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Photo of the moon, harder than I thought!

z06kenny

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z06kenny Gold Member Nikonian since 11th Jan 2010
Mon 06-Dec-10 11:40 PM

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?

Thank you, Nikonians!

jmiguez

Lafayette, US
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#1. "RE: Photo of the moon, harder than I thought!" | In response to Reply # 0

jmiguez Silver Member Nikonian since 17th Oct 2010
Tue 07-Dec-10 12:16 AM | edited Tue 07-Dec-10 12:16 AM by jmiguez

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

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PAStime

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#2. "RE: Photo of the moon, harder than I thought!" | In response to Reply # 1

PAStime Silver Member Nikonian since 10th Feb 2009
Tue 07-Dec-10 12:54 AM

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

intrepidnz

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#3. "RE: Photo of the moon, harder than I thought!" | In response to Reply # 0

intrepidnz Registered since 18th Nov 2004
Tue 07-Dec-10 01:47 AM

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

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#4. "RE: Photo of the moon, harder than I thought!" | In response to Reply # 0

hawkie Registered since 22nd Mar 2008
Tue 07-Dec-10 09:41 AM

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

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Hope this helps.
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z06kenny

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z06kenny Gold Member Nikonian since 11th Jan 2010
Tue 07-Dec-10 02:13 PM

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

Thank you, Nikonians!

ericbowles

Atlanta, US
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#6. "RE: Photo of the moon, harder than I thought!" | In response to Reply # 0

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Wed 08-Dec-10 01:18 AM

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

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#7. "RE: Photo of the moon, harder than I thought!" | In response to Reply # 0

avigar Registered since 29th Nov 2006
Fri 10-Dec-10 12:29 AM | edited Fri 10-Dec-10 12:30 AM by avigar

>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/

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micaelak

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#8. "RE: Photo of the moon, harder than I thought!" | In response to Reply # 7

micaelak Registered since 08th Aug 2009
Fri 10-Dec-10 10:30 PM

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

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#9. "RE: Photo of the moon, harder than I thought!" | In response to Reply # 8

MDeRose Registered since 09th Dec 2010
Sat 11-Dec-10 02:44 AM

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.

richardd300

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#10. "RE: Photo of the moon, harder than I thought!" | In response to Reply # 8

richardd300 Silver Member Nikonian since 19th Apr 2009
Sat 11-Dec-10 09:52 AM | edited Sat 11-Dec-10 09:54 AM by richardd300

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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briantilley

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#11. "RE: Photo of the moon, harder than I thought!" | In response to Reply # 1

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Sat 11-Dec-10 10:45 AM

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.



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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.
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NY Jim

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NY Jim Registered since 11th Feb 2009
Tue 11-Jan-11 09:40 AM

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 2010
Tue 11-Jan-11 11:22 AM

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

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jrp

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#14. "RE: Moon Shot with D7K" | In response to Reply # 12

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Tue 11-Jan-11 12:31 PM | edited Tue 11-Jan-11 12:39 PM by jrp

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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