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Moon Rise - 6 July 2009

Paul Davis

Cairns, Australia

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Testing Testing one two three….

This is not cropped… It has been darkened in photoshop but the overall colours have not changed. It was darkened because the moon rises here while the sun is still up.

This was literally taken only half an hour ago (from the time I write this).

at 5:52pm on 6 July 2009 (AEST) the moon was shot using a 650-1300mm Phoenix Lens (not as crappy as some made out to be by the looks of things).

This is the first time I used the lens – and lucky the OM-4/3 fitting turned up today – just in time for the full moon (actually it’s only 99.4% illuminated)!

There’s no tricks in the colour here as said above (other than the darkening). The moon appears red/yellow as the sun sets and the camera picks that up nicely.

I have worked out I need a new tripod – the lens weighs 2kg!!! And at full extension the tripod was creaking a little.

Plus I’d like small adjusts.

If you’re looking at this photo and want to comment – feel free. I need plenty of advice for this new lens.

Just some info on the lens:

It’s a 650-1300mm lens but has fixed aperture. At 1300mm it is F/16 and there’s nothing you can do about it. So rather than paying about $5000 (probably a lot more) this one was well under $500 – but you have to live with fixed aperture.

It has a T-mount and I have two adapters required for the Olympus 4/3 – the T-mount to Olympus OM and then from OM to 4/3.

I have taken some shots of birds on powerlines – about 500m away as though I was standing next to them. I took a photo of a forest fire 15km away!!! Though as yet I am still working on clarity.

This is one of about 15 shots I took tonight of the moon – it was hard to choose which was the best – but I like this one – it’s quite clear and I feel this lens has just earned my respect!

Thanks for looking :)

Camera: Olympus E-30
ISO 320
Shutter 1/125th
Exposure Compensation -0.7 (don’t forget the sun was up)

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