151. Magnolias by night

Magnolias by night. 10.18 pm, 13 August 2011

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. –  Aesop

Last full moon I spent many happy hours over several evenings tackling the budding magnolia next door. This one worked better at f5.6 than at f16, to my surprise, but with f16 needing nearly 5 minutes the risk of a breeze was high. So instead of deeper focus and star blazes I have made do with two blurred stars – the brightest in the Southern Cross.

Telephoto focus at close quarters on manual is painstaking, and I could only get this vantage point with the camera clamped to the top of a stepladder.

85mm, ISO 2000. 30 seconds at f5.6