Ratooragh Weather Systems

Campbell Scientific 2018-11-20 16:30:00 Pressure 1011mb, Temp 7.8°C, RH 72%, Wind Dir 50° at 10knots, Gusting to 16knots, Rain last 24 hrs = 0.6mm and Davis Vantage Pro 2018/11/20 16:10:00 Pressure 1010mb, Temp 6.9°C, RH 79%, Wind Dir 58° at 10knots, Gusting to 15knots, Rain last 24 hrs = 0.4mm <- Current Weather
Date Time: 2018/11/20 16:17, Turbine Speed: 900 rpm, WindSpeed: 10.50 knts, Input to Solar Tank: 18.20 watts, Input to Buffer Tank: 0.00 watts, Solar Relay: On, Buffer Relay: Off, Relay Override: Off, Solar Tank Temp: 47.41 C, Buffer Tank Temp: 26.50 C, Input to Solar Tank in 24Hrs: 0.00 kW, Input to Buffer Tank in 24Hrs: 0.00 kW, Total Energy Generated in 24Hrs: 0.00 kWatts and Date Time: 2018/11/20 16:08:03, PV Energy: 0.1 kW, Solar Rad. Time: 2018-11-20 16:25:00, Solar Rad.: 18 W/m², Sun Elevation: 2.0°, Total Generated in 24hrs: null kW <- Wind Turbine & PhotoVoltaic Output
Schull Tides for 2018-11-20 Time in UTC
1st HW 02:25 3.0m, 2nd HW 14:50 3.0m, 1st LW 08:25 0.9m, 2nd LW 20:50 0.8m

Altocumulus and Sea Fog

Altocumulus Lenticularis

Altocumulus Lenticularis

Altocumulus Lenticularis

Altocumulus Lenticularis


Cirrocumulus with Contrails



Crepuscular Rays

Crepuscular Rays




Squall Line

Double Rainbow

Double Rainbow


Sea Mist

The Sea 'Steaming'

Snow Storm

Storm Front, Thailand


Altocumulus at Sunrise

Sun Setting


Sunset under Stratocumulus


I have been interested in Photography since abaout the age of 8.

I have been shooting using InfraRed Film since 1997 and converted to Digital InfraRed in 2009 using a Nikon D100 Camera converted to IR by LifePixel. You can see the filters on offer here Florida 2010

I am a Linux Geek, I hate Windows, and cannot afford Adobe Products, I prefer to stick to Linux if I can. It works for me.

Recently I have been using Darktable to manage and manipulate the images, and have noticed that the NEF images imported into Darktable are 'Blown Out'. The beauty of Darktabel is that it does not alter the images at all, it uses a small xml text file to keep track of any modifications to the images. Magick!

During a tutorial with Dan Wampler from LifePixel he emphasised the importance of importing each image into the Nikon Capture NX-D software and export as a TIFF before importing into Darktable. I was somewhat skeptical of the benefit of this. Particularly because I cannot get the Nikon Softrware to run in Linux under Wine. I have installed Windows 7 64bit in VirtualBox and then installed the Nikon Capture NX-D Software. This works well in batch mode so it easy to convert a folder of NEF Files to TIFF for editing later.

Here are the results which show very clearly that Dan is correct. Here is my workflow.

  • Set White Balance in the camera. I have found the best resdult I can get is to use the gray rock here at home in bright sunlight setting the PRE WB in the camera.
  • Use RAW Format for images which are NEF images in my Nikon D100 Camera
  • Take pictures
  • Save the images onto computer
  • Run the Nikon Capture NX-D software as a Batch on the images to convert to TIFF
  • Edit in Darktable and or Gimp. (more on this later)
  • View or Print.......

Here are some Examples.