The other day I was flying back home to Chicago from a short trip to Raleigh, NC. As we approached the city from the east, all I could see below me was a white cloud carpet. However, as I always do when flying into Chicago, I pulled out my new Canon G7x camera to see if I could shoot anything interesting. Dropping in through the clouds exposed a cold, dull, gray city skyline. It was late in the afternoon, and the winter sun was beginning to cast an orange glow on the clearer horizon. As we continued west towards O’Hare airport, the waning light briefly poked through the gloom to reveal its warm rays over the frozen city. I had just a few seconds to capture this before the light disappeared. Just another example of why it’s great to keep a camera handy.
In celebration of its 25th anniversary, Hubble has revisited the famous “Pillars of Creation”, providing astronomers with a sharper and wider view than ever before. The pillars (a region of the Eagle Nebula, or M16) have been photographed in near-infrared light as well as visible light. The infrared view transforms the pillars into eerie, wispy silhouettes seen against a background of myriad stars. That’s because the infrared light penetrates much of the gas and dust, except for the densest regions of the pillars. Newborn stars can be seen hidden away inside the pillars. The new images are being unveiled at the American Astronomical Society meeting in Seattle, Washington (read full release).
Available immediately are the largest fine art prints yet of these beautiful images, in both square and tall crop ratios. These would look amazing as metal or canvas prints. Check them out below.
Being an engineer, and having a natural draw towards science, I have always been fascinated with the planets, outer space, the Universe and all its secrets. The immensity of it all is just staggering, and hard to comprehend for just about everyone. This immensity is a reminder of how small and insignificant we mere humans are. Take for example the following scale diagram of our Solar System, and how puny the Earth is next to our (small) Sun:
Now let’s compare our little sun to one of the biggest stars currently known, VY Canis Majoris, which is 1,000,000 times bigger!
Starting to feel small now? Well, the purpose of this post isn’t to make you feel insignificant. It’s to point out the beauty and wonder in the natural universe, and our ability to see and photograph it. Below are just a few of my favorite images created by NASA/ESA/JPL with various ground and space telescopes, including Hubble, Chandra, and Spitzer. I’ve spent time modifying each of these images, by cleaning up stitching artifacts and enhancing tones and colors, while leaving the science of the image intact. These images make amazing pieces of abstract fine art, especially when printed as large metal or acrylic prints.
Last month, we ran our first ever giveaway contest. Thanks to everyone who signed up, we now have a winner. Congratulations to Facebook fan Vicki S. for being selected at random and winning a free 16×24 inch print. She chose this beautiful macro photograph of Autumn Maple Leaves to fashionably adorn her wall. Want to know about future promotions? Just Like my Facebook page or subscribe to my newsletter.
Does the job for smaller cameras
Pros: Good Value, Locks In Tight, Compact
Best Uses: Video, Travel
Nice little monopod, folds up smaller than most. Sturdy construction with good clips to hold sections in place. The wrist strap is nice as well. The bottom most section is a bit small, so may wobble in use, if you don’t need the extra height, might want to skip extending the last section. Good for small, light SLR’s or PnS, not quite sturdy enough for bigger heavier cameras.
The winter thaw is finally beginning, and that puts me in a good mood! So from today (3/10/2014) until 5pm on 3/15/2014, I’m offering the following abstract images at a special promotional price. My professional print company gets standard size canvases at a discount, so I can pass that on to my customers. These amazing images are from NASA’s Hubble Telescope, and make for great abstract artwork for your walls. Check my gallery for more incredible outer space images.
It’s Friday, it’s mid-April, and I just feel like it. So here’s a great promotion running for the next several days (while supplies last). I get a special discount on standard size canvas prints, so I would like to pass that special print on to my fans and customers. Here are the current limited time promotions – 11×14 canvas prints (ready to hang) for only $60 (normally $99). Only 20 of each available, so hurry!
Promotion Expired 4/17/2013… Thank you buyers!