Luna

Luna. (Click on the photo for added detail.)

I’m starting this week with a very simple photo, from an outing a few weeks ago to photograph the full moon rising from Tigné point, Sliema. Just before packing up, with the 1.4x teleconverter still fitted on the 150-600mm lens, I pointed the camera in the direction of the moon itself. I also enabled the 1.6x crop factor on the camera itself (intended to allow the use of crop-sensor lenses with a smaller image circle), for some extra magnification, and an effective focal length of 1344mm. The composition took no imagination, it’s simply the moon centered in the frame. I set the exposure to get as much detail as possible on the moon surface, and made the photo.

In post, there was a little bit of work involved. I cropped a little to properly center the moon, and adjusted the white balance to compensate for the still relatively low angle of the moon in the sky. While this result cannot compare with some of the stupendously detailed images one can find of the moon, it still amazes me just how much detail can be captured with a single exposure on a(n admittedly high-end) non-specialist camera.

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