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Moon Rise over Tramore, Co. Waterford

Nov 10 2014
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I remember when I was young seeing the moon rise between two houses and it seemed to be massive. It turns out that the closer the moon is to the horizon it can see bigger than it was. Combine that with using a telephoto lens which compresses the scene and you can give some extra bang your moon shots. I knew the moon was full on the night I was heading for a walk. It was around 5:30pm and I checked the StarWalk iPhone App which told me that the moon would rise at 6:20pm. The best vantage point for […]

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Supermoon August 10th

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Aug 10 2014
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I didn’t get out with the camera in time to see the Supermoon rise on August 10th (once source quoted 10:48 as being the moon rise time) . By the time I released it was earlier I decided to wait until the moon was thigh enough in the sky to get a clear shot at it. I decided to use the Canon 70-300 to get in close and used ISO 200 so not to add too much noise. The Shutter speed was 1/400 to eliminate any hand shaking blur and I used f/7.1 to allow in a decent amount of light. The […]

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SuperMoon Shot with New 70-300 Lens

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Jul 16 2014
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My Canon 70-300 lens got a battering over the past few years (I had it over 6 years) so I invested in a brand new 70-300. The latest version of this zoom lens has IS and 2 auto-focus modes. The zoom is incredible and I have taken some great shots of aircraft at 36,000ft, on which you can see the features of the wings and in one case clearly read the word Emirates on the underside of the A380. This week we had Supermoon and I decided to try this out. Unfortunately I missed 100% supermoon so this was the […]

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Moon through the Bridge Wires – 25/Project 52

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Jul 05 2012

On the way home from Kilkenny one evening I spotted the full moon high in the sky, and as I approached the new N25 toll bridge at Waterford I wondered if the 2 would be in the same shot. I decided to go down as far as the old Waterford – Carrick road, now a dead end, and shoot the bridge from there. And as I suspected the 2 were ideally placed to take in the same shot. I was hoping that the moon might be a bit higher but I was able to get it through the suspension cables […]

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Moonshot – 9/Project 52

Mar 06 2012
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Once again this past week the weather didn’t cooperate with my plans. ISS was in our skies last week and Monday and Tuesday it was too cloudy, Wednesday I didn’t have access to my camera, and Thursday – Sunday was not good for taking photos, with wind and rain. The best I did was a brief window on Sunday evening to get a shot of the almost full moon. I like it better when the moon is ‘almost’ full as you can see more of the craters rims etc. Believe it or not, but this shot of the moon was […]

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Crescent Moon over the River Suir – 4/Project 52

Jan 28 2012
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This week I decided to take advantage of the recent crescent moon in our skies since Monday. Using the 75-300 Canon lens, tripod & cable release I got a few good photos of the waxing crescent moon (at about 19%) and did some work with it from there. The photo above was taken in Carrick On Suir, Co. Tipperary, a 56 second exposure converted to black and white (actually monochrome with a little tint). I then implemented the moon on top of a gradient layer in PhotoShop and created the reflection with a ripple effect and motion blur to copy […]

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Moon and Weather Vane in Dunmore East – Photo of the Week

Jul 15 2011

I took this photo on Tuesday night in Dunmore East as the almost full moon was crossing behind the weather vane on top of the Dunmore East Lighthouse. I though it was an interesting composition (as if you didn’t know where the moon was) with the arrow slightly out of focus. The photo of Moon and Weather Vane in Dunmore East (0.2 sec at f/13 using ISO 100) Another photo I took that evening of Hook Head, taken about 20 minutes after sunset is also shown below. It was at f/18 and it was a 13 second exposure.

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