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2020 State of Rhode Island Art Exhibition
February 26, 2020 - Hey friends -- You can now see three of my night-sky photography images -- "The Northern Lights over Rhode Island", "The...Read the Full Post »
Top Tips for Photography in Low-Light!
January 17, 2020 - Hello friends, Here are some top tips for photography in low-light! Analyse your images: There are many factors that c...Read the Full Post »
Thin crescent moon with Venus conjunction over frosty drew observatory
January 04, 2020 - Hey folks, Just a quick blog post showing you my recent celestial capture of the thin crescent moon with our sister pla...Read the Full Post »
Mercury's transit of the Sun
November 05, 2019 - Hey folks, Mark your calendars for next Monday, November 11 (Veteran's Day). Beginning at 7:34 AM, Mercury, our closest...Read the Full Post »
50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing!
July 11, 2019 - Mark your calendars folks! July 20, 2019 @ 10:56 pm marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing -- when man...Read the Full Post »
Important links and information
April 16, 2019 - Hey friends! Here are some important links to some great information that you can use as a quick reference, especially...Read the Full Post »
Countdown to spring, warmer temps and photoshoots!
February 18, 2019 - Spring 2019 is only four weeks away and this means warmer temperatures and more diversity in the weather! I really look...Read the Full Post »
Total Lunar Eclipse of January 20-21, 2019
February 06, 2019 - Mother Nature played a trick on us here in New England -- but this time, for the better! I am talking about the astronom...Read the Full Post »
A New Year and a new total lunar eclipse!
January 07, 2019 - Hey - it's 2019. Welcome to a New Year of exciting astronomical and weather-related events! What better way to start the...Read the Full Post »
Looking forward to a New Year 2019!
December 21, 2018 - Here we are in the major holiday season and rounding the corner to head into the New Year 2019! I, for one, am looking...Read the Full Post »
November 21, 2018 - Look for a nice naked-eye comet to visit our December 2018 skies. Learn more information on the Spaceweather.com site by...Read the Full Post »
Highly recommended links to websites and companies
September 14, 2018 - Hello friends: Below is some of my favorite go-to links to reputable companies that I often do business with when it co...Read the Full Post »
August 24, 2018 - Hear ye! Hear ye! Sidewalk astronomy is alive and well! For the past 2 months of our summer season, I have been on a mi...Read the Full Post »
My trek to capture the summer Milky Way at Arcadia
July 19, 2018 - Downeast Maine is home to the most beautiful National Park in the Northeast -- Arcadia National Park. Located on Mount D...Read the Full Post »
Astronomical public outreach at the Pawtuxet Valley Bridge
July 01, 2018 - Hello friends! Teaching adults and, especially kids, the night-sky is so important today with the new generation being...Read the Full Post »
A Lunar Observer's tool kit
June 19, 2018 - For all you "luna fanatics", here is the some information and vital links that would be very helpful during your lunar o...Read the Full Post »
This is my season!
May 14, 2018 - This is my season! Once our variable spring weather begins to improve and warm up, the atmosphere starts to perk. As for...Read the Full Post »
April 20, 2018 - I will be attending my 5th NEAF (Northeast Astronomy Forum) the world's greatest and largest astronomy and space exposit...Read the Full Post »
Field Test of the Vixen HR Eyepieces
March 24, 2018 - Vixen came out with a new line of what they call "high resolution" HR eyepieces for lunar and planetary visual observati...Read the Full Post »
10 tips on pursuing astronomy, photography and extreme weather!
March 16, 2018 - #1 Start off at the shallow end of the pool. Don't overwhelm yourself! Learn by the "baby steps" approach and then take...Read the Full Post »
Passion or obsession? Who cares? I love it all!
February 09, 2018 - Ok, I'll admit it. I am obsessed....oops, I mean passionate about three things: astronomy, weather and photography! Sin...Read the Full Post »
Our Moon - A great target for observing and lunar imaging!
February 02, 2018 - Our natural satellite - our Moon - is truly spectacular! Without the Moon, our species would have never come to be as we...Read the Full Post »
Are we losing the art and science behind photography with digital?
