Astro Photography – Shoot the Skies (p2)

I actually wanted to take a shot of a full moon, however it wasn’t quite to be – this shot was taken 2 days before the moon was at its fullest – although the end result here was actually very pleasing.

After using the excellent app PhotoPills to track when the next full moon would be, I decided to try a test shoot a couple of days before, and was I glad I did – because after this shoot the skies were so overcast you could hardly even see the moon anymore!

To get this shot, I set my camera up on my tripod and manually focused on the left side of the moon using Live View’s zoom. Again, I know this shot isn’t going to win any prizes but I am happy with it, and it has turned out better than I imagined it would.

Canon EOS 5D mkIII with Sigma 150-600mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sport Lens

1/125sec @ f/8, ISO 200 (600mm)

A relatively fast shutter speed is required as the moon actually moves a lot faster than you might think. The final image was sharpened and cropped down in Lightroom.

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