David Mathre Photography

Welcome to my Images of the Day Photo blog. My goal is to post images from each day of the year going back to 2006 when I got my first DSLR camera. My photographic interest include Travel, the Natural World, Landscapes, and Photographic Techniques. I try to include information for each image as to where, when, why and how the image was processed. Most of the images are available for purchase -- either as prints or rights managed (Clicking on an image brings you to the ShepArt Studio Team Site). Comments about the images or this site are always welcome. DJM



Veteran’s Day Waxing Crescent Moon.

Waxing Crescent Moon. Image taken with Nikon D3s and 400 mm f/2.8 lens with TC-E 2.0 teleconverter (ISO 200, 800 mm f/8, 1/100 sec).

3 Responses to “11-November-2010”

  1. Jim Batey says:

    Nice. 800mm really pulls it in.

    BTW, I’m thinking of buying the Nikkor 80-400. What do you think of it ? Is the focusing speed a problem for birds. I guess the moon does not move that fast, so it should be OK for that.


    • David says:

      The 80-400 VR was my second lens when I bought my first DLSR (D200) in 1996. It has been one of my most used lenses. I could walk around for hours using it hand-held. Many of my best bird and other animal images were taken with this lens. It is slow to auto-focus (better with the newer pro-bodies with higher power drives). After learning its capabilities, you know how to use it. I would often bracket or shoot in burst mode to have more than one chance at good focus for an image. One feature not often recognized is that it takes something like 20 turns of the screw drive to go all the way from closest focus to infinity, thus it can be much more accurate in focusing than many more recent lenses. Make sure you get the most recent version as it has a closer near focus range. Many of us have been waiting for an AF-S upgrade, but the upgrade may not have the focus accuracy of the original.

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