Shooting The Moon
I thought having an extension tube might be a good idea. The theory was that it would multiple my zooms by 2. So the 300mm zoom would become 600mm at a stroke. I trawled through second-hand website and came up with this:
So, I thought the moon might be a good target. Luna has always eluded me, in the sense that I’ve never really got a good picture of it. It’s very bright especially compared to the night sky. This makes metering a problem. I am not surprised to hear that many astronomers dislike the full moon because it drowns everything else out. But’s it’s a dramatic and craggy subject, full of contrasts that suit monochrome film. Having a clear night, I though I would try for the half moon.
This was the scene outside so I set the Canon up with the converter attached. I discovered a lot of zoom power but it costs a couple of stops in exposure and the autofocus becomes problematic. I had to rely on the tripod and my own eyes to focus correctly. The cable release came in handy as well.
And the end result was this:
Not too bad with a bit of help from Photoshop. There’s some good detail on the craters at the south pole but the image is a little soft. I’m still trying to capture that elusive great picture of the moon.