Saturday, January 16, 2010

My Experiment with Orion

At the beginning of the year, I started a brand new project - a 365 project. That means I'm trying to take at least one picture every day for the entire year. Thursday was my birthday and as I shuffled back home from some drinks and karaoke with friends, I realized I hadn't taken a picture yet. What could I take a picture of? Its dark, it’s late, and this week's "assignment" is the color white. As I walked up the sidewalk, I looked up and saw Orion. Eureka!

I don't really know what quite possessed me to take a picture of a constellation. Maybe it was the Chuck Norris drinks punching the back of my head. But for some reason, the Orion constellation provides some sort of comfort to me. I've been looking up at it every winter for as long as I've been able to identify it in the night sky thanks to a high school astronomy class.

Orion Constellation ~ 14/365

The first one wasn't perfect, but I played around with my camera until I got a picture with which I was happy. You can quite clearly make out Betelgeuse and Belatrix, which make out his shoulders. And Alniltak, Alnilam, and Mintaka that make up his famous belt. Salph and Rigel make up his knees. The Orion Nebula is really bright. I even managed to somehow include his bow and the top of his sword! Not bad for not being able to see through my viewfinder (my LCD screen kept lighting up when I didn’t want it to, half blinding me when I snapped the shutter). Click through to my Flickr page and read the notes to see which stars are which.

I will try this again and see how good of a picture I can get.


  1. I have a telescope. Besides the moon, I am pretty proud of the fact I can find Saturn and Jupiter. Nice Picture!

  2. Also my favorite constellation, a friend when I take the dog out in the wee hours.

    Um, taking a picture and posting the image that day is a monumental task. I tried that back in 2007 with my old blog Then I decided to take a bunch of pictures often and post daily. the pressure was off.

    Anyway, good luck with this assignment.

  3. M ~ I'd love a telescope. It's on my list of things to get :)

    Rob ~ I have resolved myself to at least take a picture everyday, I'm not worried about uploading everyday. I'm gone too much on the weekends for that :) But I am making sure to upload about every 2-3 days. So far, I haven't missed a picture at least!