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Last of the Super Moon shots
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Posted By: Bob Harris, 05-07-2012, 03:00 PM

The last of my "moon shots" from our campsite in the desert of Nevada.

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05-07-2012, 03:05 PM   #2
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great shots, if you could can you tell me how you did this? my moon shots are very over exposed, i tried hundreds of different settings and in every one the moon was just a bright ball of light with no definition. i was using a 55-200mm kit lens so im hoping that a better lens would help but any tips would be welcome.
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great shots, if you could can you tell me how you did this? my moon shots are very over exposed, i tried hundreds of different settings and in every one the moon was just a bright ball of light with no definition. i was using a 55-200mm kit lens so im hoping that a better lens would help but any tips would be welcome.
Welcome to PF, it isn't the lens that is for sure. That is one of my favorite carry around lens and always does a nice job. Always use a tripod, set stops between f/8 and f/12 and I set ss at 1/250. I used the TAV mode on the K5, iso at 1600 for all these shots. Maybe someone else can give some more information. Hope this is some help and thanks for asking. Bob
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i cant say for sure i used those exact setting but i tried every stop i had (f/4.5-f/29) and a full range of shutter speed and ISO, i do have one which kind of matches the colour of your moon above but when i view it in PSE8 the background looks like blue paint splashed all over it (possibly a damaged memory card). the good thing is the moon is out every night so i dont need to stress myself over it i can just keep practicing but its good to know my lens is adequate. thanks.

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i cant say for sure i used those exact setting but i tried every stop i had (f/4.5-f/29) and a full range of shutter speed and ISO, i do have one which kind of matches the colour of your moon above but when i view it in PSE8 the background looks like blue paint splashed all over it (possibly a damaged memory card). the good thing is the moon is out every night so i dont need to stress myself over it i can just keep practicing but its good to know my lens is adequate. thanks.
the color is basically air pollution, sometimes a good thing I guess. It sounds like the blue paint splash effect is due to high iso noise.
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This is my "artsy" contribution to Super Moon.
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Spectacular images, Bob!! Thanks so much for sharing. We missed it here in central VA. Good to get to see it through the fine photos here on PF!
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Well done Bob - I was at a ball tournament and it was very overcast here so I raised a Red Solo cup to the super moon and have enjoyed all the shots here.

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this ones f/5.6 1/250 ISO 800 at 200mm i think its not too bad.
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this ones f/5.6 1/250 ISO 800 at 200mm i think its not too bad.
Not bad at all, at least you have a lot more than you were saying in your first attempts. I would still try one a f/10 or so. How does your photo look not cropped so tightly. Keep shootin', that is the fun part of it I have found. Bob
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Sure beats my little scrawny moon Bob!

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Sure beats my little scrawny moon Bob!

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thanks Rupert, your moon would of been a lot bigger with the K5/Bigma combo That's what Otis said anyway.
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i cant say for sure i used those exact setting but i tried every stop i had (f/4.5-f/29) and a full range of shutter speed and ISO, i do have one which kind of matches the colour of your moon above but when i view it in PSE8 the background looks like blue paint splashed all over it (possibly a damaged memory card). the good thing is the moon is out every night so i dont need to stress myself over it i can just keep practicing but its good to know my lens is adequate. thanks.

Bob H has given some good advice, but here's what I always remember about Moon shots. The full Moon is midday bright and very reflective, so the "sunny 16" rule applies for correct exposure: use manual exposure, set aperture to f16, set shutter speed to ISO setting (i.e., if you're using ISO 200, shutter speed is 1/200; if you're using ISO 800, shutter speed is 1/800). This will almost always underexpose anything on Earth that is in the foreground with the exception of urban lights.To include dark foreground you must double expose, using something to mask out the part of the frame that contains the Moon, or use a multi-stop (at least 3) graduated filter to hold back the Moon. A moon low on the horizon can tolerate a longer exposure because the light is somewhat dimmed by the atmosphere.
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Spectacular images, Bob!! Thanks so much for sharing. We missed it here in central VA. Good to get to see it through the fine photos here on PF!
Lori, the members really did put some great photo threads up for the super moon with lots of information on how to "shoot the moon", not the movie.
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Well done Bob - I was at a ball tournament and it was very overcast here so I raised a Red Solo cup to the super moon and have enjoyed all the shots here.
I think you did what any red blooded Canadian would do, great job bud. thanks Bob
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