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Old 22-12-2007, 23:01   #1 (permalink)
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Photograph of the moon?

How can I get a photograph of the moon? After I take a pic of the moon my camera is 'blinking' from the light of the moon.. so it's not showing up properly... any hints/tips??

I'm using a Nikon D80 and have 2 lens to choose from..

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Old 22-12-2007, 23:31   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Photograph of the moon?

Wannabe,

Could you explain what you mean by 'my camera is blinking'?
Are you reviewing the image on the camera's LCD using the option that flashes part of the image that is over exposed?

What are the two lenses you have?

With a bit more information I'm sure someone will be able to help you out soon.

Are you using a tripod when you take the shot or is the camera hand held?

Make sure you post your moon shots when you get a good image :O)

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Old 22-12-2007, 23:31   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Photograph of the moon?

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...After I take a pic of the moon my camera is 'blinking' from the light of the moon...
what do you mean by blinking?
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Old 22-12-2007, 23:35   #4 (permalink)
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...part of the image that is over exposed?
I never thought of that...
if it is that, then press your down button on the directional pad of your camera when reviewing your photo. This will change the exif info displayed on that picture - it includes your histogram, highlights etc. you will eventually get to the display that shows the picture and file name.
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Re: Photograph of the moon?

I expect that he is asking how he can get a nice pic of the moon without overexposing the image.
I have and will continue to be wrong so I will face the corner with a dunce's hat on my head .
I expect there are lots of tricks for this type of shot but I think the type of lens being use and if a tripod is being used is useful.

Wannabe shouldn't live in country with crystal clear skies
embrace the smog and the underexposure of the moon!
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Old 23-12-2007, 00:13   #6 (permalink)
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Re: Photograph of the moon?

Sorry.. yes.. the moon on my display is blinking as its 'overexposed'.. I don't have a tripod, my 2 lens are a 50mm and 18-135mm lens.. i'm a newbie.. so have to work with what I have while I save my money for bigger and better lens! lol!
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Re: Photograph of the moon?

without a tripod will be tricky but you might be able to do it,
now for the blinking thats becouse you have you camera set to read Highlights, and the easiest way to properly expose a picture for NOW, is , when youre getting ready to take the picture look in the viewfinder and you will see the Electronic Analog Exposure Display (its in the cheatsheet I emailed to you in the blue section its #7) move your main dial until the lines read 0 and thst will do the trick for now.
try this when taking pictures at anytime and you'll be surprised!!
....I'm guessing your using manual mode....
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Re: Photograph of the moon?

Tripod, 1DmkIIN, 100-400mm, 2x Extender, Cable Release & Experiment



Whilst on "Bulb" vary the shutter speed and aperture. The one above was taken at 1/800th and F11 @ ISO 400 and manual focus.
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How can I get a photograph of the moon? After I take a pic of the moon my camera is 'blinking' from the light of the moon.. so it's not showing up properly... any hints/tips??

I'm using a Nikon D80 and have 2 lens to choose from..

Thanks!!!
Using the 18-125 lens,set it to 125mm and minimum aperture,use spot metering on the camera and meter from the moon.You should get a fast enough shutter speed to hand hold.

EDIT:to correct wrong info re aperture.

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Using the 18-125 lens,set it to 125mm and maximum aperture,use spot metering on the camera and meter from the moon.You should get a fast enough shutter speed to hand hold.
sure you meant it, but minimum aperture will be a lot more successful. tho maybe handheld, a big aperture's easier. Its essentially flat to the camera regardless of its real shape so something in between will probably be fine.
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sure you meant it, but minimum aperture will be a lot more successful. tho maybe handheld, a big aperture's easier. Its essentially flat to the camera regardless of its real shape so something in between will probably be fine.
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Re: Photograph of the moon?

The depth of field is not an issue as the moon is so far away so even the widest aperture will give you sharpness. However, it is right to use a much smaller aperture as you do not need a lot of light here.

The biggest problem most people have is they assume the moon needs a long exposure when in fact the reverse is true. To get lots of detail you want a fast exposure as the moon itself is extremely bright in a very dark sky.

That also means that you really do not want to be using a semi-automatic mode. Go for fully manual and then you don't need to worry about spot metering or whatever. You want to hold the lens as still as possible so get the tripod out, use mirror lock-up mode if you have it to avoid any shake from the mirror going up and down.

When you aim the camera, set the moon high in the frame, lock the head off but then wait for ten seconds as if you are using a decent length lens the head will 'settle' slightly lower than you had aimed, even with a good head that locks well. Once locked and settled, use manual and start off at F8 and 1/500th second and 100 ISO. This might be too bright but look at the shot after you've taken it and adjust accordingly. You almost certainly won't get your best shot first time.

A 135mm lens is not going to get in close enough to really show great detail but cropped off you'll be surprised at what it can achieve. I used a 300mm lens with a 2x TC to get this shot:



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That was such a good question - we had a "blood moon" not so long ago and my attempts to photograph it were dismal indeed. If I had known some of this I might have done better!
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