RONALD ZINCONE PHOTOGRAPHY: Blog en-us 2005 - 2018 Copyright Ronald Zincone Photography. All Rights Reserved. (RONALD ZINCONE PHOTOGRAPHY) Tue, 19 Jun 2018 19:38:00 GMT Tue, 19 Jun 2018 19:38:00 GMT RONALD ZINCONE PHOTOGRAPHY: Blog 120 90 A Lunar Observer's tool kit For all you "luna fanatics", here is the some information and vital links that would be very helpful during your lunar observations and imaging!

The Modern Moon by Charles A. Wood is a book rich with insight and detail.  Mr. Wood combines a deep understanding of lunar geology with a backyard astronomer's enthusiasm and makes for a great guide to our closest neighbor!

Sky & Telescope's Field Map of the Moon is a large-format, laminated chart that features the skilled cartography of the late Antonin Rukl.  One of the map's unique aspects is that each 30-by-30 centimetre (12-by-12-inch) quadrant can be viewed individually, or the map can be opened to show any two adjacent panels or all four at once.

21st Century Atlas of the Moon by Charles A. Wood and Maurice J.S. Collins, makes use of Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) images to present the entire earth-facing disc of the moon in 28 individual charts.  The spiral binding enhances the book's utility at the telescope as well.

LROC QuickMap ( is a great online resource that presents LRO image data as a zoomable map with great detail!  At its highest setting, QuickMap has enough resolution to show hardware left behind by the Apollo astronauts!  You can also select from several different data sets and overlays to enhance your understanding of lunar geology.


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Does sensor size still make a difference?      An article on DPReview published on May 28, 2018 is worth a read.  Here's the link:

     Does Sensor Size Make A Difference?

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How active will the 2018 Hurricane Season be after Alberto? Here is an article posted on the accuweather site which gives some head's up information about the upcoming 2018 Hurricane season which starts June 1st:  Click on the link below

2018 Hurricane Season outlook

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Severe Weather Prepardness and Safety!      With the recent severe weather outbreak in the states of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvannia, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island, it is extremely important that you stay tuned to NOAA emergency weather warnings pertaining to severe thunderstorms that can produce and create severe lightning, hail, straight-line winds, macrobursts (microbursts), Derecho events and tornadoes.  April thru June is the main season for severe weather in Tornado Alley and for areas to the east, such as the east coast, May thru early September.  

     The recent event was especially damaging in Connecticut with the National Weather Service now confirming that four (4) separate tornadoes and one (1) macroburst hit the State.  In all my years of severe weather tracking and recording, this seems unusual and maybe another indicator of climate change.  The National Weather Service also confirmed that four (4) tornadoes hit New York State and one (1) tornado hit Pennsylvania from this severe event.

Here are some links:

Family/Home Severe Weather Prepardness Checklist Kit

Lightning Safety

More Lightning Safety Tips

Flooding Safety Tips by American Red Cross

Tornado Safety Tips by American Red Cross

Tornado Prepardness Checklist by FEMA

Hurricane Prepardness Checklist from Accuweather


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This is my season!      This is my season!  Once our variable spring weather begins to improve and warm up, the atmosphere starts to perk.  As for weather here in New England, the daily journey towards the summer solstice means warmer temps, cold fronts and instability.  Especially as we head into June, July and August, our chances for severe weather increases mainly in the form of thunderstorms.  I am planning on doing more "chasing" and "storm spotting" this season and hopefully capture more lightning events, using my Lightning Trigger, then I have in the last couple of years.  I purchased and downloaded a new radar app for severe weather called RadarLoop which was recommended by legendary storm chaser and imager Jim Reed.  Once we get into August and September, my focus (no pun intended) will shift towards tropical weather.  

     May through October is also the season for observing and imaging the night sky.  This year we have three solar system planets coming into opposition with earth.  Jupiter, currently, and by June, Saturn.  The red planet, Mars, will be our main event as it comes almost as close to earth as it did in 2003 giving us spectacular views of the planet's surface details.  This opposition is set to occur at the end of July 2018.  Don't miss it!  Also in the cosmos is the fantastic summer Milky Way arcing across the sky and the grand summer Triangle consisting of the bright stars Altair, Deneb and Vega.  And don't forget to get to a dark-sky site to see all of these cosmic wonders including satellite flybys, meteors, space stations, zodicial light, auroras and much more!  With the more comfortable, warmer temperatures, I begin my seasonal telescope observations and records and my astrophotography.  This year I have a full schedule and plan to attend 2 star parties, astrophotography in Arcadia National Park, Maine, and my annual weather conference.

