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Time:09:24 pm
IMG_0760 I pay attention to the search engine terms that send people to Stop Shooting Auto! because I'm curious about what people are searching for and how they get to the site. Usually the list is something like "dslr manual mode", "shooting in aperture priority", etc., but today it was a bit different:
how to take a picture of the moon
"take a picture of the moon"
aperture and shutter speed exercises
shooting moon settings
how to take a pic of the moon camera set
what kind of lens to take pictures moon
camera mode to take picture of moon
what are the camera settings for taking
how do i take a picture of the moon in t
best settings for moon pictures

I gather there was something going on with the moon?

Actually, I had my camera with me complete with the longest lens I own (which, sadly, is not very long) and both a 1.4x and a 2x teleconverter. Being the maniac that I am, I decided that the good and right thing to do was to take my high-end Canon glass and put a cheap teleconverter on it. No, that just wouldn't do. I put both teleconverters on it, which gave me a focal length of 560mm while costing me three stops of exposure and god only knows how much quality.

As it turned out, it didn't matter much. San Francisco gifted me with a godawful haze that turned most of the eclipse into a murky soup. I eventually gave up and headed home, but stopped at Treasure Island on the way. Some of the muck had cleared, and I managed to get some shots. They were crappy, but at least you could tell it was the moon. While I was there, I also captured some shots of Coit Tower and the Ferry Building for fun.

While I was out there, a few giggly Japanese tourist girls came over to see what I was doing, and they all giggled while taking turns peering through the viewfinder.

When I got home the eclipse was just about done and the sky had finally cleared, so I caught a few not-wholly-crappy shots of the shadowy finale. Next time I want better weather, dammit! I hope some of my blog readers did better than I did.
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jellymillion
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Time:2008-02-21 09:49 am (UTC)
I have an old Sigma 400mm prime (not very "prime" these days) that can be coaxed into talking to my EOS digital on occasion - it doesn't seem to communicate aperture information properly, but as long as I manually set f5.6 it'll work until some other electronic mismatchery (for which old Sigmas are apparently well-known - and this one was purchased second hand well over a decade back) intervenes.

With a 1.6 multiplier taking it to an effective 640mm I got some moderate tripod-aided moon shots last year. I did learn two things - how quickly the moon moves through the sky, necessitating constant tripod tweakery, and also how much yuck is present in the sky over London, even on an apparently clear night.

At some point I want to repeat the exercise, with some or all of the following improvements: (a) shoot further away from light pollution and at least a few tens of miles from large cities (b) get a teleconverter or two (c) use my new tripod with the 3-way head (d) something else that I forgot while typing the first three.
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ronsrants
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Time:2008-02-21 01:21 pm (UTC)
I went out and looked at the moon with my eyes and found it to be unimpressive. If I hadn't known it was an eclipse, I wouldn't have even noticed. Then again, I looked around 10:23pm EST, so it was already supposidly on its way out of eclipse.

-R
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greeklady
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Time:2008-02-21 07:35 pm (UTC)
I thought I missed it. I came out of the movies shortly after 7 PM in the south bay and saw it. I am certainly seeing a year of firsts this year. I was initially impressed I was able to catch something and see it first hand. Even knowing what was going on, with the cloud cover not letting me get a clear view most of the time, I was still a bit awe struck.

I didn't get out my camera. Honestly I haven't even read the manual on how to use it. I have been blindly pointing and shooting at things. (nikon D40X the man has the D200) I need to take a class and start going out for drives and taking pictures.

I love your Coit tower picture.
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