Big moon rising at the end of cataract gorge

big moon rising at the end of Cataract gorge

In another 28 days that ole moon will rise slap dab in the centre of the bridge but unfortunately it won’t appear as large as this one! Raw image processed in Luminar. The app is very nice to use I feel the noise reduction could be a little stronger and a little better. This was shot at ISO 640 resting on a rail. I havent done a side by side comparrison yet but it seems about the same as LR.

Another night another lens…

ANOTHER NIGHT AMOTHER LENS  AT CLARENDON NORTH MIDLANDS TASMANIA

Another night another lens. As I state at the head of this blog I have long been an aficionado of the Leica Marque but for several reasons previously mentioned I switched to a Fujifilm Xpro1. As a result of the Leica connection I still have a few lenses one of them is the Zeiss 25mm Biogon. Its not the widest lens I have for the Xpro1 but it is manual and as sharp as anything I will ever need. In spite of the fact that Leica glass is very highly prized and god knows I have spent enough time with them the Zeiss M mount lenses have a warmness that Leica doesn’t possess and I feel it comes through in this shot. The blue does not have the crisp ice quality and the grass under what is normally a cool moon light looks warmer to me.
I really like the Bulb setting on the Xpro1 the screen becomes a timer when the shutter is depressed. That’s a really nice touch Fuji, thanks! I was thinking about buying a trigger trap timer to connect with my iPhone but because of the fact that Xpro1 has a threaded cable release I will put it off for a while and use my 60 year old mechanical cable release given to me as a boy by a retired press photographer from the Lancashire Evening Post.
This shot was baked too long at 32 seconds. The land is sharp but the stars have lost focus and have become ovoid, caused by the earths movement. So next time 20 seconds at ƒ2.8, 1600 ISO should catch it nicely…

Astrophotography…

Astrophotography Clarendon with the milky way as a backdrop

When partner takes an interest in a subject invariably the other half becomes involved at some level such is the case with astronomy. My nearest & dearest has had a bubbling under the surface interest in astronomy for several years, a few apps and the odd book only served to propagate this interest to a higher intensity until a few weeks ago when a decision was made ‘purchase a telescope’.

A few days later the object of a long desire arrived and a few days after that the Tamar Valley Astronomy Group was contacted. The date was set to go to a meeting under the stars at Clarendon Homestead. Clarendon is a country home in the grand neo classical style. Once the home of a well to do farmer, built in the nineteenth century its now owned by the national trust and presents a stunning forground to an equally stunning view of the milky way. I have to say its a very long time since I have seen the sky at night so clearly and this is one of the very first group of astro photographs I have captured. Its a peculiarity that in all of the years that I have been using a camera this sector of the craft is new to me. So much still to learn…