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 Post subject: My first cropped moon
PostPosted: Sun Mar 16, 2008 8:37 pm 
You can call me dumb, but I just couldn't find a way to shoot the moon. It always appear overexposed, no matter the speed or aperture my lens had, it always came overexposed.

Then, few days ago and by mistake, I underexposed one shot to the moon and voila!

Damn I'm dumb... :oops:

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 16, 2008 8:41 pm 
what lens did you use? did you enlarge the moon digitally?


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 16, 2008 8:46 pm 
I used the 80-200mm @ 200mm f5.6 ISO 100 Speed: 1/20

This is 100% crop of the original photo.

Cheers


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 16, 2008 8:52 pm 
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 16, 2008 9:01 pm 
Great deal for a 200mm :) great shot


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2008 1:08 pm 
Thanks all...

Considering it was an accident it turned out to be a decent shot.

Could anyone with a 300mm+ lens please tell me if you can see real improvement in IQ and size when shooting the moon?

Maybe a 70-300mm will work better for this kind of photo?

I don't want to get into astrophotography, but from time to time I want to take photos of the moon with decent quality and size.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2008 4:46 am 
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Camut, you'd be surprised how bright the Moon is. You could probably have used 1/60 for that shot at 100 ISO f5.6...

As for the lens, the 300mm will give you a Moon that's 50% bigger.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2008 11:21 am 
very nice shot Camut!


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2008 2:08 pm 
Gordon Laing wrote:
Camut, you'd be surprised how bright the Moon is.


Gordon, you bet I know now. I shot 40 or 50 photos before this one. One thing that intrigues me a lot is why the camera can't make the right readings on exposure by itself.

Can someone explain this?

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 25, 2008 1:06 pm 
Camut wrote:
Gordon Laing wrote:
Camut, you'd be surprised how bright the Moon is.


Gordon, you bet I know now. I shot 40 or 50 photos before this one. One thing that intrigues me a lot is why the camera can't make the right readings on exposure by itself.

Can someone explain this?

Cheers


Because the camera isn't as smart as we are :D
Here is a picture taken with my compact at fully manual settings

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shutter : 1/400
aperture : f5.6
focal lenght : 60mm
ISO : 100
Exposure bias : 0/3 EV


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 25, 2008 1:47 pm 
The moon looks really niec in Venezuela eh amigo!

Nice moon shots guys! I have to give this a goo when there there are no clouds in the sky, i heard ur supposed to focus to "infinity" call me stupid but is that clockwise on the lens or counterclockwise :P

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 25, 2008 2:29 pm 
alex168 wrote:
The moon looks really niec in Venezuela eh amigo!


Yeap... The moon looks great in our "hot" season (+/- summer) You can shoot wonderful sunsets and you have almost perfect lighting conditions most of the year. If you want to come here sometime in a photography tour you're most invited :)

For the moon, just remember to underexpose. That was how I got it.

Cheers


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 25, 2008 3:31 pm 
Nice thanks for the invite, might drop in on way to Brazil to visit the family there.

Underexopse (check) what about Focusing?


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 25, 2008 4:06 pm 
alex168 wrote:
Underexopse (check) what about Focusing?


With my old crappy 80-200mm is better to receive some auto focus help, but I tried manual and the results were acceptable.

A good lens is a must. As Gordon said, better with a 300mm. Remember using f8 or higher to avoid softness. Lenses tend to get better at those f stops.

Cheers :)


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