Harvest Moon – Multi-stacked Teleconverter Tests

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.

Harvest Moon, 600mm, 2X Teleconverter & 1.4X Teleconverter
Harvest Moon, 1.4X, 1.7X & 2X Teleconverters with Tamron 150-600mm Lens @ 600mm
EOS R, 150-600mm Tamron Lens @600mm, 1.4X Teleconverter, 1.7X Teleconverter & Sigma 2X Teleconverter. iPhone Image of one of the stacked teleconverter combinations.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly @ 960mm

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. Swallowtail_v4_960mm_7D_MG_2578


Moonrise Thru The Clouds

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.

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Moon Over Captiva, Florida – 300mm f/4 lens, 1.4X Teleconverter, f/8, 1/200 sec., 300mm f/4 lens w/ 1.4X Teleconverter, -1 stop exposure compensation


Strawberry Moon – 400mm f/4 DO lens, 1.4X Teleconverter, f/10, 1/400 sec, ISO 400

More Moons from past years.
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Moonrise in the Afternoon

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.

Moon Over Captiva Island, Florida

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.

Super Moon November 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!



Mooning Vulture

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.

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Blackwater NWR Osprey Moon

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.

Super Moon July 12th 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.

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And then the Clouds Rolled In and It Was Over. Super Moon – July 12th, 2014



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