     Of course, in between all of this will be my pursuit of outdoor nature photography with landscape subjects and any other "On the Edge" atmospheric events.  I am also planning on creating a photographic portfolio of Cape Cod's best sunset locations with a series of 19 outdoor, hands-on workshops at different locations on the Cape.  This is open to all my students and you can learn more about these spectacular workshops by going to my WORKSHOPS page, signing up for my email or contacting me directly by email.  

     Overall, it should be a fun-filled and exciting season for me and my obsessions!

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Fundamentals Remain the Same      I just read an interesting editorial article from Matt Bennett who is the editor of Digital Photographer magazine.  It was there 200th issue!  Here is what he said:

     "Wow -- Digital Photographer has reached its 200th issue!  I started on the magazine while issue 121 was in progress, and I can distinctly recall wondering what the photography industry, and of course the magazine itself, might look like when issue 200 rolled around.

     Back then that milestone seemed a long way off but time passes quickly and, to be honest, things aren't all that different, in many respects.  Cameras have naturally improved, with greater dynamic range and more megapixels, and more photographers are now stepping beyond stills and exploring video.  But the fundamentals remain the same and the things that we all love about photography endure, no matter what technological innovations appear on the scene.  Photography itself is timeless...At the end of the day, photography is photography and always will be."

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Meyer-Optik Goerlitz unveils 'world’s fastest' 75mm F0.95 Nocturnus lens From an DPReview news update article:

German lens manufacturer Meyer-Optik Goerlitz is expanding its range of F0.95 aperture lenses with the release of the Nocturnus 75mm. The lens will have the world’s widest aperture for the focal length, according to the company, and will offer sharp detail even when used wide open.

Like the Nocturnus 50mm F0.95 lll, this full-frame lens will be available in mounts for Leica M, Sony E and Fujifilm’s X series cameras, and will feature a 15-bladed iris that Meyer says will help to create bokeh ideal for portrait work. The aperture will be click-less to allow silent operation for filmmakers, and will close steplessly to F16.

The hand-made lens uses only five elements in five groups, and will have a closest focusing distance of 0.9m/35.4in. It will take a 82mm filter, will weigh about 750g/26.4oz and can be ordered in a black or a silver finish.

Meyer says it expects the lens to be delivered in December this year at a price of €4,000 (~$4,900 USD), but those ordering before 20th May will be able to get it for €1,900 (~$2,300 USD). For more information, visit the Meyer-Optik Goerlitz website at:  Meyer-Optik-Goerlitz

Nocturnus 0.95/75 mm becomes world’s fastest 75mm lens with 15 aperture blades

Available for Leica M, Sony and Fuji X

Again Meyer optic reaches for the next big step. But this time it’s a big one: the creation of the fastest 75mm lens worldwide causes a stir

  • sharpness with aperture of 0.95 - 16
  • the fastest 75 mm lens of the world
  • with 15 aperture blades
  • a Bokeh ideal for portrait photography in difficult light conditions
  • a lens that creates a three-dimensional appearance separating the subject from the background in a characteristic manner
  • compatible with Leica M, Sony E and Fuji X
  • clickless aperture ring
  • Made in Germany
  • Highest requirements for the glasses used

Expected launch: May 2018

Special Early Bird Price until 20.05.2018: 1899 €, expected MSRP €3499 
Available camera mounts: Leica M, Sony E and Fuji X



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NEAF 2018 I will be attending my 5th NEAF (Northeast Astronomy Forum) the world's greatest and largest astronomy and space exposition this weekend in Suffern, New York.  To say I am excited is an understatement!  I still remember the first time I attended NEAF.  I felt like a kid in an astro toy store and totally "geeked" out!

NEAF is hosted and organized by the Rockland Astronomy Club founded in 1958.  RAC is one of the East Coast's premiere astronomy clubs and non-profit space, science, and astronomy education organizations.  The Club hosts outstanding events, lectures, workshops, star parties, planetarium shows, children's programs, and much more.

