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Full Moon

By canonfan46  
Hi all,
I tried my hand at a moon shot tonight.
This was my best result and I thought I would put in in the critique gallery in the hope of learning how to improve it next time.
Thanks for looking,

Tags: Landscape and travel

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21 Dec 2010 10:05PM

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Wow! amazing photo...Great detail. Where did you take this from because i havn't been able to see the moon for ages because of clouds!

Regards Mitchell
teocali Plus
8 441 18 England
21 Dec 2010 10:30PM
Wonderful detail and outstanding clarity. Great shot. Was thinking of upgrading to that lens and you've made my mind up for me - lol! Will have to hurry before the VAT goes up!
Jat_Riski 8 87 United Kingdom
21 Dec 2010 10:31PM
Best moon image.
canonfan46 7 1.1k United Kingdom
21 Dec 2010 10:34PM
yes sylvia, I just got that lens last week and so far it is the most impressive piece of kit yet. Absolutely brillient lens.
I know what you mean Michael, I had to go about 10 miles out of town to get away from the lights and mist.
Thanks all
21 Dec 2010 10:56PM
Fantastic image! I wish i had these kind of lenses for the lunar eclipse last night.
22 Dec 2010 12:50AM
Nice Image. Well applied the rule of thirds
tomcat 11 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
22 Dec 2010 6:59PM
improve it!

Another moon I guess Smile

banehawi Plus
12 1.5k 3529 Canada
23 Dec 2010 6:05PM
An excellent shot. If you provide your shot settings we can always be more helpful, but as it is it seems spot on, and especially so at 200mm plus crop factor = 320mm


paulbroad 9 116 1064 United Kingdom
23 Dec 2010 6:39PM
I think you already know how good this is. Actually, given the right gear and a good photographer, the moon does not present a difficult photograph. You have the gear, the skill, a bright clear night and a full moon.

I start at 1/125 @ f8 and ISO100 and check the LCD. A fastish shutter speed is necessary as the moon moves quite quickly. 320mm is not enough to get an image this size, so I assume some heavy cropping of the 51MB file too.

DRicherby 7 269 725 United Kingdom
23 Dec 2010 10:50PM
Nothing really to say, here. There are two types of moon photos: the good ones, which all look basically the same, and the bad ones. Yours is a good one: it's sharp, well exposed and full of detail. The only real improvement can come from using a longer lens to fill more of the frame and let you crop less.
canonfan46 7 1.1k United Kingdom
24 Dec 2010 1:05AM
Thanks Paul, but no, I dident know.....but I did think it was a good image.
I dont know anyone else who is into photography in any way, so I have little oportunity to get feed back from anyone experienced.
That why I put this in the critique gallery, to see if the experts agreed with my thoughts, and if so, get a confidence boost also.

The settings were F5.6 - 1/500 - ISO100 (basically the same as Pauls rec settings)
I also shot this with a 1.4x tc and also a 400L f5.6 but for some reason all the best results were on the 70-200L on its own. (despite the heavy cropping)

Thanks everyone for your c+c's, all very encouraging and greatly appreciated.
canonfan46 7 1.1k United Kingdom
24 Dec 2010 1:11AM
sorry, that should have been 1/250 not 1/500
DRicherby 7 269 725 United Kingdom
24 Dec 2010 9:26AM
Were you using a tripod? The 400mm f/5.6L has no image stabilization so you'll need a shutter speed of 1/(400x1.6) = 1/640s or faster to minimize camera shake if hand-holding. This will require ISO-400+, which will bring more noise; noise reduction also eats detail. Either a slow shutter or overly aggressive noise reduction could explain why the 400mm version was less good.

For an image like this, with a plain background, the best way to do noise reduction is to make a duplicate layer and do the noise reduction there. Then erase the moon from the duplicate layer so the original one shows through. This means that you get a noiseless background without losing detail on the subject.
canonfan46 7 1.1k United Kingdom
24 Dec 2010 10:15AM
I did use a tripod with a remote control in all the shots but started at the short end first.

I think my problem was that it was -16 degrees where I was and bitterly cold....................

After about 5 minutes, I was only interested in getting back into the car so as the 70-200 got first try, I think I will ignore the results of the rest as being unfair conditions.

Thanks again to the critique team for their feedback which is extremely useful to a lone amateur like myself.

Cheers and Merry Xmas


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