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Old 19-01-2011, 12:26   #1 (permalink)
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Hi I had hoped to be able to take a photo of the full moon this morning. I had my Gorillapod and my Canon together with a remote release. I set up the tripod and used AF 4.5 with my 18-55mm lens on Apeture Priority setting, and jus couldn't get the camera to take the picture the autofocus came on and then went off and the camera display said it was busy, but wouldn't take the picture due to the low light levels. I'm not sure how to go about taking night shots so any help would be much appreciated. I have some understanding, but not a great deal of experience. I tend to avoid night photography as I can't seem to get it right. Last time I did some was on Firework night and they were so bad, I thought I'd try again some other time. Not too good though................
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Old 19-01-2011, 12:34   #2 (permalink)
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Think the problem you're getting is that the camera's trying to autofocus, failing and then refusing to take the shot. Try manual focus - set to infinity
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Old 19-01-2011, 13:12   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Photographing the Moon

Mark is right (as usual) - manual focus is the way to go.

Using a 200mm lens I've had reasonable results with 1/500 at f8 using ISO200 with a bright moon. If the moon is not so bright you will have to increase the exposure, but there will be plenty of time to see what works best.
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Re: Photographing the Moon

Here is one I took in Gran Caneria - mainly to show that I think that a 200mm lens is not really up to doing moon shots!

200mm - 1/500 - f5.6 - ISO 200



There many better shots in the gallery. If you search 'moon' you will find them. From memory, I think you will find that most of them were taken with 400mm lenses.
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Re: Photographing the Moon

Thanks guys, I'll check the gallery, now wait for it, here is my really thicko question....................'set to infinity' - what does that mean - is there a setting or a button for this?
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Re: Photographing the Moon

No button. Rotate your focus ring until the '8' symbol is next to the index mark. Alternatively, look through your viewfinder and rotate the focus ring until the moon is in focus.
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Re: Photographing the Moon

I would strongly advise manually focussing and looking through the viewfinder and using a tripod as you did. If you have Live View that is even better as you can zoom in and critcally focus. It is tempting to believe that the infinity setting is at the end of the adjustment but many lenses actually adjust beyond infinty to allow for temperature changes hence judging by the viewfinder will ensure you get it right.
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Photographing the Moon

The surprising thing is how fast it moves. The shutter speed Dabhand suggests are quite necessary. It's very bright tonight too so ISO 200 ish should do. Have another go!
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One of mine:-

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Re: Photographing the Moon

Didn't get to go back and retake it last night. I did take some night shots which I am editing now. Shall post in a min. Let me have some feedback please.
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Oh, and I mean't to add Jasondh - that is a lovely picture of the moon.

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Re: Photographing the Moon

Like you Mims I have never been satisfied with my moon shots, best Ive taken were before it got dark or early morning, I like yours Jason.
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Re: Photographing the Moon

One tip I have found is that it is better to take a photo of the moon when it is less than 'full'

That way you get some really nice shadows over the impact craters as you see above.

I always wondered how nice a shot I would get if I added a tele-converter to my 500mm lens but I'm not rich enough to buy one just for this shot!
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Re: Photographing the Moon

from my experience, if you manually select a focus point and stick with it, the camera will still auto focus the moon even if its really dark. if all the focus points are highlighted, the camera is likely to hunt for focus. and make sure you look through the view finder after you set the camera on the tripod. my cheap tripod slightly moves around and I have to adjust the composition even after I "fully" set it up. :S

if my memory serves me right, I've used f/8, 1/200, ISO 200 at 250mm (400mm on my APS-C)

it seems like I've misplaced my moon shot
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got another one

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f/8, 1/400 sec, ISO 400, 300mm
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Re: Photographing the Moon

That's a good one Jay, well done :o)

The camera will hunt when on AF if you are trying to use such a small lens Midnightstar (could we know your name, might be easier to type ) as the moon will be a very tiny part of the picture with only 55mm length. Realistically you need a decent sized telephoto lens to get a shot of the moon. i know it's big but it's also 240,000 miles away so will look just as small in your picture as it does out there in the sky.

One sensible piece of lighting advice you might want to remember is this: the amount of light falling on the moon is exactly the same as the amount falling on earth during daylight so in fact the shutter speed you want will be much the same also. I generally aim for about 1/500th second but have got some detailed images on a bright night with 1/1000th second.

