A Night’s Tail

Nothing to do with the Chaucer story or the Heath Ledger film, or even Fievel the mouse. These are some photos that I took last night and tonight. The two with dates, the last two, were ones I took with a different camera. These were with a bridge camera. I was told that if I used the “sunset” mode it would give me a perfect shot of the moon. The last photo is the result of that, but I like the way it looked.

Photos 2-6 are ones I took on a 30 second shutter speed of different directions from my balcony.

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 11 2013

A few days ago, Penny – from The Why About This – posted a photo of forks. I had never thought of creating art out of something like that. I said to Penny that I would start to try similar things in the coming months, and as my pain levels are high today, I thought I would give it a go and start with the forks.

I laid the forks onto the top of reflective silver take-out lids and set the camera onto four second shutter speed. I stood a second reflective lid on the side to stop any colours reflecting back. Then I held a third reflective lid above the forks, pressed the remote for the shutter and used the external flash on weak twice.

October 11 2013