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#1 geedee

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Posted 11 May 2017 - 04:55 PM

The moon was looking red as it rose, though by the time I got my tripod out is was becoming orange as it rose further still. I used the timer to reduce camera shake though there was a breeze blowing.

 

F8  1/25th    auto ISO 1800  Tamron 150-600 @ 600.

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Posted 11 May 2017 - 06:25 PM

geedee, you need at least 1/250th for the moon, higher is ok, it's moving faster than you think, spot metering, it's like photographing a light bulb ;)



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Posted 12 May 2017 - 03:46 AM

The moon has got to be one of the hardest things to photograph.

Great colour.



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Posted 12 May 2017 - 05:02 AM

Well I was reluctant to post my pic given the level of skill and effort others put in to some of the postings in this section, but then it has been a while since there has been any postings and the colour of the red moon rising ( a song perhaps Rod..?) attracted me to have a go at capturing it to some degree that might encourage comment.. I am grateful as ever to those who take the time to do so...(-:

 

Doug thanks for the speed tip, I did use spot metering so at least I get a point for that ? (-:   As I typed there was a bit of a breeze which would cause the lens to move slightly thus I never expected to capture any great detail, it was all about the colour, had I been quicker off the mark it might have been a better idea to capture the change from red to orange and then to it`s more usual bright self...(-:  Must try to remember a minimum of 1/250th..Thanks again.

 

Thanks for making my excuses for me Rod, you are a gentleman indeed... (-:  Pleased you liked the colour as that justifies me posting my pic...(-:



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Posted 12 May 2017 - 06:45 AM

A thing to keep in mind about shooting objects in the sky is that everything is VERY far away, so everything will be in focus at infinity. Therefore you really don't need a stopped down aperture unless your lens doesn't perform well wide open.



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Posted 12 May 2017 - 07:27 AM

Thanks for the info TrailEx. I used f8 in the hope that perhaps the lens might be sharper at that setting.   If I am presented with a similar opportunity I will have a go wide opened.



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Posted 12 May 2017 - 10:46 AM

Always good to see a fellow photographer out there trying something different.  I haven't done much in the way of photographing the moon but I plan to take a crack at it this summer when I'm away from the city and the ambient light.  Aside from the shutter speed that Doug mentioned I was under the impression that the moon is actually quite bright and that lower ISO s would work better.  I'm guessing you've seen Tony's video but in case you haven't here it is: and here's another one which is also pretty good: https://www.youtube....h?v=7A1veTYx4_I  In both of these videos the rule of thumb seems to be to set the ISO at the lowest possible level (the moon is bright), at f/8 - f/11and play with the shutter speed somewhere between 1/60th and 1/250th sec.  Again, I don't have much experience with this but I plan to so  maybe you'll get to it before I do and test these numbers out :>)


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Posted 12 May 2017 - 11:52 AM

Kerry, thanks for the links and tips. The camera chose the ISO I chose the aperture and adjusted the shutter speed in the hope of grabbing detail... I will juggle the settings the next time the moon shows it`s face, weather permitting.  The moon was rising directly over the local city circa 1.2 mil inhabitants, thus it seems it is perhaps bright enough to overcome the city lights to some degree.



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Posted 12 May 2017 - 01:21 PM

When the moon is low on the horizon, a lot of the light coming from it gets difracted away by the atmosphere, which is why its red/orange. So while a white moon in clear conditions is very bright, I'm not too surprised this shot was taken at a high ISO. However, be careful with that auto ISO, it will often have trouble figuring out whether it should be exposing for the bright moon, or the dark sky. I would recommend full manual for astrophotography.



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Posted 12 May 2017 - 02:52 PM

TrailEx, I used single point focus on the moon, though I am ever wary of auto ISO and only recently have I made much use of it.  I kinda thought the colour of the rising moon was due to the increased amount of atmosphere/ pollution between you and the moon in the early stages of it`s rising...though I claim zero expertise...



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Posted 13 May 2017 - 06:40 AM

I've tried 'em all, Geedee.  Early morning, early evening, late at night, low on the horizon, high in the sky - tripod, hand held.  need I go on ? :huh:

None of my shots come out well, but I'll never stop trying.

I reckon the real stuff is in using stacking software and loads of images.

Anyway, what made your photo interesting was the colour.  Maybe a horizon or a passing swan in flight might make it even more interesting ?

Regarding related songs, check out the  latest Live Show repeat on youtube.  Towards the end Chelsea treats up to a quick burst of Moon Dance (Van Morrison), and then right at the end Tony chips in with a few bars of his own. :)



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Posted 13 May 2017 - 07:42 AM

Rod, I have not tried them al, though I have tried a few...and failed.  Not anywhere skilled enough in PP to contemplate stacking though I have photographed a kite close to the moon... which did not work out either.. I will keep trying also.

 

While Van the man is OK, I was thinking of Credence Clear Water Revival when I typed the words "red moon rising"....(-:



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Posted 13 May 2017 - 11:55 AM

Oh yeah!  Forgot about them. Great band. Great song. :)

Or you could consider a sound from the 80's "Killing Moon" (Echo and the Bunnymen) B)



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Posted 15 May 2017 - 04:58 AM

Rod, I have another couple of moon pics, one of which was of a kite flying over the moon though it seems I am unable to upload it here... not that it is by any measure even another reasonable quality pic, just curious that it will not upload unlike all other pics I have tried to post.... Checked the file out with my updated anti virus programme and no issues reported... Strange...?

 

This is my best moon attempt to date taken some time back f10  1/40th  ISO ?  Nikkor 70-200 @ 140mm.

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Posted 15 May 2017 - 06:49 AM

Nice crater detail around the edge.

Maybe up the contrast?



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Posted 16 May 2017 - 03:54 AM

Contrast upped in ver 2 , the left hand pic Rod. I think it made the right side darker.. That is the best I can do in terms of picsof the moon...Apologies to those who have much greater skills in this area of photography. 

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Posted 17 May 2017 - 02:24 AM

Don't sweat it Geedee.

I don't know enough to advise on how to improve it.  I must watch the Tony vid today, when I get a chance



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Posted 28 May 2017 - 03:09 AM

Looks great! I think sometimes it depends on the conditions, like how turbulent the atmosphere is, etc. I am kind of in the country which might make it easier.
Here's one I did recently using a Canon superzoom (the ASX530 HS).
1/160, F 6.5, ISO 200, 215mm zoom.
 
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Posted 28 May 2017 - 07:38 AM

Lovely crater detail, Jos.

There seems to be a greenish tint to the picture and a stronger yellow-green rim to the moon.

Sharp as heck, though !



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Posted 28 May 2017 - 08:04 AM

Thanks, yes, I should have tried to color-correct. 

The next time I went out and tried to shoot, it wasn't quite as sharp though and I was worried something might be wrong with the camera.

I think it might be that the atmosphere is clearer on some days than on others. But it's not bad for a cheap-ish Canon Powershot. (I think it cost me $249).

You can pretty much even shoot it hand-held and come up with something pretty decent. Here's a youtube video of a guy demonstrating zooming in.

 

 

It has 50x optical zoom, and I think 200x digital.





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