The Moon

Uploaded: August 18, 2008


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


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


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,
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?

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.
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,'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:

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!
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


Jean Lechleiter level-classic October 19, 2008

Well deserved Finalist!!!! #6624169

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