: Take a picture of The Moon.
We can all see it in the sky. I looks beautiful. It goes through phases and appears to change colors depending on when and where in the sky you see it. Except for those who live underground, we all have access to it.
I challenge anyone reading this to take a picture of the moon and post your best shot (or best couple of shots if they are significantly different). While I do enjoy healthy competition, we don't need to vote on the shots. I'm just curious what everyone will come up with. It can be at day or at night, clear or cloudy, other landscape items can be included. The only rule is that the moon has to be the focal point of the picture.
Who's up for the challenge?
I'll start. Below are two moon shots I look Friday night.
Again I used my only zoom lens at it's max focal length of 140 mm. I had to crop a large amount of the picture to get the moon to fill the frame. Keeping camera shake to a minimum is a necessity when so much data is lost due to cropping and the higher focal length. I was able to keep the shutter speed pretty quick for a night shot because the moon was so bright.
I don't have a tripod available so a bench in my back yard and a blanket had to substitute. I also don't have a trigger so I used the timer function to prevent shake when the picture is snapped.
Good thing I did this a night. My neighbors might have though I was crazy if they could see me.
It started as a clear night. I took about 90 pictures in 30-45 min. Only one picture turned out acceptable to show the detail in the moon. The others were out of focus, blurry, over exposed, or had clouds in the way. In the LCD screen the over exposed shoots looked good but when I brought them inside and reviewed on the computer it was obvious the over exposure had blown away much the detail in the moon. That night, I thought the shot below was underexposed.
, on Flickr
In the middle of shooting some clouds rolled in and created a cool haunted looking scene. This shot looked like nothing before editing - just a black screen. I played with contrast, brightness, and shadow protection and got the picture below.
, on Flickr