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Digman Feb 12, 2006 7:48 PM

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There was this beautiful moonlit night with a lovely HUGE halo around the moon due to clouds.... I took an automatic shot (night shot) and found that the moon was way too bright... no halo.... nothing.... (See PIc 1) and then I tried some manual settings (See Pic 2) before I quit (due to the freezing cold).

Pic 1 with this note. Pic 2 will follow.

Any help in identifying the best settings would be nice. I am what you will call an amatuer.

Digman Feb 12, 2006 7:48 PM

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Pic 2 - This is Manual controls....

proton Feb 13, 2006 4:42 AM

first of all, NEVER shoot at night out of hand if you don't use flash or high iso's!

You pix will all get blurred because the exposuretime will get much too long.

For moon pix a tripod is advised, I made moon pix, with full zoom and a teleconverter resulting in this:

the exposuretime was 1/100 sec. But at 660mm zoom you need a tripod to keep the moon in your lens :-)

If you don't use zoom, there will too much blackness in the night resulting in a long exposure time if you use P mode or automode.

You could try manual setting, 1/60th or 1/100 sec. exposure, F4 or f5 and see what the result will be. Mind: at such short exposure time only the moon will get good exposure, anything else will get pitch dark.

Digman Feb 13, 2006 5:43 AM

Thanks for the advice. I DID use a tripod...don't know why it shook. Also, the problem you state with manual controls is what I am struggling with. I want to shoot the ENTIRE SCENERY... not just the moon. I don't have a telephoto lens.... I am using just the basic out of the box camera (S5100). My whole backyard was lit up by the moon. I really need a base from which I can start experimenting.

Really nice pic of the moon.... but you've got that gee-whiz equipment... so why not :)

newdiamond Feb 13, 2006 7:05 AM

I am pretty sure that there is no way to get the 'halo' around the moon in your photo. The moon is so much brighter that to get the halo the moon will be way overexposed and blow out the the photo...

pr126 Feb 13, 2006 2:15 PM

Digman wrote: I DID use a tripod...don't know why it shook.

If the tripod is not sturdy, as you press the button, it could shake the whole setup.

A release cable would be useful. However, sofar only the Fuji S7000 and the S9500 has the thread for it.

Fuji S9500:

jphess Feb 13, 2006 4:57 PM

.... Unless you use the self timer. That is one of the reasons that feature has been provided. But as far as shooting the entire scene is concerned, no camera, at any ISO, at any setting, is going to be able to capture a night scene where the only light source is the moon, and it is in the picture. You are either going to have to use a flash to provide lighting for some objects in the foreground, or you will need some yard lights behind you to provide lighting for the trees. There isn't a camera that I know of that is capable of taking this picture, as you have done, and provide detail, texture and color in the trees.

SteveDak Feb 13, 2006 10:58 PM

Good point Jim has raised about the timer - I use it all the time forsunset shots as it eliminates any possibility of introducing any shakethrough contact with the camera -which can happen if one is a bit heavy handed with the shutter release.

rinniethehun Feb 14, 2006 11:20 AM

Remote cable release for the S5100:

the Hun

jphess Feb 14, 2006 11:27 AM

Yes, I purchased one of those. It really works quite well. It's worth the investment if you are in to photography situations that require slow shutter speeds.

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