The Rainbow Mountain at Paria Utah under the Milky Way – David Lane Astrophotography

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What some have come to call the Rainbow Mountain is at Old Paria, or Pahreah, which is a ghost town on the Paria River in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in central Kane County, Utah, United States. It was inhabited from 1870 to 1929, and later used as a filming location. it’s on Highway 89 between Kanab, Utah and Page, Arizona. Although a regular vehicle can make this drive rather easily do not attempt it if rain is in the forecast or if it has rained recently. The road turns into an impassible slime pit for hours.

Paria is one of the oddest places on earth. If you like geology, you are going to LOVE Paria! There are more colored layers of rock here than you can shake a stick at. Here you can see the layers of the area that were laid down in beautiful colors over millions of years. Many other places you can see bits and pieces of the rock layers, here they are all exposed in one spot to gape at.

The Outlaw Josey Wales was filmed with Clint Eastwood here in the 1970s. There was a cool old town till some dimwits burned it down about 10 years ago,

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Fujifilm announce INSTAX SQUARE Link Smartphone Printer

Fujifilm has just announced the release of the INSTAX SQUARE Link Smartphone Printer. This new compact printer has been designed to be 100% portable, and the small size and light weight mean that it will easily slip into a large coat or bag pocket, so that it’s there and ready to printing whenever and wherever you are. 

The new printer is part of the growing and popular line of Link Smartphone printers and creates INSTAX SQUARE format instant prints that are 1.5 times the size of the INSTAX mini. 

As well as the new size in print, the printer packs in various unique features designed to inspire creativity. A new AR (Augmented Reality) print and INSTAX Connect enable smartphone users to create truly individual prints in completely new ways. 

As with previous models of the INSTAX printers, plenty of creative options can be reached through the APP. These enable you to add frame templates and digital stickers as well as giving you access to different print mode options.

The App is fully compatible with Android and Apple phones and can be downloaded and installed for free. 

The new AR feature is the leading ticket with this new printer, and enables AR special effects, text, images, background colours, doodles and animations to be added. It works by placing a QR code on the photo, unlocking the AR potential.

As ever, INSTAX can also utilise popular smartphone apps using the SQUARE Link App. This enables users to share INSTAX images digitally and again allows the ability to add text and effects before sending them to connected devices. 

Along with the special print features comes two print mode options. INSTAX-Rich Mode for deep enriched colours and INSTAX-Natural mode for a more classic look. 

The image on Smartphones can also be enhanced with art filters or more traditional development techniques. 

Shin Udono, Senior Vice President, Imaging Solutions, FUJIFILM Europe, said:

“Designed with instant photography and smartphone printing fans in mind, we are excited about introducing the new INSTAX SQUARE Link. The new SQUARE Link combines everything existing customers love about the existing Link formats, now in a SQUARE format – with exciting new features including AR Print and INSTAX Connect, presenting even more options for users to connect, customise, and share images.”

For more details check out the INSTAX SQUARE Link Printer page at

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The Human-Nature Relationship | Vogue

Eleonora Strano

Eleonora Strano is a Franco-Italian photographer based in France. Her work explores themes such as isolation and invisibility whether it is geographical, cultural, environmental, social, political or visual. Her images are often imprinted by nostalgia, memory and time. In 2019, her work was exhibited at Espace de l’Art Concret in Mouans-Sartoux, as part of “Des marches, démarches” curated by FRAC PACA, and has been part of Jeune Création in Romainville, Circulation(s) in Paris and the 37th edition of the Festival international de mode, de photographie et d’accessoires in Hyères. She was nominated as one of the 31 women photographers to watch for in 2019 by the British Journal of Photography, one of the 250 photographers of 2020 by the PhMuseum, and has been listed as one of the 150 emerging European photographers of 2021 by GUP Magazine. Eleonora Strano is a member of Eyes on Talents, Hans Lucas, Women Photograph and Blink, and works in the South of France. In parallel to her work with the media as a photojournalist, she develops artistic projects among which is a photographic commission launched by Université Côte d’Azur in Nice, Villa Arson and Académie 5 about biocontrol. She is currently working on her next project about shipwrecks, memory and the Anthropocene in Saint-Pierre et Miquelon for which she was the recipient of the BnF grant Radioscopie de la France.

