|Clouds are usually a nuisance when shooting the moon.|
But just occasionally, they produce some interesting effects.
f/5.6 --- 1/200 sec --- ISO 1600 --- 380mm
And for most of the time, failing miserably.
There are lots of factors I could blame (and often do, to my shame).
|A Blood Moon was not expected the night I shot this.|
But as it sank towards the horizon, it developed this orange glow.
f/5.6 --- 1/250 sec --- ISO 100 --- 400mm
The moon's brightness - I always assumed that I would need wide aperture and long time exposure, what with shooting at night. How wrong can you be? That old lump of rock can be damned bright.
The weather - I'm British, for heaven's sake. Of course the weather is going to muck up my photography, especially clouds. It's a given.
|Blood Moon, partial eclipse, clear sky. I was in heaven!|
Using a tripod, I shot these five images, all with the same settings,
at one-minute intervals then overlaid them in Photoshop
f/5.6 --- Half sec --- ISO100 --- 335mm
It's too far / too small - The moon's distance from the Earth is not constant. But that's what zoom lenses and cropping are for, isn't it?
It's too late (or early) - Yes, well, hauling my sorry arse out of bed at 0400 to get a shot of our nearest celestial body is not something that is likely to happen any time soon.
It's too cold - Oh yes. Gloves and cameras. Not a great combo. How do they do it in snowy places?
|This is just about the best shot of the moon that I have ever captured.|
It's not so bad, I suppose, but I always want that little bit more sharpness.
f/5.6 --- ISO100 --- 1/500 sec --- 400mm