Nice Moon compositions are possible at dawn or dusk – other times it is just too bright (it’s like trying to image a headlight at night). The first one of these is an exception: it was rising in the east an hour after sunset, but there were clouds that dimmed it and provided a light, even background. All these were all shot at 200mm off a tripod. I took a lot of care with focus and took measures to eliminate camera-shake. The images were all cropped-in severely to achieve the “big Moon” composition (see the last frame). And note that I made over 70 frames in order to collect a few “keepers”. -BB
Archive for March, 2013
This comet is impossible to see with naked eyes!! And this Moon was just a sliver, so a half-hour after sunset I was still searching, searching… I never did see the comet directly – only by reviewing images on the back of my camera did I finally see where it was and started composing these images. It was cold. And windy. The last frame was a 3-second exposure – notice the wild gyrations of the passing aircraft (that was my camera shaking in the wind!).