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HII rich region in Norma

This very interesting region in Norma contains many HII features as well as many other interesting objects. Below you can see an annotated version with the most clearly visible objects identified, except for the HII region in the bottom left corner. I couldn’t find out what this is called, so if anyone knows please let me know in the comments below
Somehow these objects and this fov get rarely imaged, which made it all the more interesting for me to try and get a nice image out of this.

Most eye catching are the RCW objects, which are different types of objects. Let’s have a more detailed look at each of them.

RCW 103 Supernova Remnant

RCW 103 is the brightest region of hydrogen gass in this image. It is a supernova remnant of a star that went supernova around 2000 years ago at a distance of 9000 light years from earth.
It (probably) has a very interesting neutron star in the center: This might very well be the slowest rotating pulsar we currently know of.
“The source exhibits properties of a highly magnetized neutron star, or magnetar, yet its deduced spin period is thousands of times longer than any pulsar ever observed.”

RCW 104 and Wolf-Rayet 75

Wolf-Rayet stars are extremely hot stars. Their surface temperatures range from 30,000 K to around 200,000 K, hotter than almost all other stars. They have broad spectra, but lack in hydrogen. They cause strong stellar winds, thus shaping their environment and feeding it with material.
In this case we can see such a star (WR 75) in the middle of the HII region known as RCW 104 which is shaping and ionizing the surrounding hydrogen gass.

RCW 106

RCW 106 is a cloud of hydrogen gass and dust. In fact, it contains so much dust that much of hydrogen gass and a lot of stars are hidden from sight in the visible light. RCW 106 contains some very massive O-type stars. These stars (probably) form in the most dense areas of the gass and dust cloud and they live only briefly. They burn through their fuel in tens of millions of years.

RCW 102

RCW102 is another interesting gass cloud that’s a mixture of ionised hydrogen gass and dust. Neighbouring RCW 102 we can find the bright planetary nebula RCW101, Menzel 3 or the ‘Ant Nebula’.

RCW 101, also known as Menzel 3 and the Ant Nebula

Menzel 3 is a young bipolar planetary nebula that is composed of a bright core and four distinct high-velocity outflows. It is expanding at a rate of 50km/s and located at around 8000 lightyears from earth.

Open star clusters

There are numerous Open Clusters like NGC6115, Ruprecht 116, Ruprecht 176, Pismis22 and many more.
Ruprecht 176

Pismis 22

NGC 6115

Planetary nebulae

Apart from the Ant nebula there are two more planetary nebulae that can be seen in this image. They are Pe1-4 and WRAY 17-74.

Acquisition details

Image taken with monochrome Nikon D600 on a APM107/700 with Riccardi reducer and modified Nikon D600 on a TS Quadruplet 480/80, mounted on Fornax 51 and guided with MGEN.

Ha 22x12min ISO400
RGB 20x12min ISO400

Location: Astrofarm Kiripotib, Namibia

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A Farm at Eagles Ridge Wedding | Alec & Chelsea

It was my last wedding of the season and I can’t imagineeee a better wedding to end it with than Alec & Chelsea and their sunshiny hearts!! Spend just five minutes with them and you’ll know what I mean. They’re the kind of couple you just love from the moment you meet them. They’re genuine, kind-hearted, full of joy, and appreciators of the little details in life. <3 Watching Chelsea float around on her wedding day as the happiest human ON EARTH filled my whole heart!

Alec & Chelsea! Thank you for trusting me with these memories and for making my 2019 wedding season end on the perfect note!! One that I’ll never forget. I’m truly so grateful for your trust in me to capture this day. <3

Getting in touch with the best fake tan ireland, to look extraordinary on the wedding day can also be one of the highlights of the ceremony.

