July 3, 2012


Some images from home, including….wait for it….a MOON image!  Gosh, you surely didn’t see THAT coming, did you?


Nikon D5000 with a Nikkor 18-70mm F/3.5-4.5G ED lens shot at F/6.3 and a 3 second shutter speed.  ISO 100.  Focal length: 18mm.

Some of the neighbor kids were setting off fireworks.  Even in my late forties, I still love fireworks, (as long as they’re done by Midnight), so I grabbed my D5K and tried to capture some.  What you do NOT see here is a much better show, missed because my camera quickly went from the cool A/C indoors to the steamy outdoors; it totally fogged up.  More on that later.  I hope the kids do another round of these tonight (it’s July 4 as I’m building this page).




Nikon D7000 with a Tamron SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD lens/Tamron SP AF 2X tele-converter lens shot at F/16 and a 1/15 of a second shutter speed.  ISO 100.  Focal length: 600mm.  IMAGE CROPPED.

During the local fireworks display, my neighbor Scott pointed out the orange moon, so I dragged out the D7000 and my Bogen Honker (honk…honk) and got this.  It’s my understanding the orange color is related to the wildfires out west in CO and MT.  We also had dewpoints in the middle 70’s in our area.  Whatever the reason, how you get the orange color to show up properly at this focal length is what I’m about to discuss.  Oh, and before I forget, I was eaten alive by the mosquitoes to get this shot.


Items of note:

First off, let me tackle the condensation issue, which cost me some neat fireworks images.  If you take a camera from a cool and dry environment to a hot and muggy one, it may very well fog up.  That equates to 5-10 minutes of waiting for your gear to clear, while all the good shots are being missed.  However, the late Galen Rowell may have a quicker solution.  He suggested first putting the camera in a plastic bag, and then bring it outside.  He said the condensation will tend to form on the bag, and less on your camera.  I just tried this, and it seemed to work rather well.  It’s also a good idea to do this when you come back inside.  Moisture and electronics are not a good mix.  Anyway, your results may vary, but it’s worth a try.


On the orange moon, check out these two images:


These were taken at the same time, with the same camera, same lens, and the same F-stop.  The only difference is the one on the left was taken at 1/13th of a second, while the one on the right was taken at 1/15 of a second.  That’s it!  One little adjustment and look at the difference.  I had an orange Quarter Moon while at the Palisades but I couldn’t get the right color, as I didn’t realize the exposure was this tricky.  I do now.  Please be aware of this fine tuning when you shoot your own orange moon images.  Have fun!




                                                                                                                                                                         all images © Scott Woelm – July 2012