The shot I have chosen is of the Campbell Soup factory tower in King's Lynn. Not visible in the photograph are the cranes and excavators demolishing the factory. I had been meaning to take a photograph of the tower prior to its demolition and having done nothing so far this seemed a suitable use for this local landmark. Landscape photography that will include the moon also needs a large mass otherwise the photograph is largely sky and some ground feature. The lens I had with me was my 300mm f2.8 and on the D3 in full frame it was still a bit short. My switching to FX mode ( a 1.5x apparent increase in focal length) the image I was seeing was the equivalent to 450mm. I realise I could just have carried on using the camera in full frame mode and cropped more away later but I like to see and frame the composition in the viewfinder whenever possible. I only had the mono pod with me so elected to use a fairly high ISO (640) and that would give a shutter speed of 1/160 with an aperture of f2.8. I could have upped the ISO to 1250 or more as the D3 is very good with low noise at high ISO, but the tests looking at the magnified preview seemed sharp enough. The exposure was not at all easy. To retain detail in the moon (which is of course very bright as it is daylight) and get detail in the buildings I choose to concentrate on the moon not burning out and dealing with the buildings later in post processing. There is still a little sunset light coming from the West which has added a touch of fill light to the roofs in the foreground and the tower.
An hour or so after the above photograph I decided to shoot a detailed image of the moon. The course notes dont require this but I have often been asked for a large print of the moon for an interior so the opportunity seemed appropriate. There were two or three options to get the largest image possible. Firstly, I have a telescope but it was going to take too long to set up, has a fixed aperture and I am not sure of its optical quality. The best quality would come from my Nikon 600mm f4 AFS, and I have the 1.4 x and 2x Nikon tele converters so focal lengths in full frame of 840mm and 1200mm were available. Using FX these would be 1260mm and 3600mm. Experience tells me that using a long focal length ( beyond 600mm) and gaining sharp images is not that easy. The camera mirror is the main source of vibration and then the movement of the shutter. All are very small but when magnified over the camera to moon distance (238,857 miles) they soon degrade image quality with camera shake. The combination chosen was the 600 plus 1.4 converter and shooting in FX to give an apparent focal length of 1260mm.
The final image. ISO 1000 1/1000 sec f10
Another, this time showing the "Terminator". The line between daylight and darkness. Shot with a DX sensored camera with a 600mm lens.