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Photographing the Moon

Richard Martin , Jan 10, 2009; 06:28 a.m.

Last month I posted a question asking how to photograph the Moon without it looking like a plain white disc. The helpful answers I got did the trick and last night I shot the attached photo. Seems like you need to shoot manual mode with fast shutter speeds and a smaller aperture to underexpose your shot and there you go! Thanks again for the advice....Rich Martin
PS....Canon 40D/Canon 400mm F5.6L handheld.


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Elliot Bernstein , Jan 10, 2009; 06:51 a.m.

Nice shot and it was a beautiful moon out last night! Iwas out taking shots of it as well, testing my 100-400mm lens with the Canon 2x I just bought.

I am located in South Florida.

5D, 100-400mm, 2x, 800mm, ISO 200, 1/640

Bob Boudreau , Jan 10, 2009; 07:18 a.m.

Keep in mind the moon is lighted by the sun, so a fairly high shutter speed is needed to prevent overexposure and camera movement. The moon was fairly big on December 13th too, and I took some shots with my Canon XSi and Canon 75-300mm IS lens. I used the spot meter and the circle covered the moon pretty well and gave a good exposure. Before I had the XSi I used an XTi and had to adjust the exposure by checking the image in the LCD. A lot easier using the spot meter!
Hope the weather is clear for tonight, when the moon will be even closer!
Bob Boudreau
Maritime Canada

1/400, f/10, 400 ISO

Mark Kissel , Jan 10, 2009; 07:39 a.m.

That's a good shot, Richard! If the weather is clear, I'm going to try it tonight.

Rick Du Boisson , Jan 10, 2009; 08:48 a.m.

I have found that you can get nice results when the sky is still quite bright and then make PS adjustments later - I caught this airliner on its descent into Orlando which would have been impossible if the sky had really been black.

40D 100-400 at 400 mm 1/90s, f/11, ISO 200

Paul Kerr , Jan 10, 2009; 09:30 a.m.

That's a great shot Rick!

David Wu , Jan 10, 2009; 09:37 a.m.

Nice hand-hold shot!
This one was taken on a tripod with a "sand" bag.

5D 100-400mm N. NJ Middle-Autumn Day

Alex Perry , Jan 10, 2009; 09:39 a.m.

I've been an EOS man for 6 years, but I couldn't pass up the opportunity to use an 800mm prime nikon when I was in the Navy on the open ocean (can't beat the lack of interfering light). Although I still swear by Canon, I also have to jump at opportunities.

D70, 1/400, f/6.3, 800mm

Peter McKone , Jan 10, 2009; 11:24 a.m.

You get nicer photos when the moon is a crescent (rather than full) because the shadows accentuate the craters.

Richard "Dick" Tope , Jan 10, 2009; 01:51 p.m.

Agreed, light hitting the moon at an angle makes for more defined moonscape features.


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