If you want to get a real feel for the city of Los Angeles, where would you go? I would go on Wisdom tree hike (these days, I go there once a week. I have started to love it!) which is on the Burbank Peak. Then go to Cahuenga peak and then to Mt Lee where you will be behind the famous Hollywood sign. The wisdom tree is a lone beautiful tree you might have spotted while driving on 134 and maybe from 101, 5 or 170! When you start from the Lake Hollywood drive, it is around 0.8 miles- the real part is the 0.4 mile with whooping 1000 feet plus elevation gain. From the top, you will have stunning views of LA. Enjoy some of the photos I took this week.
When you take a photo of Moon with most cameras, your image will look like the one below. You might have seen nice photos of Moon by other photographers so you will blame your camera or yourself for bad photo you got.
Let me tell you that it is very easy to take beautiful moon photos with any high zoom camera.
Click on SetUp options on your camera and find out Metering set up. It may come up as Metering mode. It will have few entries like Evaluative/Matrix/Intelligent, Center-weighted and Spot. Most cameras by default have the first value. They are set in intelligent/Evaluative/Matrix setting. In this mode, the camera try to be intelligent and measures light in the whole scene. As most sky is dark, the camera gets into thinking that the frame is dark so it tries to get in more light. This causes the Moon to be washed out.
Set camera metering mode to Spot (icon with a dot in the center). Then keep the moon in the center so camera will meter light off of the Moon. This will make camera think that there is good amount of light so it will try take in less light. The result will be a stunning photo of the moon, as shown below.
Normally we paint with ink or color. However in dark, you can draw with light! We took these photos during a camping trip 3 years ago. When you draw with light, instead of a pen or a printer, you use a flashlight. With around 20 seconds exposure with Pentax K-100D.
..and here is our arist in the photo.