Steve Carson Moon

This is from Steve Carson. A really nice shot of the daytime moon. The next full moon is on May 7 at 6:45 AM. The time of the day is for you purest who want to get it at its peak. I will wait to get it later in the evening. I have not receive very many submissions. Get out and take some great pictures of the moon. They don’t have to be full either. (Webmaster)

From Steve:

I haven’t seen much activity since your challenge, so I thought I might send a recent shot (today).  

Daytime moon photo. If you can see it (and sometimes when you can’t) you can photograph it.

Here is a shot I took this afternoon (sometime around 4:00; I need to reset the time in my camera).

Tamron 150-600 at 600mm, manual settings and manual focus, f/7, 1/200sec, Canon 7D II, tripod

Photoshop crop, sharpen.

Even on a sturdy tripod, a fully extended 600mm zoom makes the mount a little shaky. I forgot my remote release, so I set the camera on live view with delayed exposure at the longer setting (10sec?). That lets the vibrations settle down after you push the button. I need to find my manual and relearn about mirror lockup. It was also a little breezy this afternoon, and every time the wind hit the lens shade there went the sharp photo. It was also a bit hazy and warm, so there were atmospheric distortions, too. My last excuse is my own fault-  I forgot that I should turn off the stabilizer when the camera is on a tripod. First rule in my personal photo book is take lots of pictures. This is the best of the lot.

I also took 2 movies. If I can figure out how to get them into the format needed for Registax, we’ll see what we can do when math is used to combine a hundred or more photos.



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7 thoughts on “Steve Carson Moon

    • Donna,
      You have a really sharp photo in the gallery, too. Very sharp with good contrast. Sky was favorable for you that night, and you got a nice photo.

    • Tom,
      Nice shot with the flag. Creative and artistic. I never think about those shots. Very nice.

  1. Thanks for the nice comments. There are equally good photos now posted in the Portfolios. I especially admire the one from Duane Vosika. The EXIF data indicates that it was with a 375mm focal length. Great resolution at that focal length. The fast shutter speed helps with vibrations and atmospheric changes. But, that photo is really sharp, even when zoomed in. Focus had to be almost perfect. How hard is it to focus on a target 220,000 mile away…
    This has been a fun challenge. Thanks, Phil, for your efforts to keep us engaged during this time of social distancing.

    • Update:
      The EXIF data on Duane’s photo shows 357mm, but keep reading. I emailed Duane and asked him how he took the photo. It turns out that his Nikon P900 (extreme zoom) at 355mm focal length is equivalent to 2000mm focal length for a 35mm camera. He responded that the exposure was 1/320 at f6.5. ISO 400.
      So, his photo was taken with a light camera at the same focal length as my 8in aperture f/10 telescope. With that information, I am so glad that he did not tell me he took it with his phone. Nice shot.

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