The moon was just rising when I spotted its bright glow through my neighbor’s oak tree. This was my first shot of the night, before the moon had risen above the tree line. Thin wispy clouds were causing the bright lunar orb to appear to glow in the evening sky.
Most times in the past I have photographed the full moon at f/11 (often called “lunar eleven”), but with the wind gusting briskly through the branches, I decided to shoot with the aperture wide open this time. I wanted to try to catch the leaves, that were silhouetted in front of the moon, as sharply as possible. This was taken from my back yard in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, USA.
The image was captured with a Canon EOS 30D DSLR camera body through a Canon EF 35-350mm f/3.5-5.6L lens, combined with a Canon EF 1.4X MK II expander. The resulting focal length for this shot was 490mm. I was shooting in full manual mode using manual focus, with a shutter speed of 1.3 seconds @ f/5.6. The camera’s ISO was set to 100. The camera was mounted on a Manfrotto tripod with a Manfrotto ball head. A remote shutter cable was used.
This photo is “straight from the camera”, totally as-is. The RAW image was converted to JPEG in Photoshop CS2 without any alterations of enhancements.
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