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The Moon

By admphotography    
Picture of the Moon taken on the 6th April 2017 in Leicester U.K

Tags: Sky Uk Moon Night Eclipse Space Astrophotography Planet Naure Leicester Wildlife and nature Solar system

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prabhusinha 12 5 5 India
8 Apr 2017 8:16AM
Awesome.

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dudler Plus
16 1.1k 1604 England
8 Apr 2017 9:27AM
A significant pull-up from a long lens, I reckon, so it's not perfectly sharp. You need a really solid tripod to nail this kind of shot, i think - and a remote release, or the delayed action setting, so that pressing the shutter release doesn't cause shake.

Canon experts wil lbe along shortly: they may have additional tips and tricks to improve sharpness.

Your composition is slightly puzzling - my eyes are missing the (invisible) part of the orb that's outside the frame: either include it all, or crop even harder. I'd also not have the moon central top to bottom.

And the logo can only be a distraction, I reckon.
mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.9k 2169 United Kingdom
8 Apr 2017 1:55PM

Quote:Your composition is slightly puzzling - my eyes are missing the (invisible) part of the orb that's outside the frame: either include it all, or crop even harder. I'd also not have the moon central top to bottom


I think the comparison I would make is with a person or animal standing in deep grass. The feet are invisible, but we know they are there, so a photograph needs to allow space for them although we cannot see them. Same here, we know the circle is actually complete, so compose for it.

A true square here, with added space on the left, would look more satisfactory in several ways. Not-quite-square looks sort of undecided, not quite complete, not quite balanced...

I'd tweak slightly in Levels, to enhance the highlights. A bit of unsharp mask... And if you must add a logo you could position it to add counterbalance on the left.
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Moira

dark_lord Plus
16 2.5k 637 England
8 Apr 2017 8:58PM
Good advice above regarding both technique and composition.

At the shutter speed used here, if the camera is firmly supported, then I wouldn't expect to see effects of camera movement. Or subject movement as the moon can appear to race across the frame at such magnifications.

So the softness is I suspect due to focusing or lens performance.

The moon is a reasonably contrasty object, so AF should work well (it's effectively a daylight lit subject in full sun). Select the central focus point as that's the most sensitive, and position the moon in the centre of the frame as that'll give the best performance,and it won't matter about composition at that point as even at that focal lenght some cropping will still be necessary if you want a closer looking result.

It'd also be worth stopping the lens down by one stop and up the ISO, something like f/9 and ISO 800 at 1/800. The 80D should be fine at that ISO.
paulbroad 12 131 1288 United Kingdom
9 Apr 2017 8:01PM
Not a bad effort. Coments as above ut the slight softness is likely to be lens performance. These lenses are not at there best wide open at full zoom and you should try and use f8 or f11 whenever possible. The improvement in image sharpness can often be significantly better then.

Paul

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