The Moon

Uploaded: August 18, 2008

Description

Took this the other night when the moon was almost full with the help of the BP forum's archives. I'd been working for the better part of a week to capture a shot of the moon for one of my neighbors, but just got blown out images. With the expert information here, I got what she was looking for! I am loving the amount of detail I was able to capture! This is why I love this website!

Exif: F Number: 5.6, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/500 seconds, Flash: did not fire., ISO: 400, White balance: Manual white balance, FocalLength: 280.00 mm, Model: NIKON D80

Comments

Rita Jane Smith level-deluxe August 18, 2008

AWESOME Shot!!!!!!! #981998

Robert R. Goodman level-addict August 18, 2008

Great capture. Not a easy shot. Wonderful image, Christie!!!!!! #6328302

Kate Baumgartner August 18, 2008

Fantastic image, Christie. #6328309

Tori A. Gonzalez August 18, 2008

Beautiful shot Christie! I have tried to get the same shots and it took me a few attempts to get it right as well. And it's an amazing feeling when you get the one you want!! 8-) #6328466

Christine Lobsinger level-classic August 18, 2008

Christie,

This is awesome! I have a shot of the moon/eclipse and it is really unique because I guess being impatient, I moved and it looks like a male part...LOL (maybe I will put it in my gallery one day).

Warm Regards,
Christine
Smile With Me #6329071

Patricia Seidler August 18, 2008

Great capture Christie. I had the same idea in mind, but where I live there were too many distractions in the picture. This is just beautiful. How did you do it? #6329077

Christine Lobsinger level-classic August 18, 2008

Hey Christie,

Please have a look in my gallery... I put up my lunar/eclipse shot...tell me what you think?

Thanx
Christine
Smile With Me #6329423

Patrick Rouzes level-classic August 18, 2008

And a MIRACULOUS job you have doen, Christie!!! I swear I see textures there!!! Phenomenal work,my friend!!! #6329839

Heidi Knight August 19, 2008

This is AWESOME!!! I tryed to capture a full moon too a few night ago. But I couldn't get the details as good as you did here! How did you do it pls!!!! #6331521

Christie R. Bielss August 19, 2008

Thank you so much for all of your extremely kind words!
OK, so on the BP forum archives, if you search "Moon" then a bunch of previous questions/answers about this pop up. I used my Nikon 70-300mm VR lens (with VR on) at 280mm, put my camera on a tripod, set my D80 to "S" (Shutter Priority) and then used the recommended shutter speeds and found that f5.6, 1/500th shutter, ISO 400 was what gave me the most detail. Now, there was also a very big hint they gave - to get the most detail, you must capture the moon while it is just rising above the horizon. For me, since I live in Central IL, that meant I was shooting right around 8:30pm. When I tried it previously, I was shooting at about 10pm when the moon was too bright - thus giving blown out images. You can also search the "Sunny 16 rule" or the "Moony 11 rule" for exact data and explanation.
I hope this helps! And thanks again for all of your kind comments! #6332573

Jean Lechleiter level-classic August 19, 2008

Wow that is awesome. Great job! #6335186

Heidi Knight August 21, 2008

Thank you for your detailed discription. I'll try it when the next full moon showes it self ;0) #6342896

Jean Lechleiter level-classic September 01, 2008

A well deserved EP. Congratulations! #6398157

Christie R. Bielss September 05, 2008

Thank you so much Jean and Heidi! I so very much appreciate your kind comments!

Jean, I worked really hard on getting this one, so I was thrilled to see the EP! Thanks! #6414501

Ken Smith level-classic September 06, 2008

Most folks try to use the camera's auto exposure, but it will always blow it out. There's a nice reference table that lists the aperture, shutter speed, and ISO to use, for the different phases of the moon..Kinda cool. Excellent work on this shot, Christie!! #6418706

Janet McNeil level-classic September 06, 2008

Fantastic shot!! Congrats on EFP!! Hope we see this again!! #6420739

Nancy (Peaches) Harker September 08, 2008

AWSOME capture Christie!!!
I too have been trying with NO luck, do ya think you can send me the link on the how to?
BIG Congrats on your well desrved EFP!!! #6428414

