Doesn't Look Super To Me!

My first serious attempt at shooting the moon.

In a previous post I outlined my attempt at getting the Super Moonrise over the San Francisco East Bay hills. Not so successful. ('So' being defined as 'NOT') I did see the moonrise from my car on the freeway, and honestly, this wasn't going to be anybody's work of art, so I felt less badly that I'd forgotten to take my extra camera batteries, that it was so hazy you could barely make out the distant hills, etc.

A couple of hours later, I stepped out of my apartment to see where the moon was. Right where I thought it would be, but smaller looking than the 'Super Moon' event earlier. Nevertheless, I ran back in and brought out my tripod and set up for a few shots.

I have a Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 'superzoom' (12X) camera. It's pretty good in good light, in spite of its point-and-shoot sensor. Get above ISO 200 though, or take a long exposure, and it falls apart. And the sensor technology is now more than seven years old- ancient, by digital photography standards.

You can see that, while I got the gist of the situation, the details are, shall we say, dicey. I'll have to experiment in the daylight with infinite focus and see what I did wrong. I was able to sharpen some and get this result. Not a fantastic moon photo, but hey, it's my first. The zoom range on my camera is 36mm to 436mm equivalent. I never got around to buying the 2x converter, which would have made this, perhaps, a better shot. At least, I think I could have more accurately focused at 872mm.

So this is it. The Super Moon.



Some Sky, Some Haze, No Clouds

Sometimes 'Mother Nature' is a . . . uh, uncooperative.

So, I went out along the San Francisco Bay shoreline, thinking I might snag a photo of the rising "Super Moon" that everyone's been pimping this week. It had been a clear day where I live, so it seemed like a good idea. Heh. You'd think that 10 miles away conditions might be similar? But, nooooo!

I set up the camera and tripod anyway, and noticed that my battery was low. Ordinarily I would have brought my camera case containing two extra batteries. Of course, this was the trip where I rushed out without them. So I tried a few shots of this and that, and decided that the rising moon wasn't going to happen for me. What to do?

"Look up, look down, look around, look behind you." I've heard the pro guys repeat the mantra enough times that I turned westward and through the haze the sun was settng over San Francisco. I grabbed a few shots, of which this was the best. Then I headed for home.

From the highway, what did I see? Moonrise over the East Bay hills, albeit a hazy one. Later in the evening I went out and attempted my very first serious moon shots. I'll post the shot (yeah- definite article, singular) later.

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