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10-13-2016, 07:57 AM   #16
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Turn off the shake reduction when on a tripod.
I use a cable release
Manual focus
For me I make many shots to trial and error my way to the perfect exposure. Do not rely on the camera to tell you, it'll be way off.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Billk Quote
Freezing night in Bleak City tonight, which always helps.
Quite a nice shot. But LOL, I can't help it, at first glance this not quite full moon exposed this way looks like some kind of melon on black background.
Anybody else see that or am I losing it?
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I set sunny white balance to retain some color. Take pictures of a crescent moon to get an interesting moon edge showing the craters against a dark background.
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I agree with all the earlier posts, plus use a lens hood and no filters. Your choice of f/8 makes sense, but 1/160" is a bit slow even on a tripod because you are at 200mm focal length. I'd suggest ISO 200 at 1/320" @ f/8. Not sure if SR was on, but if it was, I'd turn it off when on a tripod. ALSO I noticed you shot this fairly early in the evening. The atmosphere has thermal turbulence from the warm land (or water) mass. You will get less atmospheric issues later at night or before the dawn.

The outstanding other moon postings are a good example of what a $2500 150-450mm zoom or an $1100 DA 300mm can get you. The 50-200mm is a bargain at $200, but it has its limitations. Still with critical focus, a stable tripod, and post processing, your moon shot could be improved.

Any chance there was condensation on a filter or element when you took your shot?


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I like to use spot metering, and adjust exposure compensation to right below where it is blown out. Then in post processing adjust your contrast to taste
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Quite a nice shot. But LOL, I can't help it, at first glance this not quite full moon exposed this way looks like some kind of melon on black background.
Anybody else see that or am I losing it?
May be losing it but unique interpretations are much appreciated!
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Probably obvious, but don't be tempted to shoot wide open unless your lens is extraordinary. You need to drop down at least a few notches to help sharpen things.
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Every time I see this title I want to shout - BY TAKING ALL THE HEARTS and the QUEEN OF SPADES!

Just a little card humor.

I shoot the moon a lot of ways mostly already covered here - tripod, shake reduction off (using 2 second self-timer), etc. I tend to use the f/8 at 1/focal length as the starting place but find it is too dark typically.

Here's a not too old example or two:

DA* 200 with DA HD 1.4x and F 1.7x stacked (~ 476mm f/6.7 lens)


FA* 300 w/1.4x-S A series TC (~420mm f/6.3)


FA* 300 with both TC's stacked (~714mm f/10.7 lens) - uncropped


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FWIW, my favorite moon photo I've taken breaks all the rules. Had to bust out the OGPS to take the shot, but it was worth it.

200mm, 10 seconds, ISO 100. Not sure the aperture, but it was definitely stopped down a peg or three.

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I agree with all the earlier posts, plus use a lens hood and no filters. Your choice of f/8 makes sense, but 1/160" is a bit slow even on a tripod because you are at 200mm focal length. I'd suggest ISO 200 at 1/320" @ f/8. Not sure if SR was on, but if it was, I'd turn it off when on a tripod. ALSO I noticed you shot this fairly early in the evening. The atmosphere has thermal turbulence from the warm land (or water) mass. You will get less atmospheric issues later at night or before the dawn.

The outstanding other moon postings are a good example of what a $2500 150-450mm zoom or an $1100 DA 300mm can get you. The 50-200mm is a bargain at $200, but it has its limitations. Still with critical focus, a stable tripod, and post processing, your moon shot could be improved.

Any chance there was condensation on a filter or element when you took your shot?
your right about the shutter speed needing to be higher forgot about that.

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FWIW, my favorite moon photo I've taken breaks all the rules. Had to bust out the OGPS to take the shot, but it was worth it.

200mm, 10 seconds, ISO 100. Not sure the aperture, but it was definitely stopped down a peg or three.

nice picture ! what is that sorcery D:
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QuoteOriginally posted by inzova Quote
your right about the shutter speed needing to be higher forgot about that.

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nice picture ! what is that sorcery D:
Exposed for the earthshine on a crescent moon.
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Quite a nice shot. But LOL, I can't help it, at first glance this not quite full moon exposed this way looks like some kind of melon on black background.
Anybody else see that or am I losing it?
Only rubbish on the TV last night and a very clear sky so I photographed what was in the sky. You are right that a not-quite full moon is slightly jarring.

On a more lucky night you can head out for a look and find something like this:
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QuoteOriginally posted by Alex645 Quote
I agree with all the earlier posts, plus use a lens hood and no filters. Your choice of f/8 makes sense, but 1/160" is a bit slow even on a tripod because you are at 200mm focal length. I'd suggest ISO 200 at 1/320" @ f/8.
1/160 at 200mm is fast enough by a good margin, there is no need to go faster or use a higher iso imho. The moon isnít moving THAT fast.
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I have a shot made at 1/6th second at 500-700mm - it is soft but not terribly soft. I can try to dig it up later.
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1/160 at 200mm is fast enough by a good margin, there is no need to go faster or use a higher iso imho. The moon isnít moving THAT fast.
i guess the tripod allows slower shutter speeds.
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