high-gain capable commercial DSLR on the market. The next was taken at a focal length of 270mm. Taken in Voyageurs National Park, Lost Lake.



Kohler Bay Sunset In the Eyes of a Loon and Her Youngster

If you look closely into her eyes you will see the sunset and its reflection about the horizon on the bay. Taken in Kohler Bay, Namakan Lake, Voyageurs National Park. (click on the image for a larger version)

_DSC2325Taken with a Nikon D3s on a Nikon 400mm f/2.8 lens with a Nikon 2.0x teleconverter, ISO 3200, 1/800s, f/11.0 (effective aperture). They let me get incredibly close, actually too close for an 800mm lens, this was taken as I backed off a bit.


Yet Another Gratuitous Moonshot



And here is the relatively easy split of the double Mizar in the Big Dipper using a stationary tripod, note the chromatic aberration caused by the Nikon refractor lens, a lens optimized for astrophotography would minimize this effect. The easy way out is to use a reflector, but this design produces many other unwanted artifacts. Ah yes, wouldn’t it be nice to obtain a piece of  AstroPhysics glass and mount it on an AstroPhysics mount, someday I’ll win the lottery. Or, better yet, get sponsored by a government research grant. I’m not loosing any sleep waiting for either ;-)


Another Moon Shot for the CGEM Fanboys

Since a CGEM fanboy did not like my moon image from last night here is another, this time using my D800 and seven exposure image set and High Dynamic Range (HDR) processing.

<sarc on> I hope this passes your highly refined expectations. <sarc off>


Now, I could obviously improve upon this with an equatorial mount, yes even the CGEM, but why bother for a web image? And yes, this one is also shrunk and compressed into a jpeg image. The D800 has a much higher quality sensor over the Nikon 1 J1 sensor and therefore has far less chromatic aberrations. But I did not need to attach sandbags when using the Nikon 1 J1.

And then again, I’m making a case to push Nikon into making a professional grade mirror-less camera, I’m definitely not trying to impress any amateur CGEM fanboys.

In addition the Nikon cameras and lenses are NOT optimized for astrophotography and yet they still kick ass over a 9.25 inch Celestron optical tube that was supposedly optimized for astrophotography, so bite on that one CGEM fanboys.

Can’t Get Enough of the Moon


I just can’t get enough of the Moon:


Once again, taken with my Nikon 1 J1 with the 400mm f/2.8 and 2.0x stacked with a 1.4x teleconverter. And yes, once again, there is no substitute for a mechanical-less (i.e. shutter-less and mirror-less) super telephoto setup.

Note that I tried to get an image of Saturn but the “seeing” conditions proved fairly poor, the rings did not resolve themselves from the main gaseous body :-(

Surprising how well the Moon worked out :-)