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z06kenny Silver Member Nikonian since 11th Jan 2010Mon 06-Dec-10 11:40 PM
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"Photo of the moon, harder than I thought!"


Sacramento, US
          

I tried to get a photo of the moon last week while it was big and bright, using my D7000 fitted with a Sigma APO DG 70-200mm 1:2.8 II Macro HSM lens.
No luck. I tried several several settings, but sadly I don't remember what I did (common problem with the ederly) - and I deleted the photos, which just showed a disc with no features. I have to say that with my D60 I had no troubles, and got photos of the moon with lots of surface features, so I am guessing that I did something stupid with the D7000 and/or the Sigma.
What settings would you Nikonians suggest that I try?

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jmiguez Silver Member Nikonian since 17th Oct 2010Tue 07-Dec-10 01:16 AM
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#1. "RE: Photo of the moon, harder than I thought!"
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Tue 07-Dec-10 01:16 AM by jmiguez

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I tried using the Program function on the fool moon the other day and it over exposed, big time. I finally set the lens to wide open and just starting raising the shutter speed and shooting. Around 1/1000 of a second it started looking properly exposed. This was with the 18-105 kit lens.

Not the most professional way to do it, but it worked

John

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PAStime Silver Member Nikonian since 10th Feb 2009Tue 07-Dec-10 01:54 AM
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Kingston, CA
          

Hello. You can find here an active thread that provides some information on how to shoot the moon. It explains how I shot a picture of the moon a few weeks ago (my first shot ever of this subject). Cheers, Peter

  

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briantilley Moderator Deep knowledge of bodies and lens; high level photography skills Nikonian since 26th Jan 2003Sat 11-Dec-10 11:45 AM
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As the others have suggested, getting the exposure right is the first step. Generally speaking the full moon is a known quantity - on a clear night its brightness is relatively constant (for photographic purposes, anyway). I would use Manual exposure mode and play around with the Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO settings until it looks right. The example below was shot using 1/125th at f/13, ISO 400.







The second thing is to have enough focal length, and a reliable support like a solid tripod. The one here was shot with a Sigma 500mm f/4.5 EX lens on a D70 (my first DSLR - it was taken a few years ago). My tripod at the time was a Manfrotto 150 PRO and Manfrotto 488 head, which were quite sturdy for a relatively inexpensive kit.

Regarding focal length, for each 100mm you'll get an image of the moon about 1mm diameter on the sensor. So with 500mm, the moon in my shot measured 5mm across. The image shown is a crop of about 2/3 the frame height.

Brian
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intrepidnz Registered since 18th Nov 2004Tue 07-Dec-10 02:47 AM
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Full moon - 1/125 second at f/8.

Spot meter, if you want to go that way.

You want to expose for the moon surface and nothing else.

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hawkie Registered since 22nd Mar 2008Tue 07-Dec-10 10:41 AM
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I shoot in Aperture Mode with my exposure compensation dialed in to -4.7. I was shooting on a tripod with my Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR lens.

Here's one of the shots I got:
1/160 f/5.6 ISO 100


Hope this helps.
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z06kenny Silver Member Nikonian since 11th Jan 2010Tue 07-Dec-10 03:13 PM
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#5. "RE: Photo of the moon, harder than I thought!"
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Sacramento, US
          

Many thanks to everyone! When the weather clears up, I'll give it another try!

Thank you, Nikonians!

  

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ericbowles Moderator Awarded for his in-depth knowledge and high level skills in various areas, especially Landscape and Wildlife Photoghraphy Nikonian since 25th Nov 2005Wed 08-Dec-10 02:18 AM
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Atlanta, US
          

With a 70-200 and matrix metering, you will need to dial in several stops of exposure compensation. Center weighted is better and spot metering might work better still.

Some reviews have indicated a tendency of the D7000 to overexpose by a half stop or so - which would make things worse.

Try shooting around sunrise or sunset when there is a little light left in the sky. It makes the exposure easier.

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avigar Silver Member Nikonian since 29th Nov 2006Fri 10-Dec-10 01:29 AM
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#7. "RE: Photo of the moon, harder than I thought!"
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Fri 10-Dec-10 01:30 AM by avigar

Northern IL, US
          

>I tried to get a photo of the moon last week while it was big
>and bright, using my D7000 fitted with a Sigma APO DG 70-200mm
>1:2.8 II Macro HSM lens.
>No luck. I tried several several settings, but sadly I don't
>remember what I did (common problem with the ederly) - and I
>deleted the photos, which just showed a disc with no features.
> I have to say that with my D60 I had no troubles, and got
>photos of the moon with lots of surface features, so I am
>guessing that I did something stupid with the D7000 and/or the
>Sigma.
>What settings would you Nikonians suggest that I try?


Take a look at this website which features a moon exposure calculator. It actually worked for me.

http://www.adidap.com/2006/12/06/moon-exposure-calculator/

--Ben

  

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micaelak Registered since 08th Aug 2009Fri 10-Dec-10 11:30 PM
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#8. "RE: Photo of the moon, harder than I thought!"
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Ravenna, US
          

Here is my moon picture F10 1/125 D80 170-500mm @500mm Tripod mounted
Taken 9/24/2010 and some cropping

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MDeRose Registered since 09th Dec 2010Sat 11-Dec-10 03:44 AM
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wow i love that pic at 500mm. I want to try this as well. I am still rather new to photography in general, but i got an "ok" pic with the d7000 kit... after cropping it big time.

  

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richardd300 Silver Member Nikonian since 19th Apr 2009Sat 11-Dec-10 10:52 AM
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#10. "RE: Photo of the moon, harder than I thought!"
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Sat 11-Dec-10 10:54 AM by richardd300

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A few yeras ago when I had my D300 I did it successfully, details on image. The metering setting was colour matrix. Like the other images I like the way that the mountain ranges can be seen.

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NY Jim Registered since 11th Feb 2009Tue 11-Jan-11 10:40 AM
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#12. "Moon Shot with D7K"
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Cortlandt Manor, US
          

There are already several great shots of the moon on this thread, but many with cameras other than the D7K. Here is a shot that I took last night with my D7K, ISO 100, 1/80 sec, f/11, Nikkor 500mm f/4 P IF-ED. I tried other exposures to get some detail in "the dark side" but that side is really dark. I could not pull detail on that side.



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jadiniz Registered since 25th Dec 2010Tue 11-Jan-11 12:22 PM
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#13. "RE: Moon Shot with D7K"
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Estoril, PT
          

Wonderfull!!! The tridimensional character really shows, and the shadow-light line is fantastic.

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1. Good content, good aesthetics and good tecnique. On that order.
2. Light is more important than glass and pixels.
3. In the digital photography process, software is as important as gear.

  

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jrp Administrator JRP is one of the co-founders, has in-depth knowledge in various areas. Awarded for his contributions for the Resources Charter MemberTue 11-Jan-11 01:31 PM
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#14. "RE: Moon Shot with D7K"
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Tue 11-Jan-11 01:39 PM by jrp

San Pedro Garza García, MX
          

You were one mentioning ISO, so aperture and shutter speed make any sense. Thank you.
If under the sun the "Sunny Rule" applies (f/16, 1/125 at ISO 100), the "Moony Rule" is one stop under (f/11, 1/125 at ISO 100) for a full moon, with no clouds. Minor Adjustments "al dente" depending on DSLR camera body.

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