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11-16-2013, 08:12 PM   #1
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I have the K-01. I have used Manual, Av and Tv modes to change aperture, shutter speed and iso. I specifically wanted to take a shot of the full moon tonight overlooking the ocean. It would not snap a photo no matter what i did. It would snap one if i had a lighted object other than the moon in the view.

Any advice ? What am I doing wrong ??

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The moon is a very small area--and thus the meter see's mostly dark sky. Instead use manual exposure and (for a full moon) set about 1 stop more exposure than a full sunlight scene--e.g., 1/100 sec at f/11 and iso 100. Then adjust after viewing the shot. The moon has a reflectance of about 8% as I recall, and it is seeing/reflecting sunlight. If it was 18% reflectance it would be a middle gray. If you want more the scene to be visible, and you don't mind overexposing the moon, work up in exposure--but if more than about 3 stops overexposed, the moon will be featureless.
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If you're setting everything manually, and the menu is set for focus priority, you probably need to set the focus switch on the front of the camera to manual focus. Then the shutter with actuate.
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QuoteOriginally posted by dms Quote
The moon is a very small area--and thus the meter see's mostly dark sky. Instead use manual exposure and (for a full moon) set about 1 stop more exposure than a full sunlight scene--e.g., 1/100 sec at f/11 and iso 100. Then adjust after viewing the shot. The moon has a reflectance of about 8% as I recall, and it is seeing/reflecting sunlight. If it was 18% reflectance it would be a middle gray. If you want more the scene to be visible, and you don't mind overexposing the moon, work up in exposure--but if more than about 3 stops overexposed, the moon will be featureless.
Thank you. I actually printed your thread out so i can remember what to do next time

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I am going to assume that your metering mode was set to average over the entire frame. If you switch to spot metering, then it will meter to just the center spot. Put that on the moon and you will meter correctly and not average in the rest of the black sky....

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Try it again tomorrow night! And let us know what happens. Failing that, there is also Photoshop, which is great fun too. And traditional... didn't Ansel Adams do a little darkroom magic with that iconic 'Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico' image?
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