A tripod is a must of course but I also recommend using Mirror Lock-up if your camera has it. That makes the image even sharper because there will be no mirror movement to cause vibrations. So you set up, get the moon in the centre of your shot and fully focused (manually is best) and then lock the mirror up. This will make the viewfinder go black though if using Live View you'll still see it. Now use your cable release to fire the shutter and bingo :o)

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Re: Photographing the Moon

Photographing the moon under different conditions is good practice in that it forces one to properly apply basic principles to even begin to get reasonable results. It helps the learning photographer get out of the auto or program mode and start to control the camera with specific intent instead of just hoping or grasping for a usable image. This is one of my collection of moon photos and one that I'm particularly pleased with. It is a true and accurate image except for exposure blending to bring out detail, and I moved the moon down slightly in post-processing to achieve the desired composition. (My office is on the 8th floor facing west, lower L, tallest building - imagine my view!) There was a lot of mist and cloud activity at the end of the day so in effect this is an atmospheric 'last light of the day' image. I simply did what everyone did prior to HDR - good ol' exposure blending.
A fair amount of noise reduction was needed if I recall correctly - blue channel - including the counterintuitive method of adding noise to make existing noise 'disappear.' And the moon itself was from 1 or 2 exposures to minimize movement. You can't shoot the moon (and have it be a sharp image) at slower than 1/15 sec. I'm always amazed at how fast it moves.
But, in anticipation of the obvious question, "Was the moon really that big?" Yes, it was and it makes sense considering the water droplets in the air, time of year, dust and other particulates in all the extra atmosphere through which we see the moon when it is low on the horizon. But as a learning exercise it's hard to beat shootn' the moon.

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Re: Photographing the Moon

Hi everyone, just to let you know, tomorrow 19th March 2011 - Keep your fingers crossed for clear skies - a full moon of rare size and beauty will rise in the east at sunset.

The natural phenomenon happens when the full Moon coincides with when it travels closest to Earth on its orbit.

The last full Moon so big and close to Earth occurred in March of 1993! I for one will have my camera ready!

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Forecast looks excellent for the evening in eastern England, with a line of cloud cover from about Dorchester to North Berwick at around 18:00 moving east, covering Southampton to Hull by midnight. Areas east of this line should be clear. ref: Sembach. Good luck all.

Forgot to add date for above = 19 March. I picked up on the date given by Mims. Sorry (Jake and others) for those who where spurred into immediate action.

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Hull is going cloudy by midnight? That's spurred me into action
Yep, it's still at the bottom of my street - got it. Almost full so as has been stated, not the best time to take it so unashamedly over processed to bring out some detail.
The edge of the shadow is always best for detail and I find it fascinating that just above 9 o'clock on the far left you can see the central mound in one of the craters.
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Read all about it being bigger tomorrow

Super Full Moon - NASA Science
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Tonight the moon will be 20% bigger due to it being closer to earth than it has been for 20 years of so. Great opportunity if the sky is right.
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so i had a go at photographing the moon who else did lol
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Well not me for one Very cloudy at my location, only showing as a blury disc at best
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am i getting lazy.. saw the moon tonight ,really struggled to go upstairs, get the tripod, fetch the camera, set it up, take shot ...... i need motivation guys
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Moon shots above look great! Ever thought what the Earth must look like from the moon considering it's diameter is 4 times bigger! Yeah..Huge.. almost worth going to the moon for just that view. 'Cept the parties there are rubbish...'Coz there's no atmosphere!!.
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Took some pics of the moon last night and will post the better one. Used Dabhand's recommendation of ISO 200, F4.5, 1/500 and I used my 55 - 250mm lens. mmmm. Need to review them carefully. Was a great opportunity for anyone with a proper lens!
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had a go last night at the moon


bit cloudy at first then about a hour it cleared and got this shot
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Just posted mine under still life. It was a great night but so frustrating with limited lens. Need bigger lens so started saving for the next big moon......in twenty years lol

Mick..great pic and nice framing

Jasondh..You must have been standing on it for that shot. Briliant.

All the shots on this thread are great and so different. Great to see.

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