I just want to take a picture of the full moon and enlarge it to 8 x 10 (print) ..I have a 70-200 lens and no converter..any suggestions to achieve this assignment??
#1. "RE: full moon" | In response to Reply # 0MEMcD Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007Thu 20-Feb-14 05:23 AM
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Use a tripod: base ISO (200), 1/250th sec. @ f/10 or so to start and adjust as required.
I would shoot Raw or at least jpeg Fine Large to maximize resolution so you can crop the image as required.
Assuming that the 70-300mm you have listed in your User Profile is the AF-S version, you might want to use it instead of the 70-200mm.
#2. "RE: full moon" | In response to Reply # 0vitalishe Registered since 27th Dec 2012Thu 20-Feb-14 06:42 AM
As Marty suggested,
- It is better to use your 70-300 at 300mm, just to get as much reach as you can get.
- The aperture choice in the range f/8-f/11 NOT for depth of field (it is not an issue) but rather for maximum sharpness.
- Shutter speed is not an issue (moon reflects a lot of light) so 1/200-1/250 at ISO 200 (best performing ISO on D700) is a great starting point. You can shoot hand-held, but since we are going to extremes and since you will have to crop a lot tripod is a great idea.
- To go even further, either use a timer or a remote with a mirror lock-up.
- if the 70-300 is a VR version, disable the VR. On tripod VR may introduce some artificial softness.
Couple more things to add to Marty's suggestion
- The moon looks better if you can see the shadow line. It makes the landscape visible.
- You will have to play in post-processing with sharpness, contrast, and color.
Here is a sample photo I took with D7100 using a telescope with around 1250mm focal length:
The picture was cropped only on the right slightly (if I remember correctly). This should give you an idea about the size of the picture you can get on D700.
If I am not mistaken the moon disk should be
of the image above. It should still be sufficient for an 8 by 10 print.
#3. "RE: full moon" | In response to Reply # 0JosephK Nikonian since 17th Apr 2006Thu 20-Feb-14 07:41 AM
Good advice already. Just in case you are wondering where the exposure suggestions are coming from, similar to the "sunny 16" guideline there is the "lunar 11" guideline.
For just a little light reading and more info than you might ever want regarding moon photos:
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#4. "RE: full moon" | In response to Reply # 0ajdooley Nikonian since 25th May 2006Thu 20-Feb-14 10:34 AM | edited Thu 20-Feb-14 10:38 AM by ajdooley
This is an interesting exercise in getting the most out of your optics and camera. However, just realize that the moon is about 30 arc minutes in diameter and without going into the math, it takes a focal length of about 2,000 millimeters to deliver an image 1 inch in diameter. So your 200mm lens will deliver an image about 1/10th of an inch in diameter -- pretty small. I have done this with the older Nikon 80-400mm at 400mm and a D800, and it's no great result (attached). I'll get my old Meade 8" f10 telescope out when winter ends and try that.
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