Aurora Borealis: Human eye vs Camera vs Internet Astrophotography is a hoax when they do not notify you of the level of processing that the images that are showing you have. They tell you: look at the wonders of the sky; But they don’t let you know: you can never see it with your eyes because it is a processed image, a composition or even an illustration created with images. So to be fair, I want to show some comparisons […]
Here are some examples of how this lens behaves, especially in astrophotography and infrared photography. The tested lens is Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM Art for Sony E-mount. Index Motivations to get it Astrophotography: sharp and clear from corner to corner Infrared photography, homogeneous without unpleasant red dot Resolution and flares Weather protection Conclusion: Pros and Cons Motivations to get it This is the second copy I have of this lens, the first was for Canon and when I […]
During the Pi Day, 3-14, (2022 March 13th to 14th) a G2 geomagnetic storm could be seen from Estonia. Cracks in Earth’s magnetic field, more frequent around the equinox due to Russell-McPherron effect, make these storms a magnificent spectacle of northern lights. This video was recorded last night from Viimsi, north of Tallinn, and shows the auroras that could be seen.
The colors of the rainbow are 7 but in front of me I have a white rainbow. You can see that it’s not a halo or other atmospheric optical effect, it’s a rainbow, but it’s white. That idea that seems so simple is difficult for me to assimilate, because they had always explained to me how rainbows are formed and why colors are seen, and there in front of me I had one that did not comply with the rules. […]
Seeing a tornado has been on my mind for a long time, and coincidentally Estonia is a privileged place for it. Located in one of the tornado alleys that exist, it is visited very often by this phenomenon. But although my curiosity is great, my knowledge is small. So in summer, whenever there is a chance of a storm, I go out to look at the clouds, and at the moment what I am finding are funnel clouds that are […]
The April 2019 fire that destroyed part of the Notre-Dame Cathedral was an event that saddened us all. Its famous gargoyles and its spire were unique. Here you can find some pictures of what it was like before the fire and also an extraordinary detailed image of the Spire of Notre-Dame.
Something beautiful to see. In this video you can see a bright and colorful parhelion as a flame burning in the sky. Far from reality because it is formed by the ice in the air of the upper layers of the atmosphere.
It is normal that sometimes you find some of your photos posted on social networks. But, it is rare that a professional Magazine does it without contacting you previously, due to the legal consequences that copyright infringement can bring. I recently discovered that The Maritime Telegraph had incurred a copyright infringement in July 2019, with one of my photos on the report of the shipwreck of the Fedra that took place in Gibraltar in 2008. I was stunned. They did […]
It was the end of the warranty and stains began to appear on the left side of the monitor that invaded the image on the screen… and more problems. When I opened it I could see that the monitor panel was an LG!
It is a memory of the tragedy of the 20th century. A time where the greatest senseless massacres that humanity has experienced were known. Patarei was one of those places where, during that madness, revenge and cruelty were exercised hidden from public view.
The fauna of the Estonian forest is very rich. The large expanses of forest allow to find many different species of animals. Here are some that caught my attention and with which I coincided while carrying the camera with me. The Wolf (Canis lupus) The Wolf (Canis lupus), or gray wolf, It is a majestic animal that can be found in Estonian forests. In 2018, it was selected to be Estonia’s national mammal and its image could be found in […]
Method of capturing the image of lightning in a storm cloud during the day. During the summer months storms are very common, many of them discharge numerous lightning that are a great spectacle. When the storm clouds approach, it is a sign that we have to prepare if we want to take lightning photographs. The best time to photograph them is at night but sometimes these storms happen during the day, how to photograph them? During the night, it is […]
Here are some images of the Comet C/2020 F3 NEOWISE from Estonia (July 7 to 18 2020). On its way through the Estonian skies the comet crossed over storms and Noctilucent clouds (NLC). On those dates there is no night in Estonia. From mid-May to the end of July, the night in Estonia is replaced by a nautical twilight that barely showing the brightest stars. This made it impossible to appreciate the details of the comet or to be able […]
During the summer season there are many opportunities to see spectacular noctilucent clouds NLC, but in this video I want to show you what it looks like during one single night (the night of 9th July 2020) and the great variety of types and shapes that noctilucent clouds NLC can present at all times. You can also see the common clouds below, moving in a totally different way. Music by Stellardrone (Creative Commons: CC by 3.0) stellardrone.bandcamp.com
The Kolga manor mansion can pass as insignificant in sight of the average tourist. However, this peculiar, unrestored, but well-preserved, empty building is magnetic to many photographers and filmmakers looking for a place with personality and an aesthetic of an aged and missed classicism. Its owners have chained unique and dark stories that make it even more interesting. Kolga’s mansion is one of those types of buildings with heavy doors, intricate stairs, dark corners and a multitude of details that […]
Spectacular noctilucent clouds NLC filmed from Estonia. 4K quality. Estonia is a prime location for viewing these types of clouds. During clear summer nights they can be seen standing out in the sky.
