Shoot the moon…
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.