Monthly Archives: March 2016

Backlit Photo Frames

For many years Wa-chur-ed Observatory has offered Backlit prints of original astro-photography in various sizes. These have always proven to be wildly popular and this did not go unnoticed by other astro-photographers, who requested that I make backlit prints of their images. But the stunning appearance of backlit images is not limited to astro-photography, so I am pleased to now offer these backlit frames and prints to everyone – for any image you want; your favorite nature photo, family portrait, even your own astro-photo! Why Backlit? Images printed on paper can never have a contrast ratio of more than 100:1, […]

A Yuuge Backlit Print

I’ve just finished putting together the largest backlit print I’ve ever done, a 26 x 32 inch frame with an image from the Hubble Space Telescope of the Tarantula Nebula. That’s me standing next to it – just to give you a sense of the size.  Note that this “picture of a picture” doesn’t do it justice.  I had to dim the back light a lot to avoid it being completely over-exposed, and even so it is a bit over-exposed and the rest of the image a bit under-exposed. What makes this really interesting is that the source image (available […]

Astrophotographer Video

Some weeks ago I was approached by Brian Crabtree, a student at PSU (Portland State University) about his documentary film assignment.  Brian has some interest in astronomy and (obviously) photography, so he wanted to make the piece about astro-photography and asked if I would be willing to be the subject of his film.  I think he did a great job with it.  Check it out:

BSO Concert

The first of two performances of “The Planets” by the Beaverton Symphony Orchestra was last night, and it was a great success.  I am no expert on music, so I won’t comment on that, except to say that the piano solo by Eloise Kim was magnificent.  It was just the way I love to hear the piano played, with great skill and even greater passion. But I particularly enjoyed the videos of the planets that was projected during the performance of Holst’s classic composition.  Congratulations to Paul Hanau on a great job of compiling and “animating” these NASA images. If […]

“The Planets” Concert

Next week the Beaverton Symphony Orchestra ( will do 2 performances of Gustav Holst’s “The Planets”.  I haven’t been to one of their concerts recently, but in the past it has always been a great orchestra, and I have no doubt that this one will live up to the reputation. And if you’re more of a visual person, they have put together an excellent video of images and animations from NASA, which will be projected during the concert.  This part of it I have seen, and know you will enjoy. You can also see some of my astro-photography in the […]