Last night’s moon over the trees.
I can’t believe it’s the second of December already! Where did the year go? I definitely know I’m not ready to start writing “2010” as part of the date in barely a month’s time. Why, I finally started remembering to write 09, instead of 08. What about you?
The weather we’ve been getting during the break from the rain has been absolutely heavenly! Beautiful sunsets, clear nights, and slightly chilly mornings. And the sun still has quite a bit of warmth to it, which is great for reading in the barn. We had a medium hard frost last night, so everything had a layer of white on it this morning. Even the the water trough had a tiny layer of ice on it. The full moon was absolutely gorgeous last night, and then I caught it this morning before it slipped behind the trees to the west.
Speaking of full moons, I heard on the weather report last night that we’re in for a blue moon this month! The second full moon is supposed to be on the 31st, so I hope it’s clear night!
This challenge is a little different from the others – the rule of thirds. Instead having a certain subject to shoot, this is a type of shooting. Instead of centering the subject, you shoot the picture with the subject in the left, right, bottom, or top of the viewfinder.
I didn’t get too many pictures with all the rain that’s been pouring down on us lately, but I did get these.
You know the digital photography class that I’m taking as an elective this year in school? Well, I just discovered yesterday on my first day of school, that it’s only a one semester class, and it starts in the spring, not fall. As you can imagine, I was upset. I already waited almost three months, and now I have to wait another four months!
Anyway. It was the day before the full moon (August 4th) and while creeping home through Corbett at the grand speed of 25mph with a full load of hay on the old truck, the nearly-full moon looked huge as it peeked over the tops of the trees on a bluff behind the grade/highschool. Until just a couple of days ago, the moon had been the bane of my photographing life. I sighed, knowing that there was absolutely no way a picture from the truck would turn out.
When we got home I grabbed the camera and prepared for another disappointing batch of pictures. I finally decided to try some of the “custom” settings. I didn’t know how the pictures would turn out because I didn’t know that much about the manual settings and had never had good luck with them.
I set the camera on M (Manual) and played with the settings a little bit. The aperture was set to 6.3 and the ISO 800. I used the available dog food bag for a tripod and hoped for the best. Dog food bag tripods would fit into the category of “You Know You’re A Redneck When…“, don’t you think? Anyway, I was astounded by the results. The moon was actually in focus! Dropping the ISO down to 400 turned the moon a lovely orangey-red color.
Computer research this morning revealed that instead of using the highest ISO on my camera, I should use 800 or 400 ISO and then there wouldn’t be so much blue and purple noise in my shots.
Shutter Speed: 1/1000. With the fast shutter speed you don’t have to have a tripod to insure that you get a clear picture, just a semi-steady hand should work just fine. You’ll get a few out-of-focus ones but the majority will be in focus.
ISO: 1600. I probably should have set it on 800, but that was before I found out that that smaller ISO makes a better quality picture.
This is by far my favorite shot. It also helps to set the camera on Landscape as well. It keeps it from focusing on whatever is in front of the moon and instead brings them both into focus.
I chose digital photography as one of my electives for my sophomore year of highschool this year. I can’t wait to see what I learn with it!
This week’s challenge – a bit more challenging, but still exciting – was shooting for the moon. Literally. Anyway, the clouds that have been hanging around, threatening snow didn’t exactly cooperate, so most of these are from the archives.
The clouds parted briefly, and this is what I got…
This one and all the ones that follow are from the archive. If I remember right, I had the camera set to landscape, inside SCN.
Lucky shot. . . On auto, I think.
Landscape, SCN. I discovered that the best time to get a great moon shot is early morning, as the sun is coming up, or when late afternoon, before the sun sets.
On another note, I’m curious to see what kind of camera you all use…
Ed over over at Sunday Stills was out of ideas for this week’s challenge, so he left it up to us to decide what to shoot. I decided to try wild life…
“Lurking In the Dark” This one just kind of happened by accident, the deer were too far off for the flash to illuminate them…
Our resident tame squirrel.
Lucky shot! shutter speed is an amazing thing…
I guess he decided that I had gotten close enough; time to fly to a different tree.
New tree, but still within the range of my lens.
◊◊◊ Note: These are all straight out of the camera, in case you were wondering. All I did was crop them to make the pictures/files were smaller.