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 Post subject: 1st time Moon issues
PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2011 9:58 pm 
Hi guys

was out in the garden tonight and noticed the moon out so thought i'd try taking some pics unsuccessfully i have to say

was just mucking around with a 70-300mm lense trying various speeds but could only seem to capture a big while blob or 2 blobs (for some reason which i though may be a reflection bouncing of the uv filter)

left the aperture open to f4 (the lowest i could get it with this lense)
zoomed into 300mm
set focus to manual and left it on infinity
tried various speeds from 1/30 to 30 secs

this pics varied from a bright white blob to a near total whiteout on the pic

kit was
Nikon D40
Tamron 70-300 1:4-5.6 tele
WB set to sunny (options for daylight was either sunny or cloudy)

and and all info or help is greatly appreciated .. can post an example if needed

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2011 10:13 pm 
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The moon normally is much brighter than people think - so try shorter shutter-speeds!
I've shot these two with a 400mm plus 1.5x tele-converter at f/8.0, 1/125 sec, ISO 400:
Lunar Eclipse 17245 by Thomas, on Flickr

Lunar Eclipse 17233 by Thomas, on Flickr

For the large original click through the image...

Thomas (beware: Nikon-fanboy and moderator!) My Lens Reviews, My Pictures, My Photography Blog
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2011 10:19 pm 
thanx m8 .. will give it a try tomorrow night, doords all locked up and the heatings on now .. :lol:

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 9:35 am 
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Welcome to the forum Iain.

I was in the same boat as you not so long ago, I didn't realise just how bright the moon is.

Check out the thread at the top of this page;
Some great pics from the guys on here & most have the settings/data posted.
Good luck tonight (clear skies permitting :lol: ) & don't forget to post your pics. :wink:

Image btw,He who dies with the most toys, WINS!
Nikon D800E & D700 bodies + Nikon 200-400mm F4 VR1, 50mm F1.4G, 16-35mm f/4G VR, 105 F2.8 VR macro, 70-300mm lenses. A couple of filters, Giotto tripod & ballhead. Lowepro Slingshot 302 AW

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 9:39 pm 
thanx m8 .. some real nice shots in there but think i might need a bigger lense or a tele-converter .. the 300mm just oesn't get in that close lol :P [/quote]

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