it was actually 01.31.09.....thanks for pointing that out. i also appreciate the advice. i am a novice, having just come off of a casio ex-s10, and having always used the automatic or "best shot" settings on that camera. i hope to improve via these forums, and am (barely) beginning to understand the relationships between the different manual settings. thanks again.
So the title of the thread is 12 31 09... ummm I am no expert but how could you have shot this when 12 31 09 has not come yet..? Well my guess is that you mean 08...? That being the case I think this shot is an ok shot. The moon is a bit small in this shot. Also the location of the moon in th frame is a bit off centered. I would say either move it to the center or move it to a side more. (rule of thirds) The quality is really nice here. The moon is always something I like taking shots of.