Photography

Took a flight up to Portland Area with Patrick

Cessna 172 N748SP sitting on the ramp at Palo Alto (KPAO)
Instrument Panel of Cessna 172 N748SP
Edward refueling the Cessna
Golden Gate Bridge from 5 miles out to sea at 5,500 feet
Black Butte under the fog at 8,500 feet
Mount Shasta

Mount Shasta Ever since getting my pilot's certificate in June, I wanted to go on a long cross country flight to visit my mom near Portland Oregon. My company shuts down the office in Mountain View for two weeks around Christmas and New Years. I took this as the perfect opportunity to take several days to go to Oregon. The flight should only take on average about 5 hours each way if the wind remains the same both ways. For this particular trip since the winds were from the north, I knew it would take longer to get there than to get back. So we planned accordingly.

2013 Perseids photography

This weekend is the peak of the Perseid meteor shower, and it is also just waxing from a new moon, so it's not high in the sky. A perfect combination to see meteor showers. For the past two nights, I have gone out and attempted to capture one with my camera. On the first night I was not successful in capturing any, but last night I was able to capture two.

This is the better of them, the other one has the meteor crossing high tention powerlines, which I could not see with my bare eyes, even though I knew they were there, I still pointed my camera at them.

This image was captured with a Canon 7d and the Canon 18-200mm set at it's widest, most open settings 18mm, f3/5 and focal distance set to infinity and exposed for 30 seconds at ISO 1600 speed.

What an amazing ride yesterday

Panoramic Image from Top of the World Livermore
Rusty bulldozer in a field
My Motorcycle

On Thursday, I took my motorcycle to the shop to get a new battery and brakes. I also needed new tires so I got those as well as a battery tender. Since this is my 3rd battery for this bike.

I didn't go anywhere on Friday or Saturday, so the first opportunity that I had to go for a ride was Sunday. I couldn't find my ear plugs, so the first stop was to Rite-Aid. From there I decided to just, "go". I packed the camera for when I stop or see something worth photographing.

My Office at Work

So I just learned today that they are mostly done with the construction in my office, but I won't likely have furnature in there until next week. Have cabin fever really bad need to get out of the house this weekend. 

I want to get up to either SF or Yosemite again to get some images.

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