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Old Jun 10, 2006, 3:31 PM   #1
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If this looks a bit fuzzy I apoligise as its been resized beyond what it should for photo printing purposes.

I am a bit confused as to why the camera actually took the pic as good as it did because as far as I can tell it used daylight settings. All I can come up with the moon was so bright that for some reason it worked.

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Aperture priority mode with it set to F 8.0
ISO 100
1/250 sec shutter
-2 EV
Spot meter on the moon
Spot focus
300mm zoom
Flash used....Yes I used the flash and that gave me that shutter speed.

Any opinions on the camera settings and why it seemed to work so well??

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Old Jun 10, 2006, 7:10 PM   #2
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The only mystery to me is the interaction between setting -2EV and flash ....I'd have to think about that one awhile!


The rest looks right to me .....the moon is illuminated by the sun ....just like an object on earth on a bright sunny day .... so it may look like a little bright spotin a dark sky ... but it needs the same exposure as Aunt Mabel's squinting facein the back garden on a lovely June day as she sips her G&T (when England won their opening game!) ..... HA! HA!

Sunny 16 rules OK for this one ... actually most might prefer Sunny 11 rule ..... so a compromise guide might look like below ....... but don't forget to bracket your shots.

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Just remembered ....took a similar shot last year .... just fooling around really!

Here's the EXIF data

Camera Make KYOCERA
Model Finecam M410R
Exposure time 1/15 s
F-number 8
Exposure program Aperture priority
ISO speed ratings 100
Date/time original 2005:06:22 23:07:21
Date/time digitized 2005:06:22 23:07:21
Aperture value 6.3
Exposure bias value -2
Metering mode Spot
Flash Flash did not fire [off]
Focal length 57 mm
Pixel X dimension 2272
Pixel Y dimension 1704
Custom Rendered Normal process
Exposure mode Auto exposure
White balance Auto white balance
Digital zoom ratio 4
Scene capture type Standard
Gain control None
Contrast Normal
Saturation Normal
Sharpness Normal

....... I took a 3:2 selection of the whole frame that look to be a similar framing to hamtaro's shot ....then resized it to about 740 pixels on the long axis and added the white border. No other processing.

Hey doesn't a New Zealand moon look like an England moon (except for the different exposure!)

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Old Jun 10, 2006, 11:23 PM   #4
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Yours is a great moon shot. Its good to see someone else who doesn't seem to play with their images in photoshop.

I did indeed crop to 3:2 and enlarge.

I played with the flash to see what would happen. What it did was crank the shutter speed up from around 1/15 like your pic to 1/250. Guess thats ttl metering for you (does it have ttl metering for the flash??) -2ev made the dark patches as dark as you see them, no post photo colour altering done, thats how it came off the camera.

The pics were bracketed and that was the best one.

Thanks for the chart, it will be a great help in the future.

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