Photo: Viking Ship of Frösåkers Brygga (light painting night photo)

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Viking Ship of Frösåkers Brygga (2016-06-11 15:34)

We come from the land of the ice and snow,
From the midnight sun where the hot springs flow.
Hammer of the gods, will drive our ships to new land.
To fight the hordes, and sing and cry.
Valhalla I am coming.

Mats and his wife Marie took me to see an amazing replica of a Viking wooden boat at this remarkable recreation of a Viking village in Vasteras, Sweden, near Stockholm. Although late, the sun still hung barely below the horizon. Nonetheless, I was still able to light paint, illuminating the wooden ships with a ProtoMachines LED2 flashlight during the 30 second f/8 ISO 200 exposure with a Nikon D7000/Tokina 11-16mm @ f/8 ISO 200 30 second exposure.

Special thanks to Mats and Marie for taking me to these special places!!!!

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Photo: Rune Stone of Anundshög (light painting)

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Rune Stone of Anundshög (2016-06-11 14:50)
While stranded in Stockholm, I had an opportunity to meet a friend, Mats. He and his wife Marie took me to see a thousand year old ruins of the Vikings. Although late, the sun still hung barely below the horizon. Nonetheless, I was still able to light paint, illuminating this rune stone with a ProtoMachines LED2 flashlight during the 30 second f/8 ISO 200 exposure with a Nikon D7000/Tokina 11-16mm.

I’ve included information from both the Anundshög website as well as what Mats wrote about the inscription:

At Anundshög people gathered gathered for the Thing (district court), even as late as the Middle Ages.  At this location, people sacrificed to their gods and later prayed to the new Christian god.  It was here the dead were buried, in large and impressive burial mounds or simple and insignificant graves along the side of the ridge down towards the water, according to power and position.

The rune stone inscription reads:
“Folkvid raised all these stones after Heden, Anund’s brother. Vred carved the runes.”

Folkvid was a powerful man in Badelunda at the beginning of the 11th century. He paid for the road past Anundshög and marked it with a row of standing stones. Folkvid also paid for the impressive rune stone to tell the world for all time about his son, his road and himself.

It is certain that it is not Anund who was buried in the large mound. The name Anund was very common during the 9th and 10th centuries and the mound is probably from the 6th to 8th century. Vred both knew the runes and was skilful at carving them and he produced this remarkable rune stone. He has carved the runes around a picture which is unique among Swedish rune stones.

We do not know how the picture should be interpreted, but it could perhaps be the forms of a woman and a man which are intertwined with each other. The people of the Viking era would have understood what Vred intended with his pictures.
Special thanks to Mats and Marie for taking me to these special places!!!!

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Photo: Antonov Biplane Interior – Light Painting – Iceland

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Antonov Biplane Interior (2016-06-15 11:15)

Westfjords of Iceland, Hnjotur Museum. This is the interior of an Antonov AN2 biplane, an old Russian workhorse that was the largest single-engine biplane ever produced, with this one allegedly abandoned after a dispute between two pilots about one’s flying ability, leaving the plane marooned in iceland.

I had to work very fast to get this shot, and consequently didn’t have time to photograph the cockpit. Because of the large amount of light streaming in, I used a relatively quick long exposure of 19 seconds at f/9 ISO 100, quickly illuminating the interior with a ProtoMachines LED2 and then closing the shutter. Nikon D610/Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8

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Photo: Under A Blood Red Moon – Harvest Moon SuperMoon

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This composite photo shows a full moon with an annual Harvest Moon with a perigee moon, otherwise known as a supermoon. A perigee moon, the opposite of an apogee moon, is about 31,000 miles/49889 km closer to the Earth than an apogee moon, which under ideal conditions can make the moon appear 14% larger and 30% brighter than an apogee full moon, which is why many have labeled it “supermoon”. This information is taken from the NASA website.

But making it more exciting was the moon’s reddish hue. This occurs because sunlight passing through the earth’s atmosphere is reddened and bent inward toward the darkened surface of the eclipsed moon. This information is taken from an article written by Dennis Mammana.

The Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve was open for this event, and many of us gathered on a hill overlooking the San Fernando Valley to witness this event, which had not occurred since 1982…and will not be repeated until 2033. The evening was unfortunately cloudy and hazy, with the moon disappearing for many minutes at a time, so these photos aren’t as sharp as I was hoping for.

Although I have been taking night sky photos for about three years, this is the first time I took photos of only the moon! And it was a lot of fun!!

Now for the really geeky stuff. This is a composite of five photos of the perigee lunar eclipse. Aside from the composite, the photos show the natural appearance of the moon during that time. The total eclipse of the moon occurred on 27 September 2015 between 7:11 pm – 8:23 Pacific Daylight Time here in Los Angeles, CA. I took each photo of the moon between 7:54 pm to 8:43 pm, mostly closer to those times and not so much in between. This is due to clouds obscuring the moon, often for as long as 15-20 minutes, with several other times in which the moon was completely or almost completely hidden behind clouds, Consequently, this is not an accurate time-lapse in any capacity. And conditions were hazy even when the moon did appear from behind the clouds, so these aren’t the clearest, sharpest photos. But no matter, the experience was totally enjoyable. I used a Nikon D7000 with a 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 G VR AF-S ED zoom lens at about 250mm, not extending it all the way because the moon appeared to be sharper when the lens was not fully extended. But because I was using an APC-S sensor, 250mm is actually closer to about 375mm.

Under a Blood Red Moon
Ken Lee Photography
Nikon D7000, Nikon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 G VR AF-S ED Zoom @ 250mm. 2015-09-27. This is a composite of five moons taken between 19:54 – 20:43. First two moons 3s f/8 ISO 1600; last three moons 2.5s f/11 ISO 1000. 4000k. This is a composite of five photos done in Photoshop CS6. Aside from the composite, the photos show the natural appearance of the moon during that time.
Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve, West Hills, CA USA/EE UU.

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Photo: The Stone Sea Monster of iceland – Long Exposure Photo

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The Stone Sea Monster of Iceland (2016-06-18 19:01)

For the first part of the trip, I traveled toward the west part of Iceland with a photographic group led by Lance Keimig. This unusual rock formation protruding from the sea is the remains of an ancient extinct volcano Hvitserkur on the sea shelf. Hvitserkur, which translates to “white shirt” and derives its name from being covered in Shag and Cormorant guano, rises 15 meters, or nearly 50 feet from the sea. Icelandic legend has it that the rock was a troll who forgot to retreat from the light and was turned to stone in the sunrise, though from some angles it is said to look like a dragon drinking from the water, while others say that it looks like a sea monster frozen in stone. I’m going with the frozen sea monster. The geological oddity was commemorated on an Icelandic stamp in 1990.

Nikon D610/Nikkor 28-300mm. I took eight photos, each one at an eight-second exposure at f/22 ISO 100 and stacked eight of them together to create an even longer net exposure, this one 64 seconds in total to smooth out the water movements of the sea.

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Photo: Aren’t You Glad You Have Dials (Abandoned Herring Factory, Iceland)

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Aren’t You Glad You Have Dials (2016-06-17 14:04)

The interior of an abandoned herring factory in Djúpavík, Westfjords, Iceland. At the time it was built, 1935, this was the most enormous concrete building in iceland and one of the largest in Europe, and built in just one year. Herring oil was crucial for general health, and was taken as a supplement. But also, herring oil was used by the Germans to manufacture glycerin, the main ingredient in nitroglycerine, used in the creation of explosives, especially during WWII. I traveled here with a group of photographers, including Lance Keimig.

Nikon D610/Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 30s f/14 ISO 100. I “light painted” the interior, illuminating everything while the camera shutter was open, using a Protomachines LED2 flashlight for the various colored lighting. And yes, doing this brought a huge smile to my face. Also, I found it funny that a group of night photographers would travel together to Iceland, where the sun is out for around 21 hours a day.

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Photo: Icelandic Horse (Islenski Hesturinn) – Eye of the Horse

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Islenski Hesturinn  (2016-06-18 17:51)
The eye of the horse, the rugged Icelandic horse of the wind-swept hills in the Northwestern Region of Iceland.

Nikon D610/Nikkor 28-300mm. 1/320s f/8 ISO 800.

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