The amber colors are due to the scattering of longer wavelengths of light by dust and pollution in our atmosphere. “It is a similar phenomenon as seen at sunset, when sunlight is scattered towards the red end of the spectrum, making the sun’s disk appear orange-red to the naked-eye,” says astronomer Raminder Singh Samra
Due to the parabolic shape of the moon’s orbit, it is also exceptionally close this time.
Two minutes later, it was gone.
I’m the luckiest fellow in the world. Not only was I able to capture the setting “honey moon” but also the rising moon in the evening with great colour and clouds.
But this post isn’t about me, it’s about the D800. If you’re like me, you enjoy your images mostly on the screen, share some of them online, print small sometimes and print large rarely.
As you see this image, it’s a bit over 2 megapixels.
This image was taken through a fence, an ugly white one, from behind another fence and I’ve made contact with a hungry alpha-male lion, so you “zoom with your feet” people please bite me. I took it with the longest lens I own, a 300mm f2.8, which is an excellent lens, and I was being pretty careful with my shutter speed, so the shot is sharp. I didn’t adjust much, just play with saturation and colors – because he is a white lion, not golden, although the original shot looks that way. I also threw down a few gradients to try to mask the bars which are still visible to the trained eye at the top and bottom of this crop.
What’s the point of all this, you ask?
Step back, I’m going to reveal the man behind the curtain.
This monstrosity of thirty-six throbbing un-cropped megapixels of nasty is the same image you see above.
I knew when I took this shot that I was going to need to crop a lot. So now you know the answer to the question; the very question I was asking myself when I pressed the shutter: “how much can I crop on the D800” – lots.
After several years of needing and wanting one, I finally had the possibility (kids grow up!) to outfit my own office. It’s not huge, but it’s what I need to keep my cameras and equipment organized and have a place to work.