Last night I went out to try some skyline/cityscape photography
just sharing my thoughts and conclusions
1. it's colder than you think, most people in cities are not dressed to stand outside in the cold for an hour. outfit yourself like you are going skiing or hunting, gloves , hats, layers and snow pants are not a bad idea. Gloves open fingertips make a lot of sense
2. it's dark out there, you might want a small flash light to check/change your settings.
3. Tripod - it's time to bring out a tripod, you are not going to hand hold this one. FYI - Aluminum tripods get cold and suck the warmth out of your gloved hands when you carry them
4. know your camera - this is not the time to figure out how to lock the mirror (SLR) or set the shutter speed etc...
5. Moon position - I'm looking for a visual moon simulator, so I can know where it will be in the sky and how high. I did a brief search and found http://aa.usno.navy.mil/data/docs/AltAz.php
which calculates altitude and azimuth vs time. useful if you understand. I found the moon on the wrong side of my image (east instead of west), looks like I'll wait 2 weeks for a western moon over the city.
6. RF notes - my damn RF shutter speed started doing strange things - not shooting at 1 sec when set for that. I tried different speeds, seems like the slow speed settings were messed up. when I got home and let it warm up, it was fine
7. Zoom vs prime - prime lens much better for landscapes, less distortion, at least in my case
here's one boring and slightly unfocused image from my outing: