Hi Jerry- Both your photography and music are astounding. So beautiful and difficult to put into words. You have captured something majestic here. You keep expanding your work.
This level of consciousness makes one see the pettiness of conflicts and disagreements here on earth. There is such peace and beauty out there, and you are in touch with it through both of your art forms, old and new converging. Thanks for sharing your profound gifts with all of us. Keep going.
I image from my backyard in San Francisco using a 100mm refractor telescope that has an specialized astronomical camera attached (and a filter to mitigate the effects of urban light pollution). The camera and mount are controlled by computer, a dedicated astronomical computer which communicates with a standard Android tablet. It’s a very complex process, it takes several to many hours to get one image and that is done by combining many 3-5 minute exposures (sometimes hundreds) into one image. It has to be done this way because we’re dealing with objects that are so faint and so far away. After the images are combined into one image, there’s quite a bit of post-processing to be done to bring out the color, detail, etc. It’s a long process but I find every step very enjoyable and challenging. I am hoping to spend the next several years creating more astronomical music videos. I attached an image of how I get these images, thanks for asking!
Thanks so much, Jerry, for taking the time to explain this precise process! Have you thought of accompanying a group of images with your Oboe Concerto, 2nd.Movement? I think that combination would take one’s breath away. Looking forward to your next posting. Keep going!
I sure have! I have a list of about 9 pieces, or movements from various symphonies I’ve produced, that are going to become the soundtrack for new astro images. The slow movement to my oboe concerto is among them. It will take me some time to get new images, the rain in San Francisco has been constant for months, so I haven’t been able to get outside. Last night was the first night I was able to get my telescope outside to image in about a month.