Category Archives: Moon

Night Sky

A couple of shots taken last night when the skies were beautifully clear. First a waning moon…Click on the image to get the uncropped version.

moon

We have one moon. Jupiter has four, three of which are visible in this shot, also from last night. The lower moon is actually two very close together,hence the slight increase in brightness. The shot was taken hand-held, ISO 16000, f/5.6 and 1/60s.

Jupiter and its moons

Jupiter and its moons

Just a few other shots, taken before Sunday descended into rain.

A herring gull…

Herring gull

A blue tit…

Blue tit

And our local petrol station photographed from about a mile away. 😉

Petrol station

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens.

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Two Starlings and a Half Moon

I didn’t venture beyond the garden today. A small flock of starlings is making use of the trees at the rear of the garden and providing plenty of opportunities to practise photographing them in flight. Lots of erratic movement, which the 7D Mark II auto-focus copes with extremely well.

Starling

Starling coming in to land on the tree

Starling

Starling flying overhead

I did see a fox out there this evening, the one with the stumpy brush. No photos, but I did take a few shots of the moon which is waxing gibbous (great phrase) at 57% right now.

Moon

Waxing Gibbous

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L USM IS lens.

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Up in the Sky

I’m still playing around with the 7D Mark II and spent some time today calibrating the 400mm lens, which had felt a bit soft. I’d had to do the same with the previous camera and my method of calibrating is none too exact, though making the in-camera adjustments is easy. It may take me a few attempts to get the lens working to its maximum capability. That said, the settings are not too far off.

The first sequence (with the uncalibrated 400mm lens) is a sparrowhawk flying over the garden this morning, startling (but not attacking) a small flock of starlings.

sparrowhawk and starlings

The sparrowhawk flies close to the starlings

The starlings wheeled away. The sparrowhawk was searching, but not hunting. It hung over the garden for a while longer.

sparrowhawk

sparrowhawk

sparrowhawk

The next shot, of a helicopter, was taken with the 100-400mm lens.

Helicopter

Now a herring gull (I’d calibrated the 400mm lens by this point and was using the 1.4 extender).

Herring gull

There’s one other regular feature in the sky that is hard to miss. It appeared mid to late afternoon.

Moon

Moon before nightfall – 400mm lens

And it was still there tonight.

Moon

Moon after dark – 400mm lens + 1.4x extender

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II. Lenses are the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L USM IS lens, EF 400mm f/5.6L USM and Canon EF 1.4xIII extender as indicated.

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