Throwback Thursday – Young Astronauts

27 years ago I was only 10 years old.  Back then I had a strong interest in science and the space program.  My jr. high school participated in the Young Astronauts program that was started just 4 years prior to me being a participant.  We’d meet on a weekly basis in the school library.  Occasionally we’d have speakers do presentations on various aspects of the program.

One of the highlights was being given the name of an Astronaut to write to. I was given the name of Mission Specialist David Hilmers.  If you do the math, this was all just two years after the Challenger accident on January 26th, 1996.  Astronaut Hilmers was chosen to be on the STS-26 mission which was the first one to launch after Challenger.  Here’s the letter and some photos I received after writing to him.

Backyard Hummingbirds

I’ve kept meaning to try this once I had the idea a few weeks ago.  Today I finally got to actually setting it up.  It requires patience. These birds don’t just flock to the feeder as much as the others though over the last few weeks they’ve become more frequent. The setup was pretty simple.

My Canon 60D with a PocketWizard III remote shutter control.  I mounted my EF 100mm lens.  I ran the camera in manual mode so I could control the shutter speed and depth of field.  I put the ISO in auto mode to adjust for the overcast sky and for those times the sun tried to peek out.

I have to say the results were pretty good.  The tough part was wishing that bird to land on the perch that I had focused on.  Murphy’s law would indicate that it would land on the other one.  It did.

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