No, it is not Fukushima. Yes, it is a mutation. This is a curious case of fasciation. It is rare, but not unusual for Marguerite daisies. According to Wikipedia: Fasciation, is a relatively rare condition of abnormal growth in vascular plants in which the apical meristem (growing tip), which normally is concentrated around a single point and produces approximately cylindrical tissue, instead becomes elongated perpendicularly to the direction of growth, thus producing flattened, ribbon-like, crested (or “cristate”), or elaborately contorted, […]
Finding fossils in Estonia is easier than I expected. They are everywhere.
Sony Zeiss 35mm 1.4 Distagon It is not sharp and clear from corner to corner. Infrared photography, not recommended.
If one day you are walking and you realize that your shadow has a halo, do not panic, it has an explanation. One of my photos selected and explained today in OPOD Optics Picture Of the Day. https://www.atoptics.co.uk/fza199.htm Very grateful to Les Cowley for his fantastic work in illustrating and explaining all these atmospheric phenomena.
Eclipse at MoonSet https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/January_2019_lunar_eclipse
Finally, the book The Ultimate Guide to Stargazing was published by the Australian author Gregg D Thompson. I have had the pleasure of contributing with my photographs. This book is an extensive and updated work that explains the most important topics of the observation of the sky in a broad and detailed manner. Suitable both for those who start in astronomy and for those who already enjoy it. You can buy it in https://theultimateguidetostargazing.com/product/the-ultimate-guide-to-stargazing/
Since 2005 I have been a user of Canon photographic material, with which I have made more than 500,000 photos. Today, I have nothing more of this brand, I have left Canon.
Stunning clouds before sunrise. Please, zoom in on the image to see how many details these clouds offer. Click here to get in High Resolution 7111x4000px (All rights reserved) (Save Link As…) Noctilucent Cloud in Estonia by Isaac GP
CLOUDS, BIRDS, MOON, VENUS again in the NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day This image has been selected again as NASA APOD. Here you can see all the data about this picture.
These images are a part of a long time project that I’m doing. Climbing the mountain, you can feel how the air changes, the light becomes harder and the colors are more intense. You feel your body and your breathing, something that does not happen every day. As a part of my project, I asked people why are they going to the mountain? The reason doesn’t matter – all are attracted by a kind of call. Up there you can […]
My thing with airports is not new. I like to fly and I get on an airplane whenever I have the opportunity. There is always some anecdote to tell: something forgotten in a pocket when passing the security arch, an aborted landing at the last second because another plane is crossed on the runway, etc. But this story is quite curious: My plane had just landed. The typical trip in which one carries a large suitcase and a small cabin […]
I do not usually make reviews of photographic material, but recently a friend told me excited that he had bought a Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM to take astronomy photographs and after doing some tests he realized that he had been wrong. What’s wrong with the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM for Astrophotography The most striking when it begins to be used, especially at f / 1.4, is the coma: This defect causes this objective to be inappropriate for astrophotography […]
Mercury Transit on May 9, 2016 This phenomenon goes unnoticed by most people. Even in the photographs it is difficult to understand what is happening. Mercury passes in front of the sun, and sometimes we can see it from Earth. Since the size of Mercury is so small compared to the Sun, what we see is a small point that is Mercury on the surface of the sun at sunset. This is called Transit of Mercury. You have to look […]
Today in Optics Picture of the Day my Baltic Halos
Cloudy and partial solar eclipse during the equinox.
Mike Hill was discovered stealing my image “Clouds, Birds, Moon, Venus” for his enterprises Moonshine Agency and Moonshine Movies. In 2010 Mike Hill from Melbourne (Australia), contacted me to acquire a license in order to print one copy of my photo “Clouds, Birds, Moon, Venus” for his personal use. In his e-mail (you can see here completely), he asked me: “… to pay a small license fee enabling me to access a high resolution version of the photo to print one […]
Read the article online (spanish) Texto de la noticia Auroras boreales vistas por un cordobés Isaac Gutiérrez, cordobés residente en Estonia, es un apasionado de la astronomía que capturó con su cámara espectaculares instantáneas del reciente fenómeno que se produjo a causa de una tormenta de sol Imagen de la aurora boreal captada en un bosque cercano a la capital de Estonia, Tallín. – Foto:ISAAC GP Mezcla de color y luminosidad en la noche. – Foto:ISAAC GP FRANCISCO […]
Geological landscape of Bardenas Reales (Spain)
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September is the new January. The summer is gone, back to work, back to school…a new time begins.
