A Photo for Friday: Halfsies


April 3, 2017
Pike Road, AL

FILED UNDER: Photography
Steven L. Taylor
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Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter


  1. Neil Hudelson says:

    That’s truly gorgeous. What type of telescope did you use? (I’m assuming even a powerful camera lens isn’t going to be able to get those calderas and craters in that great of focus.)

  2. @Neil Hudelson: Thanks. Believe it or not, it was with my 70-300mm zoom with a 1.2 teleconverter. I even managed the shot, to my surprise, without a tripod.

    Despite the fact that the shot looks like a night sky, it was actually later afternoon and the sun was hitting the moon in such a way as to be exceptionally well lit.

  3. MarkedMan says:

    Modern cameras are amazing. I have a day-moon shot, done with a seven year old superzoom camera, hand held, that looks professional (and I’m no professional).

  4. al-Alameda says:

    I’ll second the comments of @Neil Hudelson:
    this is another beautiful picture.
    This is also a pretty good reminder to all of us – smartphone cameras are good and getting better but there are obvious limitations, and there will always be a market for real ‘stand-alone’ digital cameras.