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Launch Pad Pics, and a Lot of Catching Up

My photos from the 2016 Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop are finally processed and posted over on Flickr.

It was a wonderful week, both for the amount of space-related knowledge we covered, and for the wonderful people I got to meet and hang out with. Special thanks to our instructors Mike Brotherton, Jim Verley, and Christian Ready. Thanks also to SFWA, who helped to fund this year’s workshop.

The only downside to the week-long workshop was that the rest of the universe kept on going, meaning there was a lot of stuff on the To Do List when I got back. In addition to unpacking and trying to catch up on sleep and all that, there was…

A short story due at the end of the month
Preparation for the MSU Young Author Conference this weekend, where I’m one of the writers in residenceX Shopping for a refrigerator, since ours died the day before I came home
X A radio interview in preparation for a writing workshop at Kazoo Books later this summer
A week’s worth of email to catch up on
Revising the middle grade novel
Finishing the first draft of the SF novel
Replacing the bedroom ceiling fan that died right before the workshop

So…yeah. Between all that, plus the obnoxious mood swing that always hits after a really good convention or event or vacation, I’m still working on stabilizing my reentry.

I’m sure I’ll have more to chat about soon, both about Launch Pad and about the world in general. In the meantime, I’ll leave you with the core theme of this year’s workshop:

“Space is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist, but that’s just peanuts to space.” -Douglas Adams

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

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deborahblakehps
Jun. 13th, 2016 05:04 pm (UTC)
Clearly the refrigerator and the ceiling fan were in kahoots.
thewayne
Jun. 14th, 2016 12:21 pm (UTC)
Jim, that is a very good set of photos. You have a good eye and a knack for catching the moment. I'm sure you shot many times what you posted, and that's the norm.

One suggestion. When it comes to wanting B&W, it's best to shoot it in color and take it down to B&W via Photoshop or whatever image editing package that you prefer. That way you're capturing the maximum information possible rather than being reduced to 0-255 gray levels right off the bat.

I'm envious: I have yet to be able to get a good star field image. Well, that's not entirely true, I did get some on film at the observatory over a decade ago. I haven't had much luck with my digital gear.
jimhines
Jun. 14th, 2016 03:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks! And yep, that's how I've done the B&W shots. They all start out in color, and then when I'm processing in Photoshop, I decide whether I think they'll look better in B&W.
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