Astrophotographer Colin Legg captured this wonderful shot of the International Space Station crossing the face of the first quarter moon on September 3, 2014. He calls the photo “Half a Second.” He wrote:
I have more than enough gear already but that didn’t stop me buying a new camera recently. The urge was just too great!! This is my first shot with it. It’s a composite of 1/2-second of time when two objects in space converged, one at 300 kilometers and the other 384,000 kilometers away. I couldn’t get this shot with my other cameras…that’s my excuse!
ISS/Moon transit, Western Australia, Sep 3 2014
Sony a7s, C8 @ 2000 mm, f/10, iso 5000, 1/2000 s, 1.6 crop
Awesome, Colin! Thank you.
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