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Space Station and mystery satellite

I went out tonight to get some shots of the International Space Station passing overhead and noticed another satellite tracking right in front of ISS. I looked on my satellite database and there was nothing listed as passing over with ISS. Both were traveling the same speed, 17,000mph, and exact path plus they both disappeared at the same time so they were probably the same height. You can see in the pictures below both satellites tracking across the sky and even even cutting through the Big Dipper.

The bright streak (approx Mag -3) is the ISS and the dim thin streak in front of it is the “mystery” satellite. An airplane can also be seen in two of the pictures.

Click on any image to see a larger picture.
Enjoy!

 

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    Kids in Jamaica – Meet Mr Thunder Pants

    Kids in Jamaica making faces
    Kids in East Jamaica making faces for the camera

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    Kids in Dhaka

    Kids in Dhaka Bangladesh

    Kids in other countries always like a camera. These kids followed me around as I walked through Old Dhaka in 2010.

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    7 Degrees and Getting a Fire Going

    Working on getting some heat in a cold cabin

    Working on getting some heat in a cold cabin

    I recently went camping in the backwoods near Stowe, VT. Thank goodness we picked a night the temperature was a warm 7 degrees. The Nikon was cold but was still able to capture some shots. Yes we got the fire going and got the cabin to just above freezing.

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    Typhoon Haiyan – Philippines need help

    Super typhoon Haiyan unleashed vast devastation in the Philippines. Many are without food and water and relief efforts are difficult. The storm was south of the area I visit in the Philippines and all villages faired well. However many families in the villages have family members in the affected area.

    Mission Love Seeds is sending a team to search for family members of mission families and take what relief supplies they can. The trip is long and costly and they are raising donations to help with this effort. Please visit www.missionloveseeds.org and consider making a donation to help. Since all funds will go directly to relief any amount donated will go to good use.

    Girl waiting for food.

    Girl waiting for food.

    John and Barbi of Mission Love Seeds along with mission coordinator Fely Zapanta at Admiral.

    John and Barbi of Mission Love Seeds along with mission coordinator Fely Zapanta at Admiral.

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    Tonight’s lightning photo

    Always carry your camera during the summer months, especially when traveling to Florida. We had some nice storms come ashore in Destin tonight. Here’s tonights action. Enjoy.

    Lightning bolts hitting ground behind Surfside condos near Destin.

    Lightning bolts hitting ground behind Surfside condos near Destin.

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    Lightning coming across the Gulf of Mexico near Destin.

    Lightning coming across the Gulf of Mexico near Destin.

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    iPhone movie in one day?

    The iPhone is really a powerful tool. Sometimes it think the biggest complaint I have about it is it has a phone. The camera on the iPhone has essentially replaced my point and shoot camera and I’ve started to see how much I could actually do with video.

    The video quality on the iPhone is pretty good, though any type of zoom you do is digital and must be used wisely. But for home movies makers and even enthusiastic filmmakers can find good use for an iPhone. The film “Sugar Man” which appeared at the Sundance Film Festival included some iPhone footage. The filmmaker used 8mm film for his movie, but ran tight on the budget and used an app call ’8mm’ for some final shots. The app does a great job of simulating the look of those old 8mm home movies and the best part it is only 99 cents.

    A few days ago I was in Phoenix and had a free day, so I decided to see what type film I could do in one day with an iPhone. All video, stills and editing were done on the iPhone. The film was edited and pieced together throughout the day culminating into an awesome place to finish the film. Of course, you’ll have to watch the video to find out where. It’s not perfect by any means, butit was fun and challenging to see what could be done in one day. Enjoy – btw I list the apps used under the video plus a few still shots from the iPhone.

    Apps used in video-
    iMovie
    Hipstamatic
    MovieLooks
    iPhone Video camera
    Filmic Video Camera
    ProHDR
    Snapseed

    Stills shot with iPhone

    My rental car for the day. Convertibles work great for shooting while on the go!

    My rental car for the day. Convertibles work great for shooting while on the go!

    Somewhere along the open road. iPhone HDR

    Somewhere along the open road. iPhone HDR

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    Tonight’s Lightning Photo

    Lightning captured from a storm passing to the east near Tuskegee tonight.

    Lightning bolt due east in central Alabama.

    Lightning bolt due east in central Alabama.

     

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    Why you need a GoPro

    It’s not much larger than a matchbox but it’s an incredibly powerful video camera. The GoPro has revolutionized the way everyday people capture video, particularly action video. Just a few years ago it would have been a major ordeal to capture someone kayaking over rapids (from the kayak) or jumping out of an airplane. Now lay down a few Benjamin Franklins and you yourself can capture spectacular video that rivals anything you see on TV.

    GoPro mounted on helmet


    GoPro mounted on helmet

     

    If you have lived in a cave and do not know about a GoPro, it’s a small rectangle video device that’s made for one thing, capturing awesome action video. It also comes in a watertight protective housing. The lens is a wide angle lens and there are very few creative adjustments you can make. It’s basically point and shoot video, but the quality of the video is remarkable.

    You do have options like video size, time-lapse (cool), and self timer. Just recently GoPro has created an app so you can change these settings, as well as see and review you GoPro footage. The video is captured to a SD card so the size of your card depends on how much video you can capture. The battery life is also pretty good plus you can buy extra batteries.

    The other cool thing about GoPro is they make attachments so you can attach your GoPro to just about anything; surfboards, helmets, ski poles, cars, maybe even your dog. You may not realize it but you’ve seen GoPro footage on TV. Motocross, Discovery Channel, Tornado Chasers, SurvivorMan and just about any action video is probably shot on a Go pro these days.

    Even if you don’t jump out of airplanes you’ll be able to come up with some creative GoPro uses.

    Below are some cool GoPro videos including one I did of one of my kids skiing.

    GoPro Commercial

    Ski video in Stowe, VT I did with GoPro

    Traxxas RC car video I did with GoPro

    The Badlands 2 from Earl B on Vimeo.

    Short Video I shot using GoPro in Jamaica

    …breaking the ice – with CamWow from Earl B on Vimeo.

     

     

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