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try to shot the moon with k-x and DAL 55-300
Posted By: kraijeck, 12-02-2009, 09:01 AM

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2.



all crop at 100% and do some sharpness

which one is better?

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12-02-2009, 11:59 AM   #2
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Second one looks sharper, and because it's larger it will have more detail.
Not bad for the ol' kit tele...
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This is really a contrast and detail in enlargement argument. You can see more detail in the larger image though the smaller and more contrasting image has appearance of sharpness in my eyes.
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Try to realy push it in Postprocessing, I use blacks +55 clarity +100 saturation -100
Highlights -14 lights -19 darks +19
To realy make it pop out

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Pretty one, im yet to achieve picture of moon as good as this (but first i must hacksaw my galileoscope to fit pentax registration distancee for prime focus ). I must agree with others, that i like the second image better.

I think the shot would benefit a lot more if it was done at different moon phase. Technically it is most likely as good as possible with 55-300, so i doubt you can gain any more only by post processing or different shooting parameters.
But a partially lit moon would reveal a lot more detail itself, now it looks like it's shot with direct flash.

I don't know the weather in your area and best times for tele shooting, but the contours of moon seem to be weavy, as distorted by hot atmosphere. Maybe try shooting later at night (in the middle of night), when the air gets colder and theperatures equalize.
Try not to shoot at low angle, and avoid any ground objects near your sight, that migh still be hot and distort the optical path. E.g. shooting over a building, with black roof, or conditioning system fans on top of it.
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That is interesting information above and some I had not thought of myself.
But some critics will suggest that jpegs will always render round objects with slight distortion or even an outline.

At least we know that the moon is not flat like planet earth, though right?
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Thank you everyone.

For me, I prefer the first as color seem better.

So I will wait 15 day to shot "the half moon".
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Very good shot for a lens and full moon.
You could drop the exposure time down just a bit. The full moon is a real bear to shoot. Very hard to bring out detail. Generally start at f16 and 1/500. You can then tweak from there.

Also, if you can shoot over wide open grass or water, the distortion from the atmosphere will be less. And never shoot with the moon below about 35 degrees, unless needing a horizon item in the shot, say mountains.

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QuoteOriginally posted by wildlifephotog Quote
And never shoot with the moon below about 35 degrees, unless needing a horizon item in the shot, say mountains.
Well with an average brightside temperature of 110 Celsius and darkside temperature that can be below -220 C...

"I'll see you on the darkside of the moon"
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another set of moon on the next day

they all same image.

1. normal

2. adjust color + sharpness

3. try to be a crimson moon


I prefer the last one, how about you?
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