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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2007 1:46 am 
Hi all,

I've been a regular visiter to this site for a few weeks now and would just like to say a big thank you to Gordon and everyone who's involved with it really is very well put together.

I just wanted to share this shot with you.

I was trying to take a handheld test shot of the moon with my new canon 70-300mm IS USM. I didn't notice the huge flock of birds until they were in my viewfinder! I think it's interesting how the lens has kept the moon pin sharp and not shift the focal point onto the flock of birds.


shot data: Canon 400d, Exposure: 1/800, Aperture: F10, ISO Speed: 200
The file has been cropped down but not digitally scaled up.



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2007 8:52 am 
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Hi anotherplanet, welcome to the Cameralabs forums!

That is a wonderful photo!

I always approach shots like these with suspiscion as I know what the odds are like having something nice fly in front of the Sun or Moon (and also how easy comping is these days), but ever since the day I was lucky enough to see a jet plane fly right in front of the Moon while I was observing it with a telescope, I'll believe anything's possible!

So once again, really nice shot and welcome aboard!


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2007 7:52 pm 
Thanks Gordon.

I agree with you on that one, as it would be far too easy to simply pixel clone all the birds in. If only I had the time! I think there's over 80 of them in the full frame version!

The one thing I did do digitally was to add a little contrast to saturate the blue back up as I had to underexpose the shot to help get the detail in the moon this made the sky go a very dull grey.

What I'm so happy about is how much detail the lens has been able to retain in the moon. :D


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