06 May 2012

Super Moon!

I went out to shoot the moon tonight, because it was a "supermoon" -- the closest full moon we get each year as the moon reaches its perigee -- and it was very clear tonight from Vancouver. I shot this with my 500mm Tamron f/8 SP macro lens and a 1.6x extender, and the lens didn't even attach properly to my camera because it was an old mount for my old Yashica. I haven't used it ever with my 5D yet, and that's why. But it was worth trying tonight anyway, and it worked. I just held it up to the camera body and shot. I shot it at ISO 200 and 1/200 sec. I don't know the f-stop (the camera said f/0, probably because I didn't have the lens mounted so it couldn't communicate with the lens). I used a tripod and self-timer to minimize shake. I was actually able to leave the lens kind of "hanging" off the camera body since the body was aimed up towards the moon and gravity held the lens on with no light leaking in. That was lucky, as it was impossible for me to hold the lens still enough with my hand at that shutter speed and focal length.

03 January 2012

Photo a Day: Jan 3

The day almost got away from me before I remembered I hadn't taken my photo, so the subject matter is kind of boring. Taken right next to my computer desk. I'll try to venture farther away tomorrow.

02 January 2012

Photo a Day: Jan 2

I was going to go out for a walk today to take my picture of the day, but it was dark before I knew it. Fortunately the days are getting longer, so this issue will recede. This was shot through my upstairs window, of the Christmas lights wound around my balcony railing.

01 January 2012

Photo a Day: Jan 1

I decided to do one of those photo-a-day projects that I've seen others doing. I think it will help me refocus on seeing the world that is out there, one of the main reasons for this blog after all. I'm going for spontaneity here, and the art of seeing, so no Photoshopping.

Today felt uncommonly warm for a New Year's Day. I went outside to check if the neighbor's snowdrops were poking up out of the ground already, and they were. No buds yet, but still, a nice early harbinger of spring. So much for our coldest winter on record that was predicted. I suppose it could still happen, but I'm not holding my breath, and I'm sure hoping the weather prophets were wrong.


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