You can see how the fabrics are all labeled by the regions where they originally come from…
For someone who comes from a warm country it is extremely exotic to enjoy several degrees under zero. Well, this is the beginning of a project in process.
Why do geese fly in a V formation? Geese fly theory revised considering aerodynamic and social factors.
Work in progress
One of the moments during occultation of Jupiter by the Moon.
This was one of those afternoons in which I went to see the Moon and the planets Venus and Jupiter sunset over the horizon. Getting to the most interesting places is not always easy, you have to make a path that does not exist loaded with bags and backpacks of material. I went with my friend Jose Luis, he is also passionate about these kinds of moments. We got to a good place, we left the bags on the ground […]
Total Lunar Eclipse of 2011 Jun 15 from Spain
Some days ago I found that a guy self-assigns himself the authorship of my photo Clouds, Birds, Moon, Venus in the forum of SodaHead. Fortunately, two other members of the same forum (to whom I want to give thanks) put him in his place. Take a look: I want to thank all the people who inform me about the abuses that other “artists” or “photographers” do with my pictures, I really appreciate your cooperation and assistance. The phenomenon of photographers […]
Baricco, Mr Gwyn and the essence of the portrait
Visiting the Observatory of Calar Alto in Spain, I don’t lose the opportunity to take a picture of the Milky Way in the region of Scorpius and Sagittarius constellations.
Santiago de Compostela is a city of Christian pilgrimage. All roads lead to Santiago de Compostela. The entire city is organized around a tomb, the Sepulcher of the Apostle Santiago. It is rooted in the myth of the resurrection, of self-sacrifice to be reborn in a different, presumably better way. It is the basis of many Christian and also pagan rituals. You must first die, sacrifice yourself, deliver what is most valuable to you, suffering before redemption. The visitors, normally […]
Amazing results shooting with a DSLR camera and a lens, or a DSLR camera and a small telescope.
When I arrive to a new city or area, I like to take a look around. Usually, the cities are designed for the inhabitants and for the activities that they developed. So, if you pay attention you can understand it. I like to go to the highest point in the area, from where I can see the landscape. From there I try to recognize the terrain locating the strategic points for every community: water, food sources, defensive needs, communications, garbage […]
Climbing the mountains produces many wonderful sensations, Mount Olympus offers one more to reward the effort of climbing it. It is a mountain of legends. On each edge you can imagine some of the adventures that mythology tells that happened there, and at each break the view looks for shapes in the landscape that could inspire those stories. It is also a climb for the imagination. Starting the climb before sunrise offers the magic of seeing the mountain fill with […]
It is not uncommon for some ships to dump garbage into the sea or clean dirty tanks when they are distant from shore. Sea currents, or storms or tides end up dragging the content to the beaches, making the location of the polluter almost impossible. Other times they argue that they “lost” the load in bad weather. Ironically this happened the day before Earth Day, April 21, 2006 at Elafonisi Beach: “The Amazing Pink Beach Of Crete”. The island is […]
The second most recent transit of Venus observed from Earth.
Pictures for a photo exhibition of astronomy in Cordoba (Spain) 2002.
Conjunction of Moon and planets Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn 2002 This was one of the most notable conjunctions of the recent history: Wikipedia described it as: Venus, Mars and Saturn appeared close together in the evening sky in early May 2002, with a conjunction of Mars and Saturn occurring on 4 May. This was followed by a conjunction of Venus and Saturn on 7 May, and another of Venus and Mars on 10 May …. A series of […]
Here you can find a reference to my panoramic images that I did during the Total Solar Eclipse of 11th August 1999 in Hungary. The article was published in the spanish magazine “Tribuna de Astronomía y Universo”. Here you can find a link to the full article (Courtesy of AstronomíA Magazine, www.astronomia-mag.com )
Astrophotographies of the Comet Hale-Bopp made on March 14, 1997, from Córdoba (Spain). Spectacular sight of a bright Comet Hale-Bopp C/1995 O1 in the sky.
This could be one of my beginnings in photography, photographing astronomical phenomena such as lunar eclipses. It was an amazing experience to watch as the full Moon slowly disappeared behind the dark shadow of the Earth. I had already seen other total lunar eclipses before but this was the first one in which I had a camera with which I could photograph it. These photographs have become treasured memories of the 1996 total lunar eclipse. The total lunar eclipse was […]