The Northeast Astronomy Forum was started in 1991.  Every April, for two jam packed days, nearly 4,000 enthusiasts will descend onto the gear buyer's paradise with nearly 90,000 square feet of astronomy equipment and accessories to explore, plus amazing world class speakers, workshops, Pro/Am classes, daily solar viewing and much more.  Approximately 120 vendors and exhibitors set up yearly at this exposition.

I have met so many legendary amateur astronomy and astro imagers whom I only read about such as Al Nager "Uncle Al" of Televue Optics, Robert Gendler (astroimager), Jerry Lodriguss (astroimager), Wally Pacholka (astroimager), Jason Ware (astroimager), Christopher Go (astroimager) and many more!  

If you are into space, space travel, astronomy, astrophotography and science -- NEAF is one for your "bucket list"!


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2018 Hurricane Season forecast prediction 2018 Hurricane Season expected to be more active than usual, CSU
forecasters say.  Here is the link to the video:

2018 Hurricane Season Forecast from CSU

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Tips and techniques on photographing and capturing lightning I love to photograph and thereby capture lightning but this can be a dangerous hobby and/or profession as an extreme weather photographer.  A lightning storm is unpredictable and therefore dangerous so you must be fully prepared and educated about this wild subject.

Capturing lightning or any other kind of extreme weather is also challenging and rewarding!

Here below are some tips and techniques:

1) Safety first!  Find a good cover -- staying inside a building, a car or any other object that can protect you from a direct impact is the best.  DO NOT photograph from an OPEN AREA especially if there is water, tall trees or structures nearby.  Stand at least 50 feet away from water and tall trees/buildings.

2)  Prepare your equipment -- a DSLR with a tripod and remote shutter release is a must!  Long shutter speeds between 3 and 30 seconds are mainly used if you are shooting without a lightning trigger.  A tripod is a must to prevent shake at these long shutter speeds otherwise you will get blurry images.  Long exposures will work better for night-time lightning since the sky is already dark.  Long exposures used for daytime lightning will possibly over expose your images and so a multi-stop neutral density filter may be used or a lighting trigger.  Wide-angle to normal prime lenses work best and so do wide-angle to mid-telephoto zooms.  This allows the photographer to compose for a wide area of the sky.  Set your aperture to around f5.6 and check your exposure.  Made adjustments as necessary.  Be sure to establish an earth and sky connection with a landscape.

3)  Use instant radar apps on your cell phone or tablet to watch potential thunderstorms develop.  Thunderstorms that reach "severe" levels are the best to chase and photograph since they will have the more photogenic and also more lethal "cloud-to-ground" lightning.  "Super Cell" thunderstorms are the deadliest and are the ones that most produce tornadoes.  Use the radar apps to see forecasts, intensity of the storm, direction so that you can plan to either wait for the storm to approach your area or you may need to "chase" the storm. 

4)  Be observant of hail, straight-line winds, micro bursts and the possibility of tornadoes!  Today's apps give you all kinds of data.

5)  Use a special camera cover or make one yourself to keep your camera as dry as possible from the rain.  A large zip lock bag may work.  You would need to cut a hole for the front lens.

6)  Set your camera to manual focus and focus to "infinity".  Do a test shot to look for image sharpness and exposure.  You would need to manually focus your camera.  Night-time lightning makes this much tougher so be sure to manually focus using the LCD screen while there is still some light in the landscape.

7)  Set ISO to your lowest value - usually 100 for the best resolution, less digital noise and more colors.

8)  Set your camera to full manual mode so that you will have total creative control of aperture and shutter.  Where you set your aperture and shutter will depend on, first, what time of the day you are capturing lightning -- day or night?  For daytime lightning, a specialized "lighting trigger" is the best!

9)  A standard rule is to compose for 60-80% of the sky and 20-40% of the foreground.

10)  Be patient and take many shots if you are not using a "lightning trigger" and above all, SAFETY FIRST!!!



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Field Test of the Vixen HR Eyepieces Vixen came out with a new line of what they call "high resolution" HR eyepieces for lunar and planetary visual observations and imaging.  Bill Paolini, author of the popular book "Choosing and Using Astronomical Eyepieces", part of the Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series, reviewed these eyepieces in October 2016.  Paolini has been actively involved in optics and amateur astronomy for 45 years!  Here is a summary of what his review had to say:

"The new Vixen HR line of eyepieces certainly turned out some surprising performances during my tests.  Given the very high magnifications they will produce in most telescopes, observers need to be aware that precision optics, precise collimation, and above all excellent seeing and transparency are an absolute necessity for them to perform.  Lunar observing however, is a bit of an exception as this target is close enough for rich details, and its surface is so bright and highly contrasted that one can easily get away with lesser seeing and still be treated to impressive results.