January 19, 2018 - It concerns me greatly that the trend has been and continues to move at warp speed towards marketing of digital cameras...Read the Full Post »
January 12, 2018 - Hello friends! I would like to talk about my passion of teaching photography! It is no surprise that my three obsessio...Read the Full Post »
Top Ten Tips when pursuing astrophotography
January 05, 2018 - Hello budding astroimagers! Here are my top ten tips for getting started in astrophotography: 1) LOCATION, LOCATION, L...Read the Full Post »
A New Year to Look Forward To
December 22, 2017 - As of this writing blog, 2018 is only 9 days away! For me, this opens up a new journey into what nature will truly brin...Read the Full Post »
December 16, 2017 - "Astrophotography" aka night-sky photography, celestial photography, astronomical photography in its basic form can be a...Read the Full Post »
More tips and techniques.....
November 21, 2017 - Here is a buffet of various tips and techniques you can apply when pursuing photography and/or astronomy! In normal day...Read the Full Post »
November 04, 2017 - Hello friends! I attended my local astronomy club -- (Skyscrapers Inc.) -- last evening and I would just like to say wh...Read the Full Post »
Quick tips and techniques in beginning astrophotography
October 06, 2017 - Astrophotography a.k.a celestial photography, astronomical imaging, night-sky photography is both a challenging and yet...Read the Full Post »
September 29, 2017 - ronaldzinconephotography has a new look! Check out his new online portfolio at ronaldzinconephotography.com Ronald is a...Read the Full Post »
How to get started in backyard astronomy!
August 31, 2015 - Do you often look up at the night sky and stare in amazement of all those countless stars (suns)? Does it send chills up...Read the Full Post »
Tips and Techniques on Capturing Lightning!
August 17, 2015 - To learn more about how I capture spectacular daytime and nighttime lightning read my new Blog post at: http://www.rona...Read the Full Post »
April 27, 2015 - I tell my students to invest in their lenses more so then there cameras. Why? The kinds of lenses that you buy -- brand,...Read the Full Post »
ronaldzinconephotography's outdoor workshops
March 25, 2015 - Hello students of photography! After a brutal onslaught of winter weather, let's get ourselves excited about the upcomi...Read the Full Post »
Basic camera-on-tripod astrophotography tips and techniques
March 16, 2015 - Astrophotography aka "night-sky photography" in its most basic form starts out with your everyday 35mm DSLR camera, a tr...Read the Full Post »
Off-camera Shoe Cord -- Part 2
March 11, 2015 - From an article "Off-camera flash photography" pg. 60, EOS Magazine, January-March 2015 "Taking a Speedlite off-camer...Read the Full Post »
Off-Camera flash (Part One)
March 03, 2015 - (from an article in the January-March 2015 EOS Magazine) Using a Speedlite as a creative light gives a new depth to i...Read the Full Post »
February 09, 2015 - Canon has announced the new EOS 5DS and 5DS R Digital SLR cameras. With a 50.6-megapixel CMOS sensor, the 5DS and 5DS R...Read the Full Post »
Working in the Cold
February 04, 2015 - From an article in the February 2015 issue of Outdoor Photographer, page 54: "Years ago, cameras had to be taken apart...Read the Full Post »
10 Tips for Moon watchers
January 22, 2015 - From an article published in "Welcome to Astronomy" by Astronomy Magazine: "The Moon offers something for everyone. I...Read the Full Post »
Be an observer in 10 steps
January 13, 2015 - From "Welcome to Astronomy" guide, a supplement to Astronomy magazine: 1. Learn the sky basics Earth rotates once a da...Read the Full Post »
Lights Out, America! We need new strategies to bring back the night.
January 06, 2015 - From a Focal Point article by Bob Guzauskas & Colin Henshaw published in the Sky & Telescope magazine on page 86: "We...Read the Full Post »
Best cameras of 2014 for Nature Photographers
December 29, 2014 - This month's issue, December 2014, of Outdoor Photographer has listed the best cameras of 2014 for Nature Photographers.Read the Full Post »
December 2014 Celestial Sky highlights
December 02, 2014 - December 5th: Observers in the Americas can see Aldebaran very close to the almost-full Moon. Binoculars may also show s...Read the Full Post »
10 Tips for better wildlife photography
November 24, 2014 - Willdlife photography is not my "cup of tea" so to speak but here are 10 valuable tips to better wildlife photography fo...Read the Full Post »
Limiting Factors (from Outdoor Photographer, November 2014, page 37.
