Well I too find that shoot down the moon on a photo is really interesting! Maybe it’s because moon photos gives a felling of looking into another world. I recently took this shot using my telelens (700mm):
The shot is not super sharp (using crappy tripod – forced me to put OS on), but as desktop wallpaper it looks really great.
Did you invert it, or was it taken like this? Great shot!
Thanks a lot, but no I did not invert it; I removed the colours and expanded the dynamic range. The problem about moon pictures is that the pixel representing the moon has got a low variance of brightness levels. So in a picture histogram the pixel package representing the moon occupies only a smaller part of the brightness levels. By consequence the moon looks pail/washed out. So I simply use a curve tool so that the moon fills out all the greyscale levels from black to white. So basically I have just expanded the number of used brightness levels making the details more viewable – I think it looks much better! I took myself the freedom to quickly modify popos last moon shot. Please forgive me if Im violating your copyrights popo, I just try to illustrate the difference:
Note that even outside the moon the pixel representation got better. I could have used all 3 colour channels – but I was a bit lazy so I just removed the colours
The dynamic range expansion has got a price that you can see if you look closely into some of the darker areas: the surfaces look grainier due to the higher jumps between the brightness of the pixels (could be mistaken with noise). I made the dynamic range expansion in JPEG, so I only had 8 bits (256 levels). If I could have done the dynamic range expansion in RAW then I would have had 12 bits (4096 levels) to work with (less gains). Maybe it is possible to find a tool that can do this - in that case I would like to know about it.
Hmm... maybe this should become the moon thread? :p
I wouldn’t mind
The moon is a great object and it is even possible to see it in the middle of the day:
Sorry but the picture is too big to be posted directly in here. Looking forward to see others moon shots