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Old Sep 26, 2009, 8:48 AM   #1
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Taken last night with a 300mm F/2.8 lens on my D300. I cannot decide which I prefer. The color one is more refined looking but the BW seems to have more detail,albeit with coarser edges.
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Old Sep 26, 2009, 12:13 PM   #2
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I prefer #1. I think #2 looks more like a xerox.
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Old Sep 26, 2009, 1:10 PM   #3
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These are two different photos taken 23 seconds apart. Did you do the B&W conversion in the camera, or in pp?
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I used Silver EFEX for the conversion. I must try BW in camera for the moon to see how it looks.
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#1. It looks sharper, is more pleasing to my eye.
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I was actually going to say that #2 looks sharper. In fact, I think it looks too sharp, like it was done in pp. The contrast looks too contrasty, which is what passes for sharpening in software.

If the color in #1 is as shot, this was probably shot before the moon was very high in the sky. The light passes through more of the earth's atmosphere, so the blues are dispersed, leaving the reds. This also results in a less sharp image. Waiting until the moon is higher in the sky results in a sharper image, but with less color.
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They were both shot within minutes of each other. The second one is converted to BW. The first is the original color.
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Arent you the early bird today caryl. Nice to see someone else besides me here.
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Nice shots Caryl, Did you take the shots when the moon was closer to the horizon to get the sepia cast? Usually, the moon looks more like the second shot unless your area is really full of air pollution, and knowing that your in the Bay Area I don't think that's the case. Just curious.
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BTW I was thinking of taking some moon shots myself tonight. I am going to use my 200-400VR with a 1.4 teleconverter and see what I can get.
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I shot it at about 10PM. The colored one is how it came out. The other one is a BW conversion in Silver EFEX.
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