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El Polvo

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El Polvo last won the day on July 3 2017

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  1. El Polvo

    I Have Been Gone For A Long Time

    That’s precisely what my father in law did, he, a first gen american of italian descent, had survived the great depression and lived WAY below his means. He saved and scrimped, he put off and waited, his bank account was huge then his heart failed him and he died on the operation table as they tried to save him. What I’m saying is live for today and if disaster hits, survivors are gonna survive. I was never a school boy, i had a lot of problems as a youngen, but my advise to any youngen today is the more knowledge you got the better off you are. School is important. The fancy cars are nice, the fancy house is nice with the pool in the back but you can and will survive if you have to without them. For sure the shitstorm will hit again.
  2. El Polvo

    I Have Been Gone For A Long Time

    Way back in the ‘70’s when I worked at a steel mill I thought I had a steady job. When Henry J Jr. decided to liquidate we lost it all and the early 80’s had a bad economy. People were lined up a block for a McDonalds job, no kidding. House, vehicles etc., were gone in a flash. When and if it happens to you, (if it already hasnt) I think you will be the type to pick up the pieces and rebuild like I did. I also found out that material processions are nice but not essential. People always say they need this and need that but in reality, people think they need luxuries
  3. El Polvo

    Sky Photos

    What are you shooting with? Thats kinda what I did here. Also, it’ll pick up the red glow from the miops trigger app on my phone too
  4. El Polvo

    Sky Photos

    Thanks to both of you guys. I’ll run a list for you of must haves and what to do. I used on this last photo a Canon 6d mkii and a sigma 20mm f1.4 art lens. You can use any camera with a “bulb” function and a lens of f2.8 or faster. Step one is a VERY VERY EXTREMELY STURDY tripod Step two is a good shutter trigger for your camera (mine is a Miops trigger) You can get one from any camera store or even amazon. Step three is pick a good subject, focus it, and turn OFF auto focus Step four is ISO settings. My ISO here was 1600 and my f1.4 exposure time was 20 seconds its important to note that i am constantly adjusting my ISO setting and exposure time between shot NOW THE BIG SECRET: my camera has no flash, if yours has one shut it off. My secret artificial lighting sorce is . . .shhh (whispering . . my iphone light) I just flashed it and stuck it in my pocket to squash the light. Thanks much dave, no, a full moon would have blown it out, it was a waxing cresent last night (17-20%) when this photo was taken. But yes, i just more or les waved the light source for an extremely short time.
  5. El Polvo

    Sky Photos

    Thanks much Bob
  6. El Polvo

    Sky Photos

    Hey, been a little busy the past yr , yr and a half . Hope everyone is good . This photo was taken tonite Dec 11, 2018. NO POST EDITING
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    I just always had a come-a-long in my vehicle. Not so much that I didnt want a winch, more that my pocket book decided the hand ratchet was the way to go
  8. El Polvo

    insect ID?

    Thats a boxelder bug! I knew it asa i saw your last post
  9. El Polvo

    Sky Photos

    Thanks, . Yes, there was artificial light shining on the tree No, i use starstax if i stack but i usually open shutter
  10. El Polvo

    Sky Photos

    A little yucca tree . . .
  11. El Polvo

    gopher snake.. I think..

    Its a GS and is nonvenomous. These will coil up on you and hiss a rattle sound to fool you into thinking its a rattler . They may bite but usually not and if they do there is no venom
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    What? I dont see it
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