Yesterday, our photography club had a workshop on Astrophotography … quite an interesting topic, really – and one that’s not as easy at it appears to be. Apparently you have to take about a gazillion and a half things into consideration when taking photos of celestial bodies. There’s the wind, clouds, minute vibrations … whew! But the information Peter (the speaker) imparted was great. He made us understand the nuances of astrophotography and, after the lecture, allowed us to have a look through his refractive (?) telescope (I was able to see Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, the Jewel Box, Orion’s Nebula and of course, the moon!) and helped us (me and other workshop attendees) take a few photos.

I took a photo of the milky way (wasn’t too great, there were clouds coming in and the image showed a bit of noise pollution from the lights coming from the city) and several photos of  the moon! Who would have thought that my humble 18-200 mm lens is actually capable of taking these amazing images of our nearest celestial neighbour?

Yeah, I know all the images look the same but hey – I was just really pleased to know that you don’t need bazooka lens to take moon photos. AND … I never really appreciated the understated beauty of the moon – at least until last night.

That’s it for now. I hope to be able to edit a few photos from Castlepoint and share these here, before I leave for my month-long adventure. 🙂


PS. These were taken at the Mana Archery Range near Wellington


Author: Viv Phillips

That's not exactly a flattering image. Eh! Anyway, when I'm not taking photos, I do acrylic painting or write about my adventures (and misadventures) in this wonderful journey called life. :)

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