new photo blog

i started this blog in 2006, and it's shifted along with my interests through the years. it's been witness to a lot of learning for me...

still, i feel that i need a home for my photography -- so from now on, i'll be posting my pictures on the journal on my reworked website. if you like my photos, you might decide to follow me there!

my first post is here -- check it out!

as for this blog, i'm not sure what will happen. i don't think i'm willing to let it go, and certainly i'll keep it as an archive, but i need some time to figure it out.

for those of you that pop in from time to time, thanks for the visits and encouragement.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

it's only poseidon's moon

it's only poseidon's moon
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this is a picture i've been wanting to shoot for years.

i knew from the photographer's ephemeris that yesterday, april 28th, the full moon would rise very close to poseidon's temple at sounion. i'd been waiting for a month for this day to come, and was thrilled that anthony ayiomamitis was planning a capture as well... so i joined him and his friends across the bay for a shot.

we were almost 2 kilometers away, the sky was clear and it was a bit windy.

anthony was set up ahead of time, already focused with his monster 'scope. as the moon started to appear, these guys started running back and forth with their cameras and telescopes to get a better position.

and i followed!

it's one of the funniest things i've ever seen.

i saw some of the others' shots which were just wonderful... i'll link to them here when i see them online.

i can't say i'm satisfied with mine -- despite anthony lending me one of his lenses (500mm f/8) and giving me advice, the focal length was too short, as was the exposure. i should've increased the ISO. i used canon's digital photo professional to increase the exposure (i always shoot in RAW), then i reduced noise and cropped slightly to improve the composition. it's not a nice, crisp shot, i know, but i'm still happy that i captured this moment: the moon amidst the columns -- and in the middle, you can see the altar!

i do intend to learn more so as to eventually take one i'm pleased with. i think next month will be another good opportunity.

and i need a telescope!

this image is on the map on its flickr page.


  1. Thanks for sharing.

    I'm heading to Kaua'i to play with the Photo Ephemeris and a waxing gibbous in a couple of weeks.

    Stephen Trainor rocks!

  2. oh i'm interested in seeing your captures!

    i'm eager to try some more shots as well.

    the photographer's ephemeris got me on the right track for this shot, but the perfect position came via ayioiamitis' extensive experience in astrophotography as well as his knowledge of this corner of greece.

    which means that any software must be supplemented by proper scouting of the area and test shots.