Little gems in daily struggles… (guest entry by Karsten)

Ever since I received a Nikon D7100 as a present for my dissertation (which was last week) from my parents and grandparents, I have been restless to try it out. Unfortunately, free time is a very scarce resource, and the little freetime we have without the kids (who seem to be constantly either sick or grumpy right now), we usually lie exhausted on the couch. So I treasure even small excursions to the garden, where luckily there is everything that I can wish for: honeybees, bumblebees, solitary bees, bugs, beetles, hover flies and and and…

Also, yesterday I tried out the camera on my telescope for the first time. Being still somewhat of a novice in both photography and astronomy, I was struggling a bit because I needed another counterweight with the camera attached, and to readjust the balance of the telescope itself but neither of these things was particularly appealing in the dark with tons and tons of mosquitos bugging me… Anyway, the moon was almost full and so the light conditions were far from perfect anyway. So I watched Saturn and the moon and took pictures of the latter, as pictures of the first were not yet working out. It was enough to give me a great feeling of satisfaction, as looking into space (or at insects for that matter) usually does. Anyway, life is a learning process, even in freetime activities…

Anyway, the pictures below are of varying quality and document the first attempts of getting to know the camera. Still, they do show the beautiful and picturesque little gems that surround us every day, without us having to travel anywhere (which is good, because travelling is another thing we do way too little) and just require us to take a moment and observe.

About erdhummel

Familial entropy - that's an insight into our current life which has been fundamentally changed last summer when our daughter was born. Having studied in Cottbus, Germany, and worked/studied in Edinburgh, Scotland, we momentarily live in a small town in Switzerland where Karsten is trying to save the environment and Freddie is trying to save our sanity. Since there is not much time for elaborate, long emails while doing that, we thought a blog might be a good option to smuggle ourselves into the lifes of our friends.
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7 Responses to Little gems in daily struggles… (guest entry by Karsten)

  1. Karin Malisch says:

    tolle Bilder!! Freut mich, dass Du so viel Freude an der Kamera hast:-)

  2. eingehirner says:

    Die Mondbilder sehen toll aus! Ich denke, am Sommerfest in zwei Wochen sind die Bedingungen besser und du kannst dich so richtig austoben (viele freiwillige Mückenfänger, Neumond, neugierige Nachbarn 😉 und ein Gegengewicht mehr). Bin gespannt drauf! Wann kommen die Nebel und Galaxien dran?

  3. erdhummel says:

    Danke euch! @Eingehirner: Ich wusste noch gar nicht, dass jetzt ein Termin steht. Mir kam auch inzwischen, dass das Gegengewicht nur einer der beiden Sachen ist – ich muss das Teleskop in erster Linie innerhalb seiner Halterung neu justieren, damit das Gewicht am Okular nicht so stark das Gleichgewicht stört… Und ich muss mal tagsüber das Sucherfernrohr neu ausrichten.. Galaxien müssen glaube ich aber sowieso noch warten, die muss ich erstmal besser finden lernen 🙂

    • eingehirner says:

      Ja, doch, es sollte übernächstes Wochenende stattfinden.

      Ich hab ja gelesen, man müsste den Sucher und die Gewichte jedesmal(!) neu einstellen. War bei mir bisher auch so…

      Was Galaxien angeht: Fang bei Andromeda an, die hab ich vor zwei Tagen auch bei Vollmond gut gesehen 🙂

  4. Toller Beitrag und richtig gute Bilder!

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