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Old Aug 2, 2007, 4:35 AM   #1
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First attempt at doing a composition from one shot metered for the couds, and the other for the moon.

Found one fatal flaw when I came into work, there's s slight halo around the moon from the over-exposed moon which didn't show up on my home monitor as the brightness isn't as high as in work. :evil:

Any opinions? is the moon too sharp for the clouds?

Taken with my old Sigma 70-210mm KA lens from my K1000

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Old Aug 2, 2007, 6:55 AM   #2
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The 2 layer approach worked very well.



My work monitor is very dim, so the shot looks spot on.



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Old Aug 2, 2007, 7:58 AM   #3
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I, too, have a very dark monitor at work and don't see the halo - my monitor at home is much better and I'll look again tonight. On my work monitor it looks outstanding - I've thought about how to best get the clouds without completely blowing out the moon and hadn't thought about this (seems pretty obvious now that you've mentioned it).
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Old Aug 2, 2007, 9:23 AM   #4
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I don't think anyone has ever used the word outstanding in the same sentence as describing one of my shots before, so thank you!

I was pleased with the results, I have tried doing the same thing with my S5600 (S5200) but you needed so much digital zoom the shots were largely useless.

Quick lens-related question, if this lens is 70-210mm in 35MM terms, what does that make it on the K10D? is it a 1.5x multiplication or a division? I was looking at buying a Tamron or Sigma 70-300 digital slr lensbut if this is equivalent to 315mm on the K10D there's not a lot of point other than for the autofocus. The manual just confused the hell out of me when it explained the calculating between 35mm lenses and digital lenses.
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Old Aug 2, 2007, 9:39 AM   #5
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Nice shot!

It is a crop factor from 35mm, so effectively it is a multiplier.
210mm (real) * 1.5 (crop factor) =315mm effective FOV.

However lens still behaves as a 210 for other aspects like DOF.



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Old Aug 2, 2007, 9:49 AM   #6
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Right, thats what I suspected, thanks!

Don't think I can afford a lens longer than 300mm for now, unless I find another cheap KA lens and once again forgoe the auto-focus, so will just make-do with what I have... unless i find a cheap teleconveter...
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Just an observation not a critique but the right edge of the moon looks just a tad over sharpened. Well composed and timed though. Very hard to get that good a cloud shot and still get the detail in the moon right.

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Old Aug 2, 2007, 10:32 AM   #8
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Any input is more than welcome!

I see what you mean, I was worried it looked a bit over sharpened, but when I knocked the sharpening back down it just didn't look right.

Sadly, it's a combination of two shots, I could get either the clouds or the moon, so I took both andpasted the moon into the shot with the defined clouds.
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I like it, too. I don't think it isoversharpened - the lighting on the right side is oblique (while that on the left side is more direct and therefore flat) relative to the surface of the sphere, so the features stand out in relief.It is dusk on that side, as the moon is waning right now. That is the way it should look! I don't see the halo either, but it could be a natural effect, depending on the clarity of the atmosphere on that night.
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Very cool and atmspheric (looks better at home).



I agree that the right edge of the moon is a little too sharp, however a little selective blur would cure that.



I don't see the halo round the moon though.



Overall, a real good shot.





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