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Bringing kinja into focus, one frame at a time
Bringing kinja into focus, one frame at a time

Night Missions

Illustration for article titled Night Missions

I ventured out twice in the evening and night recently. On Monday I hit up the beach for the sunset and an ISS pass. My trip to the Redington Long Pier was originally just going to be at night to get the International Space Station flying over. But since sunset wasn’t too much earlier, I went out to catch that as well.

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 First, I botched the actual sunset. I thought I turned off the VR on my lens since I was using a tripod. I did not. Oops. But I figured out what was wrong and did this 3-minute single exposure of the post-sunset glow with my favorite crumbling pier. Please excuse any hot pixels if you enlarge the image. I haven’t gone through to zap them all just yet.

After the sunset, I switched sides and caught the ISS making a really bright pass.

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Illustration for article titled Night Missions

On Saturday night, I hit up downtown St. Pete with a plan for some night city shots. I figured it would be a pretty slow night, considering. I was wrong. While it wasn’t as busy as a typical Saturday night, there were more than enough people around. And they were celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. And they were not social distancing. At one bar that masquerades as an Irish pub that we’ll call “O’Virus MacDouchy’s,” people were packed in and spilling out on to the sidewalk. Since you have to keep your adult beverages within an area in front of the bar while outside, the patrons were all crowded together.

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Gross. Go home. At least I’m out alone and keeping myself to myself.

But I did manage to get one really great shot before deciding that this was not the night to be out doing this. This is 12 30-second consecutive exposures giving me a total of six minutes of action at this spot. The building is the 1926 Snell Arcade, which is on the National Registry of Historic Places.

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Illustration for article titled Night Missions

I may venture out again tonight or tomorrow as bars and night clubs are now closed and restaurants have been ordered to cut capacity by 50%. Won’t be too many people out and about, so I can get some shots that might otherwise be difficult to pull off.

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Anyone else out doing some plague shooting? 

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