Watermelon Rock at Carpenter Park

The Watermelon Rock

The unofficial watermelon rock at the Carpenter Park, Thornton, Colorado, USA. The name was given by my 10-year old daughter.

I was walking by the lake and suddenly it caught my attention. It was among many such rocks placed around the lake. However, this one looks special because of moss build-up near its bottom. And the setting sun has made it look all different. I am glad that I was there at the right time.

I was testing a 6-year old Canon 28-135 f3.5-5.6 IS USM lens mounted on a Canon 6D. The result was not bad.

Hooded Capuchin Photo

Hooded Capuchin

This hooded capuchin was foraging in the monkey island at Denver Zoo in Colorado. Perhaps there were many but I was able to spot two of them that were on my side of the island.

I was watching their activities for about 15-20 minutes before I pulled my camera and pointed at them. They were not shy, and not scared as they are used to seeing a lot of visitors every day. Here’s the exposure:

Canon EOS 40D
EF300mm f/4L IS USM +1.4x
ƒ/5.6 420.0 mm 1/160 400

This guy with two pine cones in its hand was in a perfect position for me to capture this beautiful monkey portrait in its pseudo natural habitat.

My first ever shot of the moon!

Moon as seen on Sept 1, 2014 at Denver, Colorado, USA
Moon as seen on Sept 1, 2014 at Denver, Colorado, USA

Well, finally I’ve found some time to shoot the moon. Not a great moon to shoot, but nevertheless, it was my first attempt to capture it. Total time spent from shooting to processing: 15-20 minutes.

This is my first moon photo! And I want to call it Denver Moon :)

I was really excited to see how the shot would come out. And it turned out satisfactory! 420 mm is not long enough for moon photography but cropping had solved the problem and I’ve got a reasonably clear moon shot. Well, actually on a cropped sensor camera like Canon EOS 40D, 420 mm is equivalent to 670mm on a full-frame body! So, it was not bad. Here’s the EXIF data for those who need them:

Canon EOS 40D
EF300mm f/4L IS USM +1.4x
ƒ/5.6 420.0 mm
Shutter speed 1/60
ISO 100

Taking a photo of the moon is not that difficult. You need a sturdy tripod with a good head and a reasonably long lens. I used Canon 300mm f/4 L IS USM lens with the 1.4x III extender. That gave me a reasonably good reach to have this photo.

Back in August, I missed the supermoon. It was cloudy around where I live and I did not have time to research where it would have been clear to photograph it. The next supermoon is supposed to be on Sept 9, 2014. That’s about a week from now. I hope this time the sky would be free from any cloud.

Two days later, the moon became a little bigger. This time the photo was taken 4 hours after sunset. Exposure setting:  f/7.1, shutter speed 1/125, ISO 100

Moon as seen on Sept 3, 2014 at Denver, CO
Moon as seen on Sept 3, 2014 at Denver, CO

I processed it in Lightroom and then cropped. The final image is 2116 x 1411 at 300 px per inch. For exif data, please click the link to Flickr.

See it on Flickr