I have tried to make a decent photograph of the Moon for over fifty years. Now that might seem to be an exaggeration of sorts, but I can tell you that is how long it took me to finally get it almost right,
By a decent photograph I mean in-focus, not over or under exposed too much and not obscured by a haze. Well, tonight I was finally able to make a tick mark on My Bucket List as is shown by the above photo. It is still not as crisp as I would like it or as I have seen in other photographers work.
The humidity was 74% and the air was heavy. I don’t know if that was a reason for my less than perfectly sharp focus. I do believe the sharpness that I did meet was in part due to the TriggerTrap app. It was the first time I used it for this type of shot since I purchased it. Definitely a very useful and easy to use app.
August Moon Equipment
Equipment and settings:
- Nikon D90 set on manual, ISO 200, Aperture set at F11, Shutter Speed at 125, and manual focus as well.
- The lens is a Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-300 1:4.5-5.6 G ED also set to manual focus, VR set to off. The lens was zoomed in at 300mm.
- Apple iPhone with the TriggerTrap app, using the Timelapse option. TriggerTrap to Nikon D90 dongle.
- A heavyweight SLIK tripod to further reduce any vibration.
Red Fox – Island Beach State Park, NJ
I took a drive over to Island Beach State Park back in March of 2014. Upon entry to the park I was greeted by no less than seven fox, at separate moments along the main road. They were just trotting along and I stopped, they stopped, I made some photos, they gave a little howl and then proceeded down the road. That is until I came to the last one.
I stopped in the roadway, (BTW – there was no traffic at all) he stopped and took a seat. I photographed him, he looked around, presumably to check for traffic, then he posed some more.
I was getting cold with the open window, so I shut it, and the fox left. The rangers said he was looking for a hand out.
My two granddaughters were hanging out together, probably watching Sesame Street or Dora. My son Rob made a great catch with his iPhone and then I couldn’t resist the added touch with Comic Life. That inner voice in me keeps saying make people laugh.
I was exercising my newly obtained Senior Citizen pass to New Jersey state parks this past Saturday. The pass allows me to enter any New Jersey State Park for FREE; the operative word here is FREE, I don’t even have to pay for parking. My first state park to visit was Island Beach State Park.
Just what the sign says… After Labor Day, before Memorial Day at most beaches in New Jersey.
After the beach, I drove over to Seaside Heights. And not too far from where I parked I found this crazy looking dinosaur.
This is a figurehead from one of the children’s rides at the Jersey shore. I have named it “Dinosaur with Goiter”. If you don’t know… look it up.
The Itsy-Bitsy Spider
I had stopped for a cup of coffee and when I came out of the store, I spotted this spider very slowly repairing this web. Could be an old spider renovating and old web. Gentrification of a neighborhood, insect world style.