Tiia Vissak September 22, 2008

Congratulations! #6489051

Christine Lobsinger level-classic September 22, 2008

I second that Christie, Congratulations on your Moon shot... you deserve it.
Christine
Smile With Me #6489775

Patricia Seidler September 22, 2008

Congratulations on getting a finalist. Good luck in the next round Christie. #6491357

Denny E. Barnes level-deluxe September 22, 2008

Excellent, Christine! Congratulations!! #6492873

Janet McNeil level-classic September 22, 2008

Beautiful work, Christie - a well deserved finalist!! #6493089

M.Christine Duncan September 22, 2008

Finalist!!! Yay Christie... this is such a wonderful image you mastered! Congrats! #6495844

Ken Smith level-classic September 23, 2008

Way to go, Christie...you're first of many more to come! Congrats!! #6497614

Karen Kessler September 23, 2008

AWESOME capture, Christie! Wonderful shot! Congrats on the "Finalist" award, too!

Thank you for telling us about the BP forums. I didn't think about going there, but I will now! #6498294

Corinne M. Thompson September 23, 2008

Congrats on your Finalist for this wonderful moon capture! #6499846

Wayne T. Fisk September 24, 2008

Congrats on a fine moon shot. It's always great to meet someone with the same interests!
Wayne #6508170

Heidi Knight September 27, 2008

CONGRATULATIONS Christie ;0) WTG!!! ;0) #6520615

Christie R. Bielss September 27, 2008

Thank you all so very much! I found out about this while on vacation this week! Boy did it make for a great vacation!!

I will try to find the forum info I used to create this photo and post it on here.

Thanks again for all of your wonderful words of encouragement! I really appreciate it! #6520632

Dawn M. Schneider September 29, 2008

I thought I already commented on this beauty but im sorry I havent already!!!! Congrats on the finalist and for the wonderful images you are creating!!! #6528509

Wayne T. Fisk September 29, 2008

Way to go! #6528789

Janet McNeil level-classic October 01, 2008

Congratulations on being featured in Photoflash!! WTG!! #6536948

Nikki McDonald level-classic October 01, 2008

Congrats on the finalist and the feature in Photoflash, Christie. #6537071

Janet McNeil level-classic October 01, 2008

Congratulations on being featured in Photoflash!! WTG!! #6537115

Colleen Farrell October 01, 2008

Fabulous moon photo, Christie!! Belated congratulations on your finalist, too! I've been away from BP for awhile and just saw this in Photoflash!! #6538166

Christie R. Bielss October 01, 2008

Wow! Thank you all so very much for your very kind words! I was shocked to log on this afternoon and discover this!

I have been searching the BP archives for the link I used - but I think I used several in the forums area using the term "moon shots". I came across a couple of the links - they are:
http://www.betterphoto.com/forms/QnAdetail.php?threadID=5228
http://www.betterphoto.com/forms/QnAdetail.php?threadID=30014
http://www.betterphoto.com/forms/QnAdetail.php?threadID=17277

Thanks again to all of you for your very kind comments! #6538774

Vicki L. Filippin October 01, 2008

Congrats on this wonderful image being showcased in this month's Photo Flash e-mail. HOW EXCITING! #6539268

Christine Lobsinger level-classic October 01, 2008

Congrats Christie... on Photoflash!!! WTG Girl!
Christine
SWM #6539302

Ulysses A. Villamin October 01, 2008

One of my dream shots!! Gratz for making making a good capture of the moon!!! #6540200

Corinne M. Thompson October 07, 2008

Congrats on your finalist and feature in PhotoFlash, wonderful capture! #6565620

Corinne M. Thompson October 07, 2008

Congrats on your finalist and feature in PhotoFlash, wonderful capture! #6565621

Corinne M. Thompson October 07, 2008

Congrats on your finalist and feature in PhotoFlash, wonderful capture! #6565629

Kathy L. Clark October 18, 2008

BIG CONGRATS CHRISTIE #6620087

Jean Lechleiter level-classic October 19, 2008

Well deserved Finalist!!!! #6624169

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