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.