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Gone Fishin' for the Sturgeon Moon

August 22, 2022. According to the old Farmers' Alamanac, the August full moon was given its name because this is the month that sturgeon are most readily caught. Inhabiting the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain, sturgeon are the biggest fish in North America. [Google]

The night of the last super moon of the year was clear and cool in Georgetown, Ontario.

As the moon began to rise over a line of trees near our house, I framed it with a telephoto zoom lens and 2X extender. The moon was still only a small part of the frame, but for a closer view I cropped it in Adobe Lightroom before posting it here. The moon always fascinates me. It has long held symbolic meanings in societies around the world, and always makes me feel as though I have a window on the heavens.

Without going into the mathematics of it all, the focal length of a small sensor Micro Four Thirds (MFT) camera like my Olympus is effectively double the focal length of a full-frame camera. This turns my 40-150mm telephoto lens into an 80-300mm. Attaching a 2X extender lens doubles the focal length again, giving me a whopping 600mm reach. With a super tele like this, even with excellent Olympus in-camera stabilization, there's a whole lot 'o shakin' goin' on, so I steadied my kit on a tripod.

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