November 18, 2014 - The following blog entry is quoted from George Lepp's "Tech Tips" section of the November 2014 issue: Question: With...Read the Full Post »
astrophotography tips: First Photos
November 10, 2014 - First Photos Preparations: Make sure the battery is fully charged and the memory card offers enough space. Reduce the b...Read the Full Post »
astro-imaging for $100 (from an on-line article)
November 03, 2014 - Astro-Imaging for $100 Constellation Orion - Image captured with Canon SX120 (10 exposures, 4 seconds each, ISO400) Is...Read the Full Post »
The art and craft of photography
October 30, 2014 - This recent article, "the art and craft of photography" is from a photography magazine: "The first question to addres...Read the Full Post »
Eyepiece Projection methods part 2
October 27, 2014 - Jupiter – Image taken with eyepiece projection technique (telescope: 900/120mm, eyepiece: 20mm) Object Position Take sh...Read the Full Post »
Astrophotography tips: Eyepiece Projection
October 20, 2014 - Eyepiece projection (EP) is a great way to take detailed shoots of moon and planets. Photographed objects using EP are c...Read the Full Post »
Digital Mythbusting #10
October 07, 2014 - Cropping is the same as getting closer. Cropping, in this sense, is about cropping an image when processing, but it also...Read the Full Post »
Digital Mythbusting #9
September 29, 2014 - RAW should be undexposed for highlights. This is another persistent myth that started early on in digital. Images always...Read the Full Post »
Digital Mythbusting #8
September 23, 2014 - You can always crop for a better photo. Technically, this isn't a digital myth. Photographers used to do it with film, a...Read the Full Post »
Digital Mythbusting #7
September 15, 2014 - Contrast is bad. With the popularity of HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography has come the rather arbitrary idea that con...Read the Full Post »
Digital Mythbusting #6
September 08, 2014 - All noise is bad. Because cameras today are doing such a good job in controlling noise in digital photos, a rather arbit...Read the Full Post »
Digital Mythbusting #5
September 01, 2014 - Sharpness is mainly about the lens and camera. The article "Sharpness: The Deadly Dozen," shows how much sharpness is af...Read the Full Post »
Digital Mythbusting #4
August 25, 2014 - RAW isn't processed. This is one of those myths that has persisted forever. All cameras do some processing of the image...Read the Full Post »
Digital Mythbusting #3
August 18, 2014 - What the camera captures is "real. The camera sees the world very differently than we do. Our eyes have far greater capa...Read the Full Post »
Digital Mythbusting #2
August 11, 2014 - Auto white balance is great for color. I hear this all the time: "I shoot RAW, so I can shoot auto white balance and not...Read the Full Post »
Digital Mythbusting (Outdoor Photographer) Part 1
August 05, 2014 - "Digital photography became popular at the same time that internet access and usage exploded in growth. The technology b...Read the Full Post »
Capturing the Super Moon: Part 3
July 28, 2014 - Hey folks, Welcome to Part 3 of my 4-part series on how to capture the Super Moon or full moon! In my first part, I ex...Read the Full Post »
The Super Moon!!!! Part One
July 16, 2014 - Hey folks, Did you miss the Super Moon last weekend or were you lucky enough to see it? How about capturing images of i...Read the Full Post »
Astro imaging tips!
July 08, 2014 - Hello all, For those of you who have an interest in photographing the "night-sky" below are some tips and techniques fo...Read the Full Post »
Metering and White Balance cards
June 23, 2014 - Digital cameras use sophisticated exposure systems with a choice of metering patterns to suit different lighting situati...Read the Full Post »
June 17, 2014 - From "The Essential Guide to Close-up Photography": Flowers are a favorite close-up subject. Not only do they create vi...Read the Full Post »
Essential Photography Equipment
June 07, 2014 - Hello students! You know, we all have friends in our lives. Some are more closer to us then others. There are friends a...Read the Full Post »
Rhode Island's largest telescope and dark-sky location
June 03, 2014 - Hey folks, was out the last two nights doing astrophotography from one of Rhode Island's darkest locations -- the Frost...Read the Full Post »
Ronald's top "10" photography tips!
May 27, 2014 - Hello folks, I often find that many of my students neglect to do some very simple but important things before and after...Read the Full Post »
What ronaldzinconephotography can do for you?
April 30, 2014 - Hello students of photography! Here are just a few listings of how my services can benefit you: Classroom instructio...Read the Full Post »
April 17, 2014 - Professional Photographers of America member since 2004 Hey folks, If you have never experienced NEAF (Northeast Ast...Read the Full Post »