View from Nielsen Field

My 12 year old nephew (a future Major League Baseball player) has played ball at Nielsen Field park in Westchester, CA for years.  What is special about this field, is that it is directly on approach for LAX.  The planes, coming in for a landing from the west, fly right over the park, at only a few hundred feet, making for some good opportunities for my camera to snap some shots, as I stand just past the center field fence, while waiting for my nephew to step up to the plate…  I’m thinking of bringing my tripod next game, as I was fighting gusts of wind last weekend…

I Google mapped the park (top right,) to give a reference as to how close to LAX (bottom left) it is. You hear the planes before you see them...

Once you hear them (loud enough for me...), you look over west, and try to find them before they hide behind the trees.

once they're over the park, you have to "chase" them with your view finder in order to get a good picture...


you get flown over by 737s (Southwest, previous pic) and bigger (airbus?) of Singapore Airlines


I think this is as close as I've gotten over the years of taking pictures at the park


after standing behind the center field wall for 3 innings, I came in and stood behind the fence near homeplate when my nephew was brought in finish the last two innings. He struck out 4 or 5 (I lost count) batters to earn the save...


holding his swing as an outside pitch goes by; notice the plane above the scoreboard.


I am now officially on Spring Break, so,

How You Doin?


Moon’s Out Tonight

Those of you who know me know that I love taking photos using my camera and it’s zoom lens.  And that one of my favorite subjects is the moon.  So as I took out the trash, I noticed that the moon was pretty visible tonight, so I went inside, grabbed my camera and tripod, and headed out back to see what pictures I could get.

My camera has a 24x optical zoom with a 4x digital zoom, with some adjustments to some of the settings, I can get some shots all the way up to 215x zoom.  Lean back a little to get the full effect of the zoom:

inside the "star" is the moon, at eye level, no zoom

20x Zoom: at this range you can make out the "Man in the Moon," possibly the "Rabbit" as well

I think this was 150x...find the "Man" and the "Rabbit" yet?

about 200x; Photoshop auto adjusted the tone and turned the background to black. You can clearly see the "Man" and the "Rabbit" now...if not, lean back

215x, this is as far as I could get the zoom to go...

How You Doin

finding the long rumored “Man in the Moon?”  The “Rabbit,” is in the same area…