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By nicanddi  
Took this whilst playing with my new toy, the Sigma 170-500mm at F5.6 with a shutter speed of 1/125 sec. ISO 200 with a full 2 stops under exposure to try and render some of the detail of the surface. Anyone got any ideas of how I can capture more detail? I tried all ISO speeds from 100 to 1600 on my Eos D30, and unless I underexposed by the maximum possible, I only ended up with a white blob? The sky was clear and becuase of light pollution here in Japan, There was absolutely nothing else in the sky to take a reading off. Any ideas appreciated as always, Nic.

Tags: Landscape and travel

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Paddy 18 254 8 England
17 Feb 2003 8:51AM
I would be pleased to even get this..great work..sorry to be no help
scorchio 18 129 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2003 9:50AM
u seem to have got it right. if u r after crater detail dont photograph at full moon. where the shadow and light areas meet at say.. half moon, that is where the most contrast is and hence the most detail will be visible. at these times, even low magnification can bring out some of the larger craters. how did u meter for the moon?
Polson 18
18 Feb 2003 4:19PM
nice shot. To get more detail in the shot a way of doing this is to take alot of shots 40 -50 and use software called astrostack which puts them together resulting in higher definition. This way tends to work better with planets, stars and nebulas but i don't see why it can't work on the moon.
nice shot
nicanddi 19 316
18 Feb 2003 11:31PM
Paul, thanks for the info. Is astrostack available as a free download? If not how much does it cost and where can I get it from?

Neil, thanks also for your help, I'll try it again when the moon is at a different point in it's cycle. I metered from the lightest area and underexposed by a full 2 stops. this seemed to be the only way to keep any of the detail. It was a pitch black night and the moon was extrememly bright, so I was actually amazed that my Eos D30 was able to come up with this much detail.
stevenb Plus
18 281 7 England
29 Jul 2003 8:35PM
I am supprised how much detail you have captured I think you have done well. Not having a digital camera does your D30 have spot metering or was this how you metered for this shot. Either way it's a good effort.

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