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By Dominic Kamp
August 2nd, 2013
Manarola is a small town, a frazione of the comune of Riomaggiore, in the province of La Spezia, Liguria, northern Italy. It is the second smallest of the famous Cinque Terre towns frequented by tourists and probably the most photographed. During this night there were probably 20 tripods next to mine, and everybody waited for the perfect shot...
Photo Settings: 24mm, f/5, 20 seconds, ISO 50.
Map: 44.1075, 9.7258
March 24th, 2016
Lightning over the Grand Canyon. I took this photo on the north rim of the Grand Canyon near Bright Angel Point looking south-east across the canyon.
A large thunderstorm rolled through and I was shooting 10-30 second exposures.
This photo has not been modified with the exception of some noise smoothing. The colors and other aspects of the photo are as they were captured.
Manfrotto Tripod, Photoshop
Photo Settings: 50mm, f/9, 13 seconds, ISO 1000.
By NASA Images
January 31st, 2016
This composite image combines a near-infrared view from the Hubble Space Telescope, an infrared view from the Spitzer Space Telescope, and an X-ray view from the Chandra X-ray Observatory into one multi-wavelength picture.
It features the spectacle of stellar evolution: from vibrant regions of star birth, to young hot stars, to old cool stars, to seething remnants of stellar death called black holes. This activity occurs against a fiery backdrop in the crowded, hostile environment of the galaxy's core, the center of which is dominated by a supermassive black hole nearly four million times more massive than our Sun. Permeating the region is a diffuse blue haze of X-ray light from gas that has been heated to millions of degrees by outflows from the supermassive black hole as well as by winds from massive stars and by stellar explosions. Infrared light reveals more than a hundred thousand stars along with glowing dust clouds that create complex structures including compact globules, long filaments, and finger-like "pillars of creation," where newborn stars are just beginning to break out of their dark, dusty cocoons.
By Dominic Kamp
December 2nd, 2015
Taken from the top deck on the 102nd floor. At sixteen floors above the 86th floor observatory of the Empire State Building, it gives the most spectacular views of the city and beyond.
Clouds were gathering and slowly casting over the city which gave a very intense atmosphere. Enjoy!
Adobe Photoshop CS, NIK Color Efex.
Photo Settings: 14mm, f/2, 2 seconds, ISO 200.
March 22nd, 2016
I took this picture on a very early morning on the beach in Miami.
The idea behind this picture was to create a very silent and peaceful atmosphere. That was the reason i took a long exposure.
Lightroom, NIK Software.
Sony Alpha NEX-6, Sony 10-18mm f/4 Wide-Angle Zoom.
Photo Settings: 10mm, f/18, 24 seconds, ISO 100.
By NASA Images
March 14th, 2016
The graceful, winding arms of the majestic spiral galaxy M51 (NGC 5194) appear like a grand spiral staircase sweeping through space. They are actually long lanes of stars and gas laced with dust.
This sharpest-ever image of the Whirlpool Galaxy, taken in January 2005 with the Advanced Camera for Surveys aboard NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, illustrates a spiral galaxy's grand design, from its curving spiral arms, where young stars reside, to its yellowish central core, a home of older stars. The galaxy is nicknamed the Whirlpool because of its swirling structure.
The Whirlpool's most striking feature is its two curving arms, a hallmark of so-called grand-design spiral galaxies. Many spiral galaxies possess numerous, loosely shaped arms which make their spiral structure less pronounced. These arms serve an important purpose in spiral galaxies. They are star-formation factories, compressing hydrogen gas and creating clusters of new stars. In the Whirlpool, the assembly line begins with the dark clouds of gas on the inner edge, then moves to bright pink star-forming regions, and ends with the brilliant blue star clusters along the outer edge.
Some astronomers believe that the Whirlpool's arms are so prominent because of the effects of a close encounter with NGC 5195, the small, yellowish galaxy at the outermost tip of one of the Whirlpool's arms. At first glance, the compact galaxy appears to be tugging on the arm. Hubble's clear view, however, shows that NGC 5195 is passing behind the Whirlpool. The small galaxy has been gliding past the Whirlpool for hundreds of millions of years.
As NGC 5195 drifts by, its gravitational muscle pumps up waves within the Whirlpool's pancake-shaped disk. The waves are like ripples in a pond generated when a rock is thrown in the water. When the waves pass through orbiting gas clouds within the disk, they squeeze the gaseous material along each arm's inner edge. The dark dusty material looks like gathering storm clouds. These dense clouds collapse, creating a wake of star birth, as seen in the bright pink star-forming regions. The largest stars eventually sweep away the dusty cocoons with a torrent of radiation, hurricane-like stellar winds, and shock waves from supernova blasts. Bright blue star clusters emerge from the mayhem, illuminating the Whirlpool's arms like city streetlights.
The Whirlpool is one of astronomy's galactic darlings. Located 31 million light-years away in the constellation Canes Venatici (the Hunting Dogs), the Whirlpool's beautiful face-on view and closeness to Earth allow astronomers to study a classic spiral galaxy's structure and star-forming processes.
Object Names: Whirlpool Galaxy, M51, NGC 5194/5