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Just taken not sure what setting as I tried them all..lol Most came out over exposed so was pleased with this.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 500D
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:19 Mar 2011 - 8:45 PM
Focal Length:300mm
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/125sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Shutter speed priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Tonights moon.
Username:Kayleigh Kayleigh
Uploaded:19 Mar 2011 - 9:17 PM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Moon
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cantona43
cantona43 e2 Member 9884 forum postscantona43 vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2011 - 10:06 PM

A wonderful shot I tried myself but failed lol
Neil

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Kayleigh
Kayleigh  4 England
19 Mar 2011 - 10:08 PM

Thanks Neil,
I tried last night but it came out white and over exposed so tried again and managed this it looks better darkened in photoshop but was too hasty and uploaded it first.

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GHGraham  4 Scotland10 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2011 - 11:21 PM

Brightness of moon is surprisingly variable depending on phase, atmospheric conditions, distance from earth etc.

Assume a starting point of EV 14 and bracket around that.

EV14 = ISO 100, f11 & 1/125 sec

That should get you close toa decent exposure.

I'd chose f11 over your f5.6 which will help sharpen the image up a bit too.

G2

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Kayleigh  4 England
19 Mar 2011 - 11:27 PM


Quote: Brightness of moon is surprisingly variable depending on phase, atmospheric conditions, distance from earth etc.

Assume a starting point of EV 14 and bracket around that.

EV14 = ISO 100, f11 & 1/125 sec

That should get you close toa decent exposure.

I'd chose f11 over your f5.6 which will help sharpen the image up a bit too.

G2

Thank you for the valuable tip, I need all the help I can get atm I am really struggling with this set up.
I only got the camera a few days back and cant find how to alter the F..setting I need to read a bit more of the manual.

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GHGraham  4 Scotland10 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2011 - 11:01 AM

Once youve figured out the F stop adjustments, leave the camera in manual and work from there.

If you leave it in auto it will overexpose the moon every time cos its measly little brain always wants to create an average scene of 18% grey. To get this grey scene from black it will increase the exposure because even if the moon and sky are in equal proportion, a black sky + a white moon = grey.

G2

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Kayleigh  4 England
20 Mar 2011 - 11:03 AM


Quote: Once youve figured out the F stop adjustments, leave the camera in manual and work from there.

If you leave it in auto it will overexpose the moon every time cos its measly little brain always wants to create an average scene of 18% grey. To get this grey scene from black it will increase the exposure because even if the moon and sky are in equal proportion, a black sky + a white moon = grey.

G2

Thank you G2..
I will have a practice...

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davey_griffo
2 Apr 2011 - 8:22 AM

Graham's advice is similar to what I'd seen, 125th @ f8, which is the setting I used for the moon in this shot. Actually, mine's a combo of 2 shots, one at these settings, & one on auto, as I liked the shrouded-in-mist look I got from the camera's settings.

It's very similar to stage photography. All that black causes the camera on auto to assume that it's very dark, when the light bits are actually quite intense. Expose for the overall, & the result comes out overexposed. The autosetting doesn't know what you are using as your main subject, so it takes readings from all over the scene, & uses an average. If the dark bits, or as in this case, the light bits are your subject, they will be under or overexposed respectively.

An alternative is to spot metre from the subject, but with a known subject like the moon, it's probably easier to take a starting point, and work your exposure up or down from there, looking at each shot as you take it, & assessing how it looks. To make things brighter, reduce the time to 1/60th. to make them darker, increase to 1/250th.

I'd leave the aperture on f8, in case your focus is off a little.
Hope this helps.

Actually, you did better than I did without advice. I just got overexposed discs of white, but that is how I discovered the mist around it, so it wasn't a wasted experience.

Last Modified By davey_griffo at 2 Apr 2011 - 8:24 AM

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Kayleigh  4 England
2 Apr 2011 - 11:15 AM

Thank you again Dave for you comments they are very helpful,
I am still waiting for the next full moon to have another practice.
Your moon is fantastic, I got lots of white-outs but this one you could see it was a moon.
I will try lots of settings up and down so see what the I get. ]

Elaine

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