Monthly Archives: July 2014

Narrows Bridge, Madrona Tree, and Kayakers

I love taking photos of Point Defiance Park in Tacoma, Washington.  Here are a few of my favorites from yesterday:


Super Moon Photos with Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Lens

ISO 100, f/11, 1/80 sec, 270mm

ISO 100, f/11, 1/80 sec, 270mm

Last night, after some trial and error, and waiting for the clouds to move by, I took this photo with my Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 lens.  I used a tripod and remote shutter release to stop my vibration from effecting the picture.   I read some tips online about how to take a photo of the moon and they recommended f-stop f/11, and although I experimented with other settings, I found that that did create the clearest photo.  I’m so impressed with the ability to see all of the craters!  I ignored the light meter and just got the exposure right from educated guesswork and reviewing my photos on the monitor.

I edited it in Photoshop Elements Camera Raw.  The original photo of the moon has a tiny tinge of green along the top edge, which I removed by turning it into black and white.   Here’s the original image straight from my Canon EOS Rebel T3i:

ISO 100, f/11, 1/80 sec, 270mm

ISO 100, f/11, 1/80 sec, 270mm

That’s been cropped and changed to a quality 8 jpeg, but otherwise no enhancements or changes.

I also took some photos of clouds and trees around the moon.  I think I like this one:

Super Moon and Clouds and Evergreen Tree

ISO 800, f/11, 0.50 sec, 270mm

One Snowfall Only

Photography is really about seizing the opportunity!   It snowed only once this past winter.  What an exciting day that was!  Squirrels dug through the snow to find seeds under our bird feeder and Oregon Dark-Eyed Juncos hopped on top of the snow.