Remember a couple of weeks ago there was a 'super moon'? It's taken me a while to blog about it, I've been busy partying :)) Anyway one of my photographic missions in life is to get a decent moon-in-the-landscape shot. Preferably without resorting to stacking several shots. It must be possible, don't you think?
The 14th, when the moon was actually full here was much much too windy and cloudy to see anything. The 15th was a much clearer day and before sunset I headed down the coast to a new favourite beach side spot that has some photogenic sea rocks and a beachside pool. Nice ingredients for a shot. I thought I would be the only person with a tripod and camera there. Not so. Lots of people turned out to just look and many had cameras. Some had tripods. There was almost a party atmosphere. One guy had lens that was impressively big.
See him up on the hill?
He didn't stay there though and when the moon started to rise over the horizon he went down to the shadow of the hill, because the surf club up on the hill has these horrid orange tungsten lights that turn on at dusk.
To amuse myself while waiting I took these water ripple reflections of the rail at the edge of the sea pool. Then I went to the dark bit under the hill too.
I was wondering if the moon would photograph more detailed when closer to the horizon as part of a scene? Actually, no.
Here's my best picture of said 'super' moon and the ocean. I tried a variety of different settings, ISO's, shutter speeds, types of focus. All the things I'd read up on. Manual focus resulted in more detail in the moon but not of the landscape. (Below) That other light is the lights of a coal tanker that was sitting on the horizon.
So, the lesson learnt is that I have to get myself in a position where I have the moon against something else in the distance to have in focus as well, say some buildings or a bridge etc. Nevertheless I had a good time chatting with a few other photographers and being outsmarted once again by the beautiful moon.