Friday, October 7, 2011

Shooting for the Moon

crescent moon


Thank God its Friday!  It has been one heckuva week around these parts and I'm feeling a bit singed around the edges.  All in all, it was a productive week photographically and at work. My house is still a wreck and I really need to do something about that.  Wouldn't it be nice if I could just add some gaussian blur to hide the cobwebs in the corners, and erase those dishes in the sink?  I'd pay a lot of money if someone that could invent a photoshop action that would do all that.

Oh well, it will get done.  It is Friday, and that means its time for some Photo Art! I'm linking up with Pixel Dust Photo Art with today's featured image - another moon shot. For this one, I used Bonnie's "Medieval Magic" and "Notes to Myself" textures.

The moon has changed considerably since I shot this particular one a week ago, and I've captured some neat shots of Luna in her waxing phase this week. I think I'm getting the hang of this moon thing. There's a good bit of trial and error, but "my moon photography for dummies" advice is the darker the sky the lower the ISO, the smaller the aperture, and faster the shutter speed. If shooting at dusk or dawn you can reverse that. I realize that is not super techincal and there may be ways to improve the detail, but this is working pretty well.

In my obsession to perfect my moon photography (or at least make it not suck) I've done a good bit of web research and the universal advise is to use a tripod and a remote shutter release - both of which I own, and have found useful in moon photography. But today's image and the one's below were hand held, point, focus and shoot. I've had a little fun with the moon I shot this week. Hope you enjoy the results.



Waxing on




Moon Mosiac



Birds on a wire

14 comments:

  1. I REALLY like the last one. those birds and that verse REALLY make that picture pop! I love it! I have one thing to as to your moon advice, take off your UV filter if you have on, it tends to add moon doubles. Thanks for the post!

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  2. wow, as always, your photo's blow me away, they really are awesome! seen at paf

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  3. Great photos! I love that last one with the birds and the quote! Great work!

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  4. Handheld shots?? They are fabulous!

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  5. housekeeping service!!! Wonderful and lets you play all day

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  6. These photos are simply AMAZING!!!! I love them! Especially for the time of year and it soon being halloween. Great job!!!

    I'm here from the pixeldust linkup

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  7. Wow these are fantastic. I like the Twain quote as well. I've only tried moon shots once or twice without much success....got pretty reflections on the water though. Have a great weekend.

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  8. You must have a "fab" lens to get such detail; I have one of the eclipse but only have a 240zoom. Beautiful shots and composition. Thanks. Karen in Kenai

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  9. Karen, I read somewhere that the minimum is pretty much a 300mm zoom, which is what I have. Thanks so much for the comments everyone. Your encouragement means a lot!

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  10. Love all the moon shots - the birds on the wire is stunning! Yes...gaussian blur in real life would help a lot of things!

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  11. These shots blow me away. They are amazing. It was fun seeing the moon in the different colors but I think my favorites are the b/w and the one with the birds and the quote.

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  12. Wonderful photos.

    Regards and best wishes

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  13. These are great! The texture works well on the first shot.

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  14. So awesome! Great moon shots!!
    What lens did you use?

    Was going to follow your blog as I saw the follow button available but then after visiting another post I can't seem to find it anymore...oh Blogger...

    Will check back soon ;)

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