Photographing the moon can be tricky, especially if you live in a city with a lot of amient light during the evening hours…and especially if you don’t have a terribly long lens.
A short lens means you have to crop the photo, and you loose resolution. Try to make a print from an image you’ve cropped back to 3 megapixels and it falls apart like paper mache.
My friend Joi has a 650mm-1300mm lens that she let me borrow a while back, and frankly I didn’t know what the hell I was going to photograph with it. It isn’t exactly a top of the line lens, the glass is pretty cheap, and you’re stuck with one aperature at 650 you get f/8 and 1300mm, f/16. But it isn’t like you’re going to be shooting sports with a 1300mm lens unless you freeze time and you want to see if the pitcher has put any snot on the ball.
I don’t live in a high rise apartment building surrounded by other high rise apartment buildings so I can’t use it to photograph my neighbors snorting coke off of a hooker’s ass.
So, whats left. Well, the moon. The moon will do.
I shot this just before sunset at 650mm. At f/8 in the failing light with an ISO of 100, the shutter came in at one second. The lens is heavy, and while my tripod is quite stable, it still pushed down a bit, so it had to be stabilized as best I could. It seems to have worked as I don’t see any motion blur or lens shake in the photo.
I was hoping for some clouds, and I waited about for around 30 minutes, but mother nature wasn’t having any of that. Perhaps I’ll try again when the weather is a little more cooperative.
This is my 15 year old son, Scott skipping stones into Lake Michigan on North Manitou Island. We were losing light, and trying to get back to camp before dark. I was doing my best to keep the group moving as we were still about a mile south of the camp site, but I couldn’t resist letting them skip stones while I took advantage of the late afternoon light.
I didn’t get much sleep at all on my hiking trip to North Manitou Island. My tent mate spent most of the night tossing and turning…and hogging up most of the room in the hooch leaving me with my face pressed up against the wall. The upside is that I was usually awake well before sunrise.
This shot was about 15 minutes before sunup. To the naked eye, it was still pretty dark, and only a sliver of light was visible on the horizon. The exposure was a little over 7 minutes at f/22
This was one of the last photos taken on my week long camping trip to North Manitou Island. I shot this on the ferry back to the mainland.
I’ll post quite a few of the Manitou shots over the next few days, I just wanted to put this one up since I had not posted anything since well before I left for the trip. I have over 500 digital photos as well as several rolls of film through which to sift….
Here is a better shot of the nuke plant. I stopped on the side of the road to get this one. This is in Ohio on the way to Port Clinton from Battle Creek. I wish the house on the right side of the frame came out a little brighter, it gets lost in the trees and fouls up the juxtaposition….the whole point of phootographing a nuke plant in a residential/agricultural area.
I shot this one from a moving car so the quality isn’t what I would prefer, but I thought it was pretty interesting.
I can’t imagine that real estate prices in this neighborhood would be terribly high…what with a nuke plant literally in the backyard.