April Moon

Astronomy and space has always fascinated me. The beauty of nature as well. I was just outside walking and saw a beautiful deep blue sky with a sliver of a moon and Venus shining bright next to it. I wish I had had my camera and tripod with me to capture. By the time I got home, it was dark, but I still wanted to take the moon. Given I did not use a tripod, it’s not a bad shot.

Since I was taking this shot without a tripod, I wanted to reduce the effects of shake. One rule of thumb is that a picture will be blurry if the shutter speed matches the focal length. For example, if you have a 24mm lens, you can shoot as slow as 1/24. I used the 250mm lens, so I tried to get the shutter speed to under 1/250, though the picture came out too dark. I did manage to get a good shot at 1/50. I could have upped the ISO and opened the aperture, but the moon moved behind trees in the time I tried to make the settings. I am still glad I got a good shot after all.

Camera: Canon 80D
Lens: EF-S 55-250mm at 250mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Shutter Speed: 1/50
ISO: 320
Postprocessing: Lightroom


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