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Saturday, 13 December 2008
Moon again ....
Category: Lights 'n Shadows

Last few nights had a very clear sky and a full moon that looked a little too bright:

Well ... doesnt the full moon resemble a gooseberry, especially with that crater towards the right side? This was infact the first time I used the Canon EF 2X extender along with the Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L telephoto lens for an 800mm reach. The last time, when I posted 'The Full Moon Glory' with the S2IS, it had only abt 432mm to play with and the sharpness was not even compareable :)

On the flip side, the combination gives only a narrow f/11 for the maximum aperture and on my EOS 400D (and many other cameras), this also means that you cannot turn on the Auto Focus. So, the picture was taken with the combination tripod mounted for a manual focus and manual exposure (1/320s, f/11, ISO-100). Finally, it was cropped a little (to abt 70% in vertical direction and a little more in the horizontal direction for a squarish shape to go with the near perfect circle).

The coconut leaves against the moon is something I have tried before (see 'The Hiding Moon'), but that was on a foggy day and I liked it better this time around :) As normal with the moon shots, I used the full manual mode (1/100s, f/5.6 and ISO-100). Canon EOS 400mm f/5.6L lens was chosen again due to its reach, but this time minus the 2X extender. With very little light to focus on the coconut leaves, the lens always chose to focus on the moon. So, I finally switched to manual focus. Tripod mount was also required coz of the comparatively higher exposure time (more than 1/400s). In the end, this pic is also cropped to abt 70% of its original size.

Posted by usandeep at 12:01 AM
Updated: Monday, 23 February 2009 10:29 AM
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Tuesday, 16 December 2008 - 11:38 AM

Name: "Dhanya"
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WOW!! That was my first reaction when I saw this post..

both the pics are so amazing n sharp :)

Tuesday, 16 December 2008 - 5:20 PM

Name: "Preetha"

yummmmmm!!! That indeed looks  like a story book moon !!! :)

Wednesday, 17 December 2008 - 4:33 AM

Name: "SrideviR"

I thought you used an astronomical telescope. Looks so clear with all the details. Btw, I was trying to spot the legendary mallu 'chaya kada'...maybe he is on the other side…he he he!


The next picture is superb and beautifully captured. I have fallen head over heals for it. With a breeze they would be playing hide and seek and what a sight that would be!

Thursday, 18 December 2008 - 6:04 PM

Name: "sandeep"
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nice shots.. coconut tree branch was awesome.. was wondering what this was before i read about it.


about the exposure.. 1/400s?!! i thought moon and other celistial bodies needed a much longer exposure.. like in seconds.. 

Wednesday, 24 December 2008 - 5:07 PM

Name: usandeep
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Dhanya: Thnx ... feels good to get the hi-fi from an expert :) and I shud say thnx to the lens and its reach :)

Preethu: Hmmm ... u r most welcome to use it for one of ur stories ;-)

Sridevi R: Unfortunately the telescopes cant get pictures :) I guess we can spot the 'chayakkada' with the telescope :) For the next picture, the breeze would have made the picture a li'l difficult. There was breeze the last time I tried it and I didnt like the result :) Now, when I imagine, I too will have the breeze ... but not for the picture ;-)

Sandeep R: What this was before I read abt it??? Didnt get u there. About the exposure, longer exposures make sense for celestial bodies only if u r trying motion trails. Full moon is one of the brightest subjects u can find :) Its as if u r shooting a lamp, u wud always set ur exposure for the lamp or flames not for the surroundings. Anything more will over expose the lamp/flame and in this case moon

Tuesday, 13 January 2009 - 7:11 PM

Name: "Unny"
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'Fantastic', 'awesome' etc. etc. are understatemen. Don't know what adjective to use.

I am now trying to learn from all these!!





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