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Old Feb 18, 2016, 10:48 PM   #1
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Default Rings on the moon.

Ice crystals in the atmosphere creating these fantastical rings around and through the moon. I grabbed my tripod and the Rokinon and tried to take a few shots. I wish I could have gotten the tree in the foreground in focus a bit more, but to be honest I was not seeing anything through the finder and was just guessing (it was only after the exposures of 10-15 seconds that much except for the blown out moon was showing at all).

I tried to move around a bit to get a few more interesting scenes to put it in, but by that time the effect was gone.

The three shots I've processed just have a few different ideas as far as the color temperature goes. I made it a little "bluer" than they were on auto.

Any ideas or criticisms please let me know. I'm seeing some banding here that I didn't see while processing, don't know enough about how to convert the files? Not sure.

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Old Feb 19, 2016, 9:16 AM   #2
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Wow... fantastic pictures Sammy,

I think you nailed the focus on the starts and it is something I always had probelms with my OMD-E5.

What camera and lenses you used?

The pictures processing looks great to me, provably you should add a little of contrast to cut the haze and enhance the color of the rings.

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interesting phenomena you captured. The last one seems best, not sure about the banding, maybe there is some cloud cover that you captured?
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Very interesting shot Sammy. Never saw anything like that around the moon before.
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Very nicely done. This phenomenon is called a "Moon dog". https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moon_dog
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Great captures, never seen this before either very interesting, focus look good to me.
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Those are spectacular catches. How unusual, and you did a good job capturing.
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Very nice shots Sammy
The trees on the bottom add to the picture
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Nice, Sammy.

I've seen this only rarely down here. I like it you captured the image with the bare tree branches in the scene.
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Thank you everybody! I've been reading your responses, but waited until today to get back to a desktop PC to reply, my cell phone typing is still not the best.

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Wow... fantastic pictures Sammy,

I think you nailed the focus on the starts and it is something I always had probelms with my OMD-E5.

What camera and lenses you used?

The pictures processing looks great to me, provably you should add a little of contrast to cut the haze and enhance the color of the rings.

Marcelo
Hey Marcelo,
Thank you! I did a little bit of levels adjustment and some other sliders and LR but was afraid of overdoing it. The lens was the manual focus Rokinon 12mm, which I just set to infinity and then dialed back a bit because it sometimes focuses "past" a bit. I guess my concern the other day was that the trees are then not quite in focus, I guess I could have opened the lens up a bit but that brings other problems.

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interesting phenomena you captured. The last one seems best, not sure about the banding, maybe there is some cloud cover that you captured?
I'm not totally sure either, what I was seeing is the gradation from bright blown out white to the darkness directly around the moon. Not sure if it was because I was playing with the sliders too much or it's just a product of converting the files when I uploaded or what. Not a deal breaker but I wonder what happened, it's not the "banding" I was seeing when shooting my 20mm in the dark, that was some sort of electrical interference issue.

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Very interesting shot Sammy. Never saw anything like that around the moon before.
Thanks James. I don't usually go out of my way to see it, but when I do it'll be a cold nights when the cloud cover is only very light. That does not happen here very often because we are always overcast during the Winter months.

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Very nicely done. This phenomenon is called a "Moon dog". https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moon_dog
Thanks GJtoth. I'm going to have to research a bit more.

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Great captures, never seen this before either very interesting, focus look good to me.
Yeah, looking again the focus looks good to me on the stars, I had it at f/2 so I guess I should not expect the trees many million times closer to be in focus as well, heh. I could not see anything at all in the viewfinder before starting the exposure so I'm happy.

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Those are spectacular catches. How unusual, and you did a good job capturing.
Thanks Steven. I just happened to have a random day off the next day so a little driving around through the dark chasing the moon was just the thing.

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Very nice shots Sammy
The trees on the bottom add to the picture
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Nice, Sammy.

I've seen this only rarely down here. I like it you captured the image with the bare tree branches in the scene.
Thanks guys. I did intentionally try to position a little foreground. Would have liked to try a few more with some different things going on, but I'm happy with what I got. I took five long exposure shots and four of them worked out. That's a way better batting average than I normally have, heh.

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