the moon – in and out of focus

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Here’s a photo (or should I say, two photos) I took a few weeks ago as part of my photo-a-day project, that stuck with me as being a particular favorite. I had set out to get a shot of the moon, knowing full well that even with my best zoom lens, the moon would still be fairly tiny and require a decent amount of cropping. But in the process of taking that photo, I took a few where the zoom completely failed to lock correctly and the moon was just a giant, out-of-focus blob.

But by combining that error along with the originally desired sharp image, I was able to take something that would have been so mundane as to barely capture my own attention (even though it was my photo), and transform it into something I felt was far more intriguing.

Something about it also reminds me of 2001: A Space Odyssey, which is a particular favorite of mine, so perhaps that helps me like it more as well.

Photo-a-Day: Year 7, Day 213 – Total Days: 2,404

the moon – in and out of focus
Photo-a-Day: Year 7, Day 213 – Total Days: 2,404
August 1st, 2015

shamrock [Day 2416]

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Had a pretty weird day. Ended it by getting some drinks at McCarthy’s with coworkers. That was pretty nice. Took a photo of this Budweiser shamrock because it looked kind of cool. Didn’t actually drink any Budweiser. Stuck with Jameson and Guinness.

Photo-a-Day: Year 7, Day 225 – Total Days: 2,416 Had a pretty weird day. Ended it by getting some drinks at McCarthy's with coworkers. That was pretty nice. Took a photo of this Budweiser shamrock because it looked kind of cool. Didn't actually drink any Budweiser. Stuck with Jameson and Guiness.

Photo-a-Day: Year 7, Day 225 – Total Days: 2,416

fence post [Day 2395]

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Even a simple fence post is interesting when viewed pretty close.

fence post | photograph by Brian J. Matis

fence post [Day 2395]
Photo-a-Day: Year 7, Day 204 – Total Days: 2,395
Canon 6D | ISO 1250 | 100mm | f/2.8 | 1/640 sec

blue dots [Day 2394]

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The new macro lens allows for a lot of new possibilities when shooting my computer case once more.

abstract blue dots | photograph by Brian J. Matis

blue dots [Day 2394]
Photo-a-Day: Year 7, Day 203 – Total Days: 2,394
Canon 6D | ISO 12800 | 100mm | f/2.8 | 1/60 sec

willie nelson @ vino robles ampitheater [Day 2393]

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I know you can’t really see him here, but I went and saw Willie Nelson (& Allison Krauss) playing at the Vino Robles Ampitheater this evening :-)

willie nelson @ vino robles ampitheater | photograph by Brian J. Matis

willie nelson @ vino robles ampitheater [Day 2393]
Photo-a-Day: Year 7, Day 202 – Total Days: 2,393
iPhone 5s | ISO 500 | 4.15mm | f/2.2 | 1/15 sec

go twerk [Day 2392]

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Twerk. It’s what the graffiti commands you to do.

graffiti | photograph by Brian J. Matis

go twerk [Day 2392]
Photo-a-Day: Year 7, Day 201 – Total Days: 2,392
iPhone 5s | ISO 32 | 4.15mm | f/2.2 | 1/340 sec

succulent on table [Day 2391]

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A potted succulent sitting on the table at Saucelito Canyon Winery. Taken while wine tasting on a hot and unusually humid day.

succulent on table | photograph by Brian J. Matis

succulent on table [Day 2391]
Photo-a-Day: Year 7, Day 200 – Total Days: 2,391
iPhone 5s | ISO 50 | 4.15mm | f/2.2 | 1/120 sec

tooth & nail @ night [Day 2390]

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Shot a wedding today. That was tiring, but fun! Amazing venue, too. I love how it looked as the sun was almost down. Fortunately, my camera can shoot at ISO 12,800 reasonably well.

tooth and nail winery at night | photograph by Brian J. Matis

tooth & nail @ night [Day 2390]
Photo-a-Day: Year 7, Day 199 – Total Days: 2,390
Canon 6D | ISO 12800 | 25mm | f/2.8 | 1/125 sec

no vacancy [Day 2389]

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Was out at the Paso Robles Inn this evening to shoot an event. Since it’s an event I’m shooting for someone else, I decided not to use one as photo of the day, and instead, grabbed a shot of the nice neon signs while I was heading back to my car.

sorry no vacancy

no vacancy [Day 2389]
Photo-a-Day: Year 7, Day 198 – Total Days: 2,389
Canon 6D | ISO 3200 | 100mm | f/3.2 | 1/640 sec

petals [Day 2388]

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Got a new lens today, the Canon 100mm f/2.8L IS Macro. It’s my first macro lens, and it’s pretty damn nice. I had a chance to play with it last fall when a friend loaned me his, and I knew I eventually had to have it. Finally, I do!

rose petals | photograph by Brian J. Matis

petals [Day 2388]
Photo-a-Day: Year 7, Day 197 – Total Days: 2,388
Canon 6D | ISO 1600 | 100mm | f/5.0 | 1/500 sec

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