Enjoy a few of my favorites from this beautiful Farm at Eagles Ridge wedding full of so much love and be sure to read more of Alec & Chelsea’s love story here! Xo

Vendor Credits:
Photographer | Caroline Logan Photography
Second Shooter | Vanessa Shenk
Planner | Planned Perfection
Venue | Farm at Eagles Ridge
Floral & Event Design | Petals with Style
DJ | 3 West Entertainment
Hair & Makeup Artist | The Bonafide Ginger
Rentals | Treasured Events
Invitations | Minted
Wedding Gown | Country Way Bridal
Lighting | Shumaker PDT
Catering | Tasteful Occasions
Cake | Tasteful Occasions

For Photographers: Love creamy skintones & soft colors? Learn to edit light & airy here!

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On Social Media, You Get an ‘A’ for Effortlessness | Opinion

Today on social media, girls flaunt perfect lives: styled hair, trendy and fashionable outfits, picturesque backgrounds, flattering but casual poses. The snapshots curate a particular image of effortless beauty, but behind the scenes, even the most casual selfies take tens of tries and a full face of makeup. Posed photos are the result of a million pieces falling into place, making one photo the one that outdoes the others: the background, the pose, the outfit, the hair are each good enough. Aesthetic shots of cities and landscapes are carefully chosen to match a color scheme and curate the feed.

These posting rituals speak of long-held beauty standards, modeled by popular accounts and cascading down to the normal person and 16-year-old girl. If you’ve been wondering “why is everyone famous on social media so thin/attractive/white?”, you’re not alone. It’s widely speculated that the TikTok “For You” algorithm scores users by euro-centric standards of attractiveness, and Black influencers find it significantly harder than their white counterparts to secure brand deals and make income. The fact is algorithms boost well-performing content, absorbing an entire human history of white and thin people imposing standards on everyone else.

While beauty standards aren’t new, one might argue that social media promotes them in an especially harmful way. Research isn’t yet conclusive on how social media’s unique interactivity affects perceptions of beauty. Social media does contribute to negative body image; however, exposure to traditional media has a similar effect. Meanwhile, the nature of influential content is shifting from aspirational to relatable, as increasingly digestible media forms connect with audiences in more casual ways. Marketers know this, so marketing has moved from traditional advertisements towards influencer sponsorships. For example, Doja Cat made a Tiktok jingle about Mexican pizza for Taco Bell, and Duolingo is known for its “unhinged” social media persona.

The shift is noticeable. Gone are the aspirational bloggers of 2014, posting DSLR photography and expensive foreign destinations — my current feed is girls about my age, who look like me, holding photoshoots on city streets and parking garages. Instead of VS Pink models, my “celebrities” are influencers like Helen Peng, a girl who could basically be my classmate, except that she’s an incredible dancer with 1.8 million Tiktok followers.

Embedded in the rules accompanying this shift is a gendered expectation, always the message to girls: Try, but don’t try too hard. Look polished but relatable, model but not unnaturally, wear natural makeup but not full glam. Blur your photos so they look taken in the moment.

Instead of aspirational lives that only rich celebrities who evidently have very different circumstances can attain, we constantly view “relatable” content from people just slightly ahead of us. Productivity YouTubers are just like you, but they have a perfect system for studying and note-taking. Fashion bloggers tell you exactly which clothes they bought, so you can buy them and achieve the same look. The standards are subtle but demanding, asking why we can’t do it if they can.

In many ways, the beauty standards of relatability are more far-reaching than before. Instead of being limited to the sphere of physical appearance, an entire lifestyle is idealized and projected. In every aspect of life, there’s relatable content for you to aspire to: diet, outfits, travel, workouts, work, home decor, nights out, nights in, friend groups, even crying. So we strive, because we believe we can recreate these idealized scenes. They make it look easy.

