Posted on October 3, 2020
I tried a few different setups to photograph the Harvest Moon on October 1st. I was setup in my sunroom shooting out the side door. So I lined up a few teleconverters to try different combinations to see what combinations would work or not work well. The combinations of teleconverters is also based on which teleconverters would actually fit and go together in stacking because of protruding lenses or openings around the lenses in the teleconverters. In all I used 4 different brands of Teleconverter for my tests & 5 different teleconverters. I usually would use my 400mm f/4 DO lens but I loaned that to a friend so I was using the Tamron 150-600mm @ 600mm with the Teleconverter combinations. I was just curious of the quality of the images with different combinations of Teleconverters. The Featured Image was shot @ 600mm with a 2X Teleconverter.
Category: Blog, Equipment, Tips & Techniques, yard & pond Tagged: EOS R, Harvest Moon, Moon, Stacking Teleconverters, Tamron 150-600mm lens, teleconverters
Posted on August 11, 2020
Here are a few images of an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly from our visit to Davidsons Mill Pond Park. The featured image is a single image shot with a Canon 300mm f/4 lens with a 2x teleconverter on a Canon 7D @ f/11. Image below was a Blend of 2 stacked images, blended in Photoshop with a soft edge on the seam. Field of View equivalent with the Canon 7D (1.6x crop camera) 300mm f/4 lens, Canon 2x teleconverter ~ 960mm. When using a 2x teleconverter your lens wide open will be @ f/8, not f/4 because you loose 2 stops of light with the 2x teleconverter. So I usually stop down at least 1 additional f/stop to help with sharpness because of the added teleconverter.
Category: Blog, Butterflys, Davidsons Mill Pond Park, Equipment, Panorama & Stacked Images, Tips & Techniques Tagged: 2 image pano, blending images, Butterflies, canon 300mm f/4 IS lens, Canon 7D, Canon Series 2X teleconverter, Davidsons Mill Pond Park, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, image blending, Moon, nature, swallowtail butterfly
Posted on December 10, 2019
Earlier I photographed this Moon rising in the early evening sky. I liked the wispy cloud going diagonally across the rising moon giving an abstract element to the image. Featured Image taken with a Canon 1D MkIV, 400mm f/4 DO lens with a 1.4X Teleconverter, handheld @ f/8, 1/640 sec, ISO400
A couple more moon images from previous moon shoots.
More Moons from past years.
Category: Blog, Skies and Clouds Tagged: Canon 1D MkIV, canon 400mm f/4 DO, Canon Series III 1.4X Teleconverter, Moon, Moonrise, Strawberry Moon
Posted on June 19, 2018
Moonrise in late afternoon. While I was looking for photo subjects in the yard, I thought the moon looked interesting with the thin cloud cover. Not great, but something for the blog.
Posted on March 10, 2018
After I finished photographing the sunset on Captiva beach and was on my way back to the condo, I noticed the moon was fairly bright. It was not a full moon, but I took a few shots anyway and liked how clear the sky was there. I am still going through images I shot there months ago, but will eventually get through them all.
Posted on November 18, 2016
The Full Moon on November 14th was the biggest and brightest until 2034. It was about 30,000 miles closer than usual. A moon can be called a “Supermoon” if it is up to 14% bigger and appears 30% brighter when it is at its farthest point in orbit. The moon orbit around Earth varies as it has an elliptical orbit. The next one similar to this one is expected to be on Monday November 25th, 2034. I do not think I will be staying up to photograph that one!
Category: Blog, Favorite Locations, Skies and Clouds Tagged: canon 400mm f/4 DO, Canon Series III Teleconverters, Moon, Super moom, Supermoon
Posted on March 30, 2015
Vultures are not my favorite bird, especially to photograph. I think they are probably one of the ugliest and smelliest birds out there. But they are excellent flyers. At The Celery Farm Natural Area in New Jersey, there was a large flock of Turkey Vultures & Black Vultures, along with over a hundred gulls, working on all the dead fish that were coming to the surface as the ice melted on the lake. I noticed them circling high in the sky then coming down to fight over the fish. Quite often they crossed by the moon. I could not get them both in focus in the same shot so I quickly shot a series of the flying bird then a sharp shot of the moon just as they just passed by. Then combined them in Photoshop.
Category: Birds, Blog, Celery Farm, Stacked Images, Wildlife Tagged: ce, Moon, Turkey Vulture
Posted on August 19, 2014
There were 2 Ospreys, flying around the first observation platform along the Wildlife Drive, fishing off in the distance at about 9:30 in the morning. I was waiting for one of them to cross over the moon, but they never did.
Category: Birds, Blackwater NWR, Cambridge MD, Blog, Skyscapes & Clouds, Wildlife Tagged: Blackwater NWR, Moon, osprey, Osprey Moon
Posted on July 13, 2014
The full moon this weekend will be extra large due to it proximity to the Earth. It is the first Super Moon of the year. The largest one will occur in August. The moon will peak around Saturday and will appear bigger and brighter than a normal full moon as it hits its closest point to Earth. The next Super Moon will be August 10th and September 9th. Here in New Jersey there was heavy cloud cover, but we had a slight break for a few minutes before the clouds rolled in again. I managed to get a few quick shots and then it was over. I will have to wait till August & September.
Category: Blog, Skyscapes & Clouds Tagged: Moon, Super Moon