I’ve always wanted to be an astronomer. Now that my kit’s virtually complete, perhaps my next lens will be a telescope 🙂 Thankfully the moon doesn’t require anything more than a 200mm lens and a steady hand.
Tonight is a special night – the full moon is at its closest to the Earth since 1992, and London is blessed with beautifully clear skies after a gorgeous sunny day that finally heralds the spring after a bitterly cold and depressing winter. Which is why (for the astro-photo-geeks out there) I decided to break out the tripod and my 300mm lens (at f/8 1/125 (±2EV) ISO100 for the few who care), to capture the moon which indeed was bigger and brighter than usual.
Here’s hoping this marks a turning point in all the world’s fortunes… especially for everyone in Japan fighting to overcome the devastation and continuing threats brought on by the enormous Tohoku earthquake & tsunami just over a week ago, those in Queensland & Christchurch rebuilding after their own natural disasters, and all those battling oppression in Northern Africa…
Since moving here nearly six years ago, rarely have I taken the time to seek out the colours concealed beneath the drab grey of a typical cloudy day in Londontown. One fine evening last September, a man who sees more through one eye than most people with two changed that. I, and about 75 other photogs, joined Trey Ratcliff (aka Stuck in Customs) on a photowalk along the Thames to shoot some of London’s most famous landmarks to render in eye-popping colour with the HDR technique Trey is famous for (drop by his site for a daily dose of gorgeousness and his free HDR tutorial).
Incidentally, I’m sure it was no accident that Trey led his big tripod-toting mob past the most zealous of the UK’s notoriously anti-photog security guards on the eve of Sept 11 – in fitting support of the I’m a Photographer, Not a Terrorist! campaign (ok, political rant over.)
Not (just) a clumsy segue from the last post, but an attempt to break away from the dreariness of a London winter. Missing sunny (baking hot) Sydney just a little…..
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So, I’ve finally taken the plunge and joined the blogosphere. There’s quite a lot of back-filling to do (500Gb in fact), so while I patiently await the arrival of 2 more terabytes’ processing space (c’mon play.com!!), this might just be the perfect time to dip into the archives.
Since it might take awhile to catch up, here’s a sneak peak – fuller entries to follow soon, I promise!
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