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Old Apr 13, 2006, 1:04 PM   #1
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I took this last night and this was the best of the lot.

I used my FZ20 at f/8.0, 1/80, ISO 100, 12x zoom plus TCON 14B, w/ tripod. As you can see, there is some detail, but I've seen much better shots on this forum. Do you think I needed a faster shutter speed? The light spots are not blown, but there's no definition either. Or is it just that details are more obvious when the moon is only partially visible and it's not so bright?


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Old Apr 13, 2006, 1:13 PM   #2
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for a full moon, i've had the best luck with the TCON-14B using shutter speeds of 1/125-1/250 @ f5.6-f8, depending on how bright the moon is. i know you're using a tripod, but you didn't mention whether or not you are also using either the self-timer or a remote shutter release. don't press the shutter manually from a tripod -pressing the button, even at those speeds, can introduce some jitter into the image. also make sure your OIS is in mode 2, or turned off entirely,when using a tripod.
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Old Apr 13, 2006, 1:20 PM   #3
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I agree with Squirl a faster shutter speed would help the over exposure and this may be one case for locking the ISO on 80.

I would favor a faster shutterspeed rather than the small aperture as DOF is not a problem with the moon.
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Old Apr 13, 2006, 2:32 PM   #4
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I used the self-timer for this shot. I had already taken a couple of (bad) shots before remembering that I shouldn't push the shutter button. Ironically, the photos for which I pressed the shutter had faster speeds. If I could only remember to put all the right techniques together at the same time I might actually get something worth using!

So, I'll set everything up on the patio tonight and try again: tripod, manual focus, self-timer, faster shutter speed, more open aperture (maybe 5.6 if the moon is as bright as it was last night). Maybe I'll finally nail it!
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Old Apr 13, 2006, 2:56 PM   #5
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Hope you don't mind me posting a pic in your topic, but here's an almost identical shot I took last full moon. Taken with the FZ30 in 5MP EZ mode. F 3.7 - shutter 1/320. Manual focus. This is straight from the camera, just cropped. This one is about the best I could come up with. The full moon is a lot harder to get good shots of than a cresent.

So, as others have noted, try increasing the shutter speed and see how it goes.Experiment! Itook 22 shots the night I got this one. :O




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Old Apr 13, 2006, 3:03 PM   #6
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LadyhawkVA wrote:
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I used the self-timer for this shot. I had already taken a couple of (bad) shots before remembering that I shouldn't push the shutter button. Ironically, the photos for which I pressed the shutter had faster speeds. If I could only remember to put all the right techniques together at the same time I might actually get something worth using!

So, I'll set everything up on the patio tonight and try again: tripod, manual focus, self-timer, faster shutter speed, more open aperture (maybe 5.6 if the moon is as bright as it was last night). Maybe I'll finally nail it!
I think some of my best moon shots were at f5.6 then just keep trying different shutter speeds. You could also use exposer bracketing to see if one of the three gets you where you want to be. Don't put to much stock in how it looks in the EVF or on the LCD it will look different, better on screen. Better to underexpose then over in this case so you don't loose detail.

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Old Apr 13, 2006, 6:51 PM   #7
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A good rule of thumb for the unclouded full moon, which is very bright, is f4 and 1/400s and spot focus. Start there and adjust the S and A accordingly.
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Old Apr 14, 2006, 8:52 AM   #8
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Thanks for all your responses.

I tried again last night but the cloud cover was too thick and the moon was very hazy.

The forecast here is for rain 6 of the next 7 days, so I'll have to see what happens. It may be a few days before I can apply everything you've told me. I'll keep at it though. I know it can be done and I intend to do it.
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Old Apr 14, 2006, 12:36 PM   #9
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I found the moon shots very hard to get exposures right. Played around with shutter and aperture until moon look good on LCD. Also, tried to use 2 second timer on most shots.

By the way, I would love to have some of that rain. It is all passing north of us. Even the birds are playing in the sprinklers like little tots.
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