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?
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
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
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. Attachment#1 (jpg file)
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.
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.
Wonderfull!!! The tridimensional character really shows, and the shadow-light line is fantastic.
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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.