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Print big and crop, or crop first and then print?

davidset

Los Angeles, US
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davidset Donor Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Registered since 29th Oct 2010
Sat 05-May-12 05:22 PM

Well, once more please,,,big moon today. I took some tests last night to get ready and can't decide which is a better way to go.
Im taking my shots with my 70-200, both with and without a Kenco extender and am having a hard time deciding which is inherently sharper.
taking auto focus and manual focus
iso 200
f5.6 @ 1000 and
f8 @500.
I struggle each time this comes up…

What happens to a nice crisp moon that fills a small amount of the frame .When i try to crop and print,when does the quality degrade to the point that the resulting picture looks less sharp?

Is this a time that we print to 24x36 and cut down to 12x18 to get the best result( the largest clearest moon), or crop until the moon is the size we like and then print?

David S
los Angeles

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