Last Night’s Rising Moon

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.


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