Overall, after owning and using more than 300 different eyepieces and conducting numerous reviews, I have not been as thrilled with a planetary eyepiece since my first encounters with the Pentax XO.  After these field tests, I now consider the Vixen HRs as a new best-in-class minimum glass planetary eyepiece.  While their very short focal lengths and smaller 42 degree apparent field of view do not make them appropriate for general observing, they are an excellent specialty eyepiece for lunar, planetary, and extremely tight double star observing.  Cruising the lunar surface with the 1.6mm HR, and exploring the planets with the 2.0mm and 2.4mm HRs was an experience I will long remember as they made me feel more like I was there rather than viewing from afar.

It has been a long time since anyone has produced a precision minimum glass premium planetary eyepiece, and with the Vixen HR lineup they have in my opinion definitely created serious contenders for some of the best specialty planetary eyepieces ever produced.  Their high precision build, over-the-top attention to light suppression and scatter and contrast, comfortable eye relief, very positive focus snap, and uncompromising views make it, in my humble opinion, an optical and engineering work of art.  With a little luck, perhaps one day we will see Vixen offering these precision gems in some longer focal lengths as well.  One can only hope."


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10 tips on pursuing astronomy, photography and extreme weather! #1  Start off at the shallow end of the pool.  Don't overwhelm yourself!  Learn by the "baby steps" approach and then take the time to master each section.  There is a lot of art and science, equipment, skills to learn and safety rules to learn.

#2  When pursuing the capture of "lightning" in severe weather, be sure to follow all "lightning safety" rules by referencing and reading these rules before you chase and capture.  You MUST respect the forces of mother nature!

#3  Be also aware and follow safety rules when encountering hail, wind and heavy rains that accompany severe weather!  If out chasing and capturing, your car will provide you with some safety but there are limitations!

#4  Find the darkest sky site away from light pollution when pursuing and capturing your astrophotography.  Dark skies are usually found close to the ocean/coastal areas or far inland away from major population areas!  The darker the skies, the longer you can expose your images and the more detail you can capture!

#5  Be sure to pack a "kit" and have with you the following items:  NOAA weather radio, batteries, emergency glow sticks, extra memory card, lenspen, optical cleaning cloth, Zeiss wipes, rocket blower, "lightning trigger" if you are capturing lightning, sturdy tripod, remote shutter release, cell phone, cell phone or computer for radar images, proper clothing, snacks, water, ID card, etc.

#6  Be prepared each year by June 1st (Hurricane Season) to have a "family emergency disaster kit", an escape route to your nearest shelter, home owners insurance and flood insurance policies, non-perishable food, plywood, generator, transfer switch, chain saw.

#7  Be sure that all your photographic lenses are covered with UV/Haze "protection" filters, each have lens hoods and a lens cap.  Be sure to clean all your front and rear optics of your camera lenses before each photoshoot.

#8  For those of you beginning "astrophotography", start out with basic "camera-on-tripod" night-sky photography and use the Moon as your first astro imaging target.

#9  DO NOT drive across flooded roads!!!  TURN AROUND - DON'T DROWN

#10  Starting each June 1st thru November 30th, be sure to track tropical systems and pay close attention to any "watches" or "warnings" by the National Weather Service and National Hurricane Center.  There are lots of digital apps and software available for free and many weather sites such as "accuweather" and "The Weather Channel" have tracking software.

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Humans versus Nature Some people just don't learn when it comes to nature's fury!  How many times are we going to see on the news people who continue to not heed the warnings of severe weather?  Inland flooding!  People continue to believe that their cars can turn into boats as they are determined to drive across a flooded road.  The result:  loss of life or the individual having to be rescued.  Here is a link to help educate on in-land flooding:



What percentage of our U.S. population still does not own an official NOAA weather radio?  This is the most essential item that "every" individual should purchase and have in their home no matter where they live.  Sure, we now receive emergency weather messages on our cell phones but cell phones don't always maintain strong signals and, without power, cannot be recharged.  Weather radios work on batteries and as long as you have a supply of batteries stocked, your good.  Here is the link to the SkyWarn Store where you can find numerous emergency prepardness items as well as official NOAA weather radios:



