Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Cold hearted orb, that rules the night...

Love that song. But I digress. Immediately. Such a guy, eh?

I happened to see the moon peeking through the blinds. Thought about how long it's been since I actually shot one half-assed seriously. Versus full-assed "grab shot," hand-held. Okay, that didn't come out right.

Anyway, grabbed the Sigma 50-500mm, a cable release, right-angle viewer, tripod, and the Nikon D300. Because I'm blind and need all the help I can get.

The moon was still rising, so there was atmospheric heat waves, which I should try to capture one day. Not enough to cause much distortion. Spot meter, manual focus, manual aperture (or exposure lock, if you prefer), use the mirror-up function to reduce mirror slap. I use the right-angle viewer for the doubler, which really helps with fine-focus.

Processed through CS5 plus Topaz Detail. I need to remember to input more negative exposure compensation; this was a bit over-exposed, causing perceived softness. I did crop heavily, and in retrospect, probably should have positioned the subject better. But there is no background, so....?

One thing that I have never been able to figure out. My magnification appears to be significantly less than others using the same setup. Don't know what to make of it.


  1. So awesome! I have yet to shoot the moon... not really sure how to... O_o

  2. oh wow, you captured some nice detail there!