Black Hole Sun-2017 Eclipse trip

I had the opportunity to drive to Nebraska for the Total solar eclipse this past August to view it as it passed over in the path of totality just outside Alliance. My plan was to go to Car Henge, however that was a zoo of humanity by the time I arrived. So, I headed a little south and found a spot off the highway about 5 minutes before the event. I have never shot any type of eclipse before, so I was really winging it with how to set up the camera for success. I employed my Nikon D810 with a #2 ND filter on my 80-200 on a Gitzo tripod. It worked well considering how quickly it all took place. The whole event lasted maybe 2.5 minutes and then the traffic jam started. So Many cars! I was lucky to know the area and escape out a few back roads that most don’t know about. Alliance behind me, I made tracks to another destination-The Badlands National Park for a little night shooting before heading back to Minneapolis. It was a perfect night as right after the eclipse was the new moon. A completely dark night in a completely dark space. I even took the opportunity to do a little light painting trick on my car utilizing my iPhone as my weapon of choice. I do this trick by setting my camera up for either a 30 second exposure or BULB if I need more time. The lens is generally set to infinity. I take a base exposure set for the ambient scene at an ISO between 1600-4000 depending upon my intent. Once I get that set, I can start the trial and error that is light painting. I find the key to success is dark clothes, moving quick and flagging the light from the lens. That way the camera won’t see you. And a little magic pops up on your screen after a few attempts. Enjoy=)

Pixel Pusher-Youtube video

Howdy folks, again-long time, no type for me as family and summer have kept me away from the computer. I have been sneaking away to learn some new tricks for my editing and decided to go ahead and start posting the videos of my steps for you amusement. 

A cool & inexpensive photo contest

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Did you know that PDN (Photo District News) hosts a really cool and free photo contest for those of you who consider yourself ’emerging” photographers? Wanna win? I did.

Here’s the scoop, follow this link PDN Emerging for instructions on uploading your best work & lets see some BP friends in the winners gallery. here’s a link to the current winners. Photo contests are usually a costly pain in the buttox, it’s refreshing to find one that is fun to participate in, especially with such an esteemed industry magazine as host.

UPDATE-PDN has moved this to a pay to submit contest and now publishes the winners as an online magazine. Though, I feel like it kills the fun of it being a free contest. I also feel that the new version is much better in substance and the features make more sense. The original contest was great, but became very random with a whole lot of images that made you go ” what the fuck did they see in this?” but thats why art is subjective. Right?

Anyways….got $20 and a fun image or series, look into this.

A “Planet” is born

Welcome to Blank Planet, funny name with some seriously cool post to come, all related to photography and the art of imaging. Blank Planet is not just here to entertain and inform on the world of commercial photography-we’d love to inspire you with fresh, useful content that will open your eyes to your own personal journey as an artist. This is a forum, a community and a chance to see the big picture one frame at a time.