Moonlight Photography Examples And Tips
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Moonlight Photography - Here are some amazing examples of moonlight photography and an insight into how they were taken.
- Canon 5D MK III
- Canon 17mm TS-E Lens
- Canon 24mm TS-E II Lens
- Head Torch
Photos And Technique:
After a localised start at Saddle Tor the walking got more adventurous and I headed west along the Princetown road to get to Windy Post, and then back to Haytor which ended the shoot with a colourful sunrise, albeit somewhat localised in the sky area.
This first shot, taken at ISO3200, f/5.6 has a huge amount of depth of field thanks to the 17mm TS-E Lens. Literally everything but the very bottom is in sharp focus to infinity.
This shot was taken with the 24mm TS-E II Lens with ISO1600 for 30 seconds at f/5.6. The lens was tilted very slightly (around 1/2deg) to get a little extra foreground sharpness although once again it's losing it a little, but it's barely noticeable. I used a torch to add light to the falls for around 5 seconds then I ran off to the right to light paint the cross.
A huge moon halo was in the sky for around three hours on and off, which kept me busy. This is a combination of two images taken with the 17mm TS-E Lens. I didn't move the camera between shots and both exposures were 2 seconds long.
For the shot of the halo the lens was set at infinity with an aperture of f/5.6 and an ISO of 1600. The focal plane was then repositioned to capture a sharp shot of the cross. It was shot as a silhouette so I could create a mask in Photoshop and I used my torch to light paint the left side for 5 seconds and the right for 10.
Finally the last shot is made from three images combined in Photoshop to get the blend and colours right. I was so exhausted anything was a bonus, but I really wasn’t expecting to get so much colour. I was essentially in the wrong place, but it's worked out well in the end. It was all shot at ISO100, making super-smooth files.
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Other Useful Tips:
- Moonlight can be rather 'hard' and if you find yourself shooting at full moon light levels can be higher than expected.
- On a clear night, moonlight is strong enough to cast shadows and it is definitely worth having a go shooting scenes with it.
- Focusing can be challenge because it is so dark so take along a powerful torch to light up the subject to help you focus, whether you are focusing manually or using the autofocus system.
- If you are photographing just the moon you'll need a long lens and you'll need to meter manually. This is because the camera sees is a blanket of blackness the moon can end up looking like bright light bulb shining out of the sky. More moon tips can be found here.
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