Day 332—These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things

Well, not a few but two of my favorite things, anyway. This afternoon Jesse called me outside because a hawk was perched atop the oak tree across the street from Famous Mo’s and, as everyone at Famous Mo’s knows, I’ll drop anything to photograph…or rescue…a hawk. I had only my 24-70mm lens with me so I walked across the street to get a closer look and took this shot as the Cooper’s Hawk left the tree. I think it’s interesting that the tree is blurred and the hawk is not. I panned the camera following the hawk and because I wanted a larger depth of field, I had the camera stopped down to f/14 and the shutter speed set at 1/100. The hawk is fairly sharp but I should have used a larger f/stop and a faster shutter speed for crisper focus. Live and learn.

When I got home this evening, I realized that the moon was full and that I had never photographed the full moon with clouds. I found I don’t know how to do it. I had to make quite a few adjustments to this shot. I couldn’t get the clouds without over-exposing the moon. But with the undeexposed photo, I had to increase exposure in Lightroom to get the clouds to show and as a result, lost some of the clarity and sharpness I usually get with my moon shots and increased the noise.