Full Moon

Posted by
Craig (Vacaville, California, United States) on 24 September 2008 in Miscellaneous and Portfolio.

Sept. 2008

A few have asked me how I like my new Sony a350. I have asked you to wait for a response because I was just getting used to it. Well the verdict is in. I love it! It had a little longer adjustment period for me than usual. But, I am starting to get the hang of it. Although I really appreciate AM3, my real passion is printing the photographs. Because of the small format size on AM3 it is often difficult to see the same thing I see on my photographs. For the same reason it is easier to hide serious flaws in photographs on AM3. Irregardless, I appreciate AM3 and all the comments I've received. There is no doubt that this Sony has improved my photography; however, the people on AM3 have done just the same. So for that I give the most heartfelt thank you to all AM3ers! You might also ask why I picked the Sony a350. Well I have been a Sony fan for years and 4 out of the 5 digital camera's I have owned have been Sonys. But what really compelled me to get this one was viewing some of the Sony alpha photography by some of my fellow bloggers like Jen and Sylvia. Check out their work!

SONY DSLR-A350 1/125 second F/8.0 ISO 100 500 mm

MaryB from Staffordshire, United Kingdom

The harvest moon i believe, absolutely beautiful details of the moons surface Craig.

24 Sep 2008 11:54am

dogilicious from Millerstown, PA, United States

Great detail. I am not much of a photograph printer but I know what you mean about the limitations etc.

24 Sep 2008 12:18pm

shahab from Qazvin, Iran

Not completely full!But truly magnificent yet!Well done!

24 Sep 2008 2:14pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, United States

Sony has taken over Minolta, which was my original 35mm film camera back in the day. And I had two intermediate Minolta digitals before going with Nikon. So I share your soft spot for Sony/Minolta. And I really like your moonshot today. It's very clear and nicely detailed.

24 Sep 2008 2:41pm

lorraine from Canada

Fabulous Moon shot Craig, very striking!

24 Sep 2008 2:56pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

There is no way that computers can compete with the printed image. My walls were so full of prints that I had to move to a larger home.

24 Sep 2008 4:05pm

@Michael Rawluk: LOL Michael! I agree with you!

leslie from norwich, United Kingdom

Fantastic shot, have tried this myself without much luck, well done

24 Sep 2008 4:17pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

Congratulations : fine details for this moon shot. I like it a lot.

24 Sep 2008 4:59pm

Veronelle from Lens, France

super, beautifull capture, i like it

24 Sep 2008 5:38pm

Observing from West Cheshire, United Kingdom

Super shot of the Moon, and pleased to hear you like your A350. Maybe one you might catch some movement on the moon...?

24 Sep 2008 6:23pm

Florence from Paris, France

Great moon shot indeed ! Well done !

24 Sep 2008 7:12pm

Jennifer Hatcher from Alpharetta, United States

This is absolutely awesome! The details are simply incredible!
I love prints too and I am just getting the hang of adjusting them so them come out good!
Thank you for leaving a link to my site, you are very kind and VERY TALENTED!!!!

24 Sep 2008 7:12pm

@Jennifer Hatcher: Hey Jen! You are quite welcome. I find one major trick to printing is getting your monitor calibrated correctly! I've had a heck of a time doing that. But, I think I'm making good progress!

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

A shot like this is an achievement. I'm jealous. :)
Congratulations Craig!

24 Sep 2008 7:16pm

MaryP from Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom

Fabulous shot!!. Great detail. I love the moon. The moon is my desktop image.

24 Sep 2008 7:29pm

Richard_Irwin from Belper, United Kingdom

It must be amazing to print off big images of the moon. I have a wide format HP DJ130 which prints straight off 24 inch rolls, and like you, I just love printing my images. I haven't looked at the Sony range of cameras, must take a look at the range, as my old Nikon D70 is getting rather worn out.

24 Sep 2008 8:44pm

@Richard_Irwin: I really like the Sony a350 but I think that the flagship 24MP Sony a900 is going to be the jewel of this line. It is due to release on October 30th! :0)

Stunner from Kingston, Jamaica

A fantastic B&W shot of the moon! Such great details too!

24 Sep 2008 10:02pm

One from Açores, Portugal

Very beautiful image, really good detail, good work.

25 Sep 2008 2:10am

amy from Nanaimo, BC, Canada

An absolute BEAUTY, Craig! The detail is truly astonishing... Fantastic!

25 Sep 2008 4:14am

@amy: Hey Amy! Where in the heck have you been? Great to hear from you and Thanks!

Zygene from morlaix, France

Du magnifique travail sur cette photo.

25 Sep 2008 5:25am

Zing from Hamilton, New Zealand

Nice shot of the moon, well done!

25 Sep 2008 8:17am

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Incredible details, it's really a fantastic shot !!

25 Sep 2008 10:12am

willow from Chelsea, United States

Wow! I guess I didn't realize you could see that much detail of the moon without a Nasa-type telescope. I'm impressed. Glad you are getting used to your new camera - always a fun, but trying adjustment period - for me it's harder than getting used to a new car!

25 Sep 2008 12:46pm

@willow: LOL ... for me too! Thanks for your comments willow!

Eleftheria! from Athens, Greece

Fantastic, magic!

25 Sep 2008 1:33pm

dobbino from Cape Town, South Africa

Great detail Craig. Can I ask - I read somewhere that to get good prints from a digital image, one should sharpen them a touch before printing - do you do that? I also understand your note about calibration - have had a few of my favourite images printed and have been really disappointed with the results.

25 Sep 2008 1:37pm

@dobbino: Thank you dobbino. I rarely sharpen my images and don't do it as a habit before printing. But, I must admit that I don't consider myself an expert printer. You should ask Richard Irwin this question. I would be interested in the answer. Having disclosed this, I find that if care is taken to make your original exposure sharp then post-process sharpening is not required. Here are some things I do to keep my image sharp: use a tripod, don't over enlarge the image beyond the capacity of your camera (I get good sharpness printing a 13 X 19 inch image with my 14 MP Sony), use the lowest ISO setting possible, don't use image stabilization while on the tripod, and I am experimenting with using the sharpness setting in the camera and getting good results but I'm getting good results without it as well. I hope this helps.

danthro from Suburbia, United States

ok, where are the werewolves ;) ...beautiful, you raise a good point about am3 being able to hide some serious photo flaws. at some point i need to learn how to process photos for printing; i've noticed that one of the things i can get away with on am3 sometimes is not sharpening photos properly for instance

i just wrote this and then looked up and saw dobbino had a similar question! looks like i'm not alone. unfortunately i don't have much control over sharpness in camera

25 Sep 2008 11:14pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Wow! Magnificent!

26 Sep 2008 2:35am

Milhi from Caslav, Czech Republic

Looking good really

11 Sep 2010 9:15pm

1/125 second
ISO 100
500 mm