Moon and Spires
I was on my way back home when a friend of mine texted me to let me know that the moon looked particularly interesting this evening. And indeed, right behind me the moon was peeping from behind some splendid Altocumulus floccus clouds. I spent the next half an hour or so waiting for cars to pass by so that I could hop right to the middle of the street as soon as it cleared momentarily. (I am sure passers by must have found this odd behaviour quite amusing.) Anyway, I wanted those images for two reasons: Not only would this setting make a great photo, but it also presented a great opportunity to test the low-light capability of the newly acquired Nikon D800E. I ranked up the ISO to 800, 1600, and 3200; I have to say that I was quite impressed with the low levels of noise present in the resulting images. It was also a good opportunity to test the auto-focusing ability of the camera in very low light. Nikon claims that the Multi-CAM 3500FX autofocusing module is able to achieve accurate auto-focusing even in light levels as low as -2ev, the equivalent of a moonlit scenario. Indeed, it performed flawlessly without any focus-hunting.
So there you have it: Magdalden Tower with a lovely moon right next to it. Make sure you click on the picture above to enlarge it. Have a nice weekend, folks!