My Favourites — Lens-Artists Challenge #129

Hi all 😃 My entry for this weeks challenge, set by Tina: Favourite Images of 2020.

Travel was very much curtailed in 2020, but it’s amazing what we can see within walking distance of home!

Starting off with these shots of a visiting squirrel drinking from small puddles on the shed roof.

Squirrel having a drink
Squirrel having a drink

Had a lot of fun playing with my new macro lens; these are my favourites!

My lensball was also a new toy, & much experimantation helped me to learn what does & doesn’t work. Basically, yay for landscapes! although the shot of daisy cottage with a daisy had to make the selection too 😃

…and finally, I managed to get a decent shot of the moon (the last full moon of 2020) 😃😃

Full moon

A Decent Shot of the Moon (finally)!

Hi all 😃

This morning sees the last full moon of 2020, so I thought I’d have yet another go at capturing it. Up until today, all my shots of the moon were over-exposed & subject to the dreaded camera shake (even when using a tripod). My awesome wife found a video on YouTube by Paul Farris at Photo Genius.

Moon shooting by Photo Genius

I knew what was going wrong with previous shots, and had mostly got the issues sorted, but no matter how hard I tried, couldn’t get rid of camera shake (every time I pressed the shutter release, there was shake 😩). Apparently the trick is as simple as using the timer on the camera 🤔 Having watched the video, I set up & headed into the back garden at about 5am, pitch black & a chilly -3℃. I say pitch black, apart from the moon obviously 😂

Some of the shots were over exposed & lacked definition.

Over exposed full moon
Over exposed full moon

Some were under exposed but with good definition.

Under exposed full moon
Under exposed full moon

…and finally, I think I manged to hit the sweet spot 🎉 with good definition & exposure level 😃 with a shutter speed of 1/60 s 🤘

Sweet spot full moon
Sweet spot full moon