On my way home from my barbershop concert last night this huge moon was rising over Mt. Shasta. You know one of those huge optical illusion orangeish moons. I rushed home and grabbed my tripod and camera and drove south looking for a good spot to take a picture.
I wish I knew more about how to get a great image of this type of scene. I played around with a lot of different exposures and shutter speeds. I first had on my 35mm f/1.8 G lens and after a bunch of shots I switched for my 18-200mm zoom lens hoping to isolate Mt. Shasta a little better. Unfortunately the moon was getting higher in the sky and getting brighter all the time.
Once I got the images home the best ones were from the 35mm. Not sure it was necessarily the lens, the lighting was just a little better. Focusing was difficult, because it was so dark auto focus wasn’t working. I switched to manual focus and tried a few focus settings from infinity to a little closer. Some turned out okay and some didn’t.
I would love to get some better shots like this so I’ll be doing some research on how to obtain decent photographs by moonlight.