How about generators?  Another no-brainer.  Every person living in the U.S. should own an emergency generator for power outages.  It is one of the best investments you can make and you should also consider installing a "transfer switch" when you buy your generator.  Transfer switches are installed in your basement next to your main electrical panel and make it really easy and much safer to turn on power to your main appliances.  Here is a link to learning and purchasing a generator:



What percentage of our U.S. population don't have easy-reference emergency prepardness checklists available at home or business.  Here are some links to these checklists:










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Extreme Weather Emergency Prepardness Checklists  

Hello friends:
With all the stormy weather currently occurring here in New England and the fact that we are rapidly approaching severe weather season and also the 2018 Hurricane Season starting June 1st, I have inserted PDF links below to valuable emergency preparedness checklists that you can download, print and keep as a handy reference in storm emergencies! Hope you like these and please stay safe!  Ronald

Winter Storm Checklist

Family & Home Preparedness Kit Checklist

Be In The Know About Lightning

Lightning Safety Tips

Flood Safety Checklist

Tornado Safety Checklist

How To Prepare For A Tornado

Hurricane Preparedness Checklist

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Hurricane Prepardness Checklist Hello friends!

The 2018 Hurricane Season, believe it or not, is only 3 months away and therefore it is important that you prepare now.  We all know what a catastrophic season 2017 was for Texas, Florida and the Carribbean islands.  Once again, severe weather such as tornadoes, hurricanes, in-land flooding from heavy rainfall, hail, lightning and wind damage is not to be taken lightly.  We all witnessed and observed the unbelievable property damage and loss of life from last season's tropical storms.

Remember, too, that we don't have to have a tornado or hurricane to cause death and destruction!  Powerful Noreaster's like the recent "Bomb Cyclone" of March 2-3, 2018 along the east coast of the US is a prime example of what even a power coastal storm can do to property and loss of life.  I believe very strongly and highly recommend that every person living in the United States has or obtains a NOAA Weather Radio.  Sure, we are now able to receive emergency weather updates through our cell phones, but cell phones can lose the signal and cell phones need to be constantly recharged.  What if you lose power?

An NOAA weather radio will give you 24-hour weather updates and emergency information.  All you need to do is be sure you have a fresh supply of batteries for it.  Next, a "generator" and even better, a generator hooked into a "transfer switch" -- should be on every owner's top priority list.  Especially, if they live in rural areas and in winter regions.  This is also mandatory for anyone living in tornado alley and along the coastal hurricane zones of the gulf and atlantic coastlines.

Below is a great Hurricane Prepardness Checklist from Accuweather.  Please print this out or click on the HURRICANE PREPARDNESS CHECKLIST LINK and keep it posted for quick reference!  Stay safe my friends,





• Ensure you have a way to receive warnings-a NOAA weather radio, the AccuWeather app on your phone or the radio/television. Sign up for alert notifications that are specific to your town or region.

• Know your local hurricane evacuation route(s), as well as shelters outside the evacuation zone.

• Make sure your vehicles are in good working condition and able to make the potentially several hundred-mile trip.

• Put together a “go bag” for each member of your family, including pets, that includes clothes, toiletries, medicines and anything else needed to survive comfortably away from home for several days.

• Put together a general emergency preparedness kit. Water (1 gallon per person per day) Battery-powered weather radio with extra batteries Non-perishable food Flashlight First aid kit Cash Whistle to signal for help if trapped in debris

• Know the difference! Hurricane/Tropical Storm Watch: Hurricane conditions are possible in the next 48 hours. Stay tuned into alerts and look over evacuation route. Double-check emergency preparedness kit. Hurricane/Tropical Storm Warning: Hurricane conditions are expected within 36 hours. If in the evacuation zone, it is time to evacuate to a safe shelter outside the evacuation zone with your family and pets. Stay in contact with family and friends using phones or social media to let them know you’re safe.

• Preparing your home before hurricane season starts: Take pictures of your property, inside and out. This will come in handy if/when talking to insurance companies about storm damage. Purchase a generator and make sure it works ahead of time as electricity can be out for weeks after a hurricane. Cut down any trees or branches that could fall or be blown into the house. Store bottled water in case water becomes polluted or unavailable.

