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Old Jul 4, 2006, 1:33 AM   #1
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I've always been fascinated with night photography and long exposure photography. Last Wednesday was the second day of the new moon, it was a real thin crescent on the horizon following the sun down in the evening. Another object in the evening sky was Mercury, the planet closest to the sun. In this vertical shot, Mercury is the dot next to the red light on top of the water tower. You can see the entire moon because the picture is a 15-second exposure at f-5.6 with the 70-300 zoom at about 200 mm. The interesting thing is I didn't actually see Mercury in these shots until I had moved them to the computer. I knew it was supposed to be up and if I had had a pair of binoculars, I might have seen it, but I'd left them at home. Hope you like.
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Old Jul 4, 2006, 1:39 AM   #2
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In this shot, Mercury is the faint dot about to disappear over the horizon in the clouds to the right of the water tower. You can see faint images of several other stars, but the bright one to the left of the moon is either Mars or Saturn, I'm not sure which.The stars formed short trails because this is a 30-second exposure.
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Old Jul 4, 2006, 5:04 AM   #3
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Mystic shots, I'd say But what ISO did you use, because the images look quite grainy?
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Yeah they are a bit grainy. They were shot at iso 400. I may have over sharpened them in photoshop, but I don't think so. I hit the sharpen filter once on each. This is another after-dark shot I took last night (July 3) while my sister shot off a string of firecrackers. One of the firecrackers went off so close to her foot it illuminated her dancing out of the way. No sisters were harmed in the making of this picture, by the way.
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Old Jul 4, 2006, 11:57 PM   #5
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Joplin's fireworks display
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Old Jul 4, 2006, 11:58 PM   #6
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More of Joplin's fireworks
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Old Jul 5, 2006, 4:27 AM   #7
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Fantastic firework shots esp the first one.

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Old Jul 5, 2006, 12:33 PM   #8
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Fireworks shots look very good.

The first two has some serious CA problems showing up on the moon.
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Old Jul 5, 2006, 5:54 PM   #9
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Sunsets - the time I went for a drive and found this rather nice view in Sydney looking back towards the harbour.

It helped that I had my new 50mmf/1.7 on - I love this lens already and have had it less than 23 hours!


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Very nice photo, Patang!

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