Friday, April 23, 2010

I Totally ROCK!! (or maybe my camera does)

I'm kind of, just a little bit, only a tad excited.
Or maybe a whole lot!!
as I was sitting on my couch, I noticed that I could see the moon through the skylight
(nothing thrilling yet... just nice.)
I mentioned this to my daughter and she came and cuddled up next to me
so we could look at the moon together. 
(♫ Somewhere out there...♪♫)

I could have just sat there, enjoying this moment, 
but as I stared it occurred to me that maybe, just maybe, 
my brand new zoom lens could get a picture of this moon.
I snapped a few pictures, but they were all too bright.
It occurred to me to change the aperture.
A little more... 
better again.   

But maybe I should get off my couch and go outside.
Maybe the picture would be a tad clearer if I weren't shooting through a dirty skylight.

It's possible.

And maybe if I take a few more shots...
mess with the aperture and the ISO just a bit more.
(Heck yeah!  I just discovered the manual button)
Maybe I can get a picture like this!!!!!!!!!!!!
Oh, yeah!
(It's hard to tell, but that's a darn good picture.)

Hang on... let me zoom in for you.
Check it out!
There are craters!  

Wait... one more zoom...
Seriously, I took that picture!
Standing on my back porch holding my new camera in my hands (no tripod.)

So cool!
Yeah, I'm just a little bit excited.
Maybe other people have taken pictures of the moon before.
(I mean it's not like I just discovered it.)
And maybe they've taken better pictures than this one, 
I really never even considered taking a picture like that
and I think you can tell that I'm kind of thrilled by it.
I'm sure I owe most of this to a really cool zoom lens 
and a pretty awesome new camera,
but I think I'll take a little of the credit.

Because you asked... and because I should have thought to mention it,
this is the lens I used.
Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS

Click on it and it will take you to B&H photo.

Oh... and just to be clear... the last two pictures are just the fourth picture cropped a lot!


Jess said...

Oh. My. Gosh. ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!! That is awesome! The detail and contrast is amazing!

I'm just about to order the 70-200 2.8 IS. Just what the heck lens were you using?

I can't wait to take moon pictures when I get mine. Every time I see the moon I think, "You are going to be mine. All mine."

So what to shoot next with your cool zoom?

Jientje said...

I am in awe, this is such a cool shot! Hand held and all? I LOVE the detail!!! W.O.W!!!

Leslie said...

that is so cool...before you said it i shouted...I can see craters!!!! and then i read you had written the same thing. what kind of lens is that. it is awesome. wow you do rock...

T.J. said...

Shout to the Heavens this is fabulous, stunning?... no words for it's greatness!!!!! Pat yourself on the back Colleen you ARE officially a photographer now. I mean, sure the camera was able to capture the detail, but who thought to point it to the moon? who changed the settings appropriately? who is honing in her photographer's eye? YOU YOU YOU!!!!!!!!

alita said...

SHUT UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I love this. I mean I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS!

Grammie/Mom said...

Absolutely AMAZING Colleen!!!!! The full moon is next week, the 28th...that should be an awesome picture too!!

Dan said...

WOW. It's like a space telescope you've got there. Great picture!

MaryMary said...

Look at you with your setting of apertures and ISOs! And hand held--well done! Beautiful photo!

Elizabeth said...

this is waaaayyyy cool!!!! I'm so excited for you!!!!

Brown Family Blog said...

I would be excited too!!! That is so cool that I called Jeremy over to see it! Wow!

Mrs Soup said...

That is so awesome. Congratulations on playing around with your camera!! WOO!

Megan said...

the moon is so lovely! i'm glad you got out to enjoy it, and brought your camera to keep it for memory. nice work!

Shelle said...

that is one great camera! oh yeah the photographer must be great too ;;)

Faith said...

NICCEEEE! way to go girl! thanks for the details on this shot...I have a 70-300 but not canon...I might try it sometime though to see if it will work!