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Old Aug 15, 2008, 11:49 PM   #1
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Here is tonight's luna, this is my second try, this time with my new 55-200mm VR. I like what I can get with this lens without tripod, however will appreciate comments and critiques.

Nikon D40, 55-200mm VR, ISO 200, 180mm, 1/800 sec f/6.3





Then some play in photoshop...

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Old Aug 27, 2008, 1:36 PM   #2
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Cool shot of the moon.
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Old Aug 27, 2008, 2:49 PM   #3
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Thanks for commenting! I was afraid nobody would...:-)
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I don't know if it is true, but I received an e-mail saying we are supposed to see Mars tonight after midnight at it's closest point to the earth in the next 300 years.

BTW - nice moon shot.

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The moon is one of the hardest things to shoot without some serious glass so it is hard for people to really critique apart from buy longer glass LOL.

I have a 300mm f2.8 lens and have tried with a few TC's stacked to make it pretty long but still not had great results. The best results I've seen for anyone shooting the moon is Romy Ocon and you can fine them HERE
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Great detail. Thats about as good as you are going to get without some SERIOUS glass or a telescope imo.
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Old Aug 30, 2008, 6:52 PM   #7
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I shoot the moon all the time and i find that it really depends on atmospheric conditions. If it is really clear, you get the best shots. Any mist at all will degrade the shot. Kepp at it.
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Old Sep 13, 2008, 12:24 PM   #8
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wow, this is really cool.

I just started this forum today;;. loving it



Btw, I would like to have your advise on taking pictures of the moon.

I have a D300 with a 18-200 lens

and took a picture of the moon

Shutter speed: 1 sec

F22 >> what is this?

ISO: 200

Length: 200mm

- 3.0

with Auto W/B

used a Tripod and when taking the pic used a timer optimize stability.

result....thouhg it was nice as it is my first time with a SLR, but after viewing the above shot and the link http://www.pbase.com/liquidstone/moon_shots ...I am juist so excited there's so much to learn!!

Could you please tell me why my pic is wrong?

I am ready to be butchered with comments..

HOW CAN I IMPROVE to take a better picture when I see a moon out of my window next time!!

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During the 1 second shutter speed, the Moon moved even ifyour camera didn't. You need to use a faster shutter speed.

At 200mm, your 18-200 isn't very sharp, but you will probably get the best results at f/11 instead of the f/32 you used in your sample shot.

With your D300, you can get away with an ISO Setting of 400, double what you used in your example.

So, shooting at f11 at ISO 400, you should be able to use a shutter speed of 1/16 second. That should get you the sharpest photos you can expect to get with that lens.

You should stick with that aperture, but you might be able to increase the ISO setting to get an even faster shutter speed.

One last thing. You will get sharper images of the Moon when it is high in the sky. When the Moon is low in the sky, its light is passing through more of the Earth's atmosphere, pollution, and temperature and humidity differences with distort that light.
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Old Sep 14, 2008, 11:59 PM   #10
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"So, shooting at f11 at ISO 400, you should be able to use a shutter speed of 1/16 second." - Tcav -



How did you know what shutter speed it should be from f11 and ISO 400?

is it from experience or is there a constant logic behind this?


and Thank you very much for your response!!!
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