I was back out again last night with my camera and binoculars. On Monday it was rather mild for January, so I was happy to sit outside for half an hour in my t-shirt, whilst using my hoodie to fine-tune the positioning of my binoculars.
Nightime photography is incredibly hard on cheap compact digital cameras. You can’t change the exposure time (on mine anyway), and so with the low light, the shutter tends to be open for several seconds. What this means: absolutely no movement, and that can take a ridiculously long time to get everything spot on.
Last night, Tuesday, it was much colder – around freezing. Again I was out for around 30 minutes, and again, all I have to show for my labours is a handful of photos – this probably being the best one. It shows the moon one day on in its phase towards being new, but apart from that, it’s pretty much the same.
What I’d love to be able to do is to have photos of the moon in its environment. As I was going outside to take these photos last night, at around 9pm, the moon had just come up above the hill and was lurking around behind some trees. However, with my binoculars’ single zoom setting, and a rather limited camera, that’s not going to be an option.
Anyway, good photography? That’s for other people to do. That’s why we have Flickr and the whole intertubes.