Driving home Heloise and I noticed the moon on the horizon looking impressive. Threw the Tamron 150-600 G1 on the Nikon D7200 and managed to capture this image with the camera set to ISO 100, 1/200th, F8. I even captured some incredibly sharp images using just a mono-pod all the way down to 1/60th of a second. Truly awesome how useful the Tamron VC is!
2018 Blue Blood Moon and Lunar Eclipse! The moon was busy this morning. It had the duty of being the second full moon of January, a Super Moon, and a Blood Moon. Unfortunately their was a lot of haze when snapping the pictures this morning so the moon is a bit softer as the eclipse progressed.
Last night was the harvest moon. It was a gorgeous balmy night around 92* (33c) in Phoenix when Heloise and I were outside to take this shot around 9:45pm.
I tried a few different settings from this one of the first taken with the Nikon D7200 and Tamron 150-600 G1 lens at 1.3x crop / f6.3 / 600mm / ISO 100 / At 1/640th sec with VR turned on. To F8 at 1000th of a sec with VR turned off. They almost all looked identical. Even dropped the focal length to 500 to see if we might coax a bit more sharpness, but nothing discernible. All were taken with remote shutter release on 2 second delay.
In my opinion there was just too much haze in the sky. It would have been great to get out of Phoenix to some Dark Skies that don’t suffer from such nasty pollution. Heloise was required to work later though so we were not able to get out.
What a beautiful evening. Perfect balmy temperatures and a gorgeous full moon and sunset! I hope you enjoy the images.
Taken with a Nikon D3300, D7200, and Nikon 35mm F1.8G DX, Nikon 55-300, Tamron 150-600 G1 at 600 f8 1/400th.
Images of the Lunar Venus Conjunction from December 3rd, 2016. Heloise and I went out to Sunset Point Rest Area in Black Canyon City, Arizona to take some pictures of the conjunction. The pics below are all taken with the Nikon D7200 and Tamron 150-600mm G1 lens, except for the horizon picture which was taken with the Nikon 18-55mm VR2 lens at 21mm.
We had to cut it short because even with two jackets on Heloise was freezing. I think we grabbed all the good pictures anyway.
Woke up and couldn’t get back to sleep so went out to see if there was anything to get some pictures of. The moon was a nice waning crescent so I snapped a few shots. Was a bit difficult to get exposed properly. The crescent was about 29% illumination which was causing the camera to want to over expose it in live view. I ended up taking a number of pictures with different settings.
What ended up working the best with the Tamron 150-600mm G1 lens was F8 at 1/200th and ISO 200. I didn’t see any extra detail at F11 and a bit more softness wide open.
The Tamron 150-600mm G1 lens is simply amazing. Such great results time after time. Never a focusing issue, snaps to focus like it has ESP to know what you want. I also am amazed by the stabilization provided by Tamron’s VC. I was able to get acceptably sharp pics using the D7200 in the 1.3x crop mode (which gives a 1.95 total crop) all the way down to 1/100th sec hand held. That is really amazing. That is at almost 1200mm field of view at that crop mode.
Going to 1/200th sharpens a bit more and 1/400th almost every image is tack sharp. With VC off I have to be at 1/1000th or higher to get tack sharp images.
The moon started out an orange red color, turning to bright yellow, and as it moved above the horizon became closer to the soft silver we love about it.