Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Cold hearted orb, that rules the night...
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.