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

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06-October-2011

Waxing Gibbous Moon. Autumn in New Jersey.

With the clear sky, and waxing gibbous moon I did some experiments to determine how to best get a sharp image of the moon through a 600 mm f/4 VR telephoto lens. The lens is mounted on a tripod with a Wimberley gimble tripod head. VR on the lens is turned off, and the camera set for “mirror up” mode. I used a remote release, and let the system stabilize for 30 seconds (time-out for mirror up) before the shutter would be triggered. The first five images are #1 (f/16, 1/50 sec); #2 (f/11, 1/100 sec); #3 (f/8, 1/200 sec); #4 (f/5.6, 1/400 sec); and #5 (f/4, 1/800 sec). I think the best was #4 (f/5.6, 1/400 sec), although all were pretty good. The next two images used a TC-E III 20 teleconverter for an effective focal length of 1200 mm #6 (f/16, 1/50 sec); #7 (f/11, 1/100 sec). Here I think #7 (f/11, 1/100 sec) is best. With the additional magnification, a faster shutter speed is needed to counteract the motion of the moon.

I also made several DSLR videos of the moon, since I was using my Nikon D3s camera body. When I reviewed the videos, I saw that I had captured at least two satellite transits in front of the moon. These transits are less than 1 second long. Subject for another post.

Waxing Gibbous Moon (75%). Autumn Night in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 600 mm f/4 VR lens.  (ISO 200, 600 mm, f/16, 1/50 sec). (David J Mathre)

Waxing Gibbous Moon (75%). Autumn Night in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 600 mm f/4 VR lens. (ISO 200, 600 mm, f/16, 1/50 sec). (David J Mathre)

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Waxing Gibbous Moon (75%). Autumn Night in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 600 mm f/4 VR lens.  (ISO 200, 600 mm, f/11, 1/100 sec). (David J Mathre)

Waxing Gibbous Moon (75%). Autumn Night in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 600 mm f/4 VR lens. (ISO 200, 600 mm, f/11, 1/100 sec). (David J Mathre)

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Waxing Gibbous Moon (75%). Autumn Night in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 600 mm f/4 VR lens.  (ISO 200, 600 mm, f/8, 1/200 sec). (David J Mathre)

Waxing Gibbous Moon (75%). Autumn Night in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 600 mm f/4 VR lens. (ISO 200, 600 mm, f/8, 1/200 sec). (David J Mathre)

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Waxing Gibbous Moon (75%). Autumn Night in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 600 mm f/4 VR lens.  (ISO 200, 600 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)

Waxing Gibbous Moon (75%). Autumn Night in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 600 mm f/4 VR lens. (ISO 200, 600 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)

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Waxing Gibbous Moon (75%). Autumn Night in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 600 mm f/4 VR lens.  (ISO 200, 600 mm, f/4, 1/800 sec). (David J Mathre)

Waxing Gibbous Moon (75%). Autumn Night in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 600 mm f/4 VR lens. (ISO 200, 600 mm, f/4, 1/800 sec). (David J Mathre)

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Waxing Gibbous Moon (75%). Autumn Night in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 600 mm f/4 VR lens + TC-E III 20 teleconverter.  (ISO 200, 1200 mm, f/16, 1/50 sec). (David J Mathre)

Waxing Gibbous Moon (75%). Autumn Night in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 600 mm f/4 VR lens + TC-E III 20 teleconverter. (ISO 200, 1200 mm, f/16, 1/50 sec). (David J Mathre)

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Waxing Gibbous Moon (75%). Autumn Night in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 600 mm f/4 VR lens + TC-E III 20 teleconverter.  (ISO 200, 1200 mm, f/11, 1/100 sec). (David J Mathre)

Waxing Gibbous Moon (75%). Autumn Night in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 600 mm f/4 VR lens + TC-E III 20 teleconverter. (ISO 200, 1200 mm, f/11, 1/100 sec). (David J Mathre)

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