Thursday, January 29, 2009

New Moon

OK, so it's not technically *exactly* the new moon tonight... but it's the first time I've seen the moon in a while and it's more new than anything else!

Come to find out that the human eye is still the most magnificent optical instrument in creation. I can see it all at once, but I find that with my camera I can show you either the whole moon, with the sunlit side completely blown out in glare...



... OR the really cool sunlit side itself. Alas for a lens that could REALLY bring detail into focus at that distance. As it is, I used a 300mm lens, a tripod, and a delayed shutter release so my hands wouldn't cause any lens blur.



I wonder if I were to try a manual focus if I couldn't get it just a littler sharper...? And I also wonder what planet that is -- anybody know??

8 comments:

Jacque Uetz said...

OH Judi this is a wonderful photo!! I love it!!! Keep up the great work.I have no idea what planet I thought it was a star roflol!!

Kerry said...

Wowee!! Great shot!!

Serena said...

Don't be so hard on yourself, Judi...these are AMAZING photos!!! I'm in awe!

HElen said...

Great shot! What a wonderful photos! Wow!

Cheryl said...

I especially like the close up one and I can just barely make out the shape of the dark side of the planet. Really great photos and way above my camera expertise.

Linda Fleming said...

I absolutely love that second photo! Great shot, Judi!

Mike Fleming said...

I was out trying to get a shot of the moon but then when I came in and saw yours I gave up, great shot.

Jennifer Rose said...

wonderful moon shot :D