A good sunset is something to be admired, that evening we were served with a great sunset and beautiful light.
On the top of the hill lies the “Northcliff Water Tower”, literally a landmark of Johannesburg as it can be seen from kilometers away.
Oddly enough not the easiest place to get to but worth the trip.
You might find this really hard to believe, the ball you see on the right in the photo, it’s the moon, simple as that, it was shot tonight, hand held with a Sony mirrorless fitted with a zoom lens.
I often get asked how do you shoot the moon, my photos are always blown out, I can never see details, it’s too bright…
That is because your camera is seeing the night but the moon is daylight, see my settings below and try it. You may be out by a stop but it’s a good general rule.
And remember, a tripod helps and your 35mm equivalent lens length should also be your minimum speed, so don’t be shy to compensate with ISO, try sticking in the f/9-11 simply because the chances are your lens (and in my experience most lenses are) will probably give you the sharpest results there. This photo is also heavily cropped, because even at 315mm equivalent the moon is far, at some 384,400 km.
Enjoy your shooting.
Last night saw our first storm of the rain season, summer if you like, it was not particularly impressive in my area but I heard that it was accompanied with hail in other parts of the city.
Though I have successfully shot lightning in the past, I had never tried with a digital camera. This was on my to do list and will definitively do it again.
One aspect I did not remember was the patience required for this type of photography, this was my 2nd 30 sec shot, though I caught it a couple of times again this was the “shot”, the others where in the corners or barely visible.
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
Settings: 30sec, f/18, ISO100
Focal Length: 105mm
35mm Focal Length: 105mm
Software: Photoshop Ligthroom 5.6