A Photo A Day … October 19 2013

This is one of the photos that I took late last night whilst waiting for the never appearing lunar eclipse. I set the camera up, pointing it at the road on its tripod and opened the shutter speed to thirty seconds. As the boat was not in, there were not that many cars and lorries going both ways, making the light trails quite weak.

I also like the burst effect of the lights as well

October 19 2013

Time For A Moonie

Yesterday, I posted a photo of the moon and over the last few days I have been asked about how I photograph it. Rather than answer in comments, I thought I would do a post to explain settings and such-forth and so-like.

When I take the photos of the moon, the first thing I always do is fit the camera to my tripod. It is a lot easier keeping the camera steady when you are not holding it hehe. I also set the camera to take photos with the wireless remote control. Although if I am not sure where I have put the remote, I set the camera on a timer. That way, there is no sudden jolt on the taking of the picture.

I also take photos with different shutter speeds and ISO settings.

Here are a few with the ISO settings and shutter speeds. The first six are dusk, with the next four being dark.

Shutter speed 60 ISO 400

Time – 18:00
Shutter Speed 1/60 sec
ISO 400

Shutter Speed 800 ISO 400

Time – 18:01
Shutter Speed 1/800 sec
ISO 400

Time - 18:01 Shutter Speed 800 ISO 1600

Time – 18:01
Shutter Speed 1/800 sec
ISO 1600

Time - 18:02 Shutter Speed 250 ISO 1600

Time – 18:02
Shutter Speed 1/250 sec
ISO 1600

Time - 18:02 Shutter Speed 15 ISO 100

Time – 18:02
Shutter Speed 1/15 sec
ISO 100

Time - 18:04 Shutter Speed 60 ISO 400

Time – 18:04
Shutter Speed 1/60 sec
ISO 400

Time - 19:49 Shutter Speed 320 ISO 100

Time – 19:49
Shutter Speed 1/320 sec
ISO 100

Time - 19:50 Shutter Speed 1600 ISO 100

Time – 19:50
Shutter Speed 1/1600 sec
ISO 100

Time - 19:50 Shutter Speed 3200 ISO 100

Time – 19:50
Shutter Speed 1/3200 sec
ISO 100

Time - 19:50 Shutter Speed 1/4000 sec ISO 100

Time – 19:50
Shutter Speed 1/4000 sec
ISO 100

 

 

 

For other ways of understanding how ISO works, please take a look at this page which can give you much more helpful information. Understand ISO

 

A Photo A Day … October 17 2013

I had a play with this photo today. I took this as an early evening photo while the sky was still relatively blue. After taking about 20-30 photos of the moon, I chose this one and darkened it so that the craters could be seen, and then I turned it black and white. I think (personally) that it causes it to be more of a sinister photo.

I want to thank each and every one of you who comes to visit my blog. I am sorry that I can’t always come to visit yours, but I am trying. My time is somewhat limited at the moment. 

October 17 2013

Shine On Harvest Moon

The title of this from a 1908 song Shine On, Harvest Moon, but I didn’t realise that until I was looking at information what I did base this on, which was an old TV program here in the UKShine On Harvey Moon set in World War Two.

As the skies cleared, I thought I would go out and take some photos of the moon tonight, and I made some adjustments to my camera. I set my exposure to 1/4000 sec (one four-thousandth of a second) and the ISO to HI-1 (higher than 16). When you look at the first image, you can clearly see the moon (as if you hadn’t noticed), but when I blew it up, cropped it and then darkened it to remove the noise, you can see three stars as well which I have arrowed. I was quite excited about finding that. I did try to take some photos through my telescope, but my camera felt it was too good for something like that and refused to play.

Moon & Stars Orig

Moon & Stars