What makes the standards more insidious is that they’re never spoken, only understood by a sea of girls finding their place in the digital age. Influencers often don’t take the stance of a brand selling you a product; they approach their audience as a friend giving an honest recommendation. It doesn’t feel like conforming to a beauty standard when an online persona you trust recommended you a new study system, or a different brand of hair product.

Young girls — the generation we say look like 23-year-olds when they’re only 16 — grew up looking at perfect pictures of others online, and they understand what the digital world asks of them, learning social rules analogous to the ones they pick up in school. Naturally, they learn. They don new haircuts, draw on freckles and eyebrows, learn to pose in photos (perhaps by watching a modeling tips video), get outfit inspiration from 25-year-old bloggers, and wear blazers to school. They become photographers and social media managers. It’s second nature because these are the rules of digital society.

This is the world my little sister will grow up in. Still, I won’t tell her to delete social media and recover some past innocence from before digital standards permeated our consciousness. These are the new rules, and if any girl enjoys engaging with lifestyles portrayed on social media, she deserves to try as hard as she wants without contempt. (No one is telling boys to stop hitting the gym every day in their pursuit of an ideal body type.) Obviously, take care of yourself first, and take whatever measures you need against social media’s many physical and mental negative effects. When your health is spoken for, then curate your Instagram feed if you want, go out with your friends and have a day-long photoshoot if you want.

The act of revolution is not necessarily ignoring standards entirely, rejecting the supposedly frivolous pursuit of beauty in the name of feminism. I think it’s finding a way to love yourself anyway — whether it involves makeup or fashion or fitness, or posting on Instagram, or not posting on Instagram. It’s coming to terms with who you are, both your physical and digital selves.

Elizabeth S. Ling ’23 is a Computer Science concentrator in Eliot House. Her column, “Alone Together,” appears on alternating Fridays.

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Nueva cámara QHY5III585C – Cielos Boreales

Siguiendo con la presentación de sus últimas cámaras de nueva generación QHY ha presentado el modelo QHY5III585C una cámara a color enfocada a astrofotografía planetaria y guiado con una sensibilidad al infrarrojo cercano similar a la QHY5III462C pero con mayor rango dinámico que ésta.

La QHY5III585C trae un generoso sensor de 1/1,2 pulgadas y un excelente desempeño con nulo amp-glow. Con esta cámara se incluye un filtro de corte UV/IR y un filtro IR850nm.

En estos nuevos sensores, la parte del fotodiodo del pozo de píxeles es físicamente más profunda que en los modelos anteriores. Esto permite que los fotones de longitudes de onda más largas penetren más profundamente en el sustrato lo que aumenta enormemente la sensibilidad del sensor a la luz roja e infrarroja cercana alcanzando sensibilidades similares a la de la luz visible.

Con esta cámara tendremos un alto rango dinámico (HDR) de 88 dB, aproximadamente ocho veces más que el sensor IMX485 de la generación anterior. 

Con su pixel de 2.9um de tamaño esta cámara es perfecta para astrofotografía planetaria y con un sensor de 3856*2180 píxeles nos presenta la posibilidad de realizar grandes capturas en fotografía lunar de 8.4 Megapíxeles.

Al igual que el resto de cámaras de esta segunda generación incorpora un puerto USB 3.2 de tipo C más robusto que los anteriores de tipo B.

La ampliación de memoria desde los 256MB hasta los 512MB DDR3 es otra de las mejoras de esta nueva gama de cámaras.

La QHY5III585C ya está disponible en algunas tiendas con un precio aproximado de unos 418€.

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Gary Davies – 360Cities Blog

Gary joined 360Cities more than 10 years ago, back in 2011. During this time he has published more than 1,300 stunning panoramas, for which he earned a well-deserved Maestro badge.

Gary is a freelance photographer specializing in maritime scenes. His panoramas focus mainly on historic buildings, such as cathedrals, castles, and lighthouses from his home country, the UK, and from other beautiful locations around the world.
Enjoy just a few of his 360ºs below and don’t forget to visit Gary’s profile page!

