2013—Day 169—Half Moon

I took this shot a couple of evenings ago. When I reviewed the photos, all taken with my 70-200mm lens, I noticed that the color of the moon was slightly different in some of the shots. Most were grayish but some had a slight brownish cast, despite the settings being identical in all of the shots: ISO 100, f/11, 1/100, WB Auto. The only differences were that I had the lens’ VR setting on in some shots and off in some and I used the camera’s timer in a few of the shots instead of depressing the shutter release. I took all of the shots with the tripod and once the camera was set up,I didn’t adjust the tripod.

I cropped the shot and applied clarity and a few other basic adjustments. When I changed the white balance from the “as shot” setting, which setting was Auto on the camera, to “Auto” WB in Lightroom, the brownish color became very pronounced, giving the moon a very different look than I usually get. I like the results. I have no idea why the color of the moon would change from photo to photo, all taken within a four minute period between 10:26 and 10:30PM; yet another photographic mystery I should learn about. . . someday!

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