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Carrizo Plain Moonshine

Get Fujifilm X-Pro2 at B&H Photo.

What color is the sky at night when the moon is full?

Same color as in sunlight: blue. Because the moon is just sunshine reflecting from its surface. Hence the sky is the same color, albeit much less bright than when illuminated by the sun directly (daytime).

This shot taken at 00:56 last night with a full moon. It was bright enough to walk easily, and even bright enough to drive, once my eyes had adjusted, and I suspect that youthful eyes would see it as much brighter.

The steady 20 mph wind at ~48°F had me dressed in layers including my Western Mountaineering Flash XR down jacket. Even so, after 3 hours or so of shooting at night, it took me a good hour to regain full body temperature; I didn’t bring my wool pants and had only blue jeans, which are a lousy choice for cold.

Amazing: the Fujifilm X-Pro2 in AF-S mode can autofocus on a single star! No other camera I’ve used at night can do that. Also, its night-time Live View is second to none in rendering a pleasing and highly usable image. By comparison the Nikon D810 under these conditions the same night delivers a barely discernible noisy mess (nearly impossible to compose the image!), even at f/1.4.

Now when are any of these camera vendors going to figure out that limiting exposure time to 30 seconds is a darned nuisance.

These storage bins are off Panorama Rd.

Carrizo Plain National Monument: Moonshine on Old Farming Storage
f2.8 @ 30.0 sec, ISO 200; 2016-03-23 00:55:51
X-Pro2 + XF23mmF1.4 R @ 35.1mm equiv (23mm)

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With the Nikon D810 and Zeiss Otus 28mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon:

Carrizo Plain National Monument: Moonset at Dawn
f8 @ 1/10 sec, ISO 64; 2016-03-23 06:53:18
NIKON D810 + Zeiss Otus 1.4/28 ZF.2

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