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Intense moment frozen in time. Aurora framing the mountains in the background and Vikbutan Bay in the foreground, Lofoten Islands, Norway. The intensity of this display lasted for a short 10 minutes.

With humble excitement, I am pleased to announce that my piece, Intensity, which was also a 2020 PPA Gold Medal Winner, has been selected as Best of Show in the 9th Annual Photography Show of the Flagler County Art League by Juror, Eric Breitenbach.

“It’s not just the northern lights but the way their forms and shapes play off the landscape. The photographer made an astute selection of the location for composition and incorporated extraordinary technique for a once in a lifetime picture.” – Eric Breitenbach

This piece, along with three of my other works, (Reaching Out – Honorable Mention | Animals, Fading Mist (Vanishing Mist) – Honorable Mention | Land/Sea/Cityscapes, and Orange Glow) will be displayed alongside a richly talented cohort of fellow photographers, and can be viewed at: Flagler County Art League.

Polar bear cub interacting with its mother outside their day-den in Wapusk N.P., Manitoba, Canada.

Sunrise through the fog at Seney National Wildlife Refuge in the Michigan Upper Peninsula.

Fishing village in Lofoten bathed by late morning light

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Don Machholz – Astroniklas

Don Machholz left us on August 9th, 2022

Unfortunately, with big sadness I just found out that one of our members is no longer among us. This is what Don Machholz’s wife announced on Don’s Facebook page:

It is with profound sadness that I share with everyone that my beloved husband, Don Machholz, passed away unexpectedly and swiftly from COVID at 3:15 AM on Tuesday, August 9, 2022. He was a very kind, gentle and loving soul, we love each other from the moon and back.

Don was a world famous comet hunter. He discovered as many as 12 comets during his lifetime and never gave up his passion. Until very recently Don would continue his comet hunting though visual observation.

Don spent more than 9,000 hours comet-hunting in a career spanning over 50 years. These comets include the periodic comets 96P/Machholz, 141P/Machholz, the non-periodic C/2004 Q2 (Machholz) that were visible with binoculars in the northern sky in 2004 and 2005, C/2010 F4 (Machholz), and C/2018 V1 (Machholz-Fujikawa-Iwamoto). In 1985, comet Machholz 1985-e, was discovered using a homemade cardboard telescope with a wide aperture, 10 inches across, that gave it a broader field of view than most commercial telescopes. Don utilized a variety of methods in his comet discoveries, in 1986 using 29×130 binoculars he discovered 96P/Machholz.

Don Machholz was one of the inventors of the Messier Marathon, which is a race to observe all the Messier objects in a single night.

Image courtesy of Swedish astrophotographer Lasse Lindh

The fascination of star gazing had already started during the very first years of my childhood. I was looking up at the night sky with my grandfather every summer night, studying constellations, the phases of the moon cycle, counting satellite passages and by using his binoculars to discover globular clusters of stars. Equipped with star maps from his home-library I was gradually discovering more and more of this fascinating world we call universe.
Even though years went by, the interest and fascination of cosmos had never left me… I found myself occupied with many other things before astronomy finally became my main hobby in recent years.

I was born in Stockholm, Sweden 1979 and grew for the most part of my childhood years in Greece. Later I’ve studied physics at Lund’s university and was hoping to continue with astronomy. At my free time I was an active amateur astronomer in South Sweden, Lund. At some point I was also appointed as chief of observatory for the Tycho Brahe Astronomy Society in Lund.

Circumstances in life led me to move with my family to California. Today I’m working as a sofrware developer within the aviation industry and weather systems for airports. During my off-time, I spend most of my time with my wife Melissa and our daughters.

My main hobbies are astronomy, astrophotography, game development and I was also a member of several astronomy societies in south Sweden but time was never enough to continue being an active member.

This blog is dedicated to my family (Melissa, Vanita and Lena Grace), our friends and to all of you who share the same fascination towards the beauty of this science and all the mysteries yet to be revealed by our constant discoveries!

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