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Jan 9, 2012 20:50:55   #
slclog Loc: Illinois
 
There is a lot wrong with this shot but I am trying to understand what caused all the issues. Things I know: That really is the moon up there. Canon 20D, f10, 50mm, ISO 200, Manual focus, crooked tripod, basketball hoop still in picture white line that is an airplane going by.
In the lighter picture 25 second exposure
In the Darker picture 8 seconds with a minor re-positioning of the lens.
Aside from fixing the obvious framing issues, how would you expose a shot like this? What settings and what do you focus on. My eyes aren't the greatest, but I'm pretty sure the moon was in focus in the viewfinder





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Jan 9, 2012 20:51:37   #
slclog Loc: Illinois
 
And no, that's not my house. I live in the shed across the street.

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Jan 10, 2012 01:21:10   #
WxGuesser Loc: Portland OR
 
A suggestion, get a picture where the exposure is a bit between the two (or use some software to lighten up the second shot). Also take a photo where the exposure is set as if it were full daylight (it's daylight on the moon) that way your moon won't be just a white blob, you will have nice details. These photos should within a minute or so of each other. Then take some software like Photoshop Elements, Photoshop, or Corel Paint shop pro photo, and with layers take the image of the moon that's showing the details and paste it over the white blob. It will be a cool picture.

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Jan 10, 2012 07:26:43   #
slclog Loc: Illinois
 
Thanks. I did try again later without the house and from reading some of the other threads here was able to get a proper exposure of just the moon. I'll try the same thing with multiple images of the house and moon.

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Jan 10, 2012 09:13:31   #
DennisK Loc: Pickle City,Illinois
 
I don't know about anyone else,but except for the blown out porch lights,I really like the darker shot.

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Jan 10, 2012 09:37:07   #
ephraim Imperio
 
slclog wrote:
There is a lot wrong with this shot but I am trying to understand what caused all the issues. Things I know: That really is the moon up there. Canon 20D, f10, 50mm, ISO 200, Manual focus, crooked tripod, basketball hoop still in picture white line that is an airplane going by.
In the lighter picture 25 second exposure
In the Darker picture 8 seconds with a minor re-positioning of the lens.
Aside from fixing the obvious framing issues, how would you expose a shot like this? What settings and what do you focus on. My eyes aren't the greatest, but I'm pretty sure the moon was in focus in the viewfinder
There is a lot wrong with this shot but I am tryin... (show quote)


First of all, I love the "starburst" effect of the moon! Second, the photo could use a little horizontal straightening. If you want the moon and house to be sharp, use f16- f22 with MLU(mirror lock up) technique if your camera is capable of MLU. You probably have to use a 60 seconds shutter speed or more if you are shooting manual. Shoot many combination of aperture-shutter combo. Bracket, bracket, bracket!!!

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Jan 10, 2012 10:41:08   #
rayjay Loc: Long Island, NY
 
Let us not forget the moon moves! Ray

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Jan 10, 2012 11:56:18   #
emrob62 Loc: NEPA
 
rayjay wrote:
Let us not forget the moon moves! Ray


especially on a large streaker :mrgreen:

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Jan 10, 2012 18:18:39   #
Cappy Loc: Wildwood, NJ
 
Try shooting the moon & any house at around sunset.

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Jan 10, 2012 18:21:40   #
photo guy Loc: Chippewa Falls, WI
 
I like the 1st one better. The only thing that I noticed more was the light spot on the house like a drop of moisture on the outside of the lens or something. Nice photos otherwise.

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Jan 10, 2012 19:03:31   #
OnTheFly Loc: Tennessee
 
I have had that spot on some of my moon shots. I think, in my case it is the UV filter causing the light reflection.
photo guy wrote:
I like the 1st one better. The only thing that I noticed more was the light spot on the house like a drop of moisture on the outside of the lens or something. Nice photos otherwise.

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Jan 10, 2012 19:37:34   #
twowindsbear
 
I think your 25sec exposure captured the movement of the moon, giving motion blur. The depth of field should be enough to have both the house & moon in focus.

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Jan 10, 2012 19:53:31   #
WxGuesser Loc: Portland OR
 
twowindsbear wrote:
I think your 25sec exposure captured the movement of the moon, giving motion blur. The depth of field should be enough to have both the house & moon in focus.


Yeah just a tiny bit-it's hard to tell `tho, because the moon is so over-exposed.

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Jan 10, 2012 21:22:15   #
Bruce H Loc: Oregon Coast
 
you are not going to get the moon and the house exposed correctly in the same shot at this time of night. go with one or the other or else combine more than one shot. The star burst around the moon is caused by the bright moon, your small aperture and the length of exposure time.

A good pace to start for a moon photo would be ISO=100 F/11 and 1/250th, you can adjust from there. shooting the moon while the sky still has daylight in it will help close the gap between exposure for the house and exposure for the moon.

keep shooting!

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Jan 10, 2012 22:08:44   #
Merlin1300 Loc: New England, But Now & Forever SoTX
 
Tripod and HDR. I suppose I could have reduced the moon blur by using higher ISO (see the star streaks) - - I think the longest exposure for the dark shot was about 20 seconds - -



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