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My first Bigma moon shots.
Posted By: blwnhr, 01-13-2008, 03:12 AM

I shot these whilst on my Christmas holidays from work. I decided, on my hung-over Sunday afternoon to PP them. EXIF above each image. Shot with K10D, Bigma, 1.4x TC for the second shot, full manual, RAW-DNG. Both were processed in PS CS2 which only consisted of a crop, resize for web and light sharpen.

I prefer the first shot, I think the clouds add a nice dimension. I had to wait for about 20 minutes battling mosquitos to get it right though! The second is an alright shot in it's own right, but lacks interest to me. I do like the reach of the Bigma though.

Both shots are taken from the upper level balcony of my house in suburban Launceston, Tasmania. I used a Manfrotto tripod and head.



1/10, f/8, ISO-100, 500mm.



1/50, f/8, ISO-100, 700mm.

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01-13-2008, 06:53 AM   #2
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These have come out remarkably well indeed.
I do like the effect of the clouds in the foregound though.
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These are very nice!
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I love the moon and the moon love me Nice shots indeed ! I am waiting for a little warmer weather to give it a real go - I have done a couple with my Bigma but it gets too cold. I like the cloud effect as well , but prefer the second shot. Nicely done.

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It looks upside down to me

Its about time you shot the moon with that lens. Very nice
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every time I try a shot of the moon it's a white blur. never can get the setting correct.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Fl_Gulfer Quote
every time I try a shot of the moon it's a white blur. never can get the setting correct.

Compared to the rest of the sky the moon is super bright. If you use the default camera meter reading you'll get a black sky with a round white blob. Try putting the camera in "manual" and stop down the lens and decresae the shutter speed and see what you get. I got mybest noon shots by trial and error. I was using a 500mm lens so I set the shutter speed to 1/500th and then I kept adjusting the f stop until the detail on the moon was noticible.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Fl_Gulfer Quote
every time I try a shot of the moon it's a white blur. never can get the setting correct.
I had the same problem, but then I found the cure: spot metering. I tried all sorts of settings manually to get the right shot, but they were all under or over exposed. Then I set the k10d to spot metering, and metered on the moon directly. I was hand-holding the camera, so I shot in aperture priority at 1/180. The camera nailed it! No post processing at all. Just a crop. This was done with my Pentax 18-250 all the way out at 250.
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Terrific photos with the bigma. I have tried moon shots with it but they turn out like marshmellow. You've given me the motivation to try again - thanks!
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Fantastic! I like the first shot (with the clouds) best.

I opted for the Sigma 135-400mm; it does nice moon shots on its own, but gets a little soft when you add a 1.4x TC. For me, the Bigma stays quite sharp even with the TC on it. Nice.
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