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In Landscape by elyktra / July 7, 2013 / 0 Comments

We are just returning from a lovely holiday in Sitges.  We were welcomed by the Super Moon during our first days and were greeted each evening from our terrace.   There was not much time for photography during this trip but hopefully a few nice images mixed in the ones I was able to capture.  I’ll share them as they are processed.  I hope you enjoy.

Here is one of the images captured during the late night as the moon was rising.  It lit up the ocean beautifully as if it were the sun. This shot was a single image long exposure, in order to capture all of the light and expose the coast line.  Truly a beautiful scene to experience.

Zaanse Schans

In Landscape by elyktra / May 31, 2013 / 0 Comments

Visited Zaanse Schans today which is just outside of Amsterdam.  The town and surrounding area is much nicer than expected for a local tourist attraction and highly recommended.  It was a beautiful walk with some nice cafe stops and incredible scenery.  It is definitely on the list to just return for a nice stroll and lunch.


In Landscape by elyktra / May 31, 2013 / 60 Comments

While reviewing the photos from the Muiderslot photography meetup, I came across something very interesting.  Actually myself and everyone who has seen the images so far are dumbfounded.  I’ve been shooting for quite a long time and have never encountered anything like this.  Let me explain the images before you take a look and decide for yourself.  I was shooting with a very wide angle lens Nikon 14-24 which can capture quite a large scene.  It was shot with a Nikon D800 with is a 36mp camera so also very detailed when blown up.  I was also shooting HDR which means I was taking multiple exposures at once.  In this case it was 5 exposures.  All five shots were taken within 1 second and the shutter speed on the images in question is 1/250 of a second.  This means something would have to be moving very fast to be blurred in the scene.  There were no aircraft present, no vapor trails as you can see in the subsequent images.  It is definitely not a bird and I’ve mostly ruled out any insect based on the apparent distance from my position in the image.  Here’s where it gets more interesting.  In the +1 shot, you can see it again…coming from the opposite direction!!  It appears to have turned around.  It seems to be traveling in the direction where the two fins are as you can see some sore of trail coming off from left to right.  I’ve duplicated the two images where it appears and changed to greyscale and adjusted the basic settings and detail only using camera raw to get a better look.  Anxious to hear your opinions about what this might be!  You can click on the image to get to the gallery of photos.  Please post comments on the actual Blog and not FB if you are finding this there so we can keep one conversation going (click on the comment link at top of post to enter comment if you don’t see a box to do so).  I’ve kept the original untouched imaged in raw format on the card and copies in case this gets interesting.  Enjoy!!

EDIT:  Please note that no in camera HDR processing was used.  All my HDR work is manual which means I only take a selective number of bracketed shots and later process them using software to merge them together.  This means that each frame is an individual shot from the camera with no manipulation.  I have all the original RAW images untouched.


Adding interesting links:

  • Investigation images made by me and a few others which were presented to me as similar
  • Original post as well as US national TV and cool video
    • Original Huffington Post article
    • Huffinton Post Best UFO’s of 2013
    • ABC News
    • Cool video
  • Other interesting articles with different points of view:
    • Examiner
  • Other articles which contacted me directly:
    • LiveScience
    • MSN
    • Yahoo Germany (DE)
    • NRC (NL)
    • Niburu Netherlands
  • Friendly end year call out and originally intended composite image:


In Landscape by elyktra / May 25, 2013 / 0 Comments

We visited the absolutely wonderful Muiderslot Castle today. The most beautiful and best kept medieval castle in the Netherlands which was built in 1285.  It was a wonderful Photography meetup event which we traveled to by ferry.  The weather played nice and we had a very enjoyable day.  More photos to come and the collection will be available on Flickr as it is developed.

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