I have been trying out the new camera that I will use during my sabbatical break this fall. It’s a Nikon p900–really a point and shoot camera, but known for its “superzoom” lens. For my multi-national journey in September, I need to travel very light, and I cannot handle multiple lenses. I’m hoping this camera will be an uncomplicated choice for the photo safari in Kenya but still leave me satisfied with the quality of images that I’m seeking. I’ve seen other p900 users sharing online photos of distant objects, including the moon, and thought I’d give it a try, too.
I walked out to my driveway around 11 pm and happened to have a clear view of the nearly-full moon. It was in a good position in the dark sky with no trees blocking my view, and the night was cloudless. I just popped off a few shots thinking that I would need to set up a tripod to do it justice, but it garnered a sharp and crisp image, even with the camera handheld.
I was amazed at the detail; the various dark areas, the bright spots, and even the rocky craters of the moon were visible as though I was seeing it through a telescope. And the experience opened my eyes once again to the wonders of creation. Psalm 148 calls for the universe to offer a chorus of praise to our great Creator:
Praise God, sun and moon; praise him, all you shining stars! Praise God, you highest heavens, and you waters above the heavens! Let them praise the name of the Lord, for God commanded and they were created.