El Dorado Hills (CA), Crescent Moon, Mercury, Horizon Light

ISO640, 125mm, f/4.8, 6 sec
El Dorado Hills, CA

Though not completely thought out in terms of shutter speed, I was happy to have the camera available as I was speeding from work to another event.  A quick stop off a side street, to find a hillside to include in the composition, 3 snaps, and the session was done.

(Click thru the image for a slightly larger view)

In retrospect, the shutter speed should have been faster, which I would have achieved by bumping up the ISO even higher.  I am always a little hesitant to use higher ISO just because of the increased noise.  And if for some reason I decide to crop the image, those noisy pixels become a bit more evident.  

Yet in this case, even at 6 seconds, the movement of the moon was obvious at close observation because I was zoomed in to 125mm, but not enough to muddy the details of the unlit portions of the moon.  So technically not a preferable photograph, but good enough to not completely annoy me when processing.

EXIF data: Nikon D7000, spot metering mode, ISO 640, 125mm, f/4.8, 6 sec

El Dorado Hills (CA), Crescent Moon, Mercury, Horizon Light. El Dorado Hills, CA. January 31, 2014. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.

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