Sun is shining!

It’s Valentine’s Day today, the sun is shining, the sky is blue. The air is almost warm, garden is starting to think about coming to life after winter. I am still happily single, and will receive no flowers, no chocolates, and no I love yous.

And that is perfectly fine.

But Spring is coming, and it’s time to get outside again, camera in hand, and see if I can capture some of the things I see.

sun is shining

The moon always fascinates. At an average of 289,000 miles away, I find it incredible that my eye can see so much detail. Even more so that with a few tweaks to the settings, my camera can capture that detail so well.

For that shot, I used my Nikon D3300 with the Sigma 70-300mm lens – fully extended, and set to manual focus. Autofocus on the lens will never cope with that distance. The camera is in fully manual mode (M), with the settings as follows:

  • ISO 200
  • f11
  • Shutter 1/250

I didn’t change anything else. So there’s no exposure adjustment, white balance is set to Auto.

It helps if you have a tripod to steady the camera as the slightest bit of shake will cause problems. A tripod will remove that, if you have one. I’m lazy, and I lean on my washing line to steady my arm and hand. I’m pleased with the result.

While the sun is shining, and the moon is bright, I’ll be playing with the camera again, and that feels great!

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