New Release Adds Greatly Expanded Information About Current International Space Station Crew Members
I’ve just released version 3 of my popular iOS app for iPhone, iPad, iPad Pro, and iPod touch.
As before, ISS Real-Time Tracker provides a moving map that tracks the International Space Station in real time in its orbit around the Earth. The app also provides a list of 5 to 100 predicted overhead passes based on the user’s location, as well as displaying and saving Landsat 8 images of the exact spot below the Station’s current position.
The new version now gives the nationality, title, days in space, date of launch, and a complete bio of each International Space Station crew member! Here’s an example:
International Space Station crew data
Crew member bio in ISS-Real-Time Tracker 3
The data are always current and automatically updated whenever a new crew launches to the International Space Station.
And, as always, “see what five miles-per-second looks like on your iPhone!”
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I took well over fifty shots during a late afternoon in early September, as an incredible line of thunderstorms moved in.
I was excited by the evolution of this line of storms and how the rain created a misty appearance on the water.
This was an HDR image composed from three exposures: -1⅓ ev, ⅓ ev , and 2 ev. I used Photomatix Pro to build a tone mapped image from the three shots and then did a little bit of Photoshop to remove some dots that the raindrops on my lens added to the image.
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Here’s a technique I use often to add interest to an otherwise dull photograph and draw attention to its subject, without making it look “Photoshopped.”
First, let’s take a look at a shot I took of a fantastic Gumbo Limbotree at Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park near Islamorada, Florida:
It’s a potentially dramatic image, shot with a ultra-wide 10mm lens to show all of the tree’s forked limbs with the sunlight filtering through the canopy. The problem is that the tree itself is underexposed and lacks much of the reddish coloration I saw when I took the shot.
I could have used the HDR technique, which I discussed in a previous post. However, I did not think to do so at the time; and, I only took this single exposure. I also could have used Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop to increase the exposure or otherwise brighten the image. But, that would have blown out the rest of the image, making the leaves, branches, sky and sun overexposed.
So, what to do? How about selectively brightening the subject!
Here’s how to do it using only one additional layer in Photoshop and a little skill with the brush:
Open your image in Photoshop.
Make sure the Adjustments panel is displayed and click on Exposure to create a new Exposure adjustment layer. As you can see, the adjustment layer comes with its own layer mask.
In the Exposure adjustment properties panel, increase the exposure using the slider. You’ll see that the entire image is brightened. This is OK for now. Adjust the exposure slider until the subject looks close to the way you want it to look. Don’t worry about getting this exactly right. With this technique, you can go back at any time to adjust the Exposure adjustment layer!
Now, press Command-I on your Mac (Ctrl-I on your PC) to invert the layer mask that was created for you. The layer mask will now turn all black, thus completely hiding the adjustment layer you just created.
Select the Brush tool from the Toolbox or press B. Choose a soft-edged, medium-sized brush from the Brush Picker and set the Opacity to somewhere between 25% and 50% (experiment to see which works best).
Press D to set the foreground/brush color to white.
Using your mouse or trackpad—a Wacom tablet is a much better solution—begin to paint on the areas of the image you want to add the extra “light” to. Start with one stroke at a time, so as to not overdo it and to avoid making the photo look like it was “Photoshopped.” The areas you paint will show as white “holes” in the layer mask, thus, allowing the Exposure adjustment to come through.
You can change the brush size and opacity as you go. Remember: go easy. You want a natural look.
Here’s how my Gumbo Limbo photo looked after I applied this technique (plus some additional processing to enhance the sky, canopy, colors, and other elements):
One of the benefits of this technique is that you can go back to the Exposure adjustment panel and change the exposure level if you like at any time! As an alternative to creating an Exposure adjustment layer, you can create a Curves Adjustment layer. This will give you more control over the effect you want to achieve, but can be a bit more complex.
Experiment with different brushes and opacities. It will take some time to get good at this, but it’s worth it. You’ll love the results!