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Samuel Smith
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/21/2004
 

moon shots


now that i'm taking photos of the moon at over 700mm,i still am humbled by those galleries that show craters at 400mm.i have shot in all conditions.even as low as 15% humidity.full moon,half moon.
times up.either invite me to your house and show me how you do it at 300mm less,and yeah i'm using good quality glass,please remove them from your gallery.it also adds to the credance to the rest of your photos.
there was a post a month or so ago about moon shots at certain mm.guess what?no photos to corroborate the settings.the f stops and shutter speeds were correct,but no photos.bs.
two weeks from now I will name names when I return to these galleries.don't feed me that crap that conditions were perfect,or you took it off the top of the sears tower,or the space shuttle.
I guess we'll see,sam


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10/15/2006 8:42:25 PM

 
Ariel Lepor
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/8/2005
  Hi Sam.
The picture in my gallery is a crop.

I took it on a tripod in manual mode. Settings were 1/200s, f/4.5, ISO: 100, 389mm. My shot was a half moon several hours into the night. Later in the night, and when the moon is fuller, it is brighter and requires faster shutters (or smaller apertures, but when focused to infinity, I don't think aperture messes up dof).

It's important to make sure you set the shutter to a timer so that there is no shake. (But I've taken pretty decent moon pictures even handheld!) Maybe it's the camera. Clear nights are helpful too.

But I think the main thing is to make sure it focus well.

Then again, it might have a lot to do with at what angle the sun is to the moon.

BTW, I'd probably make the white balance some kind of florescent light or daylight.

Does this help?

Ariel
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10/15/2006 10:31:18 PM

 
Ariel Lepor
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/8/2005
  Oh, by "Later in the night", I should have said "when the sun is higher in the sky".

When will BP allow people to edit their comments?


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10/15/2006 10:36:07 PM

 
Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
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  A second edit?

A moon at 400mm needs a large crop to get the craters to show. Follow the abundance of moon threads and crop most of the picture out.


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10/15/2006 10:47:45 PM

 
Ariel Lepor
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/8/2005
  What do you mean "a second edit?"?

"Hi Sam.
The picture in my gallery is a crop."


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10/16/2006 9:11:31 AM

 
Dennis Flanagan
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/31/2005
 
 
 
I have a moon photo I took at 1000mm that came out well. I had a full moom still fairly close to the horizon. I was also in a rural area where I wasn't fighting with the ambient light from other sources. At 1000mm, it filled my view finder and then I went down a full stop for the shot.


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10/16/2006 10:36:27 AM

 
Dennis Flanagan
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/31/2005
 
 
 
I have a moon photo I took at 1000mm that came out well. I had a full moom still fairly close to the horizon. I was also in a rural area where I wasn't fighting with the ambient light from other sources. At 1000mm, it filled my view finder and then I went down a full stop for the shot.


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10/16/2006 10:36:46 AM

 
Samuel Smith
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/21/2004
  yes dennis,these are the shots i'm getting.i know you have to crop,and i'm starting with the photos at the horizon that give the best results.
I also live in the country and used a tripod and remote release.had friends and family check the focus,yes manual.usually from f8 to f11.
no edits in my opinion.i may say something out of line,no tact,but I said it.character flaw or maybe just in a bad mood carried over from work.i would rather deal with my imperfections,mistakes,than shove them under a rug,dismiss them,or think maybe they will just go away.
sarcastic moron,i still ain't got my badge.
and ariel,my but you worry oh too much,i haven't learned my camera well enough to figure out the white balance setting thing.i thought changing iso would cover that.
I don't even know if these people read these threads.
oh well,at least I haven't seen photos from the dark side of the moon on here,sam


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10/16/2006 8:46:47 PM

 
Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
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  Dark side? Maybe somebody from Russia will do that for you.
Who said at the horizon gives you the best results?

2nd edit-"when the sun is higher in the sky" Later in the night, when the moon is higher in the sky?


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10/16/2006 10:29:34 PM

 
Ariel Lepor
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/8/2005
  Oh my gosh! LOL! Thank you. I didn't notice that. BP REALLY needs to let people edit their comments!!!


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10/16/2006 10:38:55 PM

 
Scott H.   In the initial post it is unclear to me what the question is, but my gallery has a photo of the moon taken with a Tokina 100-300mm lens (at 300mm) in my front yard. The moon was about 35 degrees off the horizon. My Nikon D50 was set for about 1/125 sec, f/8, ISO 200. I took several photos, all at f/8 with shutter speeds from 1/50 to 1/250 sec. Used a tripod, some sharpening, and a generous crop. Moon craters are clearly visible.


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10/17/2006 9:49:29 AM

 
Samuel Smith
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/21/2004
  nice shot scott.but i've seen twice that resolution.or more.you could almost plan your descent down the crater walls.
and I never thought about contacting someone from russia for those shots,thanks for the tip gregory,sam


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10/17/2006 10:46:44 AM

 
Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
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  Picture by Scott is a lot clearer than the other one, so the ones that look like the kind you're after probably were just done with better optics. If what you're talking about was actually done with what you said.


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10/17/2006 12:00:47 PM

 
Ariel Lepor
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/8/2005
  "you could almost plan your descent down the crater walls"

The sun must be at a proper angle to the moon, as in my shot.


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10/17/2006 1:56:38 PM

 
Samuel Smith
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/21/2004
  pat yourself on the back one more time and I will send medic 7 over there with a truck full of ice.got that buford.


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10/17/2006 9:14:16 PM

 
Ariel Lepor
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/8/2005
  That's funny. ;)


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10/17/2006 10:24:26 PM

 
Samuel Smith
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/21/2004
  my thanks for taking it that way.
kids will be kids,one visit I go.
to edit our comments,i think,would involve time travel.
mistakes make us what we are,and not just someone pushing buttons on a keyboard.
responsibility;that which we accept with success or failure.
myself,i took a shot at?white balance?i'll get it someday,sam


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10/18/2006 8:18:37 PM

 
Ariel Lepor
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/8/2005
  Sam, I've seen other times when you've said that mistakes aren't so important to avoid.

You're right - people can and do work around them and people forgive and forget mistakes other people make. I'm not arguing with that. But if there would be an easy way to check you spelling before posing a comment, that would make things eaiser for those reeding the coments. ;)

Also, sometimes people post things to wrong threads or realize they wrote something they shouldn't have, and want to change it.

Maybe I shouldn't have written this response, and will shortly decide I want to remove it. lol, joking.


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10/18/2006 9:03:45 PM

 
Ariel Lepor
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/8/2005
  http://www.adidap.com/2006/12/06/moon-exposure-calculator/


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12/6/2006 8:10:29 PM

 
Samuel Smith
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/21/2004
  you worry too much my friend,it was none who posted.kids,children,want to be a part of something.
I have made some friends,and only by a question..
I at times question beliefs and knowledge,it's just a goal of mine.
if you don't seek all the knowledge you can,oooo k.
sam


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12/6/2006 9:13:55 PM

 
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