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For a while I wanted a really good moon photo with one of the legacy long lenses that I had been purchasing on eBay. I bought a 400mm, and a 200mm Mamiya/Sekor. I also bought a 500mm Tokina reflecting lens that I added a Teleconverter to.

I used these various lenses on the Winter full-moon and I learned a lot about night photography. I wanted the long lens to act like a telescope, but the process is more about my understanding of the light. 

So I am looking for some good, fast, wide-angle lens that will be great for astral photography so I can continue this lesson.

This photo of the moon however was not made with any of the long lenses I have mentioned. This was made with my 200mm Olympus lens.

I started my legacy lens obsession to see how my dad may be able to use his legacy lenses with digital photography. I was amazed that a $5 adapter could make a 40 year-old lens come back to life on a digital camera. 

I noticed how much my father loved photos, but was not fascinated with the tiny point-and-shoot cameras that he had. He seemed to love the photos and had lost his appreciation on how those photos are made. When I was young, he had a couple of OM Camera bodies and a variety of Olympus lenses.

What I found was that my father does love the photos, and is not that interested in the camera. I was wrong, he doesn't seem to pine for the sharpness of his legacy Olympus lens. On the other hand, I am more interested in the camera and lenses than the photos. 

This is a great example. I did not really spend so much time outside on a cold night to get a unique photo. I spent a lot of time getting to know my camera; I took many photos and this is one that I took with a thirty-five year old lens.

This photo was made with my Sony 7r, with a 200mm Olympus lens f4.

Photo by Tim Wheat.

2019 Eclipse: 

2017 Eclipse: Photos from the New Bethel Baptist Church near Eddyville Kentucky 

Judy and I drove to the New Bethel Baptist Church near Eddyville Kentucky for the total eclipse of the sun in 2017. I looked up the church months in advance and called to ask if we could watch the eclipse in their parking lot.

The pastor said yes, and he looked forward to meeting us. I was thinking about camping there, but Judy and I stayed at a Bed and Breakfast near Land-Between-the-Lakes that we had visited before.

The experience turned out to be great. A telescope club from Illinois was there as well as some college students from Wisconsin and one photographer from Germany. I can't believe that I just picked the site on Google, and by chance other people had found the same location. 

One person at the New Bethel church made a walk-in camera obscura that would project the eclipse onto the floor. Not only was it a walk-in viewing site, but he thought ahead to add a small portable air conditioner. That was really unique and it was a great happenstance and good commideratrie of the people there. 

Don't miss my timelapse of the 2017 Eclipse: 

Photo by Tim Wheat.

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frames of the changes of the eclipse