The Moonshot Testshot

September 28th is coming up quickly.  And I need to test out this year’s photographic experiment.  Because if I don’t have everything dialed in perfectly by September 28th…

Suffice it to say, defeat is not an option.

Last night, at around 10:00 p.m., I set up the Nikon Df camera, along with my steady tripod, in the middle of a quiet street in my neighborhood.  Really, there’s very little traffic in the Town and Village of Green Island after 10:00 p.m.  Very quiet neighborhood.

In the sky – a waxing gibbous of the moon, as it glimmered through gauzy, wispy clouds.

Let’s do this.

I’ve recently test-shot pictures with my new Rokinon 500mm f/8 mirror lens.  And with the 2x teleconverter attachment, I’ve gotten some very amazing and tight photos from long distances.

Now comes the test.  Can I get a decent shot of the moon from here on Earth?

Nikon Df at the ready.

The dreamlike clouds slowly drifted away from the satellite.

Have I got this dialed in?

Finger on the shutter.

And…

Moonshot, Waxing Gibbous, July 27, 2015.  Nikon Df camera, Rokinon 500mm f/8 lens with 2x teleconverter.  Photo by Chuck Miller.
Moonshot, Waxing Gibbous, July 27, 2015. Nikon Df camera, Rokinon 500mm f/8 lens with 2x teleconverter. Photo by Chuck Miller.

Holy green cheese, Batman!  That is the closest moonshot I’ve ever achieved!

The 2x teleconverter helped get the moon almost full into my camera’s shooting frame.  This is sweet.

Okay.  Next test will be Thursday night, when the full moon is high.  It will be the second full moon in July, also known as the “Blue Moon.”  More tests, more shots, more attempts.

Because September 28th is coming up quickly.

And I need to have all my tests completed before that date.

On September 28th, I will have one opportunity and only one opportunity to get the photo of my dreams.

And I plan on being ready for it.