Monthly Archives: September 2012

Moon Revisited


My sincerest apologies for being relatively quiet.  I’ve been busy.  And I am in somewhat of a creative slump.  I keep thinking that a wide-angle lens (18 or 20mm) will lift me out of it. . .

This is a reprocessed HDR image of photos I took of the moon back in May.  I’ve learned a bit since then, and I post this today as a measure of how much I’ve learned and how much I have yet to learn.  Someday, I will do much, much better than this.

But for now, it’s the “Best Moon Yet” for me.  Not as good as NASA, though.

Be sure to click on it to view full size.

Thoughts on Focal Length–and the Evening Moon


The moon is back after spending a week on the dark side (of itself?).
Here it is from about an hour ago:

It’s as good as I can do with my equipment.  And a tighter shot on the moon means missing out on the clouds.

I have a strong desire to go wider.  Nikon’s 20mm f/2.8 (link) is currently my lens of lust.  But it won’t get close to the moon.  This 300mm f/4 lens will, though.  However, I don’t do nearly as much moon photography as I do weather or landscape.  And I want to do more street photography, too.  A 300mm lens might be good for creeping and peeping–but I’m not into that.  A 20mm lens would be idea for indoors, walkabouts, landscape, and getting the ENTIRE STORM in one frame (rather than 3 or 5).

So perhaps the moon will have to wait.  There are hundreds (thousands) of great moon shots online.  They show the moon in stunning detail–but only the moon.  How often can I take photos of the crescent moon photos until I realize that little changes between frames?

But the weather and the streets are constantly changing.

 

Happening NOW


I heard the BOOM.
I looked outside and grabbed my camera.  What I saw I’ve never seen before–it was a triangle wedge moving across the sky.  It wasn’t rotating–was it a potential tornado?

I took a few photos of this small cloud system moving past me–and then I heard it.  The rain came, and poured down hard enough to turn the street into a river.

It’s still raining.  These photos are fresh.

Still not sure what made the BOOM.

I’m not sure if I’m including too much weather photography on here.  Please let me know.

Around the World


I’m showing my hand here, I suppose.  I haven’t seen many bloggers do this.  But since I am accepting a certain degree of vulnerability by posting my photos and thoughts (more or less) here for anybody’s critique, it comes with the job, I suppose.

Between homework problems, I started digging through my blog stats.  While I’m not (yet) winning any awards nor am I earning any accolades (material or monetary) from this blog, I was very interested to see that my visitors are from far, wide, and diverse locations!

Japan!  New Zealand!  Ireland!  Jersey?!–Nice!  Guatemala!  With most of my visitors from the United States and Canada.

These stats include my entire history–going back to my first post (May 1, 2012).

As I look at this map and the representative flags, I am in awe.  Thank you for visiting.  Thank you for following.  And thank you for your comments and feedback.

But thank you most of all for keeping my fire lit.  You keep me coming coming back and you keep me hunting for the next shot.  Thank you.

2%


Here it is: the thinnest moon I’ve captured.  If fortune is with me tomorrow morning, and I am able to rise before the sun, then I have a shot at capturing the impossible:  a waning 0.4% crescent.  If I had something a little longer than my 35-105mm, I’d possibly have something very, very special.

These are merely okay.

These are one of the better shots from this morning.  Three shots, full frame, and a crop of one included.  Look closely–it’s easy to miss!