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.