Wednesday, 19 March 2014

A halo around the moon - experimenting

The moon - bright and mystical.
I always admire other people's photos of the full moon. 
How I would love to be able to get a good photo of the moon. And I keep trying...

It might not be the best posting, but I do this mainly to remind myself what I did. 

Tuesday night, after a day of high winds, there was a big "halo" around the moon. I wanted to see how that would look like on a photo.
Out I went with my Nikon DX. I clicked the 200 mm tele-lens on and experimented with some different settings.
I should maybe have used the tripod, but I just walked outside and supported my hand against
the camper trailer.
This is the taken in "auto focus". 
The dust ring around the moon is visible, but the moon is overly bright.

Then I tried the menu setting: "people in motion" and was quite happy with the result after I cropped the photo.
The halo was not visible, but the moon was!
I am getting there. :))

Monday, 17 March 2014

Beware the Heat! In a double sense.

Beware the heat - that is a story with two different inputs.
The first:
Using matches to start my propane stove I often have placed 
the extinguished, used match stick ON top of the box.
Look what it did today. 
The heat SMOULDERED A HOLE in the box!
That easily could have led to a disaster had the heat ignited
all matches underneath!
Lesson learned!

From now on I will dip the used match stick into water, 
just to be on the sure side.

The other input:
This afternoon I gave Molly a bath 
to keep her cool during the heat of the day. 
92 °F (33 °C) is a bit too hot for our furry girl. 
But she didn't stay wet long. 

After an hour she was dry again and, 
I had to try a wet necktie around her neck, 
like I once saw Barbara do to her dog Katie.

Worked fine on myself as well! :))
Tomorrow we'll be back in the 80ies - AHHH!