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Shooting for the moon
Posted By: knumbnutz, 04-21-2008, 08:21 PM

hi all,
i am amazed at how good the bigma glass is.
It was always an ambition to get some nice moon shots and here are some from the bigma handheld at 500mm.
Hope you like?
Cheers Neil




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04-21-2008, 08:43 PM   #2
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Now those are moon shots. Very nice. The sharpness and detail is incredible. Blow mine away by a long shot.
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HANDHELD? what shutter speed
you must have some steady hands, those pictures are really sharp
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The first shot is a great one. and hand held no less? that makes it better than great.

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Thanks people for the great comments.
It was
Exposure: 0.001 sec (1/750)
Aperture: f/8
Focal Length: 500 mm
ISO Speed: 400

I used to do a bit of olympic style pistol competition and the breathing thing goes and long way to helping shake.
The shutter noise is a little disappointing compared to the other ....BANG!

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I think also having some shaded part to the moon gives better depth ?? than the full moon??
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QuoteOriginally posted by knumbnutz Quote
I think also having some shaded part to the moon gives better depth ?? than the full moon??

I believe you are correct. Every full moon shot I have taken looks a bit flat. But when you get any degree of shadowing the craters and texture really seem to pop.

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Great pair of shots. The first looks the best with the shadows to give it some depth. The full moon has a dull flat look in any shot I've seen.

Here's an attempt with the FA*300mm f4.5 and AF1.7TC (510mm) ISO 100 f13, 1/40th

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Every ful moon brings out the long glass! And yes this is cropped but holds up fairly well.
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wow, nice capture... How I wish I have a 500mm , great shot, I admired moonshot ^_^
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Hey Peter,
Your moon is upside down.......hehe.
I guess that makes your shot a northernhemispherianmoon then ???
LOL
Thanks for adding to the moon shots, any others care to join in ?? Go on.

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I always wonder how you guys can handle standing on the ceiling. Gravity must work differently "down under"!
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Some very nice shots - both northern and southern hemispheres!
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Very cool. I agree that the shadow adds to the image.

Had to giggle about the slow breathing. I had to do the same shooting in a Museum recently. Nearly passed out

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