The night after I photographed the recent September moon during Waxing Gibbous phase, I headed out the following night and shot it again.
Here is a closer view of the moon’s craters during its Waxing Gibbous phase on 7 September, 2014.
In this more recent image (24 hours later), more of the moon was visible.
This time I’ve gone for a different composition, and focused more on the craters and shadow-laden edge of the moon.
Again I captured the moon with the longest focal length I have — 1,120mm — by stacking my 1.4x and 2x tele-converters onto my 400mm lens.
Having recently bought a 400mm f/2.8 lens, I have been somewhat keen to use it.
I bought it to photograph wildlife during our next African safari, but for the lack of any local leopards or lions, I decided to use this lens for the next best subject: the moon.
Here, on 6 September, 2014, the moon is in Waxing Gibbous phase.
I headed outside earlier this evening to photograph the moon, which was a challenge given the heavy cloud cover that was blowing over.
During one of a few short windows of opportunity, I captured this frame.
Ignore the focal length of 800mm; I actually shot this at 1,120mm as a result of having stacked both my 1.4x and 2x tele-converters; but when stacking more than one tele-converter, the focal length and aperture are not transmitted to the camera, so it appears that I used only my 2x tele-converter.
I’ve just come home with my latest lens (and the first lens purchase in over six years): a Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS USM.
When out shopping in the city yesterday, I visited a few camera stores, one of which happened to have one available for sale at a very good price.
For a few years I have wanted a Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM (either the original or the lighter, newer mark II) for wildlife photography in Africa.
The 400/2.8L IS is a lens after which I have lusted for nine years, but one I never really expected or planned to buy.
When I discovered this one yesterday, it was too good to pass up.
With my Canon Extender EF 1.4x II and Canon Extender EF 2x II, I will achieve 560mm at f/4 and 800mm at f/5.6 respectively, which should cover our next African photography safari quite nicely, allowing me to achieve tighter, more selectively-focused images of the incredible wildlife there.
Last time I took my Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM, and achieved longer focal lengths of 420mm at f/4 and 600mm at f/5.6.
I’m looking forward to exploiting the 400/2.8L IS’s well-documented capabilities, and landing images with the signature look this lens provides.