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Old Mar 28, 2011, 8:26 AM   #1
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Default Lunar -- Moonlit trees

Last fall I was trying out new things, including lunar photography without having much luck. Although my AF would appear to grab the moon, it wouldn't show up well when it actually took the picture (most of the time). Here are three shots from that night. One has the moon in it. The second I kept the moon barely out so I could use a longer exposure, and the third is simply of the stars and some moonlit tree tops.
I was camping at the top of a mountain about 7000 feet above sea level.
Any CC is very welcome.
I hope this counts for this challenge!
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Old Mar 29, 2011, 9:01 AM   #2
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I really like the first one with the tree silhouettes.
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Old Mar 29, 2011, 1:57 PM   #3
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First one should count, and I also like it, though it shows how it's not possible to get any type of detail in the trees/silhouette and still show details in the moon itself. The only way I've found to do that is take multiple exposures and then either do an HDR or blend them somehow - one with the moon properly exposed and one with the trees showing some detail.
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SoupCreek,

Given your plight very well done!
The moon is actually a very bright object. The exposure data was stripped from your photos so I couldn't tell what your exposure settings were but you'll need to experiment quite a bit to get the exposure right to get details of the moon and also a bit of the foreground silhoutte.

Try the following site.
http://mansurovs.com/how-to-photograph-moon

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Old Apr 7, 2011, 2:12 AM   #5
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Thanks for the comments. It's fun to learn new tricks and I seem to find more and more learning to do every day! Your comments, advice, and help are appreciated.
It was a fun night for me taking these pictures.
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