Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Shooting the moon...

... at 300mm straight out of the camera with the Nikon 28-300mm lens.

At 1200mm straight out of the camera with the Nikon 600mm F4 lens and 2x teleconverter.
Yes, I took Aaron's suggestion and bought a 2x for the 600mm lens. It seems to work pretty well as long as your subject is "contrasty" against the background. The autofocus seems to be about 10-20% slower than normal but well within working speed for shooting whales or a slow moving subject.

Aaron has been teaching me some astrophotography tricks for a project I have planned. We spent about an hour the other night shooting across a neighbors pond when the full moon was coming up. I was even lucky enough to catch a shooting star just above the moon.

Somewhere out there a little gray man is wondering why I am laying on the ground in the cold taking pictures of the sky. Seeing the stars on a full moon proved difficult but we wanted to see how the FX sensor compared to a DX sensor on night time shots.

"Painting by Moon Light"
This is actually the moon, can't you tell?
While walking back to the house the other night Aaron accidentally hit his shutter release and decided since it was set on a long exposure he would move around a little and see what happened. I couldn't let him have all of the fun so like a couple of goobers, we were both swinging our expensive cameras around in the air and laughing our heads off.
My wife said we were acting like a couple of three year olds. That's a good thing, right?


  1. Thank goodness for the younger photographers. Can't think of a better person than Aaron to learn about the night skies and what it takes to capture them.

    Acting like three year olds? Darn right! Living out in the boonies as you do you can act any way you want. Besides that it keeps you young in mind and spirit!

  2. Beautiful shots Ron. Love the last one. I've done goofy stuff like that too.

    I've always wanted to play with a fiber optic light but never have.


  3. There's nothing wrong being a kid again! I might have to join with you guys in the near future to learn something from Aaron.

  4. Nice results with the 600mm and 2X teleconverter!
    Like your moonlight abstract picture!


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