Shooting the moon with a new camera lens

When I saw a Canon 70-300mm IS USM lens under the tree Christmas morning, I thought it only fitting for my first exposures with it to be of the moon. Since Christmas day tends to be a very busy day, my first opportunity was the morning at around 7:20. I mounted the lens to the Canon 60D and stepped outside (yes, I was still in my pajamas, but I wasn’t planning to be out there very long). I found the waning December moon in my viewfinder, unlocked the zoom and move in. While I was hoping the extra 100mm this lens had compared to my old one would have brought me a lot closer, it was an easier lens to work with than my old 55-200 USM lens.

I brought my bracketed photos into Lightroom, made a few adjustments, then cropped in closer to the moon in the photo. I loved the detail I was able to capture in the moon and look forward to shooting the next full moon in January – or whenever the moon calls to me to take its picture. 🙂

photograph waning December moon

~signed, Carltonaut

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