|Castle Valley -- Becky Ramotowski|
"For as long as I can remember I’ve been looking up at the sky, especially at night. My parents used to rouse my two younger sisters and me awake to watch comets, lunar eclipses or meteor showers at all hours of the night, so astronomy has always been more than just a casual hobby for me; it’s a lifestyle. Another passion is pinhole photography, and when I discovered a way to combine astronomy with making pinhole images of the Sun’s path, (called solargraphs) it was a perfect match.
"My first long exposure pinhole solargraphs were only a few days long because I couldn’t stand the suspense of not knowing what was happening inside the homemade cameras I had made. After seeing my first few solargraph attempts turn out successfully, I was completely hooked! They gave me the confidence to let the exposures run for six months to capture the Sun’s path from summer to winter solstice.
|A few of Ramotowski's pin in place|
"Since the pinhole camera is exposing non-stop for six months, dirt, rain, snow and bits of debris finds its way into the teeny pinhole and becomes part of the image. I like that aspect of this process because it’s a permanent part of the solargraph and makes each one unique.
|Winter's Sun -- Becky Ramotowski|
"Castle Valley is the result of that winter vacation in Utah. Since then I’ve concentrated on making more winter and summer solstice solargraphs and also like to make them to commemorate important days or events." --Becky Ramotowski
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|Not the Great Pumpkin -- Alan Friedman|
"I've been interested in science since childhood. In the 1990s, a glimpse of Saturn through a neighbor's telescope stunned me. I bought my first telescope shortly afterwards. I've owned quite a few over the years following - I currently have six. I’ve been exploring the sun as a subject for photography for a little over a decade, or one solar cycle. A solar cycle lasts about eleven years, during which time the sun’s magnetic activity fluctuates from minimum to maximum and then back again. Blue Fireball, captured in 2009, shows the sun in the depths of the most recent solar minimum. The disk is completely spotless. Only a few delicate prominences disrupt the total symmetry of a resting star. In Not the Great Pumpkin, recorded in 2010, a few very small sunspots can be seen, along with arching eyebrow shaped filaments. Filaments are prominences, but seen against the disk of the sun rather than at the limb. Captured this past summer, Hotter Than July shows the return of large eruptive active regions. These areas of magnetic upheaval create turmoil in the solar atmosphere. They can be massive, stretching hundreds of thousands of miles across the sun.
|Blue Fireball and Hotter Than July -- Alan Friedman|
|Alan Friedman. Photo by Douglas Levere|
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Solar is on exhibit at photo-eye through the end of November and features the work of seven photographers. A portfolio of work from the show can be viewed here.
For additional information about Alan Friedman or Becky Ramotowski or to acquire a photograph, please contact the gallery at (505) 988-5152 x202 or by email.