If We Were Having Coffee on the 3rd of December, 2022 #weekendcoffeeshare

Hello and Welcome! Come on in and I’ll get you a nice mug of super strong dark roast, a cuppa tea or some hot cocoa. It is a little damp out there and will rain most of the day, but relatively warm (it will be around 55 f/13 C most of the day). It was an odd week weatherwise. We had a few days that felt super cold even though it wasn’t as cold as a few weeks ago (wind, moisture in the air, etc.). And then there were a couple of nicer days – yesterday was cool but felt warm because of the sun and no wind. Oh, where are we? Some of you may recognize the photo at the top as coming from New Hampshire.

I was back to a normal work week. It wasn’t terrible, but it was busy.

I played around with music a little more this week than I have for a couple of months, which is good – I need to get back into it! I did a little blog writing, but nothing outside of it, which may be why I needed to play more music.

Despite rain and cold, I did a lot of walking this week, mostly with dogs. I had massage. I did a little exercise, though had trouble completing my routine (both dogs and cats didn’t let me!), I ran a couple of times, and pretty much had a normal late November/early December week.

Last weekend I did a little sky photography, but when I looked at the photos, I discovered it was hazier than I thought since there were halos around the planets. Thursday night I walked out at around 7 PM, which now seems like the middle of the night, and noticed the Moon and Jupiter close to each other. I went out and took a few photos. First is the Moon, with a crop of that photo.

And here is Jupiter with all four of the Galilean moons visible.

You should be able to click on any of the photos of a closer view. I can’t see Orion (the moon ship) in any of the photos, but maybe next time ;)

Anyway, doing the night sky photography was fun. I have only taken a few moon shots with my new lens, so this was a good experiment. I just need to get out on a very clear night and retake Mars, which was one of the ones that didn’t come out from the weekend.

Anyway, that is about it. I hope you had a good week and have a great weekend! If you have a coffee share I will try to stop in for a visit.

Natalie the Explorer is the host of the weekend coffee share and she is doing a wonderful job. Stop in at this week’s main share page or go to the InLinkz-Linkup to see all of the other shares!

36 thoughts on “If We Were Having Coffee on the 3rd of December, 2022 #weekendcoffeeshare

  1. Julie

    What a gorgeous shot of the moon! 7pm nowadays does feel like the middle of the night. When I leave my office around 4:30 pm it feel very depressing how dark the sky is already.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks! The short days are one of the worst parts of late autumn/early winter. I used to work in a building with no windows and would get to work in the dark and leave when it was dark. Very depressing!

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      1. Julie

        My last office was in the basement so I made sure I went outside during my lunch breaks. Leaving the office when it’s dark made me sad because it made me reflect what I did and didn’t do today 🙃.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks. I do take a lot of photos and occasionally do photo posts. Usually it is birds and things I see while kayaking, but sometimes a little more, like the 7 posts I did in August after going to Scotland.
      I love takign moon shots, and once i started playing with them, they are easy. Planets? Still learning.

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  2. Gary A Wilson

    Astro-photography – likely my first love within the genre of general photography. I toyed with gearing up when I was younger but the attraction of cosmology took over and I never really got back to normal astronomy.
    Your shots look great to me. Such shots always inspire.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I was always interested in astro-photography, but never tried to get into it. That being said, I’ve been takign photos of the moon since my first digital camera. About two years ago I tried takign photos of Saturn, Jupiter and Mars and was surprised at how good they came out with just my normal equipment. So, new lens, this is my second moon shot, but first try at a planet. Love having that extra reach for it!
      Thanks, Gary. Hope you have a good week.

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  3. Susanne

    Your photos of the moon are very good. I’ve managed only once to take good photos of the moon, then I forgot how to do it and even when following tutorials, I haven’t managed to capture any details. Well done! I’m glad you’ve played some music too. I’m getting to that now too.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks. I do the moon shots with manual exposure. This is one time I love a digital camera because I can play with the exposure until I get it right using the almost instant feedback. I used to do manual focus as well, but the cameras are getting better at auto focus on the moon and the planets.
      Glad you are playing music.
      Hope you are having a great weekend!

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  4. dawnkinster

    Love your moon. It’s so good in black and white! :) What’s your new lens? I might have already asked you this…but I have memory issues…like in I can’t remember anything any more.

    I had a decent week too. Husband had his first infusion (of 17) for the kidney cancer they probably got all of but you never know, it went well. We did our holiday concert las tonight to our biggest crowd ever (ok, I got lost on one piece and missed a whole page of music, but whatever). A friend brought her dog over today so I had a dog fix….life is good!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      1st of 17 – sounds like it will be a long haul, so glad it started well.
      Hope you enjoyed the concert, despite getting lost. Things like that always seem to happen at the worst times!
      Yeah, I am sure you need the occasional dog fix!
      I posted about the lend back in June, so if you did remember, I’d be surprised! It is an Olympus 100-400 5.0-6.3. I’ve always used Olympus equipment. Love the lens :)

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      The one time each year when NH and Arizona have the same weather. lol.
      Thanks – I use an Olympus EM1 mk II as my body and the new lens is their 100-400 5.0-6.3. I really like this lens.
      Hope your weekend is going well. I’ll be by to visit soon

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Today up here (I’m about 20 miles west of Nashua) isn’t too bad despite raining most of the day, but a few days this week were bitter cold. Brrrr… I think Tuesday was the day I never felt warm.

      Thanks, re: the moon shot! If you remember, I picked up a new Oly 100-400 5.0-6.3 in the spring. Been loving that lens!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks, Robbie. Good for the soul or not, I know that sometimes I just have to sit down and play music or I will explode. Hopefully I’ll have time to do some recording this winter.
      Hope you have a great weekend.

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