Sunday, December 08, 2013

Haste makes waste

Just after sunset the other day, I noticed the clouds clearing away as they so often do this time of year. Clear nights means cold mornings, but once the sun comes up the fog and clouds form and the days, or at least the mornings, are often gray. At any rate, the crescent moon was hanging among the wires and the sky was a nice color, so I rushed for the camera.

The blurry crescent moon descended quickly toward the horizon while I fumbled with the camera.

Of course, I had to change the lens. Then I had to attach the tripod base and put the camera on the tripod. Then I had to get the memory card out of the computer and put it into the camera. And finally, I had to take the camera to the guest room and set up the shot, adjusting the aperture and shutter speed. When I opened the window for the photo, very cold air rushed in, so I rushed to get a few shots before closing the window again.

That's where I forgot to set the shutter timer to two seconds. I just pressed the shutter button for my pictures, forgetting that with long shots and slow shutter speeds, pressing the button moves the camera enough to cause blur, even on the tripod. Oops. So all the pictures of the moon that evening came out blurry. This is the best of them, with a lot of help from Photoshop.


  1. Well it was well worth all the effort. And framing the moon with the rigging on your sailboat is brilliant.

  2. Nice composition...
    who worries about the blurrrrrrrrrrrrr!!
    We've all been there and bought the t-shirt...
    you only need look at this to "see" the sharp version!!

  3. "Haste makes waste" was one of my Mum's favourite sayings for us kids, when we were in a hurry to get something done.
    Don't you wish sometimes, you could blink your eyes and take a photo of exactly what you're seeing? I do.
    Still a nice shot of the moon even though you're not too pleased with it.

  4. Still beautiful. My simple camera doesn't offer all those opportunities for perfection. I'm assured of "blurry."

  5. It is still a very enjoyable shot!
    Happy birthday Cheryl!

  6. Lovely photo! Thanks for sharing it with us. Yes, happy birthday Cheryl...

  7. Thanks for the birthday wishes. It's a beautiful shot, Walt. The moon is spectacular. And lots of chuckles about what you go through to take your photos. No wonder they turn out so well. Me, I'm a point and shoot kinda gal.

  8. Well worth all of your hurry-up effort, Walt! That contrast of the red/black made it stunning for me.

  9. I thought your wires were all underground?

    1. starman, only the wires that bring power to the neighborhood went underground. The wires that take power to each house, along with the telephone wires, are still up on the poles, unfortunately.


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