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The Moon

Just a Moon but so exciting me not having done it before. Any critique welcome.

Tags: General Moon Moon rise Moon night Moon sky Moon full

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3 Jun 2019 8:39PM
Think you could crop it quite a bit and sharpen it, you’d still have some detail left. Worth a rry.

Dave 🐿

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dudler Plus
16 1.1k 1645 England
3 Jun 2019 9:31PM
It's a specialist area once you've done it a couple of times - others, who have done it more often than i have (and much better) will be along soon.

You need a decent tripod, and a cable release/delayed action, to minimise the risk of camera shake.

Also, focus is not as simple as it seems. Most AF lenses will go past infinity, so you can't simply switch to manual and twist the ring all the way. AF probalby won't work: live view and careful manual focus, magnified, will be best.

And take a series of shots, checking hte images as you go.

ISO is at a sensible level: I'd be inclined to stop down a little bit, and let the shutter speed fall a touch.
3 Jun 2019 9:47PM
Thanks Dudley useful info ,will definitely use tripod next time and give your advice a try.Smile
3 Jun 2019 9:53PM
Hi Dave, I didn't process the shot at all it is raw as I wanted to get some feedback on the photograph as I took it! I wanted to test my lens and practice focusing techniques. I will practice the editing when I have the camera basics down.
Thanks for your input though, as a complete rookie I need all the help I can get 😄
dudler Plus
16 1.1k 1645 England
3 Jun 2019 10:39PM
The more you can tell us, the more we can help...
banehawi Plus
16 2.2k 4123 Canada
4 Jun 2019 12:13AM
Uploaded a mod.

You would need a focal length of at least 600mm (effective 35mm), so a 400mm lens on the Canon.

Alternately, you can use a telescope with a camera adapter.

Your shutter speed is way too fast. There are loads of good information sites if you google moon photography.


4 Jun 2019 7:30PM
Reading all the comments above.....I've done quite a few moon shots. Requirements, tripod, Sigma or similar 600mm f8 mirror lens and eos adpter both off eagerbay. Try a variety of speed settings, there is good advice on the net for starting points.
Then you end up with a big moon (see my PF). Good luck. Lens and eos adapter ought to be under £100 if you find eagerbay bargin 🙂
dark_lord Plus
16 2.5k 663 England
4 Jun 2019 8:48PM
It's a bit underexposed. Manual was the right choice as the large amount of black will not be understood by wvwn the most 'intelligent' of exposure systems.
The moon is lit by strong sunlight so a good starting point is the exposure you'd use on a sunny day.

Good advice above about longer lenses and telescopes, if you want to take it further.
For most purposes your lens will be fine for example if you want to insert a larger looking moon than normal onto a nightscape as you wouldn't usually want to make it look too out pf proportion. If that's something you've considered, of course!

Tripod and a remote release or self timer to activate the shutter is good practice.

The longer the lens you use, however, means shutter speed is importan - it's quite surprising how fast the moon is moving when viewed through a 600 mm lens.


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