Wednesday (08-April-2020) — New Jersey

Backyard Springtime Night Sky Over New Jersey.

One day past the Full Moon. Comparison images taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens with and without a 2.0x TC-EIII teleconverter. Both images zoomed to project as the same size. To my eye, the one without the teleconverter is sharper.

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One day after full moon. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 800, 400 mm, f/11, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
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One day after full moon. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens + 2.0x TC-EIII (ISO 800, 800 mm, f/11, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)

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Seven-Years Ago (01-September-2012) — Celtic Sea

Gone to see Europe. Semester at Sea. Fall 2012 Semester Voyage on the MV Explorer. Day 10: At Sea, North Atlantic Ocean, Celtic Sea, and Irish Sea.

There were several Northern Gannets following the MV Explorer. I wanted to get an image of one crossing the full moon. I took lots of pictures, but only came close a few times. Then there was the issue of whether the moon, or the bird should be in focus.


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Friday (24-August-2018) — New Jersey

Summer Nighttime Sky Over New Jersey.

Composite of nearly full moon images. Rather than an in-camera composite image (as I have done in the past), these were created during post processing (Photoshop CC Pro, statistics, maximum). I set a Nikon D5 camera up with a 600 mm f/4 VR telephoto lens to take images every 1 second. I was hoping to catch a jet pass in front of the moon, as I had seen the previous night — but no joy. When I get some time I will make a time-lapse video of the moon crossing the screen.

Seven Moons. Composite of images taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR telephoto lens (ISO 100, 600 mm, f/11, 1/250 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Seven Moons. Composite of images taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR telephoto lens (ISO 100, 600 mm, f/11, 1/250 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)


Wednesday (30-May-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

I woke up at 03:00 (still trying to figure out what time zone I am in) and noticed the sky was pretty clear and the full moon was bright. I tried several cameras, and got the best image of the moon with the Nikon D810a camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens. Later on during the day, more birds at the bird feeder.

Full Moon. Image taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 600 mm f/4 VR telephoto lens (ISO 200, 600 mm, f/4, 1/200 sec). (David J Mathre)
Full Moon. Image taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 600 mm f/4 VR telephoto lens (ISO 200, 600 mm, f/4, 1/200 sec). (David J Mathre)


Two-Years Ago (22-February-2016) — Burma (Myanmar)

Gone to See the World. Semester at Sea Spring 2016 Voyage on the MV World Odyssey. Day 48: Yangon, Burma (Myanmar).

Everyone had to be back on the ship by 22:00. We remained docked in Yangon and didn’t depart until the following day which was a class day. The moon was full (or nearly full) so I had the opportunity to take pictures of folks appearing to be looking at or holding the moon. I stood back some distance, and used a telephoto lens so the size of the moon would appear to be relatively large. What I wasn’t able to do was have both the person and the moon to be in focus, so the images are composites. The low light also required that I increase the ISO to 6400 for the images.



Individual images in the slide show can be viewed here.