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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 03-06-2009, 09:25 AM Thread Starter
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Moon Shot

here is moon from tonight
with my new tripod taking a moon shot was much easier

Exposure Time = 1/80"
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Dude, you need a bigger lens Nice shot.
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cool shot!...point and shoots don't seem to work though, just get a big white spot lol

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cool shot!...point and shoots don't seem to work though, just get a big white spot lol
yeah - it was shot on manual focus set to infinity in manual exposure mode.

the sensor size of P&S would also be prohibitive for this type of shot

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Dude, you need a bigger lens Nice shot.

you mean something like this:


got $6K?

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Nice shot man. I don't know a thing about photography but that looks awesome.
Does all that equipment cost a lot of money. To me it seems like an expensive hobby.
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Nice shot man. I don't know a thing about photography but that looks awesome.
Does all that equipment cost a lot of money. To me it seems like an expensive hobby.
very expensive

I am on a very modest side - running not professional level equipment and third-party glass and I have over 2K in my kit - which is nothing in comparison to pro stuff - 1 pro level lens can easily cost that much and much more

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no, more like this...


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Wow, moon shots are hard, and that's a great shot! I've frustrated the shit out of myself trying to do that well, and I've got this expensive carbon fiber tripod and mounting brackets and all this stuff...I've probably only done half as well! Really well done!


Just FYI for anyone who wants to try; those who do *great* shots of the moon, all say you need about 1000mm lens with a pretty wide aperture. For Samal to get that with 1/3rd the focal length is really impressive. Makes me wanna run out and try again!

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Nice shot! I don't think I've been able to get anything that good with my 200-400mm. I don't think I've used that short of an exposure.

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Wow, moon shots are hard, and that's a great shot! I've frustrated the shit out of myself trying to do that well, and I've got this expensive carbon fiber tripod and mounting brackets and all this stuff...I've probably only done half as well! Really well done!


Just FYI for anyone who wants to try; those who do *great* shots of the moon, all say you need about 1000mm lens with a pretty wide aperture. For Samal to get that with 1/3rd the focal length is really impressive. Makes me wanna run out and try again!
thanks, this shot was taken with Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 and a Sigma x1.4 teleconverter.

I took advice from the photoforum I visit in regards to aperture and shutter speed

Also, I took this shot when there was still day light and the skies were blue, the reason why they are dark on the picture is that they are underexposed since I took a spot metering from the moon itself and then set the exposure in manual to about -1.
Focus was manualy set to infinity as I said before

here is my previous attempt at fool moon from couple weeks ago:

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That's much closer to results I've been getting.

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Full moons are the hardest to get because their are very few shadows. Just before or just after gives you a lot of detail as in Samal's first shot.

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here is moon from tonight
with my new tripod taking a moon shot was much easier

Exposure Time = 1/80"
F Number = F5.6
Focal Length = 279mm
ISO = 200

Dude! thats great. I have NO luck getting a good moon shot.




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That is a beautiful shot!

I've never been nearly that sucessful.

This is my best attempt...

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Hey Samal, can you post up a full size version of that shot for my background?

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That is a beautiful shot!

I've never been nearly that sucessful.

This is my best attempt...
eh, you never know where the post processing will take you - here is your own shot with exposure, whitebalance, curves, contrast and saturation tweaked - all in under 5 minutes - I was working on a small jpeg - if you had full res or even better raw file - more would be done and not that much green:


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Hey Samal, can you post up a full size version of that shot for my background?
it is the actual full version - it was very heavily cropped from the original don't forget I was shooting with only 279 mm - so the moon was very tiny if shot was left unchanged - so it is a 100% center crop
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