The photo above was taken last night at a crumbling Nike Missile site in Marin. You can see what the tower looked like before it collapsed in a night photograph from last year on my website (2nd photo in the Night gallery). The exposure time was 14.5 minutes at f/11, ISO 125 with an Olympus 21mm lens on a Canon 5D. I cut the exposure half a minute short because a plane was about to fly through the shot. The North Star is towards the upper right of the frame. In camera noise reduction was used for the long exposure. Basic adjustments were made for tone and color in Adobe Camera RAW, I did a small amount of dodging and burning in Photoshop CS3, and then sharpened. I’m excited to see this image as a print, and will be making a 12×18 in the next few days.
After a year and a half of being retro with a default blog template, today’s other platform change involved switching to a new WordPress theme called Silver Light 0.1. My webhost Laughing Squid makes it easy to install and upgrade a WordPress blog. To change the look and feel, simply download a WordPress theme, and then FTP the theme folder to the wp-content/themes directory. The new theme will show up on the Presentation page in your WordPress account – just click it to turn it on. The Silver Light theme lets you use widgets that allow easy drag and drop control over your right hand navigation. I’m really happy with the new look!