• Before evacuating: Clear out drains and gutters to keep them from flooding when it rains heavily. Bring inside any outdoor objects that could be picked up and thrown by strong winds. Unplug electronic devices and turn off utilities as directed to do so by authorities before evacuating. Large pets or livestock that cannot be taken with you when evacuating should be evacuated well ahead of time, so it’s important to have a plan in place for this. Board up all windows to prevent broken glass. 

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Severe weather season is upon us! Ok folks, we are now heading into spring and what is our severe weather season.  This means that severe weather such as severe thunderstorms, hail, straight-line winds, micro-bursts, and, unfortunately, tornadoes will be on the increase.  The main months of activity are April, May and June.  

The main regions under threat are the mid-west and southern states.  The threat of severe weather is especially high over the region known as "tornado alley" which includes:  Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, Colorado, North Dakota, and Minnesota.  Here is a link to learn more about "tornado alley":  Tornado Alley facts

Here are some Youtube links to tornado alley video:

A study of 1921–1995 tornadoes concluded almost one-fourth of all significant tornadoes occur in this area.  No state is entirely free of tornadoes; however, they occur more frequently in the Central United States, between the Rocky Mountains and Appalachian Mountains. Texas reports the most tornadoes of any state due to its large size, in addition to its proximity to Tornado Alley. Kansas and Oklahoma ranked first and second respectively in the number of tornadoes per area, per data collected through 2007, however in 2013 statistics from the National Climatic Data Center show Florida ranked first. Although Florida reports a high number and density of tornado occurrences, tornadoes there rarely reach the strength of those that sometimes occur in the southern plains. Regionally, the frequency of tornadoes in the United States is closely tied with the progression of the warm season when warm and cold air masses often clash.

In Tornado Alley, warm, humid air from the equator meets cool, dry air from Canada and the Rocky Mountains. This creates an ideal environment for tornadoes to form within developed thunderstorms and super cells.

Here is a link to reference for tornado safety:

Tornado safety tips

So if you live in one of the high-risk states of severe weather or any state in the USA, please refer to this information and these links to help better inform yourself.  Remember that it is not just tornadoes that are most threatening, in-land flooding from heavy rains, hail damage, wind damage from straight-line winds and micro-bursts, lightning strikes, etc...are all threatening cause damage to property and loss to life.  

Stay tuned to an future Blog as we approach the 2018 Hurricane Season starting on June 1st.



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Cape Cod Sunset photo workshops for 2018 ronaldzinconephotography Hello friends, students and fellow photographers:
I have added this link so that you can go online to learn more about some of the destinations we will be travelling to and conducting our hands-on workshops! Photos are included.

We will be learning the basics of the art and science of 35mm photography and how to use our 35mm digital camera as a tool to create and capture our artwork. We will learn about "seeing" and "capturing" the best light, applying the 3 rules of good composition, which lens(es) to use and why, why and how to use a tripod and remote shutter release, when to choose aperture or shutter priority, white balance, ISO, photographic accessories, and so much more! All your questions will be answered with my goal, as your teacher, to boost your artistic and technical skills and gain more confidence in the field. We will specifically learn how to capture a stunning Cape Cod sunset - which will be our primary goal on these weekly workshops. Along with our photographic goals we will be enjoying some of the most beautiful sunset locations on Cape Cod as well as the scenery, local shops, restaurants and let's not forget -- we are going to have fun, socialize and even make some friendships!

I hope you have had the chance to check out my online portfolio to see my artwork and learn more about me at: Ronald Zincone Photography
Check out my "guestbook" comments and see what other students have said about my photography instruction.
I have already started to receive registrations and each workshop has a limitation of 3 so don't wait and book early! In addition, I am also teaching photography, astronomy and extreme weather courses at various locations throughout southern New England and I also offer private, hands-on lessons indoors at a local Panera Bread or outdoors, on location, in the field. Private sessions are $25/hour. Below is my list of my "Cape Cod Sunsets" weekly workshops:

I am announcing my 2018 spring/summer/fall series of 19 one-day outdoor photography workshops titled “The Best of Cape Cod Sunsets”.

Cape Cod, Massachusetts has some of the most spectacular sunsets and sunrises on the East Coast and you don't want to miss the opportunity to see and capture them! The Cape is truly one of my favorite places to visit and create art and I am very excited to be offering these hands-on photography workshops!

Below is my list of locations and dates. Times: TBA

Workshop cost of $125 covers my instruction, time, equipment and transportation to and from our destination. We will meet at the commuter park & ride located at 1701 Wilbur Ave, Somerset, MA 02725 and I will provide transportation from that point to our destination. Limited seating of 3 per trip otherwise you would have to register for one of my other weekly workshops or set up a private session with me.

Lunch and/or dinner is not included in the cost but we will have time to eat and sight-see before sunset. Please be sure to bring your photo gear including 35mm DSLR camera, tripod, remote shutter release and your lenses. You also have the option to learn using my equipment. Please be sure to dress for the weather and bring items such as bug spray, sunglasses, sunscreen, money, meds, etc.

These popular workshops book fast and seating is limited so register early! Please indicate which workshop by number, e.g.,(#9) you want to sign up for. You can email me with any questions you have on any of the workshops. There is no better way to learn the art and science of 35mm photography then to actually "do-it" hands-on with your instructor and with a stunning Cape Cod sunset to boot!

To register and pay by PayPal, send payment of $125 to my PayPal address:
or by mailing a check made out to:
Ronald Zincone Photography
P.O. Box 3063
Kingston, RI 02881

Please send me your email address so that I can confirm your registration and receipt of payment. Payment is due no later then 14 days before workshop date! Once your seat is confirmed, there is no refund unless due to an emergency.

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2018 “The Best of Cape Cod Sunsets” workshops:

Workshop #1: May 20 – Gray's Beach, “Bass Hole”, Yarmouth, MA

Workshop #2: May 27 – Mayflower Beach, Dennis, MA

Workshop #3: June 3 – Herring Cove, Provincetown, MA

Workshop #4: June 10 – Duck Harbor, Wellfleet, MA

Workshop #5: June 16 – Skaket Beach, Orleans, MA

Workshop #6: June 24 – Race Point, Provincetown, MA

Workshop #7: July 1 – First Encounter Beach, Eastham, MA

Workshop #8: July 8 – Rock Harbor, Orleans, MA

Workshop #9: July 22 – The Knob, Falmouth, Quissett Harbor, MA

Workshop #10: July 29 – Paine's Creek, Brewster, MA

Workshop #11: August 5 – Chapin Beach, Dennis, MA

Workshop #12: August 26 – Old Silver Beach, Falmouth, MA

Workshop #13: Sept 2 – Sandy Neck Beach Park, Barnstable, MA

Workshop #14: Sept 16 – Mattakeese Wharf, Barnstable, MA

Workshop #15: Sept 23 - Crosby Landing, Brewster, MA

Workshop #16: Sept 30 – Harding's Beach, Chatham, MA

Workshop #17: October 7 – Cook's Brook Beach, Eastham, MA

Workshop #18: October 14 – Nobska lighthouse, Wood's Hole, MA

Workshop #19: October 21 – South Sunken Meadow Beach, Eastham, MA

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10 Tornado Safety Tips to Keep You Safe Before, During and After a Storm According to the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH):  follow these tornado safety tips to help before, during, and after a tornado strikes:


  • Have a family tornado plan and know where you can safely take shelter.
  • Closely monitor NOAA Weather Radio
  • Install a tornado safe room or storm shelter built to FEMA 320 guidelines or the ICC/NSSA 500 standard. Always use a licensed contractor to install a safe room within, adjacent to, or outside of your home.
  • View this video playlist to find out Which Tornado Safe Room is Right for You.


  • Take refuge in a tested and approved storm shelter, safe room, or a community shelter labeled as an official tornado shelter. Community shelters may include stores, malls, churches, even airports.
  • If no shelter is available:
    • Are you indoors? Go to the lowest floor, to a small, central, interior room, under a stairwell, or to an interior hallway with no windows. Crouch down as low as possible to the floor, face down, and cover your head with your arms. Cover yourself with a blanket, mattress, helmet, or other thick covering. Wear footwear with thick soles to your safe location.
    • Are you in a mobile home? Get out. Even if your home is tied down, it is not as safe as a sturdy building. Go to a nearby permanent structure. Do not seek shelter under an overpass, bridge, or in a drainage ditch. If you cannot safely exit your vehicle, park it out of traffic lanes. Stay in your vehicle with your seatbelt on. Put your head below the windows and protect it with your arms and a blanket, coat, or other cushion.
    • Are you outdoors? Shelter in a sturdy building. If no shelter is available, lie face down on low ground protecting the back of your head with your arms.


  • Keep your family together in a safe location and wait for emergency personnel to arrive.
  • Stay away from power lines, downed trees, and puddles that could hide live wires.
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  • Stay out of heavily damaged structures, as they may collapse.
  • Do not use matches or lighters in case of leaking natural gas or fuel tanks.
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Passion or obsession? Who cares? I love it all! Ok, I'll admit it.  I am obsessed....oops, I mean passionate about three things:  astronomy, weather and photography!

Since I was a young boy, I have always been fascinated with the night sky and the natural world around me.  When I think back it is easier to understand now why that was.  Many of my most fond moments were with my Tasco 50X telescope, instamatic 110 film camera and my chemistry set.  I even have a photo of my Tasco telescope taken at the time.  Not sure who took the photo, probably myself, but glad I did.

My biggest obsessions were with the night sky and weather....especially extreme weather!  I remember my first NOAA weather radio made by General Electric and guess what?  I still have it.  I also loved to track tropical storms and hurricanes on weather maps and record all the weather stats on the storm.  My first weather record was of Tropical Storm Agnes in 1972.  I was just 10 years old at the time.  My astronomical telescope allowed me to go on a nightly journey into outer space.  It became my time tunnel or a bridge back in time to allow me to see fascinating celestial objects like the moon and planets.

I still remember the large lunar map I had.  My brother and I use to spread the map out on our father's car along with my telescope mounted on a raggerty table top tripod to observe and locate the lunar landmarks.  As we located each target, we would color code the feature on the lunar map.  I still clearly remember observing Saturn with its glorious rings with my little Tasco.  Believe it or not, I still have that telescope!  Now, it isn't the "actual" one I had as a kid, but I did find the same brand and model scope at an antique fair several years back.  Wow, talk about flashback and coincidence?  

I still remember my brother and I finding any way we could to obtain optical glass and eyepieces so that we could jury-rig it to our little 50X Tasco in order to improve it magnification.  Sometimes it actually worked!  I used that telescope for more then astronomy.  I also used it to look at airplanes and to see how far I could magnify and view the distant terrain.  I would often climb the stairs up to our 3rd floor so that I could get higher up.  It was like having my own little observatory.  

I also became fascinated, like many kids, with UFO's.  I even started a UFO Club in elementary school.  What a geek!  Anyway, my passion, I mean obsession, continues and I see no way of stopping it nor do I want to.  It all gives me too much joy!


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Our Moon - A great target for observing and lunar imaging! Our natural satellite - our Moon - is truly spectacular!  Without the Moon, our species would have never come to be as we know if today.  The Moon's gravity influences our tides and helps lock the earth's rotation at a rate of spin which is just right.  Our Moon gives us "moon light" which is light reflected from the sun and from our own planet creating "earth shine".

As we stare up at our Moon in the night sky, it reminds us of mankind's greatest achievement -- the Apollo Program -- and our first footprints on another planetary body outside of earth.  I highly recommend that you put some time aside and check out the videos on the American / Soviet space race and our Apollo program during the 1950's and 60's.  It is truly a remarkable piece of history and scientific accomplishment.

Starting your own journey to the Moon is as simple as using a 7X50 or 10X50 binoculars.  Binoculars is a great way to start out in observing and learning the night sky.  These optical wonders provide a nice wide field of view and bright images.  With the Moon being so large and bright, looking through binos is truly amazing.  The best time to observe our Moon is when the Moon's terminator line is present.  The terminator line is present when you see the contrast between the brightly lit side and the dark side meet.  It is at this separation of bright and dark that we call the "terminator" and this is the area to concentrate on when observing with binoculars and/or a telescope.

At the terminator line, you will see an amazing variety of lunar detail such as mountains, craters, rilles, peaks, valleys and so much more in "relief".  The play of light and dark along the terminator line really makes the lunar detail "pop" and if you were to bump up your magnification, it would seem as if you are flying over the lunar terrain in your own lunar spacecraft!

Although lunar imaging is a step up on the learning curve, our Moon makes for an excellent "first target" for budding astro imagers who want to obtain some instant gratification and ignite the astrophotography bug.  Lunar observing with or without lunar imaging can provide a lifetime of joy and amazement as well as education.  Here is a fun project:  Want to find and observe the Apollo lunar landing sites?  Check out this book on amazon:

Apollo Lunar Landing Sites

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