New Photo Book – Utah National Parks

Just added a new photo book “Utah National Parks”, comprised of images taken on a trip in April of 2003.

Link: Utah National Parks

Experience with Yongnuo wireless flash trigger

My experience and some tests of the new Yongnuo YN-622 TX wireless radio flash trigger system. .

Olympus OMD E-M1 Review

I purchased an Olympus OMD E-M1 mirrorless Micro 4/3 system camera and lenses a couple of months ago to use on an upcoming trip, as a light-weight alternative to my full frame Nikon gear.  In the process of checking out the capabilities of the E-M1 I ran a series of tests comparing it to the Nikon D800.   While this may be a rather lop-sided comparison, the E-M1 held up very well and has become a favorite of mine.  The results of the testing (not rigorous, but tailored to my needs) is at .

New IR Gallery

A new Gallery of Cincinnati Infrared (IR) photos is  located at:

Site Updates

A new topic has been added: Digital Painting. I am now offering a new service: Digitally hand painted prints.

My entries in the recent NUG Photo Exhibit are also showcased on the home page.

New Gallery: Day trip to Madison, Indiana

Madison is a quaint old river town on the Ohio River, with lots of historic homes and buildings.  Nearby is Clifty Falls, a very nice wooded park with deep gorges, rugged trails and, of course, water falls.  This gallery contains just a sample of the photographic possibilities of the area.

Natural Bridge Images

A new photo gallery, Natural Bridge Photos, and Proshow video slide show, Natural Bridge Videos , have been added.  This was a fall color trip in early Oct. 2012 to the Kentucky Natural Bridge and Red River Gorge area.  The colors were outstanding and the weather could not have been better! – Al Peter

Oregon 2012 Galleries

Just added 12 image galleries as an album of an 11day photo trip this summer to Oregon.  The trip began in Portland, went up the Columbia Ruver, thenthriugh the cental area from Mt Hood to Crater Lake and all of the Oregon Coastand ended in Astoria.  Go to for all of the images.

Recent Astro Images

After a long absence, I am back to imaging astronomial objects again.  Three of my recent deep sky images are shown below.  Click on image for a larger view.

 California Nebula Detail  M42 The Orion Nebula  The Veil Nebula

Transit of Venus

On Tuesday June 5th a very rare event occurred – the transit of Venus across the Sun.  The next one will be in 105 years!  I was was able to capture the beginning of the transit before the clouds rolled in.  The setup was a 130mm f/8 astronomical refractor on an equatorial mount, focal length 1,040mm with a D800 as the imager.  Exposure was 1/400 sec at f/8, ISO 100.  A Baader solar film filter was used to reduce the bright sunlight to safe levels.  Note the sunspots and clouds covering some of the images.  There was a thin haze over all of the images, reducing the claity. (Click on thumbnail for larger image.)

Initial ContactVenus just entering Sun's diskAbout 12 minutes after first contactAlmost fully into disk - note "teardrop" effectLast image before the clouds - 27min after 1st contact