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Old Dec 17, 2013, 8:03 PM   #1
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Carol, Christmas is approaching! I am sure your hands are itching to give good work to your new FZ70. However, by Christmas the moon is on the waning phase and you will see a beautiful half moon around that time. Which, I think, is a good time to experiment with 60X zoom - if you do it right, the craters will come out very well.

That said, I am tired of seeing the plain moon snaps, and would like to see the moon in other settings, like the example I have given below, shot hurriedly this morning, just before sunrise, as the moon was setting behind the trees. I liked the subtle green of the leaves starting to show, and the purplish hue of the clouds. Hope others like this too.

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Raghu, that is a most beautiful image! I'm excited to try getting images from the FZ70!

What settings did you use for this one?
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Thank you Carol, I am glad you like the image. I shot this in the manual mode, trying to keep the aperture around 4. The brightness of the moon was being interrupted fast by the passing clouds, making the exposure meter constantly changing more than two stops to the center, and so I had to quickly alter both the aperture and the exposure to get it to the center.

Even then, this, when shot, was one point less than the right exposure as judged by the camera. I find that this has been shot at f/3.7 with an exposure of 2 seconds, at ISO 100. Lesser exposure would have rendered the picture dark, more would have made the moon too bright. It is difficult to shoot the moon!
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Beautiful image Raghu.
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Thank you, Jim. I appreciate your viewing the photo and am glad you like it too.
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Another one for you, Carol: (I didn't expect to pick up those stars!)

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Raghu, thank you for the information!

Wow, the second image is also so beautiful, the stars are so pretty.
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Beautiful Pics, I like the first one more!
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Thank you, Carol and Param.
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