5th version of my custom arca plate for the fuji x-e2...
I keep thinking it's done and then wanting to improve it. With this version I'm trying to make it thicker to work with a more standard size of arca plate screw

I might get this version printed in regular pla for cheapness, since it's thicker now so I might not need the most rigid material I can get (previously was having shapeways make it with MJF PA12 for stiffness)

Now some 'behind the scenes' pictures...

This entire thing brought to you by brain genius ideas such as "just leave a dslr out in the driveway for a few months"

So many things about this project were a happy accident.

I tried to use little solar powered lights underneath the plants, but they didn't produce enough light, so I added the larger white one. Ultimately I like how this turned out, because of the warm glow from below in the pictures.

I don't know why I shot it portrait orientation

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Ok, the timelapse is finished.

The final video is way too big to post on here, so here's an extremely compressed version of one part of it...

But if you have 2 minutes, check out the full + way higher quality video here:


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1. First frame, the starting point.
2. The sun passing directly through the frame the first time.
2. A bird (house sparrow?) landing on the tomato cage.
I honestly expected to catch more animals/bugs or at the very least have people in frame, but this was actually the only time it happened, except for the neighbors dog at the very end.

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Lastly, here's a little video. I didn't mean to make a video, but I had the frames...
4K version on youtube: youtube.com/watch?v=0rRAJto_T1

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Before I left I took this huge panorama (not sure what the best way to post something like this is)

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The movements of things in the sky are weird and confusing, but because the moon was very close to the sun on this particular day, I got to watch the moonrise during the sunrise too.

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As the sunrise continued, it became harder to see the comet and the stars against it.

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Eventually the comet became visible.
From this vantage point I could see it a lot better, but it was still more dim to my eyes than shooting stars.

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To try to get away from light pollution and to get a more interesting shot, I went out again around 2am and hiked a small local mountain.

There was a thick fog that made it very hard to drive on the way there, and made the hike very spooky, but the way it looked once I got above it made it worth the effort.

The comet wasn't visible yet when I got to the top, so I got some other pictures. I love how the fog made the other mountains look like islands.

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My best closeup of the comet.
This was 12 3-second exposures taken with the pentax-A 135mm f/2.8 at f/4 and iso 3200, stacked in Sequator. In hindsight, I should have done more exposures for this one, but I didn't think it was coming out at all based on the on camera previews, so I focused on the wide angle shots.

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The first place I went was this dark field.

A big disclaimer for all of these is that the comet in my area at this time appears VERY faint.

Due to it being low on the horizon for sunrise and sunset, and the amount of light pollution here, it was BARELY visible to my eye - and this was in the darkest area I know of near me.

But if I spotted it with the camera I could see it.

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FINALLY almost ready to post my NEOWISE comet hunting pix

I had my first 'lens saved by filter' experience!
RIP light pollution reduction filter :